Sunday, November 30, 2008

Smart Phone


I've spent the better part of the last couple of hours  looking for new and improved home screens for my Panger Phone.  I love this phone. 

I'm a tweaker.  Be it my computer or my phone I'm always looking for those kewl little addons or features that will improve my productivity.  By productivity I mean goofing off time. 

One of my favorite places for phone tweaks is EverythingQ.  The have a whole forum dedicated to custom home screens.  I've wasted hours in that forum.  Most of the home screens are worthless to me: sports, cars, bimbos, etc.  Some are so hard to read as to be useless to me.  Every now and then I come across some gems.  Today I found several that I really liked but of course there were small things I needed to, well, um, tweak. 

Right now I'm desperately trying to modify the Most Recent Used programs list to link to the applications I actually use.  Not a trivial task trying to figure out what those links should actually be since I can't quite figure out what Windows Mobile calls them.  You gotta admit, that's one nifty home screen.

If I don't figure this out pretty soon I'm going to have to admit that this silly phone is smarter than me.  Yeah, not gonna happen.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


How bad is it that we are noshing on pizza just 24 hours after stuffing ourselves with turkey, stuffing, summer squash casserole, candied sweet potatoes, green been casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry jelly, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and/or cherry pie?

I think I'll get over it.  Soon.  I had cherry pie for breakfast, and rice with leftover turkey for lunch.  I can only handle so much turkey in any 24 hour period.   I'm due for some normal junk food, tyvm.

I'll blame it on the kids mostly.  It was their idea.  I made them hit TOH up with it and, shockingly, he agreed to pick it up for us.  Hmmm... suddenly a piece of pie sounds appealing.  I'm doing my part to dispose of the leftovers.  I promise. 

Friday, November 28, 2008

Crazy Day

It's going to be one long and crazy day today.  I figured I better post now or I may not get around to it.   I have less than 3 hours to finish cleaning the house, set the table and hit the shower.  Wish me luck.

After the family leaves at 5pm we have to clean up and get set up for wild n wacky poker night for Eric and Ellen.  Poker just hasn't been the same since they moved away.  

I just hope I don't end up like this before the day is over:

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I'm thankful that we aren't having the big dinner today.  Nope, we are doing it tomorrow.  That leaves me all day today to clean house, do laundry, prepare my side dishes, make toffee, blog, surf... oh wait, scratch those last two.  What, I am blogging aren't I?  Damnit.

As you can tell, I'm a master of organization and I never procrastinate.  By never I mean always.  I'm a wait until the next to last moment to get things done kind of person.  I like to think I work best under pressure when, in fact, I'm just epically lazy.

As some of you might already know, I'm pursuing an epic - for my children, anyway - Xmas gift this year.  I intended to be up at some ludicrously early hour tomorrow to snag this gift.  Did I mention that we are doing Turkey Day at my house tomorrow?  What about the wild n crazy poker night we're having for some out of town friends tomorrow night?  Can you sense that I an NOT EAGER to get up at 4am to go shopping?  I am so transparent.

I've been watching online for all the leaked Black Friday ads and items.  That's how I came across the deal I intended to score.  A little more research indicated that a lot of those deals would go live online TODAY!  Yes, TODAY!  So, if you are after some electronic or computer deals from one of the major retailers it might be worth your while to take a few minutes to hit up their website and see if you can order it now!  NOW, BABY!  I don't know about you but a few dollars spent on shipping is more than worthwhile if it means my lazy arse can sleep in tomorrow morning.

I woke up, unexplainedly, at 4am this morning.  I shuffled downstairs to check my Google Reader for any deals that were already released.  I didn't see my deal so I shuffled back to bed being not conscious enough to realize that I never actually went to the store's website.  D'oh.

I leisurely strolled downstairs at 8am this morning and fired up the laptop.  After some cursory surfing it came to me that I should check on the website.  OMGWTF!?!?!?  My Deal!  It was there!  Woooooot!  Show tunes were going off in my head!  You heard me.  My fingers shook as I added the item to my cart.  I had to add my in-law's address for shipping as I didn't want the box showing up on my doorstep for nosy little boys to find.  A few more clicks at I was DONE WITH MY XMAS SHOPPING!

The $13.50 I paid for shipping: worth every penny.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I blame Clark.  Cause, well, I have no better excuse.

I got his tweet as I got home from lunch with family. 

clarkbrooks I need a nap. Yes, in fact, I am 87 years old. Why do you ask?

Me, too, Clark.  Me, too.

