do you hear that? it’s the sound of a million retards turning tp into a bluff because they “have a nut blocker”
Although I certainly want to continue where I left off in my last entry, my intentions at the inception of this post are to be (relatively) brief and focused in a different direction than pondering the different vagaries of teaching, learning, and motivation. I received pretty strong and diverse types of private feedback regarding my last post, including student applications, engaging theoretical conversations, and even perhaps reminding a particular wayward student to keep reaching towards what he could (should??) achieve. No promises on when I’ll put up the next part – it’s the type of post where I feel I can’t force myself to write it out – it has to just sort of flow unmoderated. I’ve worked towards it but as of now it sits unfinished alongside my poker theory essay – which has also sat unimproved for a week or so.
During the course of my standard week’s TV watching I had an opportunity to watch High Stakes Poker. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but if you haven’t, it’s on YouTube and I highly recommend it. There’s been some very interesting hands this season so far, obviously capped by Tom’s sick sick sick QT play in the second episode. I discussed it with Vivek and a few HSNL killers and all we ended up concluding was that Tom is the illest, haha. I don’t really think I need to publish my comments on the hand itself, as they aren’t really unique; if you want to know all there is to know about the hand, spoken by one of the coolest people around, check out Barry’s analysis over on PokerRoad.
It does amuse me to hear “the masses” dissect this particular hand, mostly because so many otherwise intelligent people seem to have come to such rock-hard conclusions about it. Not only is it above my level, it’s above the level of almost everyone I’ve spoken to about it. I suppose the gallery will always provide quasi-entertaining ‘expert’ critique, but this hand just seemed to bring out a weird brand of it. I wonder if the games will see a rash of this line being taken in the next few weeks/months, albeit misapplied and butchered, obviously.
I’ve been reading a lot lately. I am almost finished with the Analects of Confucius, an obvious partial inspiration for my last blog. I’m also reading a narrative of the Roman republic called Rubicon, a fairly interesting read, although I question exactly how many leaps are being silently taken by the author to create such a compelling, flowing manuscript of 2000 year-old history. The book is well-written, though, and I’m enjoying it, so I try not to let my discerning eye cast too much of a cloud over the experience. I have two other books I’ve been reading – one on the power of rhetoric, in the classic sense, and another book on religious theory. These will probably be the last four paper books I read in awhile as I am getting my hands on a KINDLE 2 (!!) soon, which I’m pretty excited about.
I’ve been playing a bunch of poker lately, and I still feel the drive to crush. I played a full schedule on Tuesday, including some smaller stuff I don’t usually do, and ended up getting 3rd in a $200 turbo for $7500 and 2nd in the $100 2r1a for $5k. Both tournaments were rather insignificant, but it felt nice to overcome the recent runbad (admittedly I ran pretty good in both of these) to make some deep runs. In working towards my “learn 8 game” goal, I watched Daniel’s 30-minute 8 game video on PokerVT the other day – it’s pretty awesome, I highly recommend it. I wish he could have explained more ‘I’d do this instead if ___” type things, as he leaves us to draw our own conclusions on that type of stuff, but it’s definitely very solid. I’m hoping to record a video with him soon where I play the role of inquisitor and get to ask all those pesky “what if” questions that I think our audience wants to hear (or at least I do).
On the advice of Mr. Chen Kenichi, I started watching Damages so I’d have something to watch on Tuesday nights. I’ve already seen the first season, it’s pretty awesome. The entire first season is available for viewing on Hulu – check it out if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s pretty damn good. I’m going to catch up on the second season before next Tuesday and then begin watching Oz.
As seems to be standard with me these days, it takes a very tiny spark to set off an enormous theoretical tangent that keeps me writing far later than I ought to be. Instead of ruining a perfectly good popcorn-ready blog with another lengthy theory post, I’m going to just cut the rest off here and post it separately in a few days. What is it about??