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          Headsup: The Art of Magic the Gathering - Amonkhet        
Even if you aren't a gamer, you've probably at least heard of Magic: The Gathering, the very first fantasy trading card game which was created by Wizards of the Coast back in 1993.  Over the past two decades, the game has grown to include over seventy-five expansion sets and even has an organized international tournament system (including professional players who can win tens of thousands of dollars from a single tournament).  It has also won multiple awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, and is available in eleven different languages. If you are one of the twenty million Magic fans (in more than seventy countries),  you'll be happy to know that The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet, the fourth volume in a series of coffee table books featuring the award-winning artwork in the beloved game, is now available.  In this volume, readers meet the inhabitants of the desert oasis of Amonkhet, whose lives revolve around a series of trials completed in preparation for the return of the God-Pharaoh.  This 240-page hardcover book features full-color illustrations from a variety of artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, among others.  In addition to the beautiful artwork, Senior Game Designer James Wyatt also provides some insight into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Amonkhet. The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet is currently available on Amazon for $27.17; not bad considering how hefty a book this is (it weighs around four pounds and measures almost two feet wide when open)...a […]
          Headsup: Girls Kicking Butt        
  Out now are two titles for fans that are all about girl power:   First we have Ghost in the Shell, the American action/sci-fi film directed by Rupert Sanders based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow (for our recent feature on the animated Ghost in the Shell steelbook release, click here).  The film tells the story of Major (Scarlett Johansson), a futuristic cyborg supersoldier who was designed to fight against cyber-crime but discovers that events in her past may not be what her creators led her to believe.  As she delves into the mystery of her own identity, Major is forced to follow what is left of her human instincts to decide who she can and can't trust, and must reconcile who she thought she was with who she may truly be instead. The film is now out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD. In addition to the film, the Blu-ray sets also boast almost an hour of extras, including "Hard-Wired Humanity: Making of Ghost in the Shell" (a 30-minute behind-the-scenes feature with interviews from the cast and crew, covering topics such as character preparation, stunts, costume-making and the adaptation of the manga source material into the current film), "Section 9: Cyber Defenders" (an 11-minute examination of Major's crime-fighting team and their individual specialized super-soldier abilities), and "Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy" (a ten-minute featurette that takes a look into the real-life science behind robotics and the future possibilities […]
          Your Weekend Justice #249: Something Funny With Synchronicity        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...we sort out the archives, with this gem, recorded in 1823. Agenda: Desk cliffhanger resolved Rob and Anti-Rob meet at last Sideways into sportstalk Nightvale Making a Murderer Unnatural selection Sodomy will save us all X-Files returns Time has taken its toll Heroin probably will not save us all Super Bowl = sex Clash of the Batman soundtracks Legends of Tomorrow Rock Lobster! Star Trek’s new show Losing yourself in Clive Owen WTF happened to the Gobots? Shared universe gold rush! Anticipating DCEU mayhem Anticipating Civil War ABBA in space Jessica Jones & Luke Cage MCU on ABC...or not Captain America & Infinity War Trying to fix Fantastic Four Marvel, post-Secret Wars DC relaunch...again Eagle hate Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Psychic Warfare. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed for all our podcasts is here. And just Weekend Justice is […]
          Headsup: Independent Film Friday #2        
     The first week of August is just around the corner, and with it come some new titles for the independent film junkie:   First is Fipresci Prize winner Red Leaves, Israeli-Ethiopian director Bazi Gete's feature-length debut film which tells the tale of Meseganio Tadela (Debebe Eshetu), a 74-year-old Ethiopian immigrant living in Israel who has recently become a widower.  After deciding that he will sell his apartment and live alternately with his two adult sons (regardless of their feelings on the matter), the harsh reality of Tadela's role as an unassimilated patriarch clinging to the past clashes with the realities of living in modern Israel as he struggles to pass on the values of his culture and his life to those around him before his chance is gone.  The movie is out from IndiePix Films on August 1 on DVD (at $24.95 suggested retail) as well as the streaming subscription service IndiePix Unlimited.  For an insight into the film, check out the trailer below:     Next up is 1944, Estonia's Official Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016.  Directed by Elmo Nüganen, 1944 takes an inside look into the effects of Estonia's occupation during WWII (first by Soviet Russia and then by Nazi Germany) when tens of thousands of men of combat age in the Baltic country were forced to fight for the Soviet and Nazi forces.  Friends and neighbors were facing each other on the battlefield, with the country torn apart as a result.   The story (written by […]
          Headsup: Tested Loyalties        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first two titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   Out this month are three titles whose characters must deal with the challenges that come when loyalties and circumstance collide:   First we have Season Four of The 100, the post-apocalyptic drama that tells the story of inhabitants of a space habitat ("The Ark") who return to Earth after a massive nuclear event (which caused an almost total extinction of the human population) and their interactions with those on Earth who survived.  In this season, the characters are reeling from the all-out war in Season Three while at the same time are faced with the discovery that Earth's atmosphere will soon be set on fire due to the meltdown of the existing nuclear reactors from lack of maintenance.  Clarke and others try to find a solution using the Nightbloods' natural immunity to radiation while the twelve clans are faced with the decision of selecting those among them who will be afforded protection for five years in a newly-discovered bunker.  Alliances are tested, relationships strained, and everyone must again fight for their own rights of survival. Now out on DVD and Blu-ray is The 100: The Complete Fourth Season, which includes all thirteen episodes as well as bonus features, including the featurettes "From Outcasts to Leaders" (which examines the under-fire maturation of The 100), "Creating a Post-Apocalyptic World" (which looks at the […]
          Headsup: A Dose of the Sillies        
  If you need a little bit of silliness mixed into your weekend, check out these recently released titles:   First up is The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends featuring game-changing comedians Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy.  This three-disc collection includes nine episodes of The Tonight Show that span across the seventies, eighties, and nineties in the heyday of host Johnny Carson.  All nine shows are complete (including the commercials from when they aired— a fun bonus!) and have not been previously released for retail.  Disc One includes three episodes (from 1976, 1982, and 1991) with the legendary once-banished guest (and eventual fill in host) Steve Martin, who appears alongside Jimmy Stewart, Karen Black, Sylvester Stallone, Cathy Ladman, Leon Redbone, and others.  Disc Two centers on the incomparable Robin Williams, whose three episodes (one from 1984 and two from 1991) show the unpredictable entertainer cracking Johnny up as he appears with Phyllis Newman, Steve Lawrence, Jonathan Winters, and Park Overall.  Disc Three belongs to Eddie Murphy, whose three episodes (all from 1982) show how Murphy skyrocketed to stardom in less than a year as he appears with fellow guests McLean Stevenson, Wayne Rogers, Albert Hague, Randal "Tex" Cobb, and Angela Bofill.  The DVD set is out now from Time Life but isn't available on Amazon (except for one third party seller here) or Barnes and Noble as of yet, so keep an eye out for it at other places (suggested retail: $29.95).     Next […]
          Headsup: Independent Film Friday #1        
  If you're an independent film buff, one (or more!) of these titles may be right up your alley...   From Candy Factory Films comes Wichita, a horror flick that follows Jeb (played by Trevor Peterson), a failing children's show director desperate to save his job by leading a work-intensive writers' retreat in Aspen.   As the "retreat" progresses, Jeb is pushed to the brink and turns his frustrations outward as hidden cameras capture the homicidal results of his ever-deepening psychotic rage. The film co-stars Caitlin Gerard (as Natalie), Persia White (as Raven), Demetri Goritsas (as Clark) and Christopher Robles (as Billy) and was directed by Matthew Ward and Justyn Ah Chong. You can rent or purchase digitally on Amazon (for $4.99 and $9.99 respectively) and see the trailer below for a preview.   Taking its name from the final line of T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Dry Salvages," Life of Significant Soil follows a couple whose relationship has outlasted their love for each other as they find themselves trapped in their last day together.  Starring Alexis Mouyiari (as Conor) and Charlotte Bydwell (as Addison), the film examines the building blocks of a once bright relationship and seeks to solve the mystery of how to keep its flame from self-extinguishing.  The film is the feature-length debut of director Michael Irish and was nominated for "Best Showcase Feature Film" in the 2016 Soho Film Festival and won "Best Feature Film" at both the Art of Bklyn Film Festival and the Tampa Bay Underground […]
          Headsup: Kids' Corner #1        
  Summertime is well underway, so if you need something to fill the spaces between the pool, summer camp, and building awesome forts outside, check out these kid-friendly titles…...   First up is Bunnicula, the new animated series loosely based on the book (of the same name) many of us read and loved as kids by James and Deborah Howe.  The story revolves about a vampiric bunny rabbit who instead of blood thirsts for vegetable juice, which gives him supernatural powers.  In this (comedic) series, Bunnicula (voiced by Chris Kattan) teams up with his adoptive human Mina (a New Orleans teenager, voiced by Kari Wahlgren), Harold (her easy-go-lucky dog, voiced by Brian Kimmet), and Chester (her anxiety-ridden cat, voiced by Sean Astin) for otherworldly adventures with lots of laughs along the way.  The series premiered in February of 2016 and is currently airing on Cartoon Network. Bunnicula: Season One, Part One is out now from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, which includes the first twenty episodes of the series across two DVDs.  The set is now available on Amazon for $10.86 and you can get a taste of the show with the clip below. Rating: Not Rated Episode Runtime: 11 minutes       Next we have Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which pairs the rambunctious cartoon cat-and-mouse duo with beloved Roald Dahl icon Willy Wonka and other familiar characters.  Based on a combination of Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the 1971 family film […]
          Headsup: Faces of the Past        
  Out now are two historical documentary series that explore the stories of people from the past, from ancient times through today:   First we have The Story of China, written and hosted by the gold-standard-making historian Michael Wood.  In this six-part documentary about the oldest continuous state on earth, Wood follows the stories of characters who formed China's history and cultural identity, including those who led the Tang, Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties from 1500 BC to the twentieth century along with leaders in science, literature, and revolutionary political movements.  A sprawling and vibrant story (charmingly told in Wood's posh British accent), The Story of China brings viewers face-to-face with the likes of The First Emperor, Xuanzang (famed Buddhist traveler), Su Song (often referred to as "China's Leonardo da Vinci"), Li Qingzhao (a female poet), and Mao Zedong (the Communist revolutionary also known as "Chairman Mao"), among many others.  On his historical journey, Wood also examines the places where these stories took place, taking viewers back in time to see the Silk Road, the Yellow River, the Grand Canal, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and other amazing places that were the backdrop of China's journey over the last four thousand years.  If you just want to check out the series (and haven't caught it live on PBS), you can currently watch it online at PBS.org (although this will most likely be a short-lived option, so if you want to check it out for free, do it asap).  For those who want […]
          Headsup: Giggles and Guffaws        
  Out now are two titles to help you get some much-needed laughter:   First we have Hee Haw, which was actually created as "the rural alternative" to Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and ran during some of the same years as its counterpart (1969-1971) before hitting its long-lasting syndication.  A comedy variety show set in fictional rural "Kornfield Kounty" and hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, Hee Haw was originally made to be a summer replacement series for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  It ended up gaining such popularity that even when it was cancelled in CBS's "Rural Purge" of 1971 (along with other "country" shows shows The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D., and Green Acres) in an effort to focus on the network's more affluent/urban viewers, the show was quickly picked up for syndication, where it stayed for a record-setting twenty-one years (making it the longest-running weekly syndicated original series in television history). Now out from Time Life is the two-disc set Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone!, which includes four rarely-seen episodes from the show which aired between 1969 and 1973.  These classic episodes include sketches such as "Pickin' and Grinnin," "Archie's Barbershop," "Hey, Grandpa, What's for Supper?", "The KORN News," and "Rindercella" and feature guest stars Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and George Jones, among others.  The set is currently available at Amazon on DVD for $22.44.  No special features on this one, but if you just want a taste of Kornfield Kounty homespun fun, this is […]
          Headsup: Love, Family, and Otherworldly Powers        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   Out now are two titles dealing with power struggles, sex, sibling rivalry, and other forces that move men's souls...   First we have The Vampire Diaries, the story of a love triangle between teenage heroine Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and two brothers, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), which just happens to be set against the backdrop of the world of modern-day vampires.  Based on the L.J. Smith novel series of the same name, the show premiered in September of 2009 and has had a successful run ever since. It garnered 112 award nominations and 37 wins, including multiple People's Choice, Teen Choice, and Young Hollywood Awards.  Season eight follows Damon and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) as they continue to kill people while under the influence of a powerful and evil force, while at the same time Stefan, Caroline (Candice King), Bonnie (Kat Graham), and Alaric (Matt Davis) search for answers about the mysterious disappearance at the end of season seven.  Matt (Zach Roerig) is in the mix as well, as it becomes apparent that an unknown family connection to Mystic Falls may be the key to saving the town from being destroyed. Now out on DVD and Blu-ray is the eighth and final season, which includes all sixteen episodes plus some bonus features, including a 14-minute featurette ("Last Days As A Vampire"), a retrospective […]
          Headsup: From Across the Pond        
  Out soon are two releases from European artists:   First we have a collection of some of the lesser-known films of Jacques Rivette, a French film director and critic famed for his work during the New Wave movement in French cinema in the 1950s and 60s.  Rivette began his career as a filmmaker at age twenty and over the course of his career made twenty-nine films (including notable titles L'amour fou (1969), Out 1 (1971), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), and La Belle Noiseuse (1991) ).  Now available from Arrow Academy is The Jacques Rivette Collection, a trio of films from the latter part of his career.  In 1975, Rivette and Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff (producer from Out 1) again joined forces with the goal of creating a love story, an adventure, a fantasy thriller, and a musical as a quartet of interconnected films dubbed Scènes de la vie parallèle, with each revolving around two central female characters.  Unfortunately, after the back-to-back filming of Noroît (an adventure story of two pirates) and Duelle (a fantasy about the Queen of the Night and the Queen of the Sun) in the spring of 1975, Rivette suffered a breakdown a few days into production for Marie et Julien (which would have been the love story in the series); the director later said that he "broke down physically" and "had overestimated [his] own strength".  After a year of recovery, the idea of the film quartet was abandoned and Rivette turned to Merry-Go-Round (a surreal detective film), which ran into multiple production problems and though […]
          Headsup: MURDER!!        
  ** Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.**   Out now are two titles that deal with stories of people who have broken that all-important sixth commandment and of those who pursue them for their crime(s):   First up is the fifth season of Major Crimes, the spinoff of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series The Closer, which ran on TNT from 2005-2012 (ending when its star Kyra Sedgwick decided it was time to pursue other projects).  The storyline and main characters were so well-loved that creators literally didn't skip a beat between the two shows, airing the premiere of Major Crimes on the same night as the finale of The Closer. Major Crimes follows the case-by-case challenges of the (fictional) Major Crimes Division of the LAPD and the interpersonal relationships between its officers.  Starring two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, the primary cast also includes G. W. Bailey (as Detective Lieutenant Louie Provenza), Tony Denison (as Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn), Michael Paul Chan (as Detective Lieutenant Michael Tao), Raymond Cruz (as Detective Julio Sanchez), Kearran Giovanni (as Detective Amy Sykes), Phillip P. Keene (as Buzz Watson), Graham Patrick Martin (as Rusty Beck), and Robert Gossett (as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor). Major Crimes has enjoyed high ratings from the start: its premiere episode garnered 9.5 million viewers (the largest viewership for a series premiere on basic cable), and its first […]
          Headsup: Girls Being Super        
  ** Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of both of the titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.**   Available now are two films from DC/Warner Brothers celebrating mega girl power:   Out just in time to wet fans' appetites for the live-action Wonder Woman film hitting theaters this Friday (Thursday in select cities), the feature-length animated film Wonder Woman is available in a commemorative edition DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack.  The film tells the story of Diana, an Amazonian princess who leaves the sanctuary of the idyllic man-free island Themyscira to chase after Ares, the God of War, bent on creating world chaos and eventual extinction. With the help of U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor, Diana must navigate the modern world in an attempt to save her own from destruction.  The awards-laden cast includes Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (The Americans, Waitress, Felicity) as Diana/Wonder Woman, People's Choice winner Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly) as Steve Trevor, Tony Award nominee Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Chocolat) as Ares, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Sin City) as Artemis, Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman) as Hippolyta, David McCallum (NCIS, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as Zeus, Emmy winner Marg Helgenberger (CSI, China Beach) as Hera, Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chicago Med) as Hades, and Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio, Godzilla) as Persephone. Released direct to DVD in 2009 (the fourth in the line of DC Universe Animated Original Movies released by Warner Premiere and Warner Brothers Animation), the film […]
          Headsup: The 4400: The Complete Series        
If you're a fan of The 4400, you probably know a lot about the show, but did you realize it's already been ten years since it went off the air? If you're unfamiliar with the series, it's the story of what happens when 4,400 people who have gone missing over the past several decades suddenly reappear in Washington State (at the same age they were when they disappeared) via a mysterious ball of light.  As the NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command) division of Homeland Security struggles to solve the mystery of what has happened, they are presented with an additional challenge when members of The 4400 begin to develop superhuman powers such as mega strength, telekinesis, and the ability to see through walls. Starring Joel Gretsch (as Tom Baldwin) and Jacqueline McKenzie (as Diana Skouris), the show was popular with its fan base and was even nominated for three Emmy Awards, but took some creative hits during the Writers Guild strike and was taken off of USA's lineup in 2007.  When the show was cancelled with Season 4 ending in a cliffhanger, disappointment-fueled fans launched a campaign to bring the show back on the air (but, sadly, were unsuccessful). In October 2008 CBS/Paramount released a complete series DVD collection which included all four seasons of the show along with the bonus features that had been part of the single season releases (including audio commentaries, featurettes, a Director's cut of the episode "The Great Leap Forward", and gag reels) along with a disc of new […]
          Headsup: A Tale of Two Cities        
  Out now are the complete sets of two shows which combine a series-long love letter to their respective cities with crime fighting protagonists who navigate them:   In The Streets of San Francisco, two cops search for perpetrators of homicides in the City by the Bay in deliciously seventies style.  The show kicked off a week before its September 1972 series premiere with a pilot movie (same title) based on Carolyn Weston's detective novel, Poor, Poor Ophelia, and then ran for a straight five years to 1977.  The series starred Oscar winners Karl Malden (as veteran cop Michael Stone) and a very young Michael Douglas (as rookie Steve Keller) along with a heck of a lot of Ford cars (Ford Motor Company being the main sponsor for the show).  Filmed entirely on location, the story revolved around the duo investigating murders in San Francisco and Stone mentoring Keller as he learns about police work.  Guest stars were frequent and impressive, including Dean Stockwell, Pernell Roberts, Tom Selleck, Leslie Nielsen, James Woods, Nick Nolte, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Sheen, Dabney Coleman, Desi Arnaz, Jr., John Ritter, Robert Wagner, Dick Van Patten, Mark Hamill, Tom Bosley, and Bill Bixby, among others (even Diana Douglas, Michael Douglas's mother, appeared on the show). The fifth season saw a change in the main partnership when Keller went off to be a teacher (due to Michael Douglas leaving to pursue a career in films after successfully producing Academy-Award winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and was replaced by Inspector Dan Robbins (played by Richard Hatch).  Audiences did not like […]
          Headsup: Star Trek—Deep Space Nine: The Complete Series        
Hardcore Trekkies feel passionately about all things Star Trek, and often a divisive issue is the love-it-or-hate-it battle lines drawn around Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Although universe creator Gene Roddenberry gave his approval for the show's concept, his death in 1991 made it the first of the television series to be produced without his direct involvement.  Deep Space Nine premiered in January 1993 (while The Next Generation was still on the air) and ran until June 1999.  The show broke with the formula of other Star Trek series in that it was set on a space station instead of a starship, the first to star a black actor as captain (Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko), and the first to habitually showcase personal conflict between the crew members (Roddenberry had favored always having a unified front with other Star Trek crews). Out now is a box set of the complete series of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featuring all 176 episodes across 48 (DVD) discs along with multiple bonus features tied to each of the seven seasons.  Notable extras include "New Station, New Ships" (where Robert Legato, Dan Curry, and Robert Sternbach discuss the design process for the show, including that of the space station and the Cardassian warships), "Mission Inquiry: Far Beyond the Stars" (an examination of the thirteenth episode of Season 6, the metafiction storyline featuring almost the entire cast portraying human characters in 1950's New York), and "24th Century Wedding" (a featurette where the cast and crew discuss Worf and Dax's Klingon wedding).  If you were hoping this […]
          Headsup: Crime Families        
** Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first DVD featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   If you're a fan of watching family drama unfold amidst the background of criminal enterprise, one (or both) of these new releases may be for you:   First we have Animal Kingdom: TNT's new show based on the 2010 Australian film (same title) written by David Michôd, who also executive produces the series.  Animal Kingdom tells the story of Joshua ("J") Cody, a troubled teen who is forced through circumstance to move in with his southern California family (with a penchant for petty crime) led by matriarch Janine ("Smurf") Cody.  The show features an ensemble cast, including Finn Cole (Joshua), Emmy award winner Ellen Barkin (Janine), Scott Speedman (Barry "Baz" Blackwell), Shawn Hatosy (Andrew "Pope" Cody), Ben Robson (Craig Cody), Jake Weary (Deran Cody), Daniella Alonso (Catherine Blackwell), and Molly Gordon (Nicky Belmont).  Out now is the complete first season in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.  Special features include "Family Comes First" (a 14-minute featurette where the cast and crew discuss the family dynamics of the show's characters), "Setting the Stage" (a brief look at the design and construction of the set for Smurf's house), "Meet the Codys" and "Getting into Character" (which look at the development of the Cody family characters), "Inside Animal Kingdom" (a quick discussion with producers and the cast about the world of Animal Kingdom), "Animal Kingdom: Stunts" (which examines some of the […]
          Headsup: The Good Wife: The Complete Series        
If you've been watching The Good Fight, the first original scripted series on CBS All Access, you're probably aware that it's a spinoff of the fan favorite The Good Wife. The story of Alicia Florrick (Juliana Margulies), a woman married to disgraced politician Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) who returns to her law career in an effort to heal emotional wounds and reinvent herself, The Good Wife ran for seven seasons. It earned critical acclaim, a host of fanatically faithful viewers, and multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, People's Choice, SAG, and Critics' Choice awards along the way. In addition to Margulies and Noth, the series featured an ensemble cast, including Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, and Archie Panjabi. Now out in a DVD box set is the complete series presented over 42 discs, including all 156 episodes of the show along with hours of extras, including interviews with the cast and crew, featurettes on the storylines, character development, and production, insights from the writers and creators, extended and deleted scenes, gag reels, and more. Notable extras include "The Education of Alicia Florrick" (Season 1), "Alicia Florrick: Real Deal Inside the Episode" (Season 2), the corporate sexual harassment educational video (Season 3), "Style Evolution: The Fashion on The Good Wife" (Season 4), the hour-long "Requiem for a Friend: Inside Episode 515" (Season 5), "The Temptation of Alicia Florrick: The Good Wife (Season 6), and coverage of the red carpet/series finale party (Season 7). Fans should be aware that all of the extras presented in […]
          Your Weekend Justice #248: The Trouble With Highlander        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...as we continue on this stroll down memory lane, we welcome you to return to that heyday of early 2016. Ah, the salad days. Book of Mormon Mormons on drugs Babies and DragonCon The beauty of youth and property damage What you want from X-Files Why Leigh drinks Things we can look forward to about age and voices Agent Carter Netflix and Marvel How a roller coaster can break Widge's heart Universal Studios and craptastic parades Choose Your Own Ride Organized Goblins Dissecting the corpse of Universal Studios The Good Dinosaur Disney scheduling Films: good for your health Seeking Val Kilmer The legacy of Misfits of Science Fear of a Dark Tower That's the trouble with Lucifer 2016 begins to loom The legend of the Motorhead/David Bowie teamup More Outside Star Wars. A lot. Lamenting a backlog of fun things to watch. In the wake of Secret Wars Suicide Squad vs. Dawn of Justice Flash of Two Worlds. Nope. Legends of Tomorrow dreams Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Psychic Warfare. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for […]
          Headsup: Teenage Drama        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first DVD featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   As if hormones and problem skin weren't enough, the teens in two new releases have quite a lot on their plates:   Adapted from the adored 1984 DC comic series, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract rejoins the Teen Titans five years after their rescue of Princess Starfire (Kari Wahlgren) from her evil sister.  Now they have their sights set on a new target as Brother Blood (Gregg Henry) and his terrorist group seek to steal the team's powers with a specially created machine.  With the addition of mysterious new team member Terra (Christina Ricci) and a cat-and-mouse chase with the mercenary Deathstroke (Miguel Ferrer), the Teen Titans are rarely afforded a dull moment.  This film is sequel to Justice League vs Teen Titans and is #28 in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series which began back in 2007 with Superman: Doomsday.  It also features Miguel Ferrer's final film role (as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke) before he passed away from throat cancer in January.  Like most of the others in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, the film is rated PG-13 (for language, sexual situations, and violence), so be aware before showing or gifting to little ones.   Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is being released direct to home media and is now available in DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats.  The Blu-ray version has over 45 […]
          Headsup: Let's Have Drinks!        
Out now from Paramount Home Media are two titles that show just how funny things can get when people are in their cups… &nbsp First we have Office Christmas Party, the story of a soon-to-close Chicago branch of a tech company which decides to try to land a life-saving client by means of a huge Christmas party that turns out to be a bacchanalian mess.  The film stars Jennifer Anniston as Scrooge-like CEO Carol Vanstone and T.J. Miller as her man-of-the-people brother Clay along with an ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Sam Richardson, Fortune Feistier, and Courtney B. Vance.  The film grossed $114 million worldwide and, while it received mixed reviews from critics, was a welcome piece of lighthearted escapism for many fans.  The film is now out on both Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, although if you want access to the unrated version (which includes footage not seen in theaters), you'll have to go with the Blu-ray option.  Bear in mind, the unrated version is only five minutes longer than the theatrical one. Also exclusive to the Blu-ray Combo Pack are some additional bonus features, including commentary on the theatrical version by directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (who you may recall also joined forces on Blades of Glory), "Throwing an Office Christmas Party" (where the cast and crew discuss real Christmas parties and making the movie), a special named "Outtakes" which is really more like multiple takes of some of the […]
          Headsup: Historical Fiction        
  Fans of historical fiction will be excited about the release of two new titles now out on Blu-ray and DVD:   First we have the critically-acclaimed film Fences, based on August Wilson's 1985 stageplay of the same name.  The play won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, and thirty years later the film (adapted for the screen largely by Wilson himself) has continued the winning streak, garnering Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG awards (among multiple others), most of which are due to the masterful leading performances of Viola Davis and Denzel Washington (Washington also directed the film.)  The story (which was the sixth installment of Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle") centers around former African American baseball player Troy Maxson as he struggles to redefine his own identity and to make a living for himself and his loved ones in the tumultuous and challenging world of 1950s Pittsburgh. The film is now out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and digital HD.  The Blu-ray option not only features the film in both disc and digital form, but also over 30 minutes of bonus material, including "Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen" (comments from Denzel Washington, the play's 2010 Broadway director Kenny Leon, and others about transitioning the story from play to film formats), "The Company of Fences" (which looks at the cast in general, many of whom also appeared in the recent Broadway production), and "Playing the Part: Rose Maxson" (where Viola Davis discusses bringing her role to life), […]
          Headsup: Stories From Japan        
Out this month are three releases of stories from the Land of the Rising Sun: First we have Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 (you can see our coverage of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 here), which follows the continuing adventures of Usagi as she now must face new foes in the form of the Spectre Sisters  and a mysterious girl with pink hair as they threaten to take the Silver Crystal.  This set contains episodes 15-26 of the rebooted series (the Black Moon Arc) and is available in standard DVD, standard Blu-ray combo, and Limited Edition Blu-ray combo packs.  Both Blu-ray options also have some bonus features, including a digital art gallery, clean opening and ending songs, and an interview with Momoiro Clover Z, the Japanese girls' group that sings the theme songs for the series.  The Limited Edition set also boasts some additional extras, including an exclusive chipboard box, a 96-page art booklet with episode summaries, and six full-color art cards.  Fans should also be aware that  RightStufAnime.com (yes, only one f in the URL) also offered an exclusive Sailor Moon sun catcher with purchase but they were so popular that they've already sold out, so if you want that option, keep your eyes peeled on eBay and the like.  On Amazon you can snag the DVD set there for $27.99, the Blu-ray Combo set for $53.98, and the Limited Edition Blu-ray set for $62.19.   Next we have Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence.  Based on the 1966 historical novel (of the same name) by Shusaku Endo, the film follows the […]
          Headsup: Make 'em Laugh        
  If you're a fan of the hilarious world of Carol Burnett et al., you're in luck with two new spring releases from Time Life: First we have The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway, which includes four episodes (ranging from 1969 to 1978) from the Emmy-winning series highlighting the comedic exploits of timeless funny man Tim Conway.  Conway began as a guest star on The Carol Burnett Show in 1967 and became a regular member of the cast in 1975, remaining until the series' final season in 1978.  In addition to the five Emmy Awards he won for his work on the show, Conway brought to life some of its most iconic characters and sketches.  This collection's episodes (three of which have never been previously released) feature his much-loved characters "Oldest Man" and "Mr. Tudball," in addition to lesser-known (but equally amusing) appearances as an untraditional fairytale prince, a man with canine identity confusion, and the Lone Ranger.  Fans will also be pleased to see that Episode 513 (December 1, 1971) includes the famous Dentist sketch featuring Tim Conway facing off against Harvey Korman as the latter struggles to maintain self-control in the face of Conway's targeted and epic goofiness.  No special features on this one (which is a shame, since Time Life is pretty great at those), but fans will appreciate the content nonetheless.  The set is scheduled for release on April 4 and is available for pre-order on DVD on Amazon for $12.95.   Next we have the Carol Burnett Show spinoff Mama's […]
          Headsup: Women-- Can't Live With Them, Can't Tell if They're International Double Agents...        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first DVD featured below. The opinions I share are my own. Ah, the 90s...the days of the Clinton White House, double-reverse front pleated pants, and of course, Full House on ABC. The story of widower Danny Tanner raising his three young daughters as part of a mixed family unit, it was ever a fan favorite, launching the careers of the Olsen Twins and showing America that John Stamos is so outrageously handsome he can even look good in a mullet. Last February series creator Jeff Franklin debuted its sequel, Fuller House, on Netflix, which this past Christmas was approved for a third season (now 18 episodes) to be released later this year. This sequel series follows the family's eldest daughter D.J. Tanner-Fuller (now a widow herself) as she navigates raising her three sons with the help of friends and family. In addition to some fresh faces, the cast of the original series (minus the Olsen twins doubling as Michelle) returns, including original "dads" Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos (also one of the show's producers). While the reboot has received mixed reviews from critics, it has already received two Teen Choice Awards (one for Choice Comedy TV Show and one to Candace Cameron Bure as Choice Actress in a TV Comedy) and a People's Choice Award (Favorite Premium Comedy Series). Now out on DVD is the complete first season, which includes all thirteen […]
          European Poker Tour – uusia ennätyksiä vai hiljainen hiipuminen?        

