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(no subject) [Jul. 1st, 2011|12:13 am]
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Hey! I've been talking about a podcast for some time it's here(<-- go ahead and click it -- I know you want to)

Yes, I know the sound isn't the greatest, and ... ah, for good or bad I'll be doing one of these monthly for the next year.
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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2011|11:48 am]
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I woke up feeling awful today. My old sinus problems have been acting up. So combine a massive sinus headache with a stiff neck -- That's been puzzling me, this past year I've been getting stiff necks along with my sinus headaches. They never used to go together, but they have been this year. Seems strange to me.

Anyway, combine the above with sore legs from the exercises I've been doing with them. Throw in a sore back (I think it was a sympathy protest to show its support of my the sore legs), and you pretty much have how I felt this morning.

Because of the way I'm feeling, I'm skipping my exercises today. When I get back to it I'm adding some back and leg stretches to the routine.

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So I log onto the internet today. I see my old college is having a contest to drum up people liking their new official facebook page, and will be giving prizes away at the end of the month from random drawings of everyone who has liked the page.

A 3G kindle is main prize. I'd really like that. Although the $100 second prize would be nice too, and then a bunch of other stuff.

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I'm debating about doing yard work or cleaning inside the house today.

Outside, I can't decided if I've made a mistake or not. I've been battling seedlings sprouting up everywhere. Last year I noticed one growing along my fence line and it sort of had its main branch woven among the chain links of my fence. Instead of chopping it up I wove the side branches into the fence too.

This past Wednesday, I looked at that tree still going strong woven amid my chain link. I took some pruning shears and cut that tree back to just the fence leaving it like a vine growing into the fence. It's not that nice to look at right now, but I'm thinking maybe a few years down the road if I keep it trimmed to stay woven into the fence it might look nice.

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I'd like to type more, and I'm sure there are plenty of topics I could touch on if my sinus headachey brain wasn't befuddled by that headache. Right now though, I can't think of anything else to add here.

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Update: Oh, yeah, reading some poker news today made me want to add this. I'm still holding with my prediction that nothing will happen to change online poker's status in the US until after the 2012 elections despite the Barton Bill that's trying to go through today (I do hope it gets farther than I think it will).
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(no subject) [Jun. 11th, 2011|11:42 pm]
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I'm in a blah mood tonight. ~shrugging~

I watched Dr. Who tonight. Can't say I'm that surprised by the big reveal at the end (no spoilers by saying more than that). However, I am a bit unhappy that the show is going on it's summer break. I didn't realize that was happening and there'd be no more new ep's for a few months.

I've also pretty much canceled every bill I was paying. No more land phone line, no more access to the premium stuff on the chess website. I haven't been subscribed to my pirate game for months. If I had the money, I'd almost be tempted to re-sub there just to play their poker games.

I was reading news about the World Series of Poker tonight, and it was making me miss online poker.

I also wrote a bit for that podcast I'm going to be starting. I'm wavering between thinking it'll be fun (at least for me, if no one else. Although I'm hoping someone will like it too), and thinking it's just another of my foolish ideas.

Ah, not much to say.
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2011|01:48 pm]
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Has anyone seen my motivation? I seemed to have lost it in this last week or two. I haven't really been able to bring myself to do much lately.

I've a long list of things that need to be done. Ah, ...

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On the hopeful side, the check engine light isn't on any more. If it stays off this weekend maybe I'll go for an emission test on Monday and see if I can't get this year's plate for the car.

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The other day, I wrote back to the guy who offered me a microphone. He hasn't replied yet, but given how slow I've been in my responses to him, ... Ah, fair's fair, I can't really complain about how long he's taking to reply.

While a free mic is more in my price range (if that guy's offer is still good), and I really shouldn't spend money on one when I need to get a wedding present, I'm tempted to break down and get myself a semi-decent one for $30 or so.

Ah, maybe if I have that much left over after I buy the present, I'll reward myself by buying a mic.

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Oh, a while back I talked about joining a group dedicated to practicing languages. I pretty much gave up on that group. The other day I received a message saying I had a massage waiting over there. So I logged on and checked. It was from the site itself. The message basically said you haven't logged in lately, and we delete inactive accounts. So log in more.