BBL.  Yawn.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

South Park Character

I know it was all the rage ages ago but you need to check the site out again. 

They've added more goodies.

Behold Santa Zooks!

Go to South Park Studio to create your own!

Monday, November 24, 2008


I'm a huge wallpaper junkie.  No, not for my house (uh, ewwwww), for my computer desktop.  Ages ago, man, has it been 2 years already?  Heck it may even be 3 years ago, I found this really kewl site that had these computer generated designs -  many based on fractals - that were so awesome.  The owner of the site would put up a new set every month or so.  Then one day the site wouldn't come up.

I'd go back every now and then to see if it was working but nothing.  Eventually I deleted the sidebar link but I never really forgot about the site.  I Googled it again recently and found that I wasn't the only person that missed that place.  It's back up again but only to give links to torrent downloads.  I downloaded the full set immediately.  Check them out in the screenshow below.  I'm only hosting a small version.  If you want to get any other size you can find the download links here.

Another one of my favorite wallpaper sites it Interfacelift.  I'm subscribed to their feed so I get any new submissions in my reader.

For those of you that play poker on Full Tilt and Poker Stars, these make awesome table backgrounds.  The 800x600 size is perfect. If that's not available just shrink down the 1600x1200.  All you have to do is replace the Table.jpg file under Program Files/Full Tilt Poker/Graphics/Theme Name or Racetrack/Theme Name.  My current favorite is from Interfacelift.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I saw this and couldn't believe somebody would make such an awesome shirt JUST FOR ME!!!  Ok, it's not just for me.  Go to ShirtRoad to see what they offer!


This will be perfect for Vegas.  Did I mention that I'm going to Vegas 1/1-1/4?  How could I possible neglect to mention that?  Wooooooooot!  I'm going to Vegas!  TOH and I are going with some of the rowdiest neighbors we have.  This is going to be friggin awesome!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I bought the industrial size package of bacon at Sam's Club last week.  The half I cooked disappeared in no time at all.

Just moments ago I was instructed to go see what is on the counter:

I guess I know what we're having for dinner tonight.  Nom nom nom.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Netbooks are Teh Ghey

According to my buddy Macanthony netbooks are teh ghey.  I've been helping him find a laptop deal.  He's all about the Linux so I sent him a link to a small, cheap, Linux based netbook.  And this is the thanks I get:

Mac: no netbooks
Mac: netbooks are teh ghey
Zooks: lol
Zooks: but they are so cute n small n cheap
Mac: they are like half the size, but they aren't half the cost
Zooks: valid complaint but in many case half the size costs twice as much
Mac: and disk space is like 1/10th the size
Zooks: yeah that's the sucky part
Zooks: but in this case isn't it solid state?
Zooks: so uber fast
Mac: and I don't think I could watch porn on an 8" screen
Mac: solid state disks are less reliable
Zooks: hahahaha
Zooks: pron on 8" screen
Zooks: hahahahahaah
Zooks: why is that so damn funny?

He never fails to make me laugh.


Yep, that's why I hate doing it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Chair

I have horrible posture. 

My office chair isn't helping that at all.

I remember seeing these funky looking chairs that were supposed to be much better for your back and posture.  After a little Google action I was able to locate what I was looking for.  I typed in a few numbers and letters and, Viola!, a box was soon waiting for me at my local store.

After mulling over the directions - some of the worst wordless instructions I've ever seen - I somehow managed to put this thing together (anyone remember One Girl One Box?) 

So, here I "sit". 

I kinda like it. 

I need to practice my mount and dismount but I think it'll become old hat very soon (he he he, I said mount).  Hmmm, should I get some spurs?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Burn it to the Ground

Wooooooooooooooot!  No, not Woot-Off just Woooooooooooot!  Although, I've been watching the Woot-Off today and as of right now I'm in for 2 Woots. 

This Woooooooooooooot! is for the new Nickelback album.  Don't be a hater.  Srsly.  If you don't like Nickelback then just click on to the next blog.  No need to leave snarky comments n such. 

I listened to the new album and the first song that struck a chord with me was this one:

Who doesn't like a knock down, drag out, balls to the wall party song?

Nickelback never fails to deliver as far as I'm concerned.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

WSOP Main Event

And the big winner is....

Not who you'd think.

Snuffy linked me to this article about the tax burdens for the final table players.

Of the $32,731,625 final table prize pool as much as $14,793,416 could be paid in taxes to various governments.  How ridiculous is that?

Ironically, the Russian may pay the least amount of taxes! 