European Poker Tour käynnisti pari viikkoa sitten jo 12:sta PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kauden.

Ensimmäinen EPT pelattiin jo vuonna 2004 ja viimeisen 12 vuoden aikana sitä on totuttu pitämään toiseksi arvokkaimpana pokeritapahtumana heti WSOP:n jälkeen.

Jotkut EPT tapahtumista ovat keränneet hurjia osallistujamääriä viimeisten vuosien aikana, kun taas toiset niistä ovat hiljalleen menettäneet suosiotaan.

Viimeisin EPT oli juuri päättynyt PCA -päätapahtuma, joka sisäänostomaksun pudottamisesta huolimatta ei onnistunut houkuttelemaan kovinkaan paljon pelaajia mukaan.

Perehdyimme vanhojen kunnon Excel -taulukkojen avulla tapahtumien pelaajamäärien sekä palkintopottien muutoksiin EPT tapahtumien osalta.

Tulokset olivat kaksijakoisia: EPT rikkoo ennätyksiä vuosittain. Yleisesti ottaen eniten pelaajia kaikki tapahtuman yhteenlaskettuna oli jo vuonna 2011.

EPT kauden turnaukset

Vuonna 2004 European Poker Tour käynnistyi Barcelonassa. 12 kauden aikana on pelattu 110 eri tapahtumaa (seuraavat ovat tämän vuoden helmikuussa sekä huhtikuussa).

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Yli 23 eri kaupunkia on saanut kunnian järjestää EPT tapahtuma vähintään kerran ja Barcelona on ollut mukana joka vuosi aina alusta lähtien.

Monet muutkin kaupungit ovat järjestäneet etapin jo usempaan kertaan: Monte Carlo, Praha, Lontoo (ei mukana tämän vuoden kalenterissa) sekä Bahama (European Poker Tour ei jää ainoastaan Euroopan mantereelle, vaan on laajentunut myös Karibialle).

Vuosien aikana EPT -tapahtuman ovat järjestäneet vähintään yhden kerran myös Tallinna (Viro), Loutraki (Kreikka), Kiova(Ukraina) sekä Vilamoura (Portugali).

Vuodesta 2004 vuoteen 2012 asti kauden aikana järjestettävien tapahtumien määrä nousi 7:stä 13:sta, mutta määrä kääntyi laskuun, kun EPT tapahtumien johtajaksi valittiin Edgar Stuchly.

Tänä vuonna EPT -tapahtumia on ennätysmäisen vähän, vain 6 kappaletta. Eksoottiset ja kaukaiset paikat karsittiin kalenterista pois. Kuitenkin itse tapahtumissa on enemmän toimintaa kuin aiempina vuosina.

Kun aiemmin EPT:ssä sai osallistua päätapahtumaan sekä muutamaan sivutapahtumaan, on nykyään tarjolla 1,5 viikkoa kestävä pokerikavalkadi, jossa päätapahtuman lisäksi on yli 60 muuta sivutapahtumaa. Ohessa havainnekuva siitä, kuinka EPT -tapahtumien määrä on muuttunut 12 vuoden aikana:

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EPT etappien määrä vuoden aikana.

Vuosittainen pelaajamäärä

Ensimäisellä EPT -kaudella 7 turnausta veti mukaansa yhteensä 1500 päätapahtumapelaajaa. Kaudella 2010/2011 13 turnausta oli pelaamassa yhteensä lähes 9400 pokeripelaajaa. Sen jälkeen pelaajamäärä on laskenut tasaisesti joka vuosi ja viime kaudella päätapahtumista otti osaa 6000 pelaajaa (7 turnausta).

Kun otetaan huomioon se, että etappien määrä oli lähes puolittunut, pelaajien kokonaismäärän lasku ei tullut yllätyksenä. Kun tarkastellaan vuosittaisia päätapahtumien pelaajamääriä, numerot ovat paljon optimistisempia.

Viime vuonna EPT teki uuden ennätyksen, sillä kauden päätapahtumissa oli mukana keskimäärin 878 pelaajaa. Tänä vuonna tämän ennätyksen odotetaan taas rikkoutuvan. Seuraavasta taulukosta näkyy päätapahtumiin osallistuneiden pelaajien määrän muutokset viimeisen 12-vuoden ajalta:

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EPT päätapahtumiin osallistuneet pelaajat (punainen: Keskimäärin kauden aikana, oikea akseli; sininen: Yhteensä kauden aikana, vasen akseli; arvio vuodelle 2016)

Suosituimmat etapit

110 järjestettyä päätapahtumaa on kerännyt yhteensä 72 335 pelaajaa. Yli 10 000 heistä ovat osallistuneet PokerStars Caribbean Adventure -päätapahtumaan, joka on ollut läpi vuosien suosituin EPT etappi.

PCA -tapahtumien kissanpäivät näyttävät olevan ainakin tältä erin ohi. Vuonna 2011 tapahtumassa tehtiin ennätys, kun 1560 pelaajaa oli mukana, mutta pian sen jälkeen sattui tapaus nimeltä Black Friday. PokerStars vetäytyi Yhdysvaltojen markkinoilta ja suuri osa potentiaalisia PCA -pelaajia (iso osa oli amerikkalaisia siihen aikaan) eivät enää päässet karsimaan netissä päätapahtumaan pääsystä.

Hieman myöhemmin PCA -pelaajakanta putosi noin 30%. Vaikka sisäänostomaksua laskettiin 10 000 $:sta 5000 $:n asti päätapahtuma houkutteli pelaamaan vähemmän kui 1000 henkilöä.

Tiettyjen PCA etappien päätapahtumat ovat todella suosittuja. Barcelona on tehnyt rikkonut oman osallistujaennätyksensä viimeisen viiden vuoden ajan. Vanha PCA ennätys rikottiin viime vuonna ja uusi on 1694 pelaajaa.

Praha on myös yksi suosituimmista EPT isännistä ja on saavuttanut kolmena vuonna peräkkäin neljänumeroisen osallistujamäärän. Seuraava kaavio esittää yhdeksän suosituimman EPT -tapahtuman kävijämäärien kehitystä:

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Päätapahtumien pelaajamäärä yhdeksän suosituimman EPT -etapin osalta (arvio Monte Carlon vuoden 2016 tapahtumalle)

Raha ei aina ratkaise

110 päätapahtumasta on jaettu pelaajille yli 400 miljoonaa euroa (muutimme valuutan Yhdysvaltain dollarista euroiksi), joka tarkoittaa yhdelle tapahtumalle keskimäärin 3,6 miljoonan € palkintopottia.

Suurin potti oli vuoden 2011 PCA -tapahtumasta, jossa oli mukana 1560 pelaajaa. Rahaa oli jaossa 15,1 miljoonaa $ (sen ajan kurssilla noin 11,8 mijoonaa €). Suurin PCA -tapahtuman ulkopuolinen palkintopotti jaettiin vuonna 2009, kun Granf Finalissa oli 935 osallistujaa ja 9,35 miljoonaa €.

Nykyään EPT -etappien päätapahtumien sisäänostomaksu on 5000 €/$ + lisäkulut (€ on Euroopassa järjestettävät tapahtumat ja $ on PCA:n alaiset turnaukset). Aiemmin PCA -päätapahtumaan pääsi mukaan 10 000 $ sisäänostomaksulla ja EPT Grand Final Monte Carloon pääsi mukaan 10 000 $ buy-in summan maksamalla.

Näin ollen 8-numeroiset palkintopotit ovat tällä hetkellä vain kaukainen unelma. Itse asiassa päätapahtumien palkintopottien summat ovat olleen laskussa vuodesta 2011 lähtien. Rahaa on jaettu pelaajille voittoina 12 kauden ajan seuraavasti:

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EPT -päätapahtumissa jaetut palkintorahat (punainen: keskimäärin kauden aikana, oikea akseli; sininen: Yhteensä kauden aikana, vasen akseli; arvio kaudelle 2016; valuutat on muunnettu euroiksi)

Suurimmat palkintopotit

Viimeinen kaavio esittelee päätapahtumien palkintopotteja yhdeksästä suosituimmasta EPT -tapahtumasta vuodesta 2004 alkaen. Se selventää PCA -tapahtuman laahaamisen vuoden 2011 jälkeisenä aikana ( sekä kiinnostuksen vähenemisenä EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo tapahtumaan vuodesta 2009 alkaen):

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Palkintopotit yhdeksän suosituimman EPT -päätapahtuman osalta (Monte Carlo 2016 on arvio. Valuutat on muunnettu euroiksi).

Entäpä todellisuus?

Mitä olemme juuri nähneet ja lukeneet tämän artikkelin osalta? Ainakin sen, että Barcelonan ja Prahan lisäksi kaikki muut EPT -etapit kärsivät pelaajakadosta.

Pienemmät sisäänostomaksut eivät ole ratkaisseet tätä ongelmaa. Näin jaossa on myös vähemmän rahaa ja eri EPT -tapahtumat ovat todistaneet pohjaukemia.

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Hidas pelaajamäärien väheneminen päätapahtumissa on vain yksi aspekti. Voidaan myös ajatella niin, että EPT -päätapahtuma ei ole enää kaiken toiminnan keskipisteenä.