Well, I logged in to check that stupid message. Although, I'd have no problem if they do delete my account there.

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Ah, that's enough for now. I prob should look for where my motivation went and if I find it do something. Maybe my motivation slipped under the couch.
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(no subject) [Apr. 27th, 2011|04:01 pm]
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Update time, I think:

First of all, at least I think Wordnik.com is kinda a neat site. Its goal is to try to be a dictionary for every word that exists. Good luck to that, but the cascade of words falling down the screen on the main page is kinda neat if you're a word of the day type person.

I found that site through listening to this speech: http://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_redefines_the_dictionary.html

While I'm sure it will pass, I'm on a bit of a TED kick right now and playing a video they have every 3 or 4 days.

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Also, I took another step closer to actually having a podcast the other day. I've been emailing a guy who is the co-host of a podcast I like, and he actually lives fairly close to me too (about a 45 minute drive).

One of the things we talked about is sound quality. I do need a better mic for my podcasts, and he surprised me the other day by saying if I'm willing to go get it from him, he'd give me one of his older microphones that I could use. It's a tempting offer.

Although, I'm almost as bad as Nero Wolfe when it comes to leaving my house, so I'll have to think it over a bit. (lol we'll see how many get that reference -- shouldn't be too difficult).

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Having been forced to give up poker for a time, I need to readjust my schedule. Right now, I'm still ... adjusting. I kinda have plans but between having a string of late nights at Mom's house and other distractions, I haven't had time to settle into the new schedule I'd like.

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Plus if it ever stops raining, I really need to get my grass cut. Both my yard and Mom's, are looking horrible. I'm fairly sure my mower will start, but given I haven't been doing the maintenance on it, I'm always worried in the spring the first time I try to start it.

(Chicago trib news story about all the rain: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-yes-it-just-hasnt-stopped-raining-this-month-20110427,0,6903310.story)
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I guess that's about it. Later, all.
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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2011|02:58 pm]
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It's been a rainy, blah week so far; and right now my mood kinda matches it.

Ah, just gotta keep on keeping on, I guess. Although, the way I'm feeling that isn't an easy trick.

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Say does anyone use ghostery with the chrome browser? With my Firefox browser it works great, but on chrome, well, the chrome version of ghostery doesn't seem to work with the lernu.net website. I'll set it to block cookies, but after visiting lernu.com ... well, it doesn't seem to block anything on that site. Very strange.

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I also heard that ABC is canceling All My Children and One Life to Live. AMC I don't care about, but I used to watch OLTL, and still occasionally tune in. Sad to hear it will come to an end next January.

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Speaking of sad news, I learned of two deaths yesterday that affected me. First I heard about the actress Elisabeth Sladen passed away. For those of you who remember Dr. Who from back in the 1970's and '80, she was Sarah Jane Smith on that show. From what I read, she was only 63 when she passed away yesterday too. Far too young.

After hearing about her, I logged on to face book to find one of my old fraternity brothers had changed his profile picture to a woman's picture. Reading his entries there, I learned his mother passed away yesterday too. I wish there was something I could do for him.

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Moving on to more pleasant things, I finally rsvp'ed to my Godson's wedding invite. It's in the mail only 4 days after they wanted it sent.

As for the other relative who's getting married a few weeks later, well, I haven't even got the invite for that yet (although through the family grapevine, I hear they are having problems dealing with the printer for those invites).

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and just one minor brag that prob. isn't worth bragging about. Because my opponent didn't make his move in time, I won my first chess game over on Chess.com. My rating jumped up to 1330. I was kinda tickled about that. Years and years ago, when I was active with an email chess group ... well, we'll leave it at the fact I was never above a 1200 rating with that group.

Growing up I was told by more than one person that I "should be good at chess." I wasn't. Looking back, I think it was a combination of that over-expectation and my unwillingness to try and learn chess theory for the reason why I wasn't as good as everyone put it in my head I should have been.

Now, well, studying chess isn't top on my to do list, but it's there now, and I've even decided that of the chess masters Tigran Petrosian's style seems the most like what I'd like to strive for achieving.

