Sunday, July 15, 2007
One of my fraternity brothers from Duke, John Armbrust, is in the top 30 and survived onto Day 6. The very least amount of money he will stand to win is $285,000, but he has a nice chip stack ($2.6 million) and he's a great player, so anything can happen.
He was in last place and down to a a couple hundred thousand chips before making a furious comeback. Here's a picture of him before making the run:
Here's an article on John written by Craig Cunningham of Pokerworks. Craig (cc) was a frequent commenter on this blog for a while before he got busy with his own website, Quest of a Closet Poker Player.
Check out John's blog to keep tabs on his experience, which he's been keeping since playing in a couple of other events. It's quite detailed and poker-heavy.
Best of luck to John the rest of the way, no matter what happens he's already made a great accomplishment and set himself up for a nice poker career, not to mention a good financial situation for the next few years!
John Armbrust's WSOP Blog
World Series of Poker Official Site
Thursday, June 28, 2007
MP3: Better Than Ezra - "Desperately Wanting"
MP3: Better Than Ezra - "Good"
MP3: Better Than Ezra - "A Lifetime"
MP3: Better Than Ezra - "Misunderstood"
MP3: Better Than Ezra - "Breathless"
MP3: Better Than Ezra - "Daylight"
Monday, June 25, 2007
MP3: Smashing Pumpkins - "Tarantula"
MP3: Spoon - "The Underdog"
Monday, May 14, 2007
Big Julio was born in 1958, in the midst of the early stages of the Cold War. Dwight Eisenhower was president of the United States, and in Cuba, a young, brash Fidel Castro was busy pissing off his neighbors to the north. NASA was yet to put a man in space, and the world's population was less than 3 billion, less than half the current population.
Over 15,000 players have played the great sport of baseball, and Julio Franco is the oldest of them all to hit a home run. Needless to say, Franco's accomplishment deserves some applause.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Here are just a few of the bands which highlight the dozens of bands:
My Morning Jacket
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
The event will be held August 3-5 in Chicago, the same weekend the Police, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Beastie Boys headline the V Festival here in Baltimore.
some tunes for your enjoyment:
MP3: Pearl Jam - "Alive"
MP3: Interpol - "C'mere"
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Even though the show has dropped off a little in quality since about Seasons 3 and 4 - a little too much time was spent with the Vito coming out of the closet storyline over the past season, for example - "The Sopranos" has consistently maintained a high level of output in bringing us the mob world of New Jersey. Picking up from the Martin Scorsese's gangster world of Goodfellas, the show has been a great ride, no matter how gratuitously violent or expletive-laden.
Things are going to go down in a glorious fury during these final episodes, and rumor has it that two main characters will get whacked/killed off. My guess is that Junior and Paulie will bite the bullet; Junior's dementia and desperation are too much for him to handle, and Paulie's hot temper and past trangressions will probably be his downfall. Christopher would be a prime cadidate, but he should survive. Silvio is too level-headed and careful to get whacked, and while it would be interesting to see the writers kill off Tony in the end, I don't think we'll see it happen (although another attempted hit against him wouldn't be surprising).
Regardless of what transpires, these last nine episodes should be a fuckin' blast.
Here's a video of every single death/whacking on the show:
MP3: A3 - "Woke Up This Morning" (Sopranos Theme Song)
Saturday, March 31, 2007
MP3: Neil Young - "Old Man"
Monday, March 12, 2007
Here's my favorite song from last year, "A Certain Romance", a catchy guitar-driven tune, along with a couple others:
MP3: Arctic Monkeys - "A Certain Romance" [buy]
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
MP3: the Killers - "Read My Mind" [buy]
MP3: Incubus - "Dig" [buy]
MP3: Bloc Party - "I Still Remember" [buy]
MP3: Arcade Fire - "Intervention" (live on SNL) [buy]
Let me know what you think.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Below is a video clip of one of my favorite games between the two schools, from 2001 when Duke came back from 10 points down and less than one minute left to play, tying the game at the end of regulation before ultimately winning in overtime. It remains as perhaps my favorite sports moment, and I was lucky enough to have witnessed it in person.
After the win, Maryland started regularly beating Duke at home and away at Cameron Indoor; perhaps the 2001 comeback was a big reason for Maryland taking their play to another level against their hated ACC rivals.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Rage Against the Machine where a force in the 90's, introducing a form of rap-metal which dozens of bands have miserably failed to imitate. Despite the fact most of the band continued on in the form of Audioslave (Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford plus Chris Cornell) - a good band in their own right - nothing can match the intensity of the original lineup. I managed to catch Rage live at the 2000 HFStival in DC, and I'm happy I was able to witness one of the most powerful live acts of my generation before they called it quits.
Whether or not the band will stick together beyond the festival date seems uncertain, but ideally Zack de la Rocha and company will find a way to record again.
MP3: Rage Against the Machine - "Bulls on Parade"
MP3: Rage Against the Machine - "Wake Up"
MP3: Rage Against the Machine - "Guerrilla Radio"
Rage Against the Machine Official Site
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Cal received 98.5% of the vote, which is a record for a position player and quite an accomplishment considering a lot of baseball writers who cast ballots refuse to vote for players for reasons having nothing to due with the player's merits. One sportswriter submitted a blank ballot because he lumped Ripken and fellow inductee Tony Gwynn in with "the Steroids Era", and the writer refused to vote for anyone until more is known about steroids. Other writers (otherwise known as assclowns) just don't vote for any players on their first ballot out of principle.
A well deserved honor for one of the games best shortstops and a Baltimore icon.
Monday, January 01, 2007
2007 seems to be a much more promising year. We'll get highly anticipated new albums from Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, and Wilco. We'll also get sophomore efforts from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Arcade Fire (which could be brilliant or huge letdowns), along with new records from indie darlings the Shins (their Wincing the Night Away is already getting early positive buzz) and mid-tempo rockers Spoon. Add in possible albums from U2 and R.E.M. late in the year, and the future looks good.
Here's to a solid '07.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
When I first saw previews for the new Bond flick, I had trouble buying into Daniel Craig as the new 007. While Pierce Brosnan isn't a remarkable actor, I had gotten used to seeing him in the last few installments of the series. All of those films were fairly entertaining, with Goldeneye the best of the Brosnan era. But whereas Brosnan played Bond with a smartass confidence, Craig takes a much more raw approach which reveals more character than Brosnan ever did. Brosnan fulfilled a stereotype and caricature, never really providing any depth to the character. In Casino Royale, Craig is believable as a young, brash MI6 agent starting out his career, with a few missteps along the way to becoming an elite secret agent. Complex action scenes and fancy gadgets take a seat in favor of plot development during which the hero and villians take turns trying to outmaneuver each other. This was effectively accomplished in the setting of a super high-stakes poker tournament with millions on the line. It was good to see poker playing such a large role, as the poker scenes were interesting; several hands between Bond and the villian, Le Chiffre, are played out to dramatic effect.
As far as action movies go, Casino Royale is well done and worth seeing. With a new Bond on board, it looks like the franchise is headed in the right direction.