Ennen päätapahtuman alkamista tarjolla on edullisempia turnauksia, jotka usein houkuttelevat tuhansia pelaajia. Jokainen etappi on täynnä erilaisia sivutapahtumia sekä high-roller turnauksia.

Monet pelaajat matkustavat EPT -tapahtumaan, pelaavat eri turnauksissa mutta eivät osallistu päätapahtumaan. Se joko on heille liian kallis, tai liian halpa (yleensä menestyneille liikemiehille).

Yläpuolella olevat kaaviot antavat ehkäpä liiankin negatiivisen kuvan European Poker Tour -tapahtumille. Itse asiassa EPT on pystynyt menestyksekkäästi tarjoamaan kiinnostavia sivutapahtumia ja järjestää etappeja yli 10 vuoden kokemuksella.

On myös totta, että turnauksien järjestäjän ominaisuudessa EPT:n on pyrittävä houkuttelemaan erilaisia pelaajia pitääkseen nykyiset asemansa. Esimerkiksi illuusio siitä, että PokerStars voisi mennä mihin tahansa suureen eurooppalaiseen kaupunkiin, järjestää 5000 $ turnauksen ja odottaa satojen pelaajien rekisteröityvän mukaan ovat ohi.

Tapahtumien järjestäminen ei enää toimi näin ja ihmiset odottavat turnauksilta enemmän kuin pelkän päätapahtuman järjestämistä. Onneksi PokerStars on näyttänyt ymmärtävän ja omaksuvan tämän asian hyvin.



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          Juha Helpille ennätyksellinen 350 000 € voitto Maltalta        

Sunnuntaina päättyneen European Poker Tour -turnauksen suomalaismenestyksestä vastasi Juha Helppi, joka nappasi kotiinviemisiksi 350 000 €.

Helppi osallistui päätapahtuman lisäksi 25 750 € buy-in maksun High Roller -turnaukseen, jonka head-up vaiheen hän kuitenkin hävisi Kanadan Mike McDonaldille.

Finaalipöydän alkaessa mukana olivat Juha Helpin ja Mike McDonaldin lisäksi Nick Petrangelo, Benjamin Pollak, Byron Kaverman, Sam Greenwood, Jason Wheeler sekä Sylvain Loosli.

Molemmat ranskalaiset pelaajat maksoivat High Rolleriin päästäkseen täyden buy-in maksun. Wheeler oli raivannut tiensä finaalipöydän äärelle edullisemmin satelliittiturnausten kautta.

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Mike McDonald. Kuva: PokerStarsBlog

Finaalin käynnistyessä suurinta stäkkiä piti hallussaan Sam Greenwood, joka alkoi kuitenkin nopeasti menettää chippejään. Lopulta juuri Juha Helppi pudotti all-in menneen Greenwoodin pois pöydästä.

Tämän jälkeen suomalaisella oli ohjat käsissään ja edessään selvästi suurin stäkki. Muiden pelaajien pudottua voitosta jäivät taistelemaan heads-upissa Helppi sekä kanadalainen Mike McDonald.

Ratkaisevassa vaiheessa Juha Helppi meni all-in saadessaan kortit K♣ 8♣. McDonald ei epäröinyt maksaa vetoa korteillaan K♥ J♠

McDonald vei lopulta koko potin jätkäparillaan. Helpille oli luvassa toisesta sijastaan silti mukavat 354 400 €, joka on samalla miehen suurin yksittäinen voitto pokeriturnauksista.

Mike McDonald kuittasi voitostaan 498 575 €.

Katso Juha Helpin haastattelu, joka kuvattiin Kings of Tallinn -turnauksen yhteydessä tämän vuoden helmikuussa.

25 000 € High Roller -turnauksen tiedot sekä pelaajien voittosummat:

Sisäänostojen määrä: 52
Uudelleen ostoja: 11
Palkintopotti: 1 813 000 €

1 - Mike McDonald, Kanada, 498 575 €
2 - Juha Helppi, Suomi, 354 440 €
3 - Nick Petrangelo, Yhdysvallat, 232 065 €
4 - Jason Wheeler, Yhdysvallat, 178 580 €
5 - Byron Kaverman, Yhdysvallat, 141 415 €
6 - Sam Greenwood, Kanada, 110 590 €
7 - Benjamin Pollak, Ranska, 87 025 €
8 - Sylvain Loosli, Ranska, 67 990 €
9 - Christopher Frank, Saksa, 51 670 €
10 - Dietrich Fast, Saksa, 45 325 €
11 - Andrew Chen, Kanada, 45 325 €



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          Viikon käsi: Parlafes kippasi second nutsit        

Tällä viikolla käsittelemme uskomattomalta tuntuvaa tilannetta.

Romanialainen Dany Parlafes oli yhtenä osapuolena finaalipöydän headsupissa vuoden 2015 EPT Deauvillen pääturnauksessa hänellä ollessaan second nutsit riverillä.

Hän oli tilanteessa jossa hänen tuli tehdä tärkeämpää tärkeämpi päätös. Tulisiko hänen tosissaan kipata second nutsit?

Flopista Riveriin

Taustatietoa kyseisestä tilanteesta: Parlafes oli dominoinut finaalipöytää. Hän aloitti headsupin bulgarialaisen Ognjen Dimovin kanssa selvässä johdossa ennen kuin onni käänsi hänelle selkänsä.

Blindien ollessa 60 000/120 000/20 000 Parlafesilla oli 4,6 miljoonaa pelimerkkiä Dimovilla ollessa 13,3 miloonaa pelimerkkiä Parlafesin ollessa pikkublindissa.

Hän sai    

Parlafes maksoi Dimovin passatessa. Potissa oli 280 000 pelimerkkiä.

Flopin ollessa      

Dimov passasi uudestaan Parlafesin korottaessa 200 000. Dimovin katsoessa potissa oli 680 000.

Turnissa   Check check.

Riverin   yhteydessä Dimov pisti pöytään 1,2 miljoonaa pelimerkkiä.

Tämä tekikin Parlafesin olon tukalaksi. Romanialainen pähkäili tilannetta monta minuuttia jonka jälkeen hän kippasi second nuts kätensä.

Tässä videossa näemme kuinka Dimovilla tosissaan oli kymppi-kasi nuts käsi. Katso kyseinen käsi kokonaisuudessaan:

Analyysi

Aluksi voimme todeta että Parlafes teki kipatessaan second nutsin, päätöksen jota emme joka päivä tule näkemään.

Q♣ 8♦ oli kyseisessä tilanteessa keskimääräistä parempi käsi joten Parlafes halusi ehdottomasti pelata käden hänen ollessaan positiossa.

Hän limppasi mikä tavallaan rajoitti hänen toimintamahdollisuuksiaan sillä hän ei missään nimessä halunnut pelata kyseisellä tavalla mikäli hänellä olisi ollut yksi kymmenestä parimmasta mahdollisesta kädestä.

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Ognjan Dimov

Dimovilla ollessa kädessään suittarit (suited connectors) hänellä ei ollut syytä hötkyilyyn sillä kyseinen käsi on harvemmin preflop tilanteessa kummoisempi mutta saattaa hyvinkin osua floppissa.

Passaaminen olikin oiva veto kyseisessä tilanteessa sillä flopin jälkeen Dimovilla oli avoin veto päällä.

Romanialaisella ollessa ylikortti hän yritti kaapata potin korottamalla. Dimov maksoi ja turnin ollessa 6♣ hänellä oli nuts-käsi.

Dimov passasi uudestaan toivoen, että Parlafes olisi jatkanut panosten nostamista. Ylikortin lisäksi hänelläkin oli avoin veto päällä.

Vaikka bluffaaminen kyseisessä tilanteessa oli houketteleva vaihtoehto hän päätti passata minkä avulla hän piti kaikki vaihtoedot avoinna riveriin.

Nutsi, kasit tai pelkkää roskaa

Parlafesin suoraveto osui riverillä mutta tämä ei antanut hänelle juhlimisen aihetta. Dimov otti yllättäen ohjat käsiinsä ja korotti 1,2 miljoonaa 680 000 pelimerkin pottiin.

Kyseessä oli selkeä yliveto ja hyvin pelattu käsi joka jätti Dimovin käsiskaalan hyvinkin laajaksi ja ennalta arvaamattomaksi.

Mikäli Parlafesilla ei ollut millä pelata hän joutui joka tapauksessa kippaamaan. Jos hänellä olisi ollut kolmoset tai kasi olisi tehnyt hänen kippaamisensa erittäin vaikeaksi.

Parlafesilla oli edessään toinenkin ongelma. Hän olisi voinut parhaassa tapauksessa ainoastaan pyytää Split Pottia sillä bulgarialaisen toimet olivat ainoastaan motivoitavissa tilanteessa jossa hänellä olisi ollut kädessään nutsit, kasi tai pelkkää roskaa.

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Kuva: Neil Stoddart

Yllämainitusta johtuen Parlafesin voittotodennäköisyys oli laskenut vieläkin enemän jo muutenkin huonosta 1,5-1 todennäköisyydestä. Täten hän ei maksanut 1,2 miljoonaa voittaakseen 1,88 miljoonaa vaan pitääkseen itsellään ne 340 000 jotka hän jo aikaisemmin on investoinut kyseiseen pottiin.

Näiden matemaattisten laskelmien jälkeen Parlafesin päätöstä on helppo ymmärtää mutta syy kyseiseen päätökseen saattoi myös olla vastustajan luku.

Kyseisessä tilanteessa pelaajat olivat jo pelanneet 130 kättä heads-up pokeria. Parlafes oli jo osoittautunut olevansa puolustavan pokeristrategian ekspertti mutta ei siltikään onnistunut kääntämään kelkaa uudelleen haluamaansa suuntaan.

Yhteenveto

Riverin tuoma unelmakortti antoi EPT Deauvillen päätapahtuman voittajalle Ognjen Dimoville loistavan mahdollisuuden panna vastustajansa äärimmäisen vaikeaan tilanteeseen.

Dany Parlafes puolestaan kippasi headsup pelissä second nutsit kädessään mikä varmasti on tämän vuoden yksi parhaimmista kippauksista.



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          Ennätysten finaalipöytä Monacossa        

Suurin osa finaalin pelaajista päätyi pöytään netin karsintojen kautta ja voittoa edeltänyt heads-up-taisto venyi EPT:n historian pisimmäksi.

Seitsemän finalistia kahdeksasta oli tullut European Poker Tourin 10. kauden Grand Finaalin pääturnaukseen netin satelliiteista. Viikon pelaamisen jälkeen kausi sai Monacossa ansaitsemansa päätöksen, kun heads-up Britannian Jack Salterin ja Italian Antonio Buonannon välillä venyi ja venyi.

Se oli Grand Finaali omaa luokkaansa, josta muodostui paljon muutakin kuin yksi voittajatarina lisää.

Finaalipöytä täyttyi seuraavista pelaajista mainituilla merkkipinoilla:

1. Jack Salter 5 170 000
2. May Roca 4 625 000
3. Magnus Karlsson 2 595 000
4. Antonio Buonanno 2 065 000
5. Kenny Hicks 1 875 000
6. Sebastian von Toperczer 1 240 000
7. Malte Moennig 1 150 000
8. Sebastian Bredthauer 755 000

Bredthauerin haaveen loppu

EPT Grand Finaalin ehkä suurenmoisin tarina on ehkä Saksan Hampurissa asuvan opiskelijan Sebastian Bredthauerin.

Hän karsi mukaan ainoastaan 100 FPP-pisteellä, eikä ollut pelistä edes perillä, ennen kuin 5000 FPP-pisteen raja tuli vastaan.

Matka ei suinkaan loppunut siihen. Sekoituksella onnea ja taitoa hän nimittäin onnistui muuttamaan pisteensä finaalipaikaksi ja melkoiseksi tukuksi rahaa.

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Jack Salter

Finaalipöytään matka kuitenkin loppui ja hyvin pian loppuikin: Bredthauer tippui finaalipöydästä ensimmäisenä. Hän menetti ensin muutaman pelimerkin ja laittoi cutoffilta Salteria vastaan kaikki peliin käsikorttiensa A♥ 8♥ turvin.

Salter maksoi korteillaan A♣ K♦

ja pöytään jaetut 6♥ 9♦ 5♣ 6♠ T♦

koituivat nuoren saksalaisen kohtaloksi.

Silti hän oli ehkä finaalipöydän onnellisin tipahtaja, sillä noin 1,60 euron sijoitus netin karsintasatelliittiin poiki hänelle lopulta 128 000 euron tuotot.

Päivän käsi

Finaalipöydässä ei mainittavan upeita käsiä oikeastaan nähty, mitä nyt ehkä yksi nousi ylitse muiden. Tilanteessa Magnus Karlsson oli UTG:ssä (under the gun) ja Malte Mönnig cutoffissa.

Roca istui big blindissa käsikortteinaan ysipari ja päätti maksaa, mikä osoittautuikin yllättäen hyväksi vedoksi, kun Karlsson paljasti kolmos- ja Mönnig kasiparin.

Flopilla pöytään kääntynyt kasi muodosti Mönnigille setin ja Karlsson tipahti.

Jos Roca olisi onnistunut voittamaan käden, hänestä olisi tullut merkkijohtaja pitkällä kaulalla muihin. Toisin kuitenkin kävi ja jäljelle jäi melko lyhykäinen pino.

Hän teki seuraavan siirtonsa pian vitosparin voimin, mutta ne jäivät Salterin akkajyrän alle kuin mies kotitöitä tehdessä. Rocalle neljäs sija ja 419 000 euron tienestit.

THE Heads-up

Tähän mennessä finaali saattoi vaikuttaa ihan miltä tahansa finaalilta, mutta mitä tuleman piti, teki siitä ainutlaatuisen tapahtuman EPT:n historiassa.

Finaalikaksikko Salter–Buonanno ei päässyt sopuun diilistä, koska Jack Salterilla oli takanaan hänen mahdollisesta voitostaan osuudet hankkineet Martin Finger ja Ami Barer, mikä kasasi Salterille paineita jatkaa ilman diiliä.

Tietenkin Salterin takana oleva kaksikko luotti brittipelaajaan ja lankesi aliarvioimaan kokeneen italialaisen Buonannon voitontahdon ja taisteluhengen.

Heads-upista kehkeytyikin pitkä ja uuvuttava kamppailu. Salter oli johdossa suurimman osan ajasta kuitenkin kykenemättömänä päättämään turnausta omaksi hyväkseen.

Ainoastaan yhdessä kohdassa kahdeksan tunnin pelin jälkeen näytti jo siltä, että finaalipöydän ainoan rahalla itsensä sisäänostaneen Buonannon kohtalo olisi taipua toiselle sijalle.

Buonanno oli all-in käsikorteilla K-2, kun Salterilla oli A-9, mutta turnilla pöytään muodostunut niukka pari piti italialaisen hengissä.

Tämä käsi näytti maksaneen Salterille pelimerkkien lisäksi myös hänen itsevarmuutensa.

Vanha veturi alkoi puksuttaa ja pian se oli kaksikosta nuorempi Salter, joka oli all-in ja vieläpä huonommalla kädellä.

Näin European Poker Tourin 10 kauden viimeinen käsi pelattiin:

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Salter: K♦ 7♦

Buonanno: A♠ 4♥

Yhteiset kortit: J♥ 9♠ 2♥ --- Q♦ --- 3♠

Voitto Buonannolle.

Ja tässä vielä finaalipöydän rahastukset:

Antonio Buonanno, Italia: 1 240 000 € Jack Salter, Iso-Britannia: 765 000 € Malte Mönnig, Saksa: 547 000 € May Roca, Kolumbia: 419 000 € Magnus Karlsson, Ruotsi: 332 000 € Sebastian von Toperczer, Norja: 258 300 € Kenny Hicks, Yhdysvallat: 188 500 € Sebastian Bredthauer, Saksa: 128 800 €

Neljästä turnaukseen lähteneestä suomalaisesta kolme onnistui selvittämään tiensä ykköspäiviltä jatkoon. Netissä erinomaisesti viimeainoina pelanneen Patrik Antoniuksen taival nousi pystyyn jo 1A-päivänä. Thomas Wahlroos tippui kakkospäivänä. Jussi Nevanlinna onnistui ohittamaan bubblen ja tienaamaan kolmannen päivän sijoituksestaan 19 200 euroa.

Paras suomalainen oli 25. sijalle kirinyt Ville Wahlbeck tienaten sijoituksestaan 36 700 €.

PokerStars on jo julkaissut elokuussa alkavan 11. kauden aikatauluja.



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          The King-Devick Test for Concussion Evaluation: What Questions Should We Be Asking?        
Claudia Percifield, MS, ATC

The King-Devick Test is a vision-based concussion assessment tool, which has been previously used to identify a variety of other medical conditions and learning disabilities.

1.   Who is this test appropriate for?

The simplicity of the testing (reading numbers) means a much younger demographic could successfully follow the instructions for the King-Devick Test, making it a much more universal testing option.  However, this test is completely dependent on having an available baseline measurement for comparison.  This would mean all teams, in all sports, would need to perform this as a baseline and keep the results on them at all times.  Is this feasible?

2.   How frequently do baseline scores become obsolete?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends baseline testing for other concussion testing annually, with neuropsychological testing performed at least every 2 years.  With brains that are constantly developing, how quickly will athletes outperform their baseline of the King-Devick Test, even after suffering a concussion?

3.   What happens if the test gets interrupted due to the job demands of an Athletic Trainer?

While the King-Devick test only takes 1-2 minutes to administer, a selling point compared to the SCAT3 exam, what happens when another athlete is down on the field or even requiring wound care?  This test is completely dependent on your focus and timing as the administrator to provide accurate results of how the athlete performs.  In a setting where medical staff is abundant, there will be no issue with administration; but at the high school level, one Athletic Trainer may be the sole person responsible for multiple events and practices at multiple venues simultaneously.  Will you be able to rely on this test as heavily?  Should you rely on others to administer this exam?  And if you do, how seriously will the athletes take it?

4.   What about athletes who do not wear corrective lenses for sport but may need them for reading?

If worn for baseline testing, but not sport, this is easily a confounding variable with on the field assessment.

5.   What about confounding factors such as dehydration, facial trauma, dyslexia, other reading delays, etc.?

In a day and age where people are highly sensitive to their concussion number, false positives may be another concern.  One researcher noted in Neurology Now that the exertion level an athlete exhibits in sports can affect the outcomes of neurological exams regardless of injury or illness status.  For those athletes who are also exhausted or in a dehydrated state, wouldn’t impaired performance be noted as well?  Additionally, instructions for the King-Devick Test state that the athlete cannot use their finger to follow the pattern.  Some young readers or readers with learning impairments may struggle more with the exam under these instructions.  How does this affect how we interpret the results?

6.   What is the best way for this test to be implemented into our practice?

Some media outlets are calling for the King-Devick to be the test in concussion diagnosis.  The research indicates the support for that decision isn’t scientifically  there yet.  Should this be a supplemental initial screening tool, with those who demonstrate impairment, then follow up with a SCAT3?  Or do we wait until there’s more evidence-based research to support the appropriate implementation of the King-Devick Test?

7.   Are we trying to over-simplify concussions?

As clinicians, we all agree properly diagnosing and managing concussions is paramount to athletes’ safety.  We’re constantly searching for tools that work to make an injury filled with gray more black and white.  Are we too quick to jump on the band wagon because of the current concussion climate?

Resources:

King-Devick Test Website: http://www.kingdevicktest.com

Neurology Now, June/July 2014 Volume 10(3)p 12–1, Accessed online: http://patients.aan.com/resources/neurologynow/index.cfm?event=home.showArticle&id=ovid.com%3A%2Fbib%2Fovftdb%2F01222928-201410030-00011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/baseline_testing.html

New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/a-2-minute-test-to-detect-concussions/?_r=0

 

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          How to Play Poker Like a Supercomputer (w/o Being One)        

200,000 years ago evolution pushed Homo Sapiens out of the womb and they dropped into the East African dirt.

An impression was made, like none other.

Despite being well down the food chain Homo Sapiens managed to travel all over the globe, killing everything they found and developing a cognitive ability that was unmatched in the animal kingdom.

Today, we dominate the planet. But you still wouldn’t bet on the Homo Sapien if the opponent were a Tiger, Shark or Gorilla. Even if that Sapien was Brock Lesnar.