Be sure to check out this article for all the details.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Black Friday

I'm a shopper.

Yeah, I know.  Go ahead and laugh.  Get it out of your system.  Har har har.  Zooks is a shopper.  Who knew?

Ok, it's time for me to qualify that statement.  I'm a lazy shopper.  I do a vast majority of my shopping online.  Some things I have to see up close and in person before I buy but most I don't.

Black Friday is my nemisis.  That elusive "fabulous deal" that can't be had online.  Granted there is Internet Monday but these aren't the same deals that I pour over in my newspaper on Thanksgiving day.

I'm not much of a morning person.  There I said it.  I despise, absolutely abhor, the idea of getting up in the middle of the night to go stand in line with all those other desperate shoppers trying to score that fantastic deal.  Yet, that's the plan. 

I'm committed to hitting up one of my favorites stores at some ridiculously early hour.  All this to score that one elusive gift.  Did I mention I have to be there at an hour I haven't seen since my hard core partying days?  Or the cold?  Did I mention the frigid cold?

So, anybody want to meet me for breakfast next Friday?  I'll buy... if you stand in line with me.  There's no such thing as a free breakfast in Zooks' world.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Poker After Dark Followup

We started a little later than expected with the 5 players that had arrived know that the 6th was on the way.  Lucky for him he drew the button; by the time he arrived he was the big blind so he didn't really miss much.

Even though we were pretty deep stacked (100bb) it played more like a regular tournament.  I think I'd have to double the stacks again to get a true deep stack feel.  There were the usual bad beats, horrible river cards, etc.  I won't go into too many hands because, quite frankly, I probably don't remember them all that well.

I did flop a couple of sets - once a boat.  I didn't get paid off on the flopped boat but I did get a nice payoff on a rivered boat.  I also ran Ax soooooted into a flopped set; JJ into AA; and my final hand - 22 into AA with an AK along for the ride (flop was AKx and send two of us to the rail).  I did manage to steal a pot from Fike with 2nd pair on a 4 club board when I reached for chips after he checked the river to me and he insta-folded before I could get my chips into the pot.  On another hand my AKc was good unimproved against Fike's AJ.

In addition to the usual suckout excitement that every tournament has we had an issue come up on one key hand.  I'm still not sure I made the right decision here.  I was the BB.  UTG raised it up.  Fike shoved.  I look down at KK.  I shove.  UTG hems and haws and folds.  Fike shows ATs and I show my KK.  UTG says he folded AQ.  The board runs out with an A and Fike wins.  THEN I noticed that the SB had dealt the board.  I asked him why he dealt that hand when he was the SB.  The guy that was supposed to deal wasn't sure what happened.  Fike and I pipe in that we think the Dealer dealt the hole cards but that the SB dealt the board from the deck he was supposed to be making for the next deal. 

Uh WTF happened here???  Everybody's looking at me for a decision.  I said either A) Dealer dealt hole cards and SB dealt board from the wrong deck or B) SB dealt whole hand.  Either way the hand was totally effed up.  In my infinite stupidity wisdom I decided to restore all the chips to their original positions prior to the hand, keep the button where it was and re-deal that hand.  Granted it may have been a horrible decision since the hand played out to the end but it just seemed the most fair thing to do at the time. 

I did a cursory look at Robert's Rules of Poker during the play but didn't really have the time to determine what should have been done.  I can't believe that's an issue that comes up very often.  Then again, as often as drinking is involved with poker - as was the case last night - shit like this probably happens more often than people want to admit.

When it got down to 3 handed, Fike and Jason were pretty deep with Scoot playing the short stack expertly.  One bad hand and Fike ended up short.  Fike shipped it with 9Td and Scoot and Jason both call.  The flop comes out all diamonds.  Fike is amazingly quiet during all of this.  Jason actually bets into the dry sidepot and gets called by Scoot.  Another bet on the turn.  The river brings the Ad.  Jason bets again and Scoot declares, "I'm going to believe you just hit your flush and I'm going to fold."  Sure enough Jason shows the KdQ for a four flush while Fike is doing his best to not fly over the table and wrap Jason balls around his neck.  That's right, Fike flopped a flush only to get four flushed by Jason's TP2ndK.  Fike wasn't having a very good night.

Scoot ended up taking 2nd fiddle to Jason aka "Luckbox Maximus" when Scoot's Ax wasn't good enough vs. Jason's KJ AIPF - the board came KJx.  Jason was doing stuff like playing KT v AK and hitting two pair or trip Ts, etc., all night long.  Heater doesn't even come close to describing it.