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Finally, while this is prob. more a topic for my unused poker journal, I'm writing here now so ... I'll write this here now. I don't think anyone who knows me would be surprised I've been following the news coverage of Black Friday as the poker community has started calling last Friday.

Everything I've been reading has pretty much confirmed my initial impression. For the short term, internet poker in the US is now dead (well, not counting the 3rd tier sites that are a bit too iffy for me to use, and not big enough for the government to go after right now).

Anyway, I'd almost be willing to put money down that within 5 years there will be government-regulated internet poker of some sort here in the US, which is want the majority of internet poker players wanted in the first place.
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(no subject) [Apr. 16th, 2011|02:31 am]
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What a day. As you may or may not have heard, internet poker is pretty much dead for the US right now. I've been stressing over some Mom stuff for a few weeks now, and poker was my major stress release. I'm tempted to write about it in my poker journal (basically, short term internet poker's dead, but long term this may have hurried up the legalization of internet poker here in the United States).

::::stopping to clean up after an incident involving coughing and a mouthful of hot chocolate:::::::

Um, now where was I?

Ah, anyway, I'll touch on a few points then ... who knows.

Long story short about my car -- $820 to make it street legal again. ~sigh~

I really don't know about doing a podcast, but I think I'll commit myself to doing 12 episodes (one year's worth) and then prob. kill it then if I get the grand total of no one listening that I expect. Then I can take that off my bucket list either way.

ah, I have a note to mention about a forum topic over in lernu.net. Seems a lady over there wrote a story with some characters who spoke Esperanto. The lady sent it to a publisher and they are printing it. Except apparently now that it's too late for the author to do anything about it the publisher has changed her Esperanto into French instead. She's not too happy about that, and I can't blame her.

Well, that's about it for me for now.

Quote of the day
-But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.-
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(no subject) [Apr. 6th, 2011|01:58 pm]
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Testing, testing, is this thing on? I tried to post here last night only to find the site down. As for today, well, it seems I can't type passwords correctly. It took a few tries to get into a couple different sites I need to use a password for.

I should be going to get my car looked at again, but I think I'll type this first.

Since my last entry I had my first (two!) bad DVD's from netflix. I requested the movie Zardoz, and well my DVD player kept freezing just as it got to the main menu. I reported it and sent it back they sent me another Zardoz disk and I had the same problem.

I finally wound up watching it via the internet (having to stop several times to re-buffer). Interesting movie.

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Speaking of interesting movies, I watched "An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrist" last night on the documentary channel. It was an interesting movie about a guy who, to keep himself from making another suicide attempt, made a list of 52 things to do (one thing per week for a year) and one of the things on the list was make a movie. The movie was him doing the list and fighting depression.

It made me think of making a list of things to do. I just might try that, but ... ah, we'll see.

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I've been wavering about starting a real podcast rather than the test runs I posted a link to so long ago. Some days I think "why should I bother?", and other days "it'll be fun even if no one listens." Ah, right now I'm thinking I should do a few and see what happens from there. I just don't know about this anymore.

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I've been listening to DaHjaj-Hol. A podcast for learning tlhIngan Hol. Judging by the podcast, I've been very badly mispronouncing my Klingon. ah, ... another I just don't know bit I guess.

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Finally, another kinda dumb thing I did was sign up for a week of free email chess lessons a grandmaster chess player offered to the first 200 people who registered at his new website. I'm one of the first 200 and the lessons started this past Monday. Ah, ...

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Wow, I just glanced at the clock. I really need to get moving if I'm taking my car to a mechanic today. Hadn't realized what little I typed above took nearly 20 minutes.

'til next time, y'all.
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(no subject) [Mar. 5th, 2011|01:18 pm]
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I'm playing my daily poker, and calming down from a bit of an unusual morning. Mom's helper interrupted my first poker session (and cost me a bit of money because of her interrupting me ~sigh~). Anyway, Mom wasn't hearing her knocking so she came over here for me to go there and let her in.

So I'm back and playing again. It doesn't help that today's poker target is a rather poor loser and gets very visceral after he loses each pot. Ah, but it gives me practice to get a bit of a tougher skin. Oh, never mind, that guy just left while I was typing this. Ah, time to get a new target.