We rule because of our intelligence. But what happens when a more intelligent species falls out of that womb?

If Homo Sapiens can create so much negligent chaos and carnage to our planet, other sentient beings and ourselves - what then of this 'new God,' as Sam Harris called AI in his Ted Talk: Can We Build AI Without Losing Control Over It?

This question has made people very nervous when it comes to the speed of artificial intelligence (AI) development - a lot of it due to Nick Bostrom’s views on What Happens When Our Computers Get Smarter Than We Are?

After all, nobody said the next leaders of our planet had to be flesh and blood.

Why We Can't Stop AI Development 

According to the excellent Tim Urban article The AI Revolution: The Road to SuperIntelligence there are three stages of AI development and we are currently in the first, called Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI).

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ANI technology is all around us. Think SIRI, Amazon Echo and GPS devices. These are AI capable of mastering a particular activity.

The next stage is Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The stage when the AI becomes better than humans at a broad range of activities.

The final stage is Artificial Superintelligence (ASI) when an AI reaches a level of intelligence that we can't comprehend.

It’s important to understand that we cannot stop this advancement in technology. For every person or country who decides to stop working on AI because of the inherent dangers of the Control Issue, there will be another country desperate to take advantage.

And humans believe there is inherent good in the growth of AI. Imagine when we have ASI’s. There would be no disease, mortality wouldn’t be an issue and spreading our genes throughout the galaxy would be simpler.

Take the Carnegie Mellon University tag team of Tuomas Sandholm and Noam Brown, the creators of Claudico, Libratus and Lengpudashi - three poker ANIs that have competed against humans in Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em.

I doubt either Sandholm or Brown want to use their ANIs to grow into ASIs and take over the world. So let’s, like them, focus on the positives of poker AI for once.

AlphaGo's Play Makes Us Feel Free

A little over a year ago Google's AI team DeepMind created an ANI designed to best humans in the ancient game of Go. AlphaGo took on the South Korean legend, Lee Sedol, and AlphaGo won.

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What was remarkable about AlphaGo’s victory is it came a decade ahead of predictions from some of the smartest Homo Sapiens to emerge in 200,000 years (just to hammer home the speed of exponential growth we are experiencing).

So that’s it, right? A game that has stood for over 3,000 years now dies because AI has proven it can beat humans.

Not quite. Recently, DeepMind announced plans to host the ‘Future of Go Summit’ in China where AI experts and some of the best GO players in the world will meet to discuss the future of AI as a result of the learning taking place in the field of gaming.

As part of this Summit AlphaGo will take on the World #1 Ke Jie in a best-of-three match. What is interesting about the Summit and the news stories that have emerged since Sedol was beaten 12 months ago can be summed up in this one quote by professional Go player, Zhou Ruiyang:

“AlphaGo’s play makes us feel free, that no move is impossible. Now everyone is trying to play in a style that hasn’t been tried before.”

Will Libratus Set Us Free?

Plenty of poker writers, including me, have written a lot of doomsday stuff since Libratus's victory over Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAuley and Jimmy Chou at the turn of the year.

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"No way it could be human."

Just last month another ANI called Lengpudashi comprehensively defeated a team of Chinese players in an exhibition match on the island of Hainan.

But instead of writing about the existential threats Carnegie Mellon ANIs pose to poker, what could we learn from them? If Ruiyang now believes that any move is possible after learning from AlphaGo, could Les feel the same way about Libratus?

I reached out to both Les and Dong Kim, two of Libratus' opponents (and two players who also competed against ANI Claudico in 2015) to see what humans can learn from their AI brethren.

"What made Libratus really good was that it had such a complicated mixed strategy," Les told me during a Skype call.

"It played very specific combos of hands in different ways on the same types of boards. This allowed it to have hands in its range, always. This allowed it to not be negatively affected by card removal and to take advantage of card removal more than humans can."

Was it obvious that the humans were competing against a Poker God or did it feel like playing Doug Polk or Ben Sulsky for 120,000 hands?

"It was so good there was no way it could have been a human," Les said. "The mixed strategy and large bet sizes - it was a style, unlike any other human I had witnessed.

"It came up with its own approach which didn't take into account any human bias or observations. It was a unique playing style."

Libratus is Latin for Balance

"Libratus is Latin for a word that means: 'balance' I believe," says Les, "and this is what we saw. In every situation it would have a bluff.

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Most humans are not like that.

"Most humans are not like that. There are always some spots where a human thinks, ‘I am never bluffing here.' Libratus knew it had to bluff, so it always had bluffs in every situation.

"Add to that it was not getting bluffed easily. A human might think, 'He always has it here.' Libratus doesn't have that bias. It knows it has to call a certain percentage of the time so it's calling."

I asked both Kim and Les to think of ways that humans could learn from Libratus and make changes in their game so they could play more like their AI counterparts.

Both players expressed the enormity of the problem facing humans when trying to learn from the AI, but they did come up with a few useful tips.

5 Ways to Play Poker More Like a Super Computer

1. Don't Anchor Bet Sizes to Pot Size

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"AI used No-Limit to the fullest."

“The AI really used ‘No-Limit’ to the fullest extent,” Kim explained on Twitter. “Most players don’t go all-in too often unless the pot is big but it was Libratus’s signature move.”

Les expanded on this point:

“In both NLHE and PLH you barely notice the difference between the games post-flop. Most people don’t bet more than the pot. When they do, it’s rare.

"When playing NLHE people seemed to be confined to betting a small range of sizes - quarter pot, half pot, three-quarters pot. Libratus doesn’t seem to have this problem.”

When I was taught to play poker my coach always asked me why I bet a certain amount. As a recreational player, without the time to study the game, I always struggled to answer this question.

One thing that always acted as an anchor for me was the size of the pot and it was something I picked up watching countless hours of training videos from some of the world's best.

There would be distinct betting patterns like Les describes and betting over the pot was rare. It was as if the pot acted as an anchor that prevented too much movement.

“People should be a lot more open to using more varied bet sizes above and beyond the pot," said Les. "The pot is not a limit. It's a reference point. I know people overbet but the frequency that humans do it compared to Libratus is a lot less."

I asked Les what types of hands it was showing down after making a big overbet.

"It did it with a wide variety of hands," he said. "You would see stuff that made no sense. It would c-bet two times the pot with the second pair.

"In a vacuum that doesn't make a lot of sense, but as a part of its broader strategy that means when it overbets the pot and the turn pairs the second card, now he could have trips some of the time."

2. Understand the Power of Card Removal

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Card removal is a big deal.

Another area that both Kim and Les thought Libratus excelled at was its awareness of the effects of Card Removal as a part of its overall strategy. 

The Card Removal effect is the understanding that the cards you hold in your hand make it less likely that your opponent holds the same. This, in turn, affects your range calculations and betting strategies. 

"The way it created its ranges to account for card removal made it very tough," said Les. "It was very aware of how the cards it held would affect its opponent's range. 

How can humans learn from this?

"Humans can get better by thinking how the cards in their hand effect what their opponent has," said Les. "They should think about that in both calling and betting. Am I blocking bluffs, am I blocking his folds? 

3. Balance, Balance, Balance

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Has Fedor mastered balance?

The overwhelming difference between the AI and Humans was Libratus’s balanced strategy. It was incredibly difficult for the humans to define a range for the AI. 

"Libratus distributes its hands over every type of action," said Les. "That's something humans can't do as well.

"It will take the same hand and some percentage of the time it will bet, sometime it will check and call and sometimes check and fold. It's not affected by card removal of what an opponent could have. It's averaged over all the possibilities and that gives it a lot more balance.

“Humans on average are going to have an imbalance in every direction. In certain situations, they are blocking way too much and don't have enough value.

"In other situations they are not blocking enough and have too much value. Other times you see people folding too much or not betting enough."

I asked Les how a human would begin to learn if they have an imbalanced strategy.

"The only way you can do this is to sit down and study away from the tables. You can look at a situation and think, ‘What are all the hands I would bet here? How many are bluffs and how many are value?'

"People would work that out and think, ‘Shit, I am not bluffing that much here.' That's a time-consuming exercise but something you need to do over and over again to craft your strategy to be a better poker player."

4. Don't Be Afraid to Try New Things

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Millions of hands means new ideas.

One of the first things Kim pointed out was the way that Libratus learned to play poker. It didn’t compete with human players until the challenge. It played itself, and it played a lot - billions of hands.

If the online wizards changed the face of the game when online poker allowed them to cram more hands into a month than Doyle Brunson managed in a lifetime, then think of the capabilities of an ANI designed to do nothing but play poker.

"Libratus taught itself by playing against itself over billions of hands. Humans can't do that," said Les. "But you shouldn't be afraid to try new things and objectively analyze how they went.

"You can try to do something, get unlucky, lose the hand and give up. You shouldn't do that; you should be more objective."

5. Recalibrate End Game on Turn and River

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Another area that Kim spotted that humans could learn from was the time Libratus took when making decisions from the turn onwards. Speaking to Les about this, it appears that it came down to design.

Libratus could obviously make more accurate decisions than humans in a quicker space of time, but it slowed down on the turn because it was designed that way. As Les explains: 

"When Libratus got to the turn it would recalculate its strategy using something called ‘The End Game Solver.' I don't have the technical knowledge to tell you how that works, but it recalculated its strategy on the turn to play the turn and river close to perfectly from that point onwards.

"Libratus would stop and think for 30-40 seconds about what it was going to do from the turn onwards. Humans should think through what they are doing.

"I don't want poker turning into everyone tanking for 45 seconds on the turn; I can't live through another month of that. But don't get into auto-pilot mode. Think through what you are doing.

"Maybe the middle of the hand on the turn is a good spot to think about what has happened so far and what your plan is going forward."

Will Humans and AI Ever Work Together?

So there are things that humans can learn from Libratus. But, going forward for both humans and AI, the problem is going to be computing power.

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Next step training?

If folks like Sandholm and Brown want to turn ANIs into AGIs, they'll have to wait until they have the computational power to make this happen.

According to the research I did, this could happen within the next decade. Humans have a similar problem called the skull. So moving forward it seems humans are going to need AI to aid in their intellectual evolution.

Taking the Libratus v Humans match up as an example, Les and Kim have pointed out some great lessons that humans can learn. But without technology it's going to be difficult to assimilate it. 

"I imagine, down the line, we'll see more training tools that will use better AI," said Les. "This technology keeps advancing, and when we can afford to use it on reasonably priced computers, people can use this tech as a learning aid.

"People ask me what am I going to take from Libratus and put into my game. It's the things we talked about, but its strategy is so intricate it takes a lot of time and thinking to come up with a cohesive strategy. This is where AI tech could help."

Finally, I asked Les if he believed humans would ever beat AI. And what does the future hold for poker and AI as a partnership?

Are we going to see people screaming for the world's most proficient heads-up players to take on Libratus? Or are we going to see AI and humans working more cohesively like in the Go community?

“Humans are probably never going to be able to beat it," Les says. "I like the idea of Man v Machine competitions. If they are doing it with Go then why not poker?

"In chess, while AI dominates humans, the best chess team is an AI and human partnership. Maybe that could happen in poker with the two working together to form a more rounded strategy."

Or perhaps, Libratus will get so intelligent, and bored, that at some point down the road it gets so pissed off at being asked to beat humans at poker it decides the best way to achieve the goal is to kill all humans.

Sorry. I couldn’t help it. What do you think is the future of poker and AI?



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          How to Consistently Beat Spin & Gos: 5 Tips from a Pro        

Poker provides many things.

Money. Happiness. Intellectual challenge.

But when you get right down to brass tacks, professional poker players don’t play for any of those reasons. They play because it gives them freedom.

When PokerStars created Spin & Go games, professionals thought that freedom was waning.

The recreational players, eyeing a quick buck, left the cash games and tournaments and started spinning. The pros had nothing to to do but complain.

Well, not all of them.

Let me introduce you to Kyle “Squire1888” Maguire. The 30-year old hails from Glasgow, Scotland, so he knows a thing or two about the importance of freedom.

A Journey Begins

There was a time when the 9 to 5 had Maguire chained to its post. He was a shop fitter and worked all over the UK.

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Kyle Maguire (Photo: PokerStars)

In the evenings he and his workmates would pass the time playing poker before setting that dreaded alarm clock for another grind in somebody else's shop.

Maguire loved the game, but thought of it as nothing more than that until one day he met a guy named Derek Leach who told him that he played online poker professionally.

“I was astounded,” said Maguire. And so a journey to find freedom began.

"I was a huge donator in the beginning. I was terrible and would play 180-mans and $2 HUSNGS. Then one day I bought into the Sunday Million.

"It was one of those anniversary specials and they were giving a Lamborghini to the winner. I finished 45th out of something like 66,000 runners for an $8.8k score, and that was my first bankroll."

It was hardly a Lambo but enough to give Maguire the head start he needed in the world of professional poker; a journey that saw him gain some success in MTTs before joining the masses who complained about the arrival of Spin & Go games.

He doesn’t complain anymore.

Up-and-Comer with an Equity Goal

"I bad mouthed spins in the beginning," said Maguire, "I was under the impression that with 5-6% rake, hyperstructure, 2x multipliers, etc. made them unbeatable and a 'rake trap' so to speak.

"A lot of people still think that. Then an HUSNG hyper legend called bighustla did this challenge where he played 5k of them in a month and beat them for a silly amount.”

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Next stop: $100 Spin reg.

Maguire moved over to the Spin & Go section to take a closer look, and he wasn’t alone.

"I played around 500 of them. I found a stable and it took off from there," said Maguire. "I play for the ‘651' stable run by an HUSNG boss known as Jackstack99 who plays $100-$1Ks.

"We have some of the best $100s Spin regs in the business. There is also a lot of new talent up-and-coming from $15s-$60s knocking at the door of the $100s."

The stable consists of 25-30 players spinning their way to glory from stakes ranging from $7-$100. Maguire is one of those up-and-comers trying to reach the equity goals placed on him so he can become a reg in the $100 Spin & Go games.

“$60 spins represent 99% of my grind,” said Maguire.

"I Believe in Playing When You're at Your Best"

He plays seven hours a day with some time off to review hands with the stable's coaches, but he doesn't stick to a ritual schedule because his freedom is important.

Maguire has a six-year-old son and a five-year-old stepdaughter and is fine with being one of the lower-volume spinners in the stable.

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If you're not focused, you're lighting money on fire.

"I believe in playing when you are at your best and can focus, otherwise you're just setting money on fire," he says. I ask him to describe his schedule.

"I play two tables max as I have an EV requirement over 'x' amount of games to move to the $100s," Maguire tells me. "I think any more than two tables and it becomes super easy to miss spots.

"I know of some insane volume grinders who have just ridiculous stats, a guy spin4play and luiscoppel play like 10k Spins in a month and have 3-4% evROI which is just unreal.

“I play roughly 1,500 per month, which is low. My evROI at the $60 stakes on Stars is 2.8% over 5,000 games. I got pillaged when I first moved up, $15s to $30s was the toughest jump, but am improving all the time.

"I'm within a few hundred games of the 'move up' target evROI of 4% over 2k games. So hopefully I get there and stay there for the foreseeable."

The biggest single win Maguire has had was a $6k jackpot. Hardly Solid Penis territory, but not bad for 3-5 minutes work. He has played on the same type of games on other sites to ‘test the waters’ but always returns to PokerStars.

"They have the best software and games run 24/7. Even though they're changing a lot of stuff that's terrible for 'regs' it's still the best site I'm afraid," said Maguire.

So how do you become a consistent winner in the Spin & Go games? Here are five tips from the former shop fitter.

Tip #1: Study Heads-Up Play

“I would study as much heads-up play as possible as it’s a winner-take-all format. The higher your win rate, heads up, the more money you will make long term.”

"There's a site called husng.com run by some great people. They have a lot of free content and video packs you can buy and I recommend checking them out."

Bertrand Grospellier
Games will always be there.

Tip #2: Schedule Sessions Wisely

"Instead of playing 7-hour sessions like you would with MTTs, I play 1.5 hours then have a break and then 1.5 hours then have a break.

"Then I rinse repeat until I have reached my volume target for the day. If I start playing bad, I stop. The games will always be there."

Tip #3: Focus

"Spins are taxing on the mind and you need to focus because you are in almost every hand. You need to be on point throughout and playing 3- and 4-hour sessions you start to make mistakes, and mistakes cost money.

"Limit the number of tables you play and shut off all other forms of external stimuli like social media, Skype, mobile phone, etc."

Tip #4: Befriend Other Spinners

"Try and make some friends in poker who play at a higher level and study with them or talk spots with them as much as possible.

"Everyone thinks they are better than they are at poker and in reality they're not (me included). These days the games are so tough with all the coaching, informative sites and stuff that everyone is getting a lot better.

"So to keep making money consistently you need to stay ahead of the curve and talking hands with someone better than you is a great way to do this."

Tip #5: Don’t Fold The Button

"Never fold the button in heads-up play until someone gives you a reason to. Playing in position is 100x easier than playing out of position in poker.

"So limp a hand before you think about mucking it; then you can counter that if people start isolating your limps by limping/raising a stronger range."

-----

And there you have it. One man’s journey from the 9 to 5 grind of the shop-fitting business to the ultimate freedom of playing Spin & Go games, whenever the mood suits.

Who said these things are nothing but a lottery?



Visit www.pokerlistings.com


          Reply #3163        
Was just checking that out Tech...I see Tx, Ohio and Kentucky got it..Thanks for the headsup
          Norjalle ja Boereelle WCOOP-kunniaa        

Intro: WCOOP 2011 on sujunut norjalaisittain mainioissa merkeissä. Viime viikonloppuna vuonojen maahan matkasi kaksi ranneketta. Britti Liv Boeree vei nimiinsä Second Chance-turnauksen.

PokerStarsin World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on edennyt toiselle peliviikolle ja 20 turnausta on jo saatu pelattua loppuun.

Ruotsalaispelaajat eivät ole vielä tänä vuonna kyenneet rannekkeita voittamaan, vaikka viikonloppuna lähelle pääsivätkin. Event 16 - $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max-turnauksessa kaksi ruotsalaista sijoittui neljän parhaan joukkoon.

”GrovSnus” sijoittui neljänneksi ja ”N_O_S_I_E” hävisi headsupissa PokerStars-ammattilaiselle, norjalaiselle Anders Bergille, joka pelaa nimimerkillä ”Donald”.

Berg tienasi voitostaan $61 488, ruotsalaisten tyytyessä $45 872 ja $22 448 potteihin (diilejä ei tehty).

Hauska yksityiskohta turnauksessa oli se, että Anders Bergin piti toimia finaalipöydän ”julkkisisäntänä”, mutta sen sijaan hän menikin voittamaan koko turnauksen.

Norjaan meni viikonloppuna myös toinen voittoranneke, kun ”RiskStar” voitti Event 20 - $215 Limit Holdemin ja kuittasi $35 244 palkintopotin.

Myös Tanskaan meni yhden turnauksen voitto, kun Fred_Brink voitti Event 15 - $215 Razzin. Turnauksen ykköspalkinto oli $29 962,50.

Normaalien WCOOP-turnausten lisäksi viikonloppuna pelattiin myös niin kutsuttu Second Chance $109 No-Limit Holdem-turnaus. Turnaukseen osallistui 2 528 pelaajaa. Voiton vei brittiläinen PokerStars-ammattilainen Liv Boeree.

Boeree ei saanut voitostaan ranneketta, mutta $40 448 kelpasi varmasti vaivanpalkaksi. Hän olikin turnauksen jälkeen enemmän kuin iloinen.

“Won it!!! Just took down the #WCOOP 2nd chance $100 tourney for $40,448. I love online poker.”, kirjoitti Boeree Twitterissä.

Liv Boeree voitti EPT San Remon vuonna 2010 ja kuittasi huikean 1 250 000€ palkintopotin. Helmikuussa hän vei nimiinsä Sunday Warm-upin, josta heltisi $147 780 palkinto.

WCOOP 2011 jatkuu maanantai-iltana, kun eventit 21 ja 22 pelataan loppuun.