While it was fun and lasted about 4.5 hours, I'm not sure I would do it again.  I might consider it with even deeper stacks.  Six handed play is volatile enough even double-stacked.  I'm starting to think that I might prefer cash games because they are more fun and less stressful than tournaments.  

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Poker After Dark Home Game

I finally roped 5 other people into playing a Poker After Dark style home tournament with me!  Who knew it would be so difficult to get 5 other people to agree on a day and time to play poker?  Srsly.

The table has been felted.

I set up my Tournament Director.

The chips have been counted.

All I have to do is wait for the fish, er, players.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jake and Amir

The response to Jake and Amir was so overwhelming that I decided to post another one.   Yes, I am only lazy blogger.  This NaBloPoMo is killing me so I'm resorting to another Jake and Amir video. This time I will include their url,, so, you know, you can actually find MORE of their stuff.

I.M's from Amir on Vimeo.


Today had potential.

I could bowl well.  I didn't.

I could have lunch with a friend.  I didn't.

I could have gone shopping.  I can't.

About half way through the last game of bowling I get a call from the school.  My oldest is not feeling well.  I promise to pick him up soon.

No lunch.  No shopping.  Sigh.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Google Reader Feeds

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I know what you're thinking: "Get off the damn Google Reader shit already!"

Bite me.

This is NOT about Google Reader per se.

("per se" is French for f*ck you you f*cking retard.  No really.  Go look it up.  I'll wait.)

Anywho... I subscribe to the Official Google Reader Blog.  Yes, there really is such a thing.  They post just about never but it's still worthwhile when they do.  Not too long ago they posted their top 10 favorite feeds. 

This little gem was one of those.  Now, I'll admit, it's not for everyone.  So if it offends you so much the better!

Files from Amir on Vimeo.

The Big Picture was another one of the top 10 that I really liked.  Go check it out but be prepared to have to view it in full screen mode.  The really mean it when they say BIG PICTURE.  Oh, be sure to check out the Sun pictures.  Truly amazing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

I recently got an email from my dad that included a scan of some pictures his brother had found. The pictures were of my dad when he was stationed in Germany circa 1961-62.

My dad joined the Army right out of high school so he was only 19 or 20 years old when this picture was taken. It's much easier to see how young he is in this picture of him partying like it's 1962! What? You thought that only the Mad Men did this?

He's the geeky one in the glasses on the left.

My dad went on to spend 20 years of his life in the Army. To say that this 20 years shaped his entire life would be an understatement.

He met, knocked up and married my mother in Germany. After a tour in Korea and another in Viet Nam (maybe two) my parents divorced. I spent the next 10 years being shipped back and forth between the two.

While stationed at Ft. Bliss (El Paso, TX), my dad, a Chief Warrant Officer, met his next wife who was married to a Lt. Colonel at the time. This didn't go over well with the Army establishment who issued him a dis-honorable discharge. He immediately re-enlisted as a Sergeant to preserve his retirement. He spent the rest of his 20 year career as an Army recruiter.

At the ripe old age of 38, with 20 years of service, my father retired from the military. He worked on and off at various jobs since then. For the last 20 years or so he's been living in the wilds of Washington and Oregon working as a ranch hand and guiding outdoorsmen. He loves to hunt and fish so this has suited him well.

I don't think my dad has ever expressed any regret for joining the Army and putting in his 20 years of service. It hasn't all been good; Viet Nam left him with issues - drug usage is a main one. Who knows what his life would have been like had he never joined the Army - I know I wouldn't be here. I do know that he's enjoyed the freedom that retiring at 38 with a pension can bring.

The men and women serving in our armed forces work hard and risk their lives to protect us and others around the world. Today we honor their efforts. Try to remember that when you are just goofing around on your day off.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Online vs. Live Poker

Since I don't play much live poker and even less live casino poker I am not qualified to make any comparisons of Online versus Live Poker.

However, I have found the guy who is supremely qualified:

6. The chicks:
a. Online poker: Has the girls of the internet. More porn than you can shake a stick at.
b. Live poker: Has real women, who expect to be paid for things.

And if that's not enough to convince you:

8. Top pro:
a. Online poker: Has Patrick Antonius, you know, God.

b. Live poker: Has Barry Greenstein, who come to think of it, has probably bagged more chicks than Antonius. Well played Greenstein.

Think you're ready to read the rest of the story?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

WSOP Final Table

It's tooooooooooooday!  Woooooooooooot!