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Moving on, that bamboo I was trying to save didn't make it. Even the branch that had shown signs of life is now dead. :/

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Earlier in the week there was a bit of excitement by Mom's house. At about 8 at night I stepped out to do some late night grocery shopping for Mom. There was a lot of cars park all around Mom's part of the block, as I got closer I saw they were all police cars at least 5 parked all around Mom's house, and while none of them were flashing, the police car right in front of my car had been abandoned with the motor still running.

When I got back from shopping they were all gone. I told Mom and the next day she called a neighbor. Apparently, there was a break-in across the street from Mom's house, and the young 20 something kid who lives there walked in on them. I guess the burglars ran one way and the kid ran to the very lady's house that Mom happened to call.

So that was the most exciting thing that happened this week.

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It's March and I said I'd switch back to studying tlhIngan Hol. It's funny when I first start Esperanto I had to actively learn not to say the Klingon word maj when expressing my satisfaction at something. Now that I'm switching back to Klingon, I'm having trouble not saying the Esperanto words bona or bonega instead of maj or majQa'.

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I mentioned I joined chess.com and kinda like the website. Well, the honeymoon is over. Now that I'm into a game against a guy rated 2100+ (and me never having broke the average rating of 1200 back when I actively played last time). Um, I'm getting my rooks kicked (if you'll excuse that euphemism).

I don't mind losing if I at least I feel I can give the person a challenge. I'm not getting that feeling right now. Ah, I signed up for the free 10 day premium membership, and I will say at that level there are some good training aids to learning/improving a person's game.

Ah, if I can find some people closer to my skill level to play against there, I might stick with it, but right now I'm leaning toward leaving the site when that 10 premium membership trial is over, or I lose the game I'm playing -- whichever comes last.

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I guess that's all for now.
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2011|03:17 pm]
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Update time.

First of all --- Whoa! Um, before I logged out the last time I was at this site I updated the ... ah, something in the settings part from the old to the new display. My friend's page is now completely different. It's going to take a bit for me to get used to it. In the mean time, I'm more likely than ever to miss a friends post till I get used to navigating the new format.

I hadn't realized I was trashing my old friend's page display. That was the surprise I got just now when I tried catching up with everyone.

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Now on with my regularly scheduled update.

Was it just a week ago that H was here? It was another all too short visit from her last weekend.

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And once again, going over some notes I made for this entry, most of the stuff doesn't really seem worth putting in here any more.

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I joined chess.com this past week. Someone in the lernu.net forum started an Esperanto Chess club at that website and I became its 5th member. As of just today that club has an amazing 6 members! lol

I had a brief moment of thinking of starting a Klingon group at that website, but if the Esperanto language bunch only was able to get 6 members, and so far the only activity there is all six of us writing a brief intro in Esperanto about ourselves. That's it as far as I can tell for group activity. I have a feeling if I started a Klingon group it prob. would be just as DOA as this Esperanto group seems to be so far.

Although, if you're into chess, chess.com does seem to be a very neat website dedicated to the game (playing/teaching/socializing/general news/ ... ect.)

Even with just the free basic membership, I wound up with yet another email address through them. (Nitemirror@chess.com) -- I've got so many email address now ... I actively use maybe 4 but I easily have double that, and several I've abandoned/forgotten too.

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Moving on, the Cubs are in spring training. I'm not sure when, but the first training game has to be just a week or two away. It's going to be very strange turning the radio on to listen to the games this year and not hearing Ron Santo. :-/

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Oh, on a could be good news front, one of those money finding places contact Mom and I saying that Dad had a fair amount of money and, for 10% of it, this guy would help us get it (he gets nothing if we get nothing). We'll see what comes of that.

Right now, money is so tight needed things are been skipped because we can't afford them. So that would a nice little windfall, if it pans out. If only as temporary fix to our money troubles.

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I'm not happy about it, but Mom got an invite to the wedding shower of my godson's future bride, and she wants me to drive her to it. That'll be a fun day of one long drive, staying out of the way of a bunch of ladies, and then another long drive back.

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Hmm, looking over my list of stuff to put here, the rest isn't really worth mentioning. So I'll end this here.

:::::stopping and turning my head, listening::::: Um, I think I just heard accordion music outside. That was weird.

Anyway, later all.
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