Lisäksi kolme uutta turnausta käynnistyy:

Event 23 - $215 No-Limit Holdem 4-max

Event 24 - $320 Seven-Card Stud

Event 25 - $215 Pot-Limit Omaha (Turbo 1R1A)

Turnauksiin on mahdollista selviytyä edelleen PokerStarsin satelliittien kautta.



Käynti www.pokerlistings.fi


          Reply #423        
thanks for the headsup lucky the one that can get them . feeling the 77 will start coming up and 88 and 33
          Reply #2106        
thanks buddy for the headsup
          Reply #1682        
goodmorning . thanks for the headsup im gonna go with this pair today. gave the lady the list to punch the number inn for the 74x9 pair however she missed a couple so hopefully those wont show up for mid today .beside that i got quickpicks and these are the #889-0025 . might be a double day in pick4 or 3 also .

goodluck players and congrats for last night winners.

granny hope all is going well god bless.
          Monte Carlo Grand Final Report        
For a hand-by-hand account of the Monte Carlo Grand Final final table, you can click here. The final eight results are here. The other 19 finishers' results of the Grand Final are at the bottom of this link.

Monte Carlo in the hours before dawn is no different than any small city with respect to the March chill in the air and undercurrent murmur of late-night revelers in their waning hours of weekend release. At a little Irish pub just down from the Monte Carlo Grand hotel, a four piece rock band filled the small space from the floor to the rafters. Guinness fell from the taps and formed a perfect head at the top of the pints. Had the cliff faces not risen above the dark horizon and had the sea not allowed the wind to blow its scent across the city's two sqaure miles, the casual observer might not have guessed he were sitting in the world's second smallest country.

Sitting just outside on a patio, European Poker Tour creator John Duthie sat sipping on a Coca Cola. His shoes were on his feet, but had slipped of his heels.

"It's hard to believe," he said, a cigarette dangling form his fingers, "it was just a year and a month and ago I sat in the bath and thought, 'that would be a good idea.'"

In the 12 hours before, he'd seen a bathtime idea ultimately realize itself. It was a multi-event, multi-country series of televised poker tournaments spread across Europe, sponsored and supported by PokerStars.com and culminating in the EPT's Monte Carlo Grand Final.

As the hour slid ever close to sunrise, Duthie slipped into the darkness, the first year of his creation behind him.


John Duthie directing his vision

It's sometimes hard to comprehend the poker world. It's the type of place where people dressed in ratty denim and wrinkled shirts will step wildly into a $200,000 heads-up game just to make up the $150,000 they lost the night before. It's a place where a player will readily sit down for a ten-person €5000 crap-shoot, but fight wildly for a free €25 dinner.

It's in this world that Duthie, PokerStars.com, and the retinue of the world's poker players have spent the last half a year. It began with a number of events stretching across Europe. It ended just a few hours ago here in the Pricipality of Monaco. The Grand Final cost players €10,000 to enter. That was just the monetary cost. Before it was over, they would give and earn more than they'd ever expect.

To learn how we arrived at the final eight, you can read the archives of this web site. To learn how we reached the Grand Final Champion, you need only read the rest of this post.

The Final Eight

When it began, all eyes were on the young Brandon Schaefer. Just a few months from heading off to graduate school for his MBA, Schaefer had followed his friend to Deauville for the French Open. What started as a "buddy road trip" story fit for Hollywood ended with an ending even California screenwriters wouldn't venture. The two friends took first and second place in the French Open and won seats into the Grand Final. Schaefer's friend wouldn't fare so well in Monaco, but Schaefer scraped and battled his way to the final table and went into the ultimate day as the chip leader.

A few days before, Schaefer had randomly brought a grapefruit to the poker table with him. Regular poker observers assumed it was an odd homage to poker great Johnny Chan. As it turned out, Schaefer just wanted some fruit. But over the course of a few days, it became a symbol for his success. Just before the final table began, the floor director ran to Schaefer and handed him a small grapefruit.

"From your mom," he said


Schaefer and the grapefruit


Joanne Schaefer, Brandon's mother, and Carl Olson, Schaefer's friend, sweating him from the stands

While Schaefer had the chip lead, he also had seven other players to face. Some said it would end in tears...

Seat 1: Romain Feriolo 475,000
Seat 2: Alex Stevic 57,500
Seat 3: Abdulaziz Abdulaziz 181,000
Seat 4: Ben Grundy 90,500
Seat 5: Kevin Seeger 364,500
Seat 6: Mikhail Ustinov 68,500
Seat 7: Brandon Scahefer 488,500
Seat 8: Rob Hollink 384,000

We lost the first of the seven on just the sixth hand of the contest. Under the gun, Mikhail Ustinov raised more than three times the big blind under the gun. With an even shorter stack than Ustinov, EPT Barcelona champ Alex Stevic came over the top all in. Ustinov called with QQ. Stevic had JJ. The dealer laid out the first three community cards. The crowd gasped when they saw a jack. Stevic had made a set and Ustinov never improved his QQ. Ustinov left in 8th place with €59,500

It would take another 14 hands before another small stack left the table. Holland's Rob Hollink opened the pot for a 3x the big blind raise and fellow poker blogger Ben "Milk Bar Kid" Grundy called from the small blind. The flop came down 6KQ. Both players checked. The turn came a jack. Grundy checked, Hollink bet out 25,000. Grundy considered hs play for a long while then moved in for the rest of his chips. Hollink didn't think for a second and called. Grundy showed AJ. Unfortunately for the young man, he'd walked right into a well-laid Hollink trap. Hollink held KK for a flopped set. Grundy left in 7th place for €79,500


Ben "Milky Bar Kid" Grundy

While Frenchman Romain Feriolo came into the day with a lot of chips, his tournament experience was limited. That inexperience would eventually manifest itself in the wholesale spreading of Ferilolo's chips around the table. The first beneficiary was Alex Stevic. The first time, it wasn't Feriolo's fault, necessarily. Feriolo had put in a large raise and Stevic came over the top all-in. Feriolo called. Stevic showed him KQ. Feriolo held AT, but the flop came down AKK, giving Stevic trips. Stevic' Swedish fan club exploded in jubilation while Feriolo's lady sat silently in the stands. A tough poker player herself, she had poked me in the back earlier in the week when I got in the way of her watching Feriolo's play. It still hurts.

Just a few hands later, Feriolo would bluff off a nice part of his stack and give Schaefer a nice bump in chips. On the button, Schaefer raised from the big blind and Feriolo called. The flop came down AK6 with two clubs. Feriolo checked and Schaefer bet out a little more than half the pot. With a bit of flair, Feriolo called. The turn was a non-club ten. This time Feriolo bet out a little less than half the pot. Schaefer flat called. The river was another non-club ten. Feriolo again bet out and Schaefer, who apparently had quite a read on his French opponent, called again. Schaefer flipped up A4 for two pair. Feriolo showed 78 of clubs for a missed flush draw.

Perhaps Abdulaziz Abdulaziz wanted a part of the action. From the button, Feriolo came in for a raise and from the big blind, Abdulaziz came over the top all in. Feriolo called with 88 which was a winner against Abdulaziz's K6. Abdulaziz departed in six place taking home €99,500


Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

While the table had been a bit tight up to this point, maybe it was something in the last few plays that opened the floodgates. Under the gun, Schaefer raised three times the big blind and Californian Kevin Seeger called from the big blind. The flop came down T64 with two clubs. Seeger checked, Schaefer bet, and Seeger came back over the top all in. It wasn't a hard call for Schaefer. After all, he had aces. Seeger showed 88 and never improved. Seeger took fifth place for €118,000


Kevin Seeger

Things began to get a bit odd from there. Feriolo made a small raise from the button. Stevic, in the small blind, tripled the bet. Feriolo made as if to call, but put out too many chips. His move ended up meaning a minimum re-raise. It gave Stevic the opportunity to move all in. Feriolo, for some reason, called and showed QT to face Stevic's AA. Stevic won to cheers from his fan section.

Feriolo still had chips, however, but wouldn't for long. Facing a sizable raise from Schaefer, Feriolo called from the small blind. The flop came down J28. Feriolo bet out a little more than half the pot. Schaefer called. The turn was a queen. This time Feriolo bet out about half the pot and Scahefer called again. With the pot now at 412,000, the river came down as a three. Again, Feriolo bet out, but this time less than half the pot. Schaefer called without much thought...and Feriolo...mucked his cards. Scahefer only had A8 for third pair, but it must've been good.

Just a few hands left, with relatively few chips left in his stack, Feriolo got in with the best hand, A3, versus Rob Hollink's K2, but Hollink flopped a king and Romain Feriolo left in 4th place, taking home €139,000.


Romain Feriolo

That win left Hollink and Schaefer as the top two chip stacks. It seemed inevitable they would end up heads up. Hollink made it official a few hands later, getting all his money in the middle with KK against short-stacked Stevic's AQ. As if to seal the deal with authority, the flop came down with with two kings to give Hollink flopped quads and send Stevic back to Sweden in fourth place with €178,000.


Alex Stevic

Heads up: Vigorous youth versus careful experience

Brandon Schaefer and Rob Hollink headed into heads up play with near equal stacks. While the producers were counting the chips, I heard a familiar voice over my left shoulder.

"Brandon. Brandon, come here."

It was Greg Raymer. I didn't listen in, but I suspected Raymer, 2004 World Series of Poker champion, was giving Schaefer some advice.


Advice from a champion

Had the chips been different, it might have been a different game. See, Schaefer had been amassing his stack versus fairly loose play. That's not how Hollink had been playing. Hollink usually sat back and waited until he was fairly certain he had the best of it. Whether Schaefer could switch gears would determine whether he could best the Dutch poker pro.


A future MBA student versus a poker pro

The players sparred for a couple of dozen hands. Hollink took the upper hand, either showing down the better cards or pushing Schaefer off his hand. Then Schaefer took hold and battled back to a good lead, his aggressive style getting the better of Hollink. And then the crowd saw the key hand.

From the button, Schaefer made the standard raise and Hollink called. The flop came down T3T. Schaefer bet out, Hollink doubled the bet, and after some thought, Schaefer announced he was all in. Hollink called immediately. Schaefer knew he was in trouble. He stood up and walked away from the table as the the announcer said what Schaefer already knew. Hollink held a ten. Schaefer's three would do him no good. He lost more than half his stack on that hand.

Seconds later, in another hand, it was over. Although Schaefer still had some chips to play with, he didn't get them all in with top pair on the flop. By the river, Hollink had made two pair, got all-in, and bested Schaefer in the heads-up contest. Schaefer got €350,000 for second place.


Schaefer in between his mother and the lovely Caroline Flack, hostess of the EPT

After four days of grueling play, the unassuming Dutchman, Rob Hollink walked away in first place, taking home a massive first place prize, €635,000.





Afterthoughts

The sun is coming up in Monte Carlo now. The EPT and PokerStars crews are getting ready to board flights from the nearby Nice airport. It will be several months before everyone sees each other again. This grand experiment, by my estimation, has worked fantastically.

This blog has been a work in progress and one I think, based on e-mails and traffic reports, has been a respectable success. While it was a lot of very hard work, I never could've done it without the EPT television crew, all of the folks from PokerStars, tournament directors Thomas Kremser and Warren Karp, their hard-working dealing staff, and the staffs of the various venues we've visited. You folks are all real professionals and it has been an honor working with you.

I'd also like to thank the readers who came to this blog during the tournaments and offered their good wishes and advice.

Most of all, I'd like to thank all the players who endured my constant photography, nagging questions, and the occasional misspelled name or incorrently reported hand. You folks are the reason I do this and I thank you for putting up with me.

Now...we all just have to wait until the next EPT event. While my eyes are heavy from several weeks of action, I, for one, can't wait.
          EPT Vienna E-WSOP Final Table Wrap-Up and Results        
For a full hand history of the final table, click here. Be sure to join us here for the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in just a few days)

Danger in Vienna

We live in an unsafe world. We live in a time of mayhem and danger. So, who in their right mind would make every effort to be on time for a meeting with a documented poker serial killer and a mysterious Swede with enough chips to scare the Frito Lay company?


The final table ready for play

This was the meeting place: an eight-seated table, surrounded by lights and flags of the world. By all accounts, there was only a minimal chance someone would be carried out unconscious. Eight players were willing to take the risk. After all, several hundred thousand Euros were at stake.


The players begin their quest for the title

It was the final table of the European Poker Tour's Vienna E-WSOP. What had started as a friendly competition had turned nasty in the night before, with players snapping at each other, slamming their cards on the table, and expressing a certain amount of crankiness.

They were eight men who defied the poker version of the expression "all men were created equal." After all, there was that mysterious Swede, Andreas Harnemo, who had defied his lack of professional playing time and stacked up more than 800,000 in chips.


Andreas Harnemo

And then there was the poker serial killer, Pascal Perrault, a popular Frenchman who had singlehandedly turned the losers lounge into a morgue in the days before. He sat second in chips and had his eyes set firmly on the prize.


Pascal Perrault

As play began, the chipstacks looked as follows:

Seat 1: Joachim Sanejstra, 129,500
Seat 2: Tim Ramsey, 152,500 (USA PokerStars.com online qualifier)
Seat 3: David Clayton, 287,000
Seat 4: Pascal Perrault, 641,500 (France)
Seat 5: Josh Schiffman, 197,000 (USA)
Seat 6: Simon Nowab, 301,000
Seat 7: Mika Puro,450,500 (Finland)(PokerStars online qualifier)
Seat 8: Andreas Harnemo, 821,000 (Sweden)

At first it seemed as if no one wanted to play in a big arena. While players sparred a bit pre-flop, we saw very few hands past the initial betting stage. In fact, it took 30 hands before...well, before the floor fell out from underneath the final table and players fell to their doom with it.

It began as so...

Simon Nowab, in an apparent blind-steal, raised all in with A7 offsuit. Mike Puro seemed happy to call with a pair of nines. The first card off the flop was a nine and it ultimately spelled Nowab's end. What had once been a tight final table was suddenly as loose as a goose in a noose. Nowab left the room in eighth place and 17,300 Euro.


Simon Nowab

Just two hands later, Josh Schiffman, half of the America's Duke University Mafia, raised more than two times the big blind, 40,000 chips, out of position. Andreas sat on the button and made it 120,000. Perhaps thinking Andreas was on a steal, Josh moved all in. Andreas called, turning over AQs. It dominated Josh's KJs both before and after the ace-high flop. Schiffman left in seventh place, taking home 23,000 Euro.


Josh Schiffman

On the very next hand, the players folded around to the small blind where David Clayton put in a huge raise, 92,000 into Perrault's 15,000 big blind. Perrault came over the top an pushed all in. Clayton called. Perrault's AJ easily survived Clayton's A5 offsuit. Clayton took sixth place and cashed for 28,800 Euro. Perrault's credentials as a poker serial killer were re-affirmed.


David Clayton

In just four hands, we'd lost three players and the bloodshed would not stop. Not ten hands later, the most interesting hand of the night unleashed itself on the table.

With the blinds still at 7500/15000/1500, Harnemo raised under the gun to 55,000. Without a great deal of concern on his face, Tim Ramsey pushed in the rest of his stack. For the first time in a great while, Harnemo seemed to fall into the tank. He pondered. Then he pondered some more.

And, then, out of nowhere he asked Ramsey, "Do you have a pair of sevens?"

If Ramsey responded, I didn't hear it. All I know is that when Andreas called, Ramsey flipped over a seven...and a seven. Harnemo held A9 offsuit. Ramsey seemed to be in good shape. The first four cards on the board were 3832. The river, however, came as an ace sending Ramsey back to the USA in fifth place wih 34,500 Euro.


Tim Ramsey

When the beating stopped, the chip counts looked like this:

Joachim Sanejstra: 127,500
Pascal Perrault: 799,000
Mika Puro: 527000
Andreas Harnemo: 1,500,000

Remarkably, the man who began the day with the shortest stack, Joachim Sanejstra, had managed to blind steal and hang on until fourth place. And when he finally went out, he got his chips in with the best hand. Mika Puro put in a raise to 45,000 (3x the big blind). Behind him, Harnemo made it 105,000 to go. After some thought, Sanejstra put in all his chips. Puro folded and Hernemo showed K7offsuit to Sanejstra's pair of fours. It was still a coinflip, which Harnemo won, pairing his king on the flop and hitting another on the turn. The shortest stack at the start of the day took fourth place and 40,500 for his efforts.


Joachim Sanejstra

A dinner break came unexpectedly and apparently, Mika Puro's dinner didn't agree with his poker timing. Just three hands into the after-dinner session, Puro raised to 55,000. Perrault immediately made it 150,000 to go. Puro came back over the top all-in and Perrault happily called, showing a pair of queens. Puro only had a pair of fours and he never improved. Puro left in third place with 51,800 Euro.


Mika Puro

Bettors would've likely put good money that Perrault and Harnemo would end heads up. However, I would defy anyone to predict the outcome. Perrualt's game is sometimes difficult to predict. At times he's fantastically tight. Other times he makes curiously hyper-aggressive moves. At the same time, he has many years of experience over Harnemo in big tournament play. The poker serial killer then set his target squarely on the mysterious Swede. Perrualt had 1.2 million in chips to Harenmo's 1.9 million.


Heads up

We got a taste of Perrault's aggressive style a few hands into heads-up play. Perrault called from the small blind and Harnemo raised a little more than 3x the big blind to 70,000. Perrault called and they saw a flop of Q2K. Both players checked to the turn, a nine. Harnemo bet out 50,000 and Perrault raised to 300,000. After some thought, Harnemo mucked a pair of sixes face up. With a grin, Perrault showed his bluff, a little hand some poker bloggers like to call The Jackhammer, J4.

While the players had battled to even stacks, Perrault had just set up a move that would end in Harnemo's undoing.



In the small blind, Perrault raised 3x the big blind to 60,000. Harnemo called and the flop came down 473. Harenmo checked to Perrault who bet out 150,000. Harnemo, perhaps remembering Perrault's move a little earlier, made it another 250,000 to go. With nary a thought, Perrault announced all in.

Harenmo didn't seem sure what to do. He seemed to like his hand but his face fell into a concentrated version of American actor Clint Eastwood's tough face. When Harenmo regained consciousness, he called and showed J7offsuit for top pair on the board (sevens with a jack kicker). With that, Perrault turned over a pair of nines, the hand that would eventually win and take nearly all of Harnemo's stack.

While Harenmo battled strongly for a few more hands, he eventually got the rest of his chips in with KJs, but ran right into Perrault's AJs. With that, it was over. Harenmo pocketed 101,400 for his second place finish.


The winning hand and its bountiful harvest

Perrault had the biggest fan club in the rooom and cheers rose to the rafters.


Pascal gets congratulations from his friends

It was a 184,500 payday for Perrault, a man so dedicated to this game, he reportedly named his baby daughter...Vegas.


A thumbs up from the winner


Pascal gets paid

And lest you think this is the last time Perrault and Harenmo will meet, both players received entries into the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo this coming week.

Please join me back here on this blog for full coverage of this fine circuit's biggest event.

EPT Vienna Final Results

184,500

1--Pascal Perrault, France.

101,400

2--Andreas Harnemo, Sweden

51,800

3--Mika Puro, Finland (PokerStars online qualifier)

40,500

4--Joachim Sanejstra, Austria

34,500

5--Tim Ramsey, USA (PokerStars Online Qualifier)

28,800

6--David Clayton

23,000

7--Josh Schiffman, USA

17,300

8--Simon Nowab




11,500
9--Jeffrey Rogers (PokerStars online qualifier)

6950

11-Paul Hersleth
12--Alan Betson (PokerStars online qualifier)

5750

13--Milurat Peric
14--Luca Pagano, Italy
15--Sigi Stockinger, Ireland

4600

16--Paul Testud
17--Cohen Robert
18--Mike Shalibi

3600
19--Tibor Tolnai
20--Horst Riedlinger
21--Bernhard Reither
22--Denis Kharitonov, Russia
23--Luis Jaikel, Costa Rica
24--BadGirl Pham, Great Britain
25--Harry Casagrande
26--Falker Leview, Russia
27--Joseph Grech
          My top 10 favorite Test Chambers        

 On Gameinformer.com, there's hundreds and hundreds of articles and videos with tons of info about videogames. One of my favorite parts of Gameinformer is Test Chamber. It gives me a firsthand look at videogames. From the great gameplay that a game offers to the laughs I make watching the GI staff screw around, I can't get enough. It was hard eliminating all 218 Test chambers so far to 10, but I think I got me a solid list. Before we go on though, let's look at our honorable mention.