Unfortunately I'm feeling less than perky this morning as a result of a boisterous Drunken Euchre.  We had a good crowd last night but got started late since one half of a couple decided to go out of town after she wrote Euchre on the wrong date on her calendar.  So, I was stuck calling around the neighborhood trying to line up a replacement.  Luckily one of my neighbors was available on short notice (10 minutes).  But I digress.

I'll be keeping an eye on PokerNews live reporting.  My money is on Demidov.  The guy is a machine and totally not gheigh (yeah, I'm talking to you predator!).  Although, it's hard to argue with Phillips' chip stack.  I have a Board meeting on Tuesday night but you can rest assured that I'll be kicking those lewzors out of my house in record time so I can fire up ESPN.

P.S.  You can listen to streaming live audio coverage via WSOP's website.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Drunken Euchre


My house.

Everybody's invited.

Ok, maybe not everybody. 

Am I the only one that would arrange my hand totally bass ackwards from the way it is in this picture?  Left to right instead of right to left?

Friday, November 07, 2008

"Buy A Card"

Details can be found here.

Don't be a lazy Effer, just click.

Srsly, don't make me come over there and click it for you

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Junk Mail

I caught myself complaining to my friends recently about the email I get.  The junk email.  You know that stuff that well-meaning family and friends forward to you because you are clearly a misguided idiot that needs to be informed.

In this case, I'm referring to my father.

He knows that I have been a registered Democrat since I turned 18.  He and my grandmother are devout Republicans.  My grandmother was very active in the Republican Party in her younger days. 

I have been receiving a non-stop barrage of crap email from my father since this election began.  Everything horrible, nasty, and sometimes downright wrong about Obama and his campaign has filled my inbox.  I have never once replied.  Never.  I just hit the delete button and went on my merry way.

Today: sweet, sweet silence. 

I like to think that, like Obama, I took the high road.  The view is nice from here.


I'm so proud of us. 


I think we, as a nation, finally did the right thing.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008



Just dooooooooooo it!

You really, really, REALLY don't want me to have the ammunition to deride your ass for the next four, long years do ya?

Monday, November 03, 2008

Robert Fulton

I'm so proud.  Wish I could have been there instead of at home with his feverish brother.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Ivan Demidov

If you're a poker player that name sounds familiar. And it should. He's one of the "November Nine": the nine men on the final table of the 2008 WSOP Main Event.

Ivan also recently finished 3rd in a WSOPE event for almost $600k.

From Cardplayer:
Ivan Demidov is a 27-year-old professional poker player from Moscow, Russia. At the 2008 World Series of Poker, Demidov made his first major tournament cash when he finished 11th in the $1,000 no-limit hold’em rebuy event. He then went on to make the final table the $10,000 buy-in main event and is currently waiting for play to reconvene in November. He will enter the final table in second chip position.

Poker Stars has managed to score 7 of the 9 final table players. Not sure how or why Full Tilt fell down so badly when it came to wooing these guys. I would have loved to see Demidov flying Full Tilt Colors.

I have a few $$$ over on Poker Stars. When I get tired of running like shit on Full Tilt I fire up Poker Stars and see what kind of damage I can do over there. I wandered over there yesterday out of boredom and found this "Piece of Demidov" satellite taking late registration. For 50 PP I could vie for one of 38 seats to the real deal "Piece of Demidov" MTT where first places takes down $10,000 and gets 0.01% (the top 100 finishers get the 0.01% deal) of Demidov's Main Event cash. Pretty sweet deal. Sign me up!

I chipped up nicely early then ran cold for a loooooog time.  Near the bubble, I finally picked up and shoved JJ into 66 and 33 I could have sat out and taken down my seat into the MTT. Oddly, the very next hand I pick up AA and inst-shove but get no callers. Oh well. I didn't actually sit out but I did fold until my seat was awarded.

The best part about the MTT: top 4000 finishers get paid. As of last night just over 6000 players were registered. I'm sure that number will go up significantly before the 3pm launch but still pretty decent odds. So now you know how I'm going to waste my Sunday. Between the "Piece of Demidov", the PokerRoad Radio League and the PokerSlut Tour there's a distinct chance I'll be pokering most of the day.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


They finally did it.

They should have never strayed.


What kind of TV station puts MUSIC in their name and then STOPS PLAYING MUSIC VIDEOS?

Talk about betarded.

They censored the shit outta this one.  Sigh.  Guess you have to go to YouTube to get the uncensored stuff but the video quality at is superb.

Now if only they'd bring back Kurt Loder.