 

 

Honorable Mention:

Comedy Night

 When I clicked to watch this video, I knew I would be in for a treat. Knowing Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert and Ben Reeves I knew this was going to be great. It was a bit short but it was a very entertaining Test Chamber. From the frequent booing to the wonderfully cheesy jokes from Ben Reeves I laughed all the way through. Jeez XBOX Live arcade is a tough crowd.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/10/04/test-chamber-comedy-night.aspx

Metro: Last Light

 

Though I’ve never played Metro: 2033 or Last light, Last light did look like a very interesting game. To see how well the game looked, I decided to watch Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert and Jeff Marchiafava play through part of the beginning of the game. The game look very great and I really liked the game from what I saw. Plus the wrestling jokes from Dan never got old.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/05/13/test-chamber-metro-last-light.aspx

10. Dragon's Dogma

 I’ve heard so many things from Dragon’s Dogma over the past year that I just realized I have no idea what the game looks like. I decided to watch Test Chamber with Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork and Dan Ryckert to get a good taste of what the game offers and boy was I treated with a fun time. From customizing a character to look like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, to attacking big monsters in the mid region, to just plain out constantly kicking people, I got a good taste to what the game offers. Well, somewhat of a good taste.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/05/22/test-chamber-dragon-39-s-dogma.aspx

 

9. The Stanley Parable

 To tell you the truth, I had no clue what was going to happen. The game did very much look like a game Ben Hanson would enjoy, and with both Reiner and Ryckert present, I knew this was going something good. From the twisty story to the genius voice work of the narrator, The Stanley Parable was a very intriguing game. But whenever the first play through ends for Dan, his reaction is priceless. You also can’t forget that ending to.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/10/19/test-chamber-the-stanley-parable.aspx

 

8. Tomb Raider

 

 Tomb Raider was a game I’ve been waiting forward to finding out if it was a good or bad reboot, and luckily it was a good reboot to the famous series. I wanted to see Tomb Raider as the final product and it was beautiful. It was a very well developed video that really showed all the great things that Tomb Raider had to offer and also funny reactions when they witnessed a death scene. That was pretty brutal.

Link to the video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/02/26/test-chamber-tomb-raider.aspx

 

7. Rambo: The Video Game

 

 While over the years, there’s been many great games that have been played in Test Chamber and many bad games. One game that actually just came out this year was Rambo: The Video Game and it was not in the “Great game” category I mentioned earlier. From the horrible graphics to the atrocious cooperative mode, this game sucked. Luckily, the awfulness of the game turned out to create an amusing Test Chamber with Andrew Reiner and Dan Ryckert. Cooping at its finest.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2014/02/21/test-chamber-rambo.aspx

 

6. Sniper Elite V2

 

 While this Test Chamber was based on the Demo of Sniper Elite V2, it was still a great Test Chamber. Tim Turi fought hard with Reiner by his side, but it’s the unintentional shot that makes this video so remarkable. You have to see this one for yourselves.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/04/11/test-chamber-sniper-elite-v2.aspx

 

5. Heads up!

 

  For a while now, Heads up has been a very popular game. I’ve seen people do it at school, outside of school, and on TV. With all this in mind, you’d think the Gameinformer staff would play a couple rounds right? Of course they would. Watch this video if you don’t believe me that watching Joe Juba, Dan Ryckert, Ben Reeves and Tim Turi playing Heads up is not a great time. Just remember that they can speak!

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/07/03/test-chamber-heads-up.aspx

 

4. Wrestling Revolution

 

 It seemed that other than the WWE games that there were no good wrestling games out there. Wrestling Revolution does look like crap but it’s incredible all the customization this games has. I mean the game allows you to bring a handgun out for crying out loud. This is one crazy game and with Dan, Reiner, and Jeff Cork playing, this was the perfect crappy game for wrestling fans.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/09/12/test-chamber-wrestling-revolution.aspx

 

3. Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party

 

 Whenever the Gameinformer staff gets physical in a Test Chamber, you know you’re in for a treat. While the title might be having you thinking differently, this game is the perfect party game that I’m very happy that Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert, Jeff Cork, Ben Reeves and Joe Juba were willing to show us an informative look into the game. I wonder what is coming up next.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/08/09/test-chamber-160-spin-the-bottle-bumpie-39-s-party.aspx

 

2. Far Cry 3

 

 To many of the videos that are posted on GI, you can thank either Ben Hanson or Jason Oestreicher. On Jason first attempt on Test Chamber, he died repeatedly, got blasted by the Ganeinformer community and tried to hug sharks. With his second attempt, Andrew Reiner and Dan Ryckert join Jason on his quest for redemption. Does he achieve redemption or fail miserably? I just know that blowing stuff up is fun.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/12/04/test-chamber-far-cry-3.aspx

 

1. Ride to Hell: Retribution

 

Of all the Test Chambers, this is my all-time favorite. Why you may ask, well I will try to explain. The nice way of putting it, Ride to Hell: Retribution had so many flaws and was literally a piece of trash, but the game is so horribly made that it’s hilarious how bad it is. In this Test Chamber, we join Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert, Tim Turi, and Joe Juba to this horrible ride to hell that’s truly a bag full of laughs. Everyone needs to place this masterpiece. Wait, I said that wrong. No one should ever play this heap of crap, but you should watch this Test Chamber.

Link to video: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/06/26/test-chamber-ride-to-hell.aspx

 

 Well that was my top 10 favorite Test Chambers. Test chambers to me have been very helpful at showing what a game has to offer, and also great amusement that can go on in any game. What do you all think? Agree or disagree? Thank you all for reading and commenting. Adios Amigos!

Your Amigo,

Juanolo


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true Tech. so true. that's the reason i bought that book. because YOU told me it was a good reference and it has been nothing less than that. Thank You. thanks also for the headsup about the 602. love that number. been playing it boxed for a couple draw. might have to go in on it now.
          Memperbaiki Accu bekas        


Accu (aki) mobil ataupun motor yang paling banyak digunakan adalah jenis accu basah. Accu basah yang dimaksud adalah Lead Acid Battery. Paling tidak sebulan sekali kita perlu melihat ketinggian air accu yang bisa dilihat dari body samping accu tersebut. Jangan sampai berada di bawah Level Minimumnya karena akan merusak sel accu itu sendiri. Umur pakai accu jenis ini berkisar sekitar 1.5-2.5 tahun tergantung kondisi mobil/motor yang menggunakannya.

Suatu accu mulai rusak ketika tidak bisa menyimpan arus listrik dengan baik atau tegangan (voltase) nya turun dari yang seharusnya. Biasanya ditandai dengan bunyi klakson tidak selantang biasanya, lampu tidak seterang biasanya, waktu starter mesin jadi lebih panjang.. bahkan lebih parah adalah tidak bisa starter mesin. Bahasa paling umum adalah “Aki Soak”.

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Baik tidaknya kondisi accu bisa diukur dengan alat tes accu khusus, seperti simulasi pembebanan pada accu kemudian terukur seberapa kuat accu tersebut.


Alat tes yang lebih bagus lagi yang banyak digunakan oleh toko penjual accu seperti ini

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Selain di tes dengan pembebanan arus, baik tidak accu juga dipengaruhi oleh kualitas air accu itu sendiri yang bisa diukur dengan Battery Hydrometer. Alat ini wajib bagi toko atau tukang service accu. Jika kita ingin mempunyai alat ini bisa saja.. ga ada ruginya.. karena bisa mengontrol kondisi ‘kesehatan’ air accu. Harganya berkisar mulai dari 25ribu rupiah. (tidak mahal, khan?)

Cara penggunaannya sangat sederhana, yaitu dengan menyedot air accu, kemudian melihat bandul penunjuknya memperlihatkan kondisi apa.

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Jika permukaan air accu berada pada bidang Hijau, berarti kondisi air accu sangat baik.

Jika permukaan air accu berada pada bidang Putih, berarti kondisi air accu juga masih baik.

Jika permukaan air accu berada pada bidang Merah, berarti kondisi air accu butuh di recharge, atau sekaligus bisa juga menunjukkan ada masalah charging pada alternator (alternator bermasalah/rusak).

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Perpanjang Masa Pakai Accu…

Seiring dengan masa/usia pakai accu basah pada kendaraan, lembar cell accu akan terlapis oleh deposit Sulfat. Semakin tebal deposit sulfat ini membuat accu semakin rendah performanya. Hingga saking tebalnya deposit tadi.. akhirnya membuat accu benar-benar mati / soak, tidak bisa diisi (recharge) lagi. Umumnya .. solusinya adalah harus mengganti dengan accu baru.

Kita bisa membuat langkah alternatif untuk memperpanjang masa pakai accu basah pada mobil atau motor kita.
Banyak informasi yang di dapat di Internet tentang bubuk EDTA ( ethylenediamine tetraacetic ) . Bubuk EDTA sendiri umumnya sering digunakan untuk pengawet makanan. Namun karena penggunaannya ternyata juga bermanfaat untuk merontokkan deposit sulfat pada cell accu, dibuat EDTA yang lebih khusus dengan kode Na4-EDTA (Tetrasodium EDTA) . Pada beberapa toko kimia menyebutnya sebagai “EDTA Teknis“. Saya mendapatkannya dengan harga 33ribu/kg.

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Menurut pengalaman teman-teman dan referensi di Internet, khasiat Na4-EDTA (Tetrasodium EDTA) ini bisa membuat accu menjadi segar kembali, dan jika rutin menggunakan Na4-EDTA setiap bulannya, dapat membuat masa pakai accu bisa mencapai 2-3 kali lebih lama.. atau sekitar hingga 4-5 tahun!
Tentunya ini adalah solusi murah, hemat dan tepat guna.

Mari ber-EDTA…

Kita persiapkan terlebih dahulu adalah:
1. Na4-EDTA (Tetrasodium EDTA) atau (EDTA Teknis)
2. Air Destilasi (Air Aquadest), saya menggunakan air accu botol BIRU. (bukan air accu zuur!)
3. Sendok Teh
4. Gelas
5. Battery Hydrometer
6. Lap untuk bersih-bersih.

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Sebelum membuat ‘vitamin’, lihat dulu kira-kira seberapa banyak diperlukan untuk menambahkannya pada accu, sehingga tidak mubazir jika berlebih.

Pastikan komposisinya terjaga:
Untuk ritual perawatan rutin accu, Siapkan 2-3 sendok teh Na4-EDTA untuk 1 liter air Aquadest
Untuk accu yang sudah soak, siapkan 4-6 sendok teh Na-EDTA untuk 1 liter air Aquadest

Na4-EDTA harus diaduk larut dengan air accu, untuk itu agar mudah, pengadukan dilakukan di luar accu.

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Setelah semua siap, mari kita mendekati accu yang akan kita kasih ‘vitamin’ ini.

Setiap lubang / cell, kita lihat kondisinya dengan Hydrometer, saya menemukan ukuran yang berbeda-beda untuk tiap cell.
Cell yang terlihat lebih dekat ke ‘merah’ memerlukan ‘vitamin’ lebih banyak ketimbang Cell yang sehat (hijau).
Tapi tiap Cell tetap perlu dituangkan ‘vitamin’ setiap bulannya agar deposit sulfat bisa dirontokkan, sehingga performa accu tetap prima.

Tentunya juga.. jika air accu kurang dari level yang dianjurkan, segera tambahkan juga dengan air accu berbotol BIRU.

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Wah ternyata rekan saya ada yang accu motornya soak.
Ketika diukur, ternyata menunjukkan voltase dibawah 1 volt!

Nah segeralah accu basah motor ini di-EDTA kan..

Untuk accu yang soak, setelah ditambahkan ‘vitamin’ tersebut, memerlukan ReCharging (di charge ulang). Dan untuk perawatan bulanan, kendaraan digunakan seperti biasa saja.

Motor yang accu nya soak sedang di ReCharging… perlahan-lahan nilai voltase accu berangsur naik.

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CATATAN:
Tips ini hanya untuk accu berjenis Accu Basah, dengan ciri-ciri ada baut untuk mengisi air accu pada tiap Cell nya. 6 baut Cell untuk accu 12volt, dan 3 baut Cell untuk accu 6volt.
Accu jenis MF (Maintenance Free) tidak dapat memanfaatkan tips ini, karena konstruksi MF tidak memungkinkan kita menambahkan air accu kecuali dengan cara khusus (misalnya dengan cara disuntik, dsb).
Accu jenis Gell atau Spiral Gel juga tidak dapat memanfaatkan tips ini.
Tidak semua accu basah yang soak bisa di’hidup’kan kembali karena beberapa sebab, antara lain korslet (short circuit) di dalam Cell, Cell sudah rusak parah, dsb.

Semoga bermanfaat, Salam hemat!

Sumber referensi:
What is EDTA
What is Lead Acid Battery
Lead-Acid Battery Information
Some Technical Details on Lead Acid Batteries
EDTA Restores Sulfated Batteries
EDTA Restores Sulfated Lead Acid Batteries

Informasi Toko penjual EDTA Teknis antara lain:
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          Die Geschichte des $500.000 Super High Roller Bowl in Wort und Bild        

Der Super High Roller Bowl war mit einem Buy-In von unglaublichen $500.000 das teuerste und heißeste Turnier des Jahres! 43 der besten Spieler der Welt versammelten sich dazu im ARIA und sorgten für einen Preispool von sage und schreibe 21,5 Millionen Dollar. Allein auf den Sieger warteten somit 7,5 Millionen Dollar. Auch sieben deutsche Highrolller-Experten waren mit dabei. Wir erzählen die Geschichte des Super High Roller Bowl noch einmal in Wort und Bild nach!  

Das Bemerkenswerte an diesem Fotoblog ist, dass man fast jeden Spieler am Tisch kennt, da sich alles, was Rang und Namen hatte im ARIA versammelte.

Auch aus deutscher Sicht war der Super High Roller Bowl sehr interessant, denn es nahmen mit Ole Schemion, Max Altergott, Igor Kurganov, Fedor Holz, Christoph Vogelsang, Tobias Reinkemeier und Fabian Quoss gleich sieben unserer Besten teil. 

Leider lief es für sie alles andere als nach Wunsch und so schieden schon 5 der 7 Deutschen an Tag 1 aus.

Nur Max Altergott und Igor Kurganov schafften es in den zweiten Tag, wobei Igor der absolute Shortstack war. Er schaffte auch kein Comeback und musste an Tag 2 recht schnell an die Rails.

Deutlich besser lag Max Altergott, der Tag 1 auf Platz 7 beendete und für den noch alles drin war. Sieben Plätze wurden bezahlt, und der Min-Cash betrug satte $860.000. Max schaffte es auch unter die Top Ten.

Bei nur noch zehn verbliebenen Spielern und der größten Bubble des Jahres ganz nah, erwischte es ihn dann jedoch auf ganz üble Art und Weise.

Altergott pushte nach einem Raise von Tom Marchese mit A♥ K♣ vom Button aus All-In und wurde von diesem gecallt. Beim Showdown drehte der Amerikaner mit A♠ K♥ dieselbe Hand um, und alles sah nach einem Split Pot aus.

Der Flop brachte Marchese mit 7♠ 6♠ 5♠ dann aber einen Flushdraw und dieser materialisierte sich schon am Turn als der Dealer die 8♠ umdrehte. Ein böses Aus für Altergott, der als letzter Deutscher auf Platz 10 enttäuscht ausschied.

Max Altergott

 Max Altergott wurde bester Deutscher auf Platz 10.

Aria SHRB Day 2
Aria SHRB Day 2 5
Aria SHRB Day 2 4
Tom Macdonald
Timofey Kuznetsov
Timofey Kuznetsov 2
Max Altergott
Dong Kim
David Peters
Daniel Negreanu2
Daniel Negreanu 2
Brian Rast2
Brian Rast Aria SHRB Day 2
Brandon Stevens and Erik Seidel
Aria SHRB Day 2 3
Aria SHRB Day 2 2
Jason Mercier

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Phil Ivey4

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Daniel Negreanu
Isaac Haxton
Chips 4
Phil Ivey 6
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IMG 5272Flop SHRSIMG 5301SHRB 9Jason Koon 5

SHRB 7
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Nachdem Andrew Robl mit A♥ K♦ an Q♥ Q♣ von Brian Rast scheiterte,

war die größte Bubble des Jahres geplatzt.

Während Robl, der zuvor beim Super High Roller Cash Game für den Bluff des Jahres gesorgt hatte

mit leeren Händen nach Hause gehen musste, hatten die 7 verbliebenen Spieler

schon mindestens $860.000 sicher.

Damit wurde der Tag auch für beendet erklärt, denn der Final Table sollte erst am nächsten Tag

gespielt werden.

Die Chipcounts vor Beginn des Final Tables:

Brian Rast – 7,980,000 Scott Seiver – 3,950,000 David Peters – 3,015,000 Erik Seidel – 1,930,000 Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov – 1,725,000 Tom Marchese – 1,705,000 Connor Drinan – 1,295,000

Und so sah der Final Table in Bildern aus:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Final Table



























Erik Seidel musste als Erster am Finaltisch seinen Platz räumen. Ihm folgten Tom Marchese,

David Peters und Timofey Kutsenov, bei dem es sich übrigens um die High Stakes Ikone Trueteller

handelt.

Zu dritt war Connor Drinan der Shortstack. Er pushte schließlich mit Q♠ Q♣ All-In

und bekam den Call von Brian Rast. Alles sah nach einem Double-Up für Drinan aus,

bis auf dem Turn die 8♥ zum Set für Rast auftauchte.

Damit war das Heads-Up erreicht, und dort hatte es Brian mit keinem Geringeren als

Scott Seiver zu tun:

Heads-Up

Letzterer hatte zu Beginn eine 2 zu 1 Führung, doch Seiver konnte diese nicht ins Ziel bringen.

Der Heads-Up Experte Brian „tsarrast“ Rast konnte schnell verdoppeln

und damit die Führung übernehmen. Diese baute er in der Folgezeit immer weiter aus.

In der entscheidenden Hand pushte Seiver short mit 5♠ 5♦ All-In und Rast callte mit A♠ 9♠.

Das Board brachte 9♦ 2♣ Q♥ K♥ 6♦ und Brian Rast stand

als Gewinner des Super High Roller Bowl 2015 fest!

Brian Rast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Für seinen Sieg beim teuersten Turnier des Jahres bekam der Amerikaner sage und schreibe

7,5 Millionen Dollar.

Es war bereits der vierte siebenstellige Cash von Rast, der 2011 mit dem $50.000

Poker Players Championship bereits das prestigeträchtigste Bracelet bei der WSOP gewinnen konnte.

Insgesamt hat Brian Rast nun schon $15.624.917 bei Liveturnieren gewonnen.

Scott Seiver bekam für den zweiten Platz immer noch unglaubliche $5.160.000.

Er liegt in dieser Wertung mit Winnings von unglaublichen $20.996.032 sogar noch vor Rast.

Das Endergebnis beim Super High Roller Bowl 2015:

Platz

Name

Preisgeld

1

Brian Rast (US)

$7.525.000

2

Scott Seiver (US)

$5.160.000

3

Connor Drinan (US)

$3.225.000

4

Timofey Kuznetsov (RU)

$2.150.000

5

David Peters (US)

$1.505.000

6

Tom Marchese (US)

$1.075.000

7

Erik Seidel (US)

$860.000



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Hey EZ..Hope all is well...Thanks for the headsup
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hey thanks for the GA headsup...............

Can you post the evening at some point, the number was 567.

Thanks, will watch from work.
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          Reply #1003        
thanks for the headsup. i'm sitting here looking out the window. in another whole zone(LOL) didn't even go to the store, but played sum7 online along with a few more. good luck
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thnx Crow. and thanks for the headsup.
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thanks loon for the headsup .. im catching up now .. for sure since we got the tripy today those number should be soon.. i hope you catched the trip today i know you were on it ...
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Thanks Joey for the headsup, I looked at your workout and saw you had that 085. So I just added it to my list.
          Reply #1087        
i hope so ma brotha ...last night i had 912 and the 12 pair came from it as 112 ... im sure that 912 is also not too far away either ... and the 83 ive been seeing a lot also specialy the 8 poping almost daily in qps ...... im gonna get that 38X for p4 later on ... thanks for the headsup dragon ... goodluck today bro.
          Reply #582        
Headsup sometimes on Monday's and Tuesday's 237,734,541,824,967 watch your work

to pick a favorite one go with 237/273 and small cover 1 up ..1 down 238,236 good luke

Numbers Midday (New York)

From: SUN 11/22/15 Thru: SUN 01/10/16

Total draws in selected range 50

Top 3 hot numbers 2, 5, 3

Top 3 cold numbers 7, 9, 1

Top 3 overdue numbers 5, 3, 0

Set # Combinations

1 2-3-7

2 1-7-0

3 5-9-1

4 1-0-1

5 3-5-2

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          7 Tipps um bessere Ergebnisse bei Pokerturnieren zu erzielen        

Pokerturniere bieten Anfängern eine hervorragende Möglichkeit das Spiel zu lernen ohne dabei zu viel zu riskieren. Im folgenden Artikel geben wir euch sieben einfache Tipps um eure Turniergebnisse erheblich zu verbessern.

Wenn man in einem Turnier weit kommt und dann in der entscheidenden Phase das nötige Glück hat, kann man sehr viel Geld gewinnen.

Jan Meinert von PokerOlymp gibt euch im Folgenden sieben einfache Tipps mit deren Hilfe ihr eure Ergebnisse schlagartig verbessern werdet und wir stellen euch die richtige Turnierstrategie für Beginner vor.

1. Die Macht der Chips

Die Vorgehensweise bei Turnieren unterscheidet sich enorm von der bei Cash Games.

Pokerchips
Chips sind Macht.

Der Hauptunterschied ist: In Turnieren geht es in erster Linie darum zu überleben. Sobald die Chips weg sind, ist es vorbei und du bekommst keine weitere Chance mehr.

Deshalb solltest du zu jedem Zeitpunkt wissen wie viele Chips bzw. Big Blinds du noch hast und wie groß dein Stack im Verhältnis zu den Blinds und Antes ist, Stichwort M-Wert:

Dein M berechnet sich wie folgt: Stack / BB + SB + Ante * Spieler 

Der M-Wert gibt dir vor wie und welche Hände du zu spielen hast.

Zudem verändern die Chips während eines Turniers ihren Wert. Am Anfang ist die Anzahl der Chips verglichen mit den Blinds noch sehr hoch, allerdings steigen die Blinds und Antes in regelmäßigen Abständen an und so wird, falls du nichts dagegen tust, das Verhältnis im Laufe des Turniers immer kleiner.

Deshalb solltest du dich darauf konzentrieren deinen Stack und damit auch das Verhältnis zwischen Chips und Blinds auf einem konstanten Niveau zu halten.

2. Pokerturniere sind wie ein Jahrmarkt

In gewisser Weise sind Pokerturniere vergleichbar mit einem Jahrmarkt.

Am Anfang hast du noch ausreichend Geld und kannst dir aussuchen, wo du gerne mitmachen würdest. Du fährst Riesenrad, Autoscooter, machst Dosenwerfen oder genießt einfach die Atmosphäre.

Doch mit der Zeit wird das Geld immer knapper und du musst vorsichtiger damit umgehen. Möglicherweise wirst du auch einige überhastete Entscheidungen treffen, wenn es dem Ende zugeht.

Dasselbe gilt auch für Pokerturniere. Setzte dein Geld bzw. deine Chips weise ein. Gib dein Guthaben nicht für zu hohe Buy-Ins aus und riskiere in der frühen Phase nicht zu viel, sondern warte auf die passenden Spots.

3. Spiel geduldig und diszipliniert

Die wichtigste Grundregel bei Turnieren lautet:

Spiele am Anfang weniger Hände und tight und werde sobald die Blinds höher sind und die Antes ins Spiel kommen aggressiver.

Selbstverständlich hängt das auch von der Größe deines Stacks ab, generell solltest du in den ersten Leveln jedoch etwas tighter spielen und größeren Konfontationen aus dem Weg gehen, es sei denn du hältst eine sehr starke Hand.

Es gibt keinen Grund dafür etwas zu überstürzen, da das Risiko einen beträchtlichen Teil oder sogar all seine Chips zu verlieren einfach zu hoch ist. Dies gilt vor allem für unerfahrene Spieler oder wenn man seine Gegner noch nicht wirklich gut einschätzen kann.

4. Wisse wie man an der Bubble spielt

Der Begriff Bubble bezeichnet die Phase im Turnier, in der die Spieler kurz vor dem Erreichen der bezahlten Plätze stehen.

The Mob Scene!
Zurückhaltung oder Druck machen lautet das Motto an der Bubble!

Dies kann sowohl eine der spannendsten als auch eine der stressigsten Phasen im Turnier sein, vor allem für die Shortstacks.

Zur Verdeutlichung: Der nächste bzw. die nächsten zwei oder drei Spieler werden mit leeren Taschen nach Hause gehen, während der Rest des Feldes in die Preisgeldränge aufsteigt.

Stellt euch folgendes Szenario vor: Ihr habt schon mehrere Stunden, wenn nicht sogar Tage gespielt, und kurz bevor die bezahlten Plätze erreicht werden scheidet ihr aus.

Falls du in der Bubble-Phase einer der Shortstacks bist, dann solltest du mit äußerster Vorsicht an jede Situation herangehen – Das heißt: Maximiere deine Chance zu überleben und folde alles außer absolute Monster.

Bist du dagegen einer der Bigstacks an der Bubble, dann solltest du so viel Druck wie möglich auf deine Gegner ausüben. Wie soeben erwähnt werden die Shortstacks nur noch die besten Starthände spielen und das solltest du ausnutzen, indem du sie bei jeder Gelegenheit All-In setzt. Allerdings soltest du immer derjenige sein, der die Gegner All-In setzt und keine All-Ins callen!

Sie werden auf ein Raise von dir so häufig folden müssen, dass du in dieser Phase richtig viele Chips machen kannst.

5. Arbeite an deinem Shorthanded-Spiel

Sobald man einen Deep Run in einem Turnier hat, wird man desöfteren Shorthanded, also gegen acht oder weniger Gegnern am Tisch, spielen müssen.

Dann must du deutlich aggressiver spielen als an einem Fullring-Tisch. Alle Asse und Bildkarten gewinnen nun deutlich an Wert.

Anfangs mag dir das etwas komisch und deine Hände zu schwach für ein Raise vorkommen, dennoch solltest du sie aggressive spielen, da die durchschnittliche Handstärke ebenfalls abnimmt.

Regel: Je mehr Spieler und je früher deine Position am Tisch, desto starker muss deine Hand sein.

Shorthanded darf man bei der Auswahl der Starthände nicht mehr allzu wählerisch sein. Wenn man 20 hände lang auf ein Monster wartet, wird man schon vier oder fünfmal die Blinds bezahlt haben und der eigene Stack wird dadurch deutlich geschrumpft sein.

6. Im Heads-Up ist Aggressivität der Schlüssel zum Erfolg

Sollte es dir gelingen unter die letzten beiden Spieler zu kommen, dann ist die Heads-Up Phase des Turniers erreicht. Die Spielweise unterscheidet sich hier so stark vom Rest des Turnieres, dass es sich lohnt sich darauf intensive vorzubereiten. Zumal der Unterschied im Preisgeld zwischen erstem und zweitem Platz sehr groß ist.

Heads-Up
Aggressivität ist der Schlüssel zum Erfolg!

Jedes Ass, Paare und Bildkarten gewinnen noch einmal an Wert und du solltest aggressiv und aktiv sein und so viel Druck wie möglich aufbauen, sonst wird dich dein Gegner einfach runtergrinden.

Eine Hand wie #Ax#7x sollte man in den meisten Situationen an einem Fullring-Tisch folden. Heads-Up ist dies dagegen eine sehr starke Hand.

7. Befasse dich mit ICM

Bei einem großen Turnier wird am Final Table häufig ein Deal, sprich eine Teilung des Preisgelds, diskutiert werden.

Wenn du ein unerfahrener Spieler bist, dann werden dir die Gegner sehr wahrscheinlich ein Angebot machen, was unter dem Wert deiner Chips liegt. Sie setzen darauf, dass du dir lieber einen bestimmten Teil des Preisgelds sichern möchtest, anstatt es auszuspielen.

Normalerweise sollte man solche Angebote dankend ablehnen. Deine Gegner werden zunächst etwas jammern, da sie sich natürlich mehr Geld sichern wollen als ihnen nach der vorher festgelegten Auszahlungsstruktur zusteht und genau deshalb werden sie einem Gegenangebot zustimmen.

Die Faustregel lautet: Ein dem Independent Chip Model (ICM) entsprechender Deal ist ein guter Deal für alle Beteiligten.

An diesen Zahlen solltest du dich halten und weder viel mehr fordern als viel weniger zustimmen.

Aus diesem Grund ist es unerlässlich für Turnierspieler sich mit dem ICM zu beschäftigen und den Wert seiner Chips zu kennen. Wie das Independent Chip Model funktioniert erfahrt ihr in diesem Artikel 



Besuch www.pokerzeit.com


          Heads Up in Design Wars!        

















Today, I want to share with you my impressions about Heads Up, the new Read Heart yarns. I have known this yarn since it has been chosen for the new Design Wars Challenge round.

When I received my packet and I could have this yarn in my hands, a lot of ideas came to my head. My first impression was fantastic. It has shining and saturated colours and a soft touch. I was dying for using it.

 













Heads Up is a mixture of 80% acrylic and 20% cotton, the result is a lovely and fantastic yarn with a magnific definition stitch and soft and it is very easy to work with. It is a very warm yarn because of its composition, which is perfect for winter projects such as gloves and scarfs, although you can also use it for funny works like baskets, carpets and a lot of other different things.























If you choose this yarn, you should use a crochet hook K (6.5 mm), although I have used an H hook, because I wanted to get a more tighten final effect for my Design Wars project. You will feel very confortable working with it and beingBulky you will be able to complete your works in a quickly way.

Heads Up is available in 20 shiny and happy colours, which are ideal for One and Two Company Designs. You can find it in skeins of 3.5 ounces and 106 yards (97 m).

Where can you buy it? You can find this fantastic yarn in Red Heart website (www.redheart.com).

Try it and you will be delighted!!!

 
          LIFE LATELY: AUTUMN        
Remember a few years ago when I had this blog and totally loved it and updated all the time? Me too. Sadface. Where did that go? I don't know how it happened, it feels like it was one of those things that come about of their own accord I guess, like outgrowing shoes or losing touch with old school friends. I still follow all my old blogging buddies and read about what they're all up to and fawn over awesome OOTDs and make lists of new beauty products to try on the back of rave reviews...but I don't often feel inspired to write blogs about that stuff any more.

There was a time over the summer that I really panicked about letting myself and my blogging pals down by hardly posting, but I'm cool with it now. I never started FFS for anyone but myself, and throughout the three years I've been doing this I always posted whatever the hell I liked, regardless of convention or external pressures to always be talking about the NEXT BIG AWESOME THING or WHAT I'M WEARING THIS WEEK, or LATEST AMAZING GLASGOW DESIGNER or FABULOUS BLOGGER EVENT or whatever. These posts have their place, and I read them, and sometimes I DO write them, but it's not always the content I want to create. And that's OK. It's not a competition, or at least it shouldn't be.

I've been a scatty, rambley navel-gazer from the start. If you go back to the beginning, which I sometimes do because I'm SAD, after you've finished cringing you'll see that FFS has never been particularly COOL or Zeitgeistey, and I'm glad I can remind myself of this and that it's OK to be a bit weird, and stop giving myself a hard time for forgetting to post about relevant fashiony things... and basically quit feeling BAD.

So what have I been doing when I've not been blogging? Well, living my life. Obvz.

Did I mention I bought a flat? Oh, ONLY ABOUT 10,000 TIMES. Well, I did, and over the last few weeks I finally got the keys and started the long process of doing it up.



Paint was NUMBER ONE priority. The bay-windowed living room was originally a gross brown biscuity-beige which, with the dark floors, made it look dindgy. I covered it with two coats of a lighter, yellow-cream called Soft Linen from Crown and it's much fresher. Once I have all my crap moved in I might want to go for a bolder colour, but for the moment the brighter tone is working out fine. In the bedroom I went for a nice pale icy blue. My pal kindly pointed out it's "a bit NEW BABY BOY" but whatever! I've bought up practically all of Ikea's Hemnes bedroom furniture and assembled it all, so that room's almost done. I'll tell you what though, I'm a bit lazy and would have probably got painters and decorators in to paint both rooms in the past, but my Dad egged me on to do it myself (two coats each!) and I'm pure proud of myself that I did - up a wobbly ladder, rollers, dust-sheets and all. You can do it guys! Just wear boggin old stuff and a hat if you can - paint in your hair is no fun.

Next up I bought a turquoise sofa. Sorry, TWO turquoise sofas, from Made.com. I figured WHY NOT man, and I was scared the room would look too wishy-washy without a bit of colour. The sofas are from Made's Orson range and one is arriving at the weekend, so I'll be able to tell if it's comfy or not come Sunday. I'm in love with how they look online though! Gorgeous.

Thanks to a headsup from the lovely Ruth I got this adorbs cat coffee table, customised by Treemendous, from The Magpie's Eye in Govan. LOOK AT IT! So cute! There seems to be a bit of an animal/cat theme happening so far with the accessories I've bought, but I'm more than OK with that. (See rabbit night light!)

Added to my awesome bit of ATTITUDE ART from Etsy and my wee cat cushion from a few months ago, I'm pleased with how it's shaping up. Still LOADS to do, but I'm getting there.



Next up, I went blonde. SHUT UP. No, really. I just took a mad idea one day and booked myself in to my hairdressers, and BOOM. That was that. I'd had it pre-lightened with lots of foils in the weeks before, but I wanted more of an all-over bleached look. Which is what I got! It's so blonde now that I'm heading back in tomorrow to sort my roots out - my hair grows SCARY quick.

I also experimented with Bleach London's new range of wash-out pastel dyes. I got the Awkward Peach shade and was a bit MEH about it if I'm honest. The colour wasn't all that striking, and I KNOW it's pastel, but I expected to be able to notice it! Instead I found that all it really did was change the tone of the blonde a bit to a warmer, more yellowy hue. Which was OK but not really what I was after. I tried the L'Oreal Feria pastel tonight conditioner in Peach Punch and I definitely preferred the colour. Again, the payoff wasn't great (hint in the word PASTEL), but the actual tone of the colour was a nice corally peachy-pink, and if I had to decide between the two this is the one I'd go for.


And what else? Oh, yi know, just living life. Work has been mental busy with presentations, conferences and travel galore, but in a really good way. I mean, the soggy Midlands might not be the most glam of places to be constantly jetting to, but I can't complain really. Things are going well, my wee team is great and I'm working really hard. I enjoy what I do and I wake up motivated to start the day and tick things off my massive Monday Morning To-Do List. It could be worse.

I also recently spent some time in my beloved Edinburgh where I totally GORGED myself at the Hard Rock Cafe (did you hear about the one in Buchanan St? I believe it's open now - yuss!) and the Chocolate Lounge at Harvey Nicks, dahling! Both places to tick off if you find yourself in Edinburgh. OK, so Hard Rock isn't exactly fine dining, but their Twisted Mac and Cheese is positively ORGASMIC and it's good for a LOL. Also, quaffed myself some cocktails in Le Monde on George St which I do love when I'm pretending to be a little more glam than I am.

What else? Um, I tried to eat healthy but it only lasted about three days. One thing that stuck though was yummy Overnight Oats which I now take to work most days for breakfast. My fave is with chocolate almond milk, mashed banana and flaked almonds on top. SCRUM. More deetz here...
ALSO, can I just take a minute to talk about how awesome the Itison Drive-In for Halloween was?! A massive screen in Victoria Park, 300 cars, street food, guys dressed up as Michael from my FAVE scary movie (maybe) ever - the classic John Carpenter's Halloween. Pure hilarious spooky awesomeness! The best bit were all the Michael's cutting about scaring everyone silly - totally, totally loved it. Itison is running their massively successful Drive In series again over Christmas, this time at Loch Lomond Shores, WITH SANTA and Christmas Carol Car-eoke etc. so have a look. I've booked up for It's a Wonderful Life on the 23rd of December. Heart-warming festive perfection!



Anyway, that's what I've been doing with my life. I'm going to make a concerted effort to blog more regularly, and not box myself into a certain style. I'll just talk rubbish about whatever I want, whenever I want, and that's that. Thanks for sticking with me, those that have.



(By the by, these pics are from my Instagram, and if you find yourself desperately intrigued as to my comings and goings you can follow me on Twitter anaw. @kirsty44sunsets everywhere. ROFFLE.)




          Reply #2185        
I didn t get a chance to post earlier but I got the triple 1. Thanks to Loonasee2 and Bigdsing for the headsup.

My picks for this evening: 666 604 311 11x

Good luck all.
          Reply #95        
thank you nikki for the headsup
          The Sound Board #21: Obscured By The Cloud(s)        
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month's episode is hosted by Prof. J.M. Tuffley with support from Dr. Rob Levy and Widgett Walls, custodian. This episode's central topic is: the Cloud and how it will affect your music buying experience. Along with that there's, among other things, The National Jukebox, Pink Floyd immersion sets, Clarence Clemons, Carl Gardner, Glen Campbell, Lauryn Hill, reality TV music shows and Justin Bieber's hair. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/soundboard21.mp3] Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff. Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store. If you have music you want to bring to our attention, you can send it snail mail to NEEDCOFFEE.COM MUSIC MINISTERS, 4480-H South Cobb Drive, PMB 394, Smyrna GA USA 30080. Or ping us at sound board at need coffee dot com. To find Tuffley's Randomizer, go here. And you can find him on Twitter here. And to find Rob Levy at KDHX, go here. And his personal blog is here. And his Twitter is here. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here. For those just wanting to subscribe to The Sound Board, you can do that here. iTunes feed is here. To download this episode directly, The Sound Board #21: Obscured By The Cloud(s), then do […]
          The Sound Board #20: She's Got a Ticket to Ride and She's Selling It On eBay        
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month's episode is hosted by Dr. Rob Levy with support from Prof. J.M. Tuffley and Widgett Walls, janitor. This episode's central topic is: the live concert experience and how ticket purchasing, scalpers and the people who sell the tickets to begin with are all conspiring to ruin your good time. Along with that we also give you a rundown of various summer new releases that are of merit, a roll call of those we have recently lost, the kerfuffle between Weird Al and Lady Gaga, the battle between Dr. Dre and the new Death Row Records and a post-action review of Record Store Day 2011. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/soundboard20.mp3] Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff. Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store. If you have music you want to bring to our attention, you can send it snail mail to NEEDCOFFEE.COM MUSIC MINISTERS, 4480-H South Cobb Drive, PMB 394, Smyrna GA USA 30080. Or ping us at sound board at need coffee dot com. To find Tuffley's Randomizer, go here. And you can find him on Twitter here. And to find Rob Levy at KDHX, go here. And his personal blog is here. And his Twitter is here. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else […]
          The Sound Board #19: Burning Out vs. Fading Away        
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode stars Prof. J.M. Tuffley & Dr. Rob Levy with Widgett Walls in the chair. This episode's central topic is: when is it right to hang it up? When is it time to take your toys and go home from a musical perspective and what acts should probably do so, sooner than later? And where do fans figure in with all this? Along with that we discuss Britney Spears, the Glee creator gets better meds, doing shows for Qaddafi and more. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/soundboard19.mp3] Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff. Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store. If you have music you want to bring to our attention, you can send it snail mail to NEEDCOFFEE.COM MUSIC MINISTERS, 4480-H South Cobb Drive, PMB 394, Smyrna GA USA 30080. Or ping us at sound board at need coffee dot com. To find Tuffley's Randomizer, go here. And you can find him on Twitter here. And to find Rob Levy at KDHX, go here. And his personal blog is here. And his Twitter is here. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here. For those just wanting to subscribe to The Sound Board, you can do that here. iTunes feed […]
          The Sound Board #18: Turn and Face the Strange        
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode is hosting by Prof. J.M. Tuffley with Dr. Rob Levy & Widgett Walls in attendance. This episode's central topic is the evolution of musical acts. Do we want our bands to change, to stay the same, or do some weird amalgam of both? That's up for discussion. Along with that we discuss the Grammys, the Oscars, the death of the various Hero games, the new Radiohead release and more. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/soundboard18.mp3] Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff. Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store. If you have music you want to bring to our attention, you can send it snail mail to NEEDCOFFEE.COM MUSIC MINISTERS, 4480-H South Cobb Drive, PMB 394, Smyrna GA USA 30080. Or ping us at sound board at need coffee dot com. To find Tuffley's Randomizer, go here. And you can find him on Twitter here. And to find Rob Levy at KDHX, go here. And his personal blog is here. And his Twitter is here. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here. For those just wanting to subscribe to The Sound Board, you can do that here. iTunes feed is here. To download this episode directly, The Sound Board #18: […]
          The Sound Board #17: Songs of Love, Hate & Indifference        
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode is hosting by Dr. Rob Levy with Prof. J.M. Tuffley & Widgett Walls in attendance. This episode's central topic is Valentine's Day and the music that can accompany it, or as the title says: songs of love, hate and indifference. To get there, we also discuss new releases, Glee vs. Kings of Leon, we discuss some artists we've recently lost, the fate of KUSF and possibly all of college radio, and Flavor Flav opens a chicken emporium. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/soundboard17.mp3] Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff. Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store. If you have music you want to bring to our attention, you can send it snail mail to NEEDCOFFEE.COM MUSIC MINISTERS, 4480-H South Cobb Drive, PMB 394, Smyrna GA USA 30080. Or ping us at sound board at need coffee dot com. To find Tuffley's Randomizer, go here. And you can find him on Twitter here. And to find Rob Levy at KDHX, go here. And his personal blog is here. And his Twitter is here. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here. For those just wanting to subscribe to The Sound Board, you can do that here. iTunes feed is here. To […]
          The Sound Board #16: Remastering... And You        
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode stars Prof. J.M. Tuffley & Dr. Rob Levy with Widgett Walls in the chair and trying to keep up. This episode's central topic turned out to be threefold: first, Widge gets an education into remastering: the good, the bad and the marketing ploys. A smaller discussion of online music sales and touring blew up into something much larger. Also discussed: the Grammys; RIP: Trish Keenan of Broadcast; Aretha Franklin; Rolling Stone screws the pooch; MySpace and its impending death; Facebook Confessional! and more. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/soundboard16.mp3] Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff. Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store. If you have music you want to bring to our attention, you can send it snail mail to NEEDCOFFEE.COM MUSIC MINISTERS, 4480-H South Cobb Drive, PMB 394, Smyrna GA USA 30080. Or ping us at sound board at need coffee dot com. To find Tuffley's Randomizer, go here. And you can find him on Twitter here. And to find Rob Levy at KDHX, go here. And his personal blog is here. And his Twitter is here. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here. For those just wanting to subscribe to The Sound Board, you can do that […]
          The Sound Board #15: Tis the Season For That Thing and the Stuff        
This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode is hosted by Prof. J.M. Tuffley with Dr. Rob Levy and Widgett Walls attending. This episode's central topic is twofold: the best of 2010 and also alternate Christmas music. Also discussed: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees; Disco!; Captain Beefheart RIP; Local Community Radio Act of 2009; Fun with Radio; Christmas Songs; "The great villain of Christmas music!"; Rob-Palooza!; Cee-Lo Green; Janelle Monae; Arcade Fire; The National and more. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/soundboard15.mp3] Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff. Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store. If you have music you want to bring to our attention, you can send it snail mail to NEEDCOFFEE.COM MUSIC MINISTERS, 4480-H South Cobb Drive, PMB 394, Smyrna GA USA 30080. Or ping me at widgett at need coffee dot com. To find Tuffley's Randomizer, go here. And you can find him on Twitter here. And to find Rob Levy at KDHX, go here. And his personal blog is here. And his Twitter is here. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here. For those just wanting to subscribe to The Sound Board, you can do that here. iTunes feed is here. To download this episode directly, The Sound Board #15: […]
          Sennheiser 3284 ME 66 Short gun Microphone head        
Sennheiser 3284 ME 66 Short gun Microphone head

Sennheiser 3284 ME 66 Short gun Microphone head

Sennheiser 3284 ME 66 Short gun Microphone headSuper-cardioid/lobar microphone head suitable for K6 and K6P powering modules. For reporting, film, and broadcast location applications, as well as for picking up quiet signals in noisy or acoustically live environments. The ME 66 is a shotgun microphone head designed for use with the K6 and K6P powering modules. It is especially suitable for reporting, film and broadcast location applications and for picking up quiet signals in noisy or acoustically live environments as it discriminates against sound not emanating from the main pick-up direction. Matt black, anodised, scratch-resistant finish. Features: Super-cardioid/lobar pick-up pattern Highly directional Low inherent self-noise High sensitivity Wide frequency response What's in the box? 1 ME 66


          Comment on Headsup: Stories From Japan by Dindrane        
I definitely want to pick up that Limited Edition Blu-ray set of the Sailor Moon Crystal. It's a great treatment for a classic show.
          Comment on Headsup: 50 Years of Star Trek on DVD by Widge        
Dana: Sounds pretty damn sweet.
          Comment on Headsup: 50 Years of Star Trek on DVD by Dana        
I just received my 50th anniversary complete set . When I say complete I truly mean it . It consist of the original show , the movies following an also the animated series, also miniature posters in new designs an to top all off is a pin all in a wonderful case
          Comment on Headsup: Supernatural Season 11 on Blu-ray by Dindrane        
I want a documentary about Baby. Maybe a bonus sexy Baby pinup. Bobby can be driving. Holding a pie he stole from Dean.
          Logo Design Price A Quick Headsup        
The market for logo designs is a rather competitive one indeed. Various logo design firms offer a myriad of design packages to fulfill different customer needs and budgets.

With so many options to pick from, the question on most people's minds is how much should one pay for a decent corporate logo design.

All in all, logo design price ranges from as little as $30 to thousands of dollars. Obviously the more you fork out the more extras you will receive. But to assist you in deciding which logo design price would better fit your needs, take a look at the breakdown below.

Below $100 Logo
These custom logo designs may be cheap but the good design quality has astonished many. Needless to say some homework is needed to make certain you get the best company logo designers at this price bracket. This range is better suited for clients who want their logo designs fast with very little interaction on a very limited budget.

$100 - $1000 Range
If you have a bit of spare change and a little time, you can afford to employ logo designers who are more service oriented. The logo creation quality is comparable to the logos in the sub $100 logo design price bracket. However, they present a more personal approach when dealing with customers. They gladly take the time to speak to clients about their needs.

$1000 - $5000 Range
Traditional company logo designers usually charge this rate for their services. They spend a good amount of time looking to get as much relevant info as possible before developing a logo. Their analysis of your company, competitors,merchandise and target markets would enable them to advise you on what image you should adopt. I would suggest this category to anyone who might be able to it. The chances of the company logo designs being of greater quality than those in the first two categories is quite likely plus you get valuable advice to boot.

$5000 and Above
This category befits those who aim to launch branding campaigns. Branding agencies create logos as part of a corporate identity development exercise. Each and every logo is presented together with a thick blueprint that would normally contain the logo rationale, logo dimensions and logo usage requirements. These additions does wonders to the perceived quality of the logos. This option is favorably suited for large firms who can spend on branding and rebranding themselves and their merchandise.

Before you make up your mind, it is always best to take a bit of time and examine what you really need. If you are just starting your business, chances are that you would be on a very restricted budget. It is not unusual to opt for an affordable logo designer provided you do a little bit of groundwork. Visit logo design sites and have a look at their logo samples. If they can deliver what you need at this period of time for a figure that would not stretch finances, then it could be an option you should really give some thought to.

Dave Kilmanrock has been in the advertising industry for more than 15 years. He has written and co-written various articles on branding. He believes you should always opt for the logo design price that offers the best value for money.
          Go Duck Duck Go        
I often use DuckDuckGo as my search engine, mainly because it doesn't track me. With the google kerfuffle, it will probably become more popular, as this tweet notes:


headsup Instapundit.

          Conspiracy theory of the day        
A lot of conspiracy types know that the Titanic sinking had a lot of similarities to a maritime disaster  in a novel published years earlier.

But this is really scary: the UKMail reports The Last President, written in 1895, was about a President named Trump.


Ingersoll Lockwood, an American political writer and novelist, wrote two children's books titled 'Baron Trump's Marvelous Underground Journey,' and 'Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulgar,' as well as an ominously titled political tome, 'The Last President.' 

FYI you can find The Last President" 

and Baron Trump's Marvelous Journey 

at Internet archives for free download.

headsup LesFemmes






          Reply #3690        
Just want to say thanks to all posters on this thread...everything you do is appreciated..also..we miss you Junior, crazy sister, kristy and others...Let's keep it going and try to get a Str8 hit for us all before Christmas...Thanks to all that send me PM'S with headsup etc...it appreciated more than you know..I work nights...and miss out on a lot because of that...but I love night shift!! with that being said...Let's get it Money Team
          Comment battre les Spin & Go : 5 Conseils d'un Pro        

Nous vous avions proposé l'année dernière un dossier complet sur les Spin & Go et Expresso et comment y faire du profit. Nous rencontrons aujourd'hui un pro de ces tournois, qui nous raconte son parcours et vous donne 5 astuces pour y gagner régulièrement.

Le poker apporte de nombreuses choses. L'argent, la joie, le challenge intellectuel.

Mais quand on en vient aux faits, les joueurs de poker professionnels ne jouent pour aucune de ces raisons. Ils jouent car cela leur offre la liberté.

Lorsque PokerStars a créé les Spin & Go, les pros ont pensé que la liberté allait baisser. Les joueurs loisir, recherchant les petits gains rapides, ont commencé à délaisser les cash games et les tournois pour faire tourner la roue du jackpot. Les pros n'y pouvaient rien faire d'autre que se plaindre.

Mais pas tout à fait tous.

Laissez-moi vous présenter Kyle "Squire1888" Maguire. Il a 30 ans, il vient de Glasgow en Ecosse, et connaît donc une chose ou deux à propos de l'importance de la liberté.

Un voyage qui commence

Il fut un temps où sa journée de 9 à 5 voyait Maguire enchaîné à son poteau. Il était installateur dans un magasin, et travaillait partout à travers le Royaume-Uni.

Kyle Maguire
Kyle Maguire (photo PokerStars)

Les soirs, lui et ses collègues passaient le temps à jouer au poker, avant de mettre le terrible réveil pour le lendemain matin.

Maguire aimait jouer, mais n'y voyait rien d'autre qu'un jeu jusqu'au jour où il a rencontré un gars du nom de Derek Leach, qui lui appris qu'il jouait au poker en ligne en professionnel.

« J'étais stupéfait » se souvient Maguire.
Et ainsi un nouveau voyage vers la liberté pouvait commencer.

« J'étais un gros donateur au début. J'étais terrible et je jouais des sit-an-go à 180 joueurs et heads-up à 2$. Et puis un jour je me suis inscris au Sunday Million.
C'était l'un de ces anniversaires spéciaux et ils offraient une Lamborghini au vainqueur. J'ai fini 45è sur quelque chose comme 66 000 inscrits, pour un résultat de 8 800 $, et c'était ma première bankroll. »

Loin d'une Lambo, mais suffisant pour offrir à Maguire de quoi démarrer dans le monde du poker professionnel ; un voyage qui l'aura vu enregistrer des succès en MTTs (tournois multi-tables) avant de rejoindre la masse qui se plaignait de l'arrivée des parties de Spin & Go.

Aujourd'hui il ne se plaint plus.

Un joueur qui monte, avec un objectif

« J'ai été mauvaise langue avec les Spins aux début » confesse Maguire. « J'avais l'impression qu'avec un rake de 5-6%, l'hyperstructure, les multiplicateurs 2x, etc., ça les rendait imbattables et que ce n'était qu'un piège à rake pour ainsi dire.

Beaucoup continuent de le penser.
Et puis une grande légendes des sit-and-go en heads-up du nom de "bighustla" a tenté ce défi où il a joué 5000 de ces tournois en un mois, et en est ressorti gagnant pour une somme dingue. »

Kyle Maguire
Prochaîne étape : Régulier des Spin à 100$.

Maguire a alors jeté un œil plus attentif à cette section de parties, et il n'était pas le seul.

« J'en ai joué 500. J'ai trouvé une écurie et ça a décollé à partir de là. Je joue pour l'équipe "651" conduite par un boss des sit-and-go HU, connu sous le nom de Jackstack99, qui joue en 100$-1000$.

On a certains des meilleurs joueurs de Spin & Go à 100$. Et il y a aussi beaucoup de nouveaux talents venant des 15$-60$ et qui frappent à la porte des 100$. »

L'écurie consiste en 25-30 joueurs qui tentent leur chance pour le gros lot, à des enjeux qui s'échelonnent entre 7 et 100$.
Maguire est l'un de ces joueurs qui montent, essayant d'atteindre certains objectifs d'équité qui lui sont confiés, pour pouvoir devenir un régulier des parties de Spin & Go à 100$.

« Les Spins à 60$ représentent 99% de mon activité de grind » précise t-il.

Jouer quand on est à son meilleur

S'il joue 7 heures par jour en passant aussi du temps en dehors avec les coachs de l'écurie, Kyle ne s'en tient pas à un planning régulier car sa liberté reste importante.

D'autant que Maguire a un fils de 6 ans et une belle-fille de 5 ans, il ne voit donc pas d'inconvénient à être l'un des "spinners" aux plus faibles volumes dans l'équipe.

Chip Stack
Si vous n'êtes pas pleinement concentré, vous brûlez de l'argent.

« Je crois à l'importance de jouer quand tu es à ton meilleur et que tu es concentré, sinon tu jettes juste de l'argent par les fenêtres. »

Mais quel est au juste son emploi du temps ?

« Je joue deux tables au maximum car j'ai un accord sur l'EV sur un certain nombre de parties, pour monter à 100$. Je pense qu'avec plus de deux tables il devient super facile de manquer des situations.

Je connais certains grinders au gros volume qui ont des stats juste incroyables. Des gars comme "spin4play" et "luiscoppel" jouent quelque chose comme 10 000 Spins par mois et dégagent 3-4% d'evROI (retour sur investissement) ce qui est juste irréel.

J'en joue 1500 par mois en gros, ce qui est faible. Mon evROI à 60$ d'enjeux sur PokerStars est de 2,8% sur 5000 parties. Je me suis fait dépouiller la première fois que je suis monté d'enjeux. De 15$ à 30$ était le saut le plus difficile, mais je m'améliore constamment.

Je ne suis qu'à une centaine de parties de l'objectif pour monter, un evROI de 4% sur 2000 parties. Alors j'espère y arriver et y rester dans un futur proche. »

La plus grosse victoire de Maguire fut un jackpot à 6 000 $. Loin d'un "Solid Penis" reparti avec 250 000 $ en juillet ou encore de ce joueur russe millionnaire en 2015, mais pas mal pour 3 à 5 minutes de boulot.
Il a testé le même type de jeux sur d'autres sites, pour tâter le terrain, mais est toujours revenu à PokerStars.

« Ils ont le meilleur logiciel et des parties qui tournent 24h/24 et 7j/7. Même s'ils font pas mal de changements qui sont mauvais pour les habitués en ce moment, j'ai peur que ça reste le meilleur site. »

Jouer à des Spin & Go sur PokerStars


Alors la question que vous vous posez sans doute toujours, et à laquelle nous allons maintenant répondre, est sans doute comment devenir un gagnant régulier des Spin  Go ?
Voici 5 astuces et conseils de notre ami.

Conseil #1 : Etudiez le jeu en heads-up

« J'étudierais le jeu en heads-up autant que possible, vu que c'est un format "tout pour le vainqueur". Plus votre win rate / taux de victoires sera bon en heads-up, plus vous ferez d'argent sur le long terme.

Il existe un site géré par des gens compétents, husng.com. Ils ont beaucoup de contenu gratuit et des packs vidéos que vous pouvez acheter. Je recommande que vous y jetiez un coup d’œil. »

bertrand grospellier 30578
Les parties seront toujours là.

Conseil #2 : Programmez vos sessions intelligemment

« Au lieu de jouer des sessions de 7 heures comme on peut le faire en MTTs, je joue 1h30, je fais une pause, je joue 1h30, je fais une nouvelle pause...

Je répète ça jusqu'à ce que j'ai atteint mon objectif de volume pour la journée.

Si je commence à jouer mal, j'arrête. Les parties seront toujours là, elles ne vont pas s'envoler. »

Conseil #3 : Soyez concentré

« Les Spin & Go sont éprouvants et vous devez vous concentrer car vous êtes en jeu dans quasi chaque main.
Vous devez être au point, et ne pas jouer de sessions de 3 ou 4 heures car vous faites ensuite des erreurs et celles-ci vous coûtent de l'argent.

Limitez le nombre de tables que vous jouez et fermez/éteignez toutes les autres formes de stimuli comme les médias sociaux, Skype, votre téléphone... »

Conseil #4 : Faites ami avec les autres "Spinners"

« Essayez de vous faire des amis au poker, qui jouent au plus haut niveau possible, et étudiez avec eux ou parlez de vos mains et de situations autant que possible.

Tout le monde pense qu'il est meilleur qu'il ne l'est en réalité au poker. Aujourd'hui les parties sont difficiles, avec tout le coaching, vidéos et sites d'informations qu'il est possible de trouver. Tout le monde devient donc meilleur.

Alors pour continuer de gagner de l'argent, vous devez rester en avance, et parler de vos mains avec quelqu'un de meilleur que vous est une bonne façon de faire. »

Conseil #5 : Ne couchez pas votre bouton

« Ne jetez jamais vos cartes au bouton en heads-up, à moins que quelqu'un vous donne une vraiment bonne raison de le faire ! Jouer en position est 100 fois plus facile que de jouer hors de position au poker.

Alors limpez donc une main avant de penser à la coucher ; si des joueurs commencent à isoler vos limps vous pouvez ensuite contrer en limpant/relançant avec un éventail de mains fortes. »



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          135: Chapter 11 - The Scarlet Letter        
Chapter 11 I run out of time, out of technology to fix audio, and wine. But you didn't hear about that last part on the 'cast. Here are some links for you: Funny online movie starring Jaleel White and Leyna Weber. It's a new webseries Road to the Alter. Full disclosure, I was only able to stream the first minute plus (that's the technology part above) but what I saw was funny. I'm going to guess that it might not be PG though. Just a headsup. Also, don't forget to check out KnittingDaily.com and BrookklynTweed. There's also the fab Etsy store with the cool Shakespeare Sock Club (I LOVE the colors), cool Twitter news, a book review by our own Becky, now of Tucson (Go Saguaros!), your link to the new Harry Potter Site, and checkout Leanne's Lovely blog. Chapter 11—book talk starts around 30 min in.
          Episode One-hundred twelve: Broken Hearts and Boys        
Today, Chapters 35-36!!! Recipe: No-Knead Bread - New York Times, a blogpost on the NY Times bread, Oatmeal Toasting Bread (?!), whole wheat beer bread (mmmm), and the original beer bread (this is what I'm eating while recording...) wish you were here! And my new fave blog: The Runcible Bin. I am in love. Followed by Plenty magazine's website. Love it! Here's some green-but-economically-friendly tips, help to find healthy produce in your area, and here's Victory Garden info. Love the garden! Here's to canning! Cheers! Wendy is hosting a FinishItUp contest. It runs from Monday, November 17 at noon Pacific time through Friday, December 12th at noon Pacific time. Check out her blog for more information! And, just a headsup--chapter 36 might get you teary--not HUGEly teary, but for those of you who've experienced familial sadness recently...you might just want to skip to 1 hour 2 minutes* and hear my summation. And apologies about the faux length of the episode. It's really only an hour and four or so minutes, but it took two days to export the audio to mp3 format (yeah, when I figure this out, someone should give me a prize--I have NO idea) so as soon as I figure out the problem, I'll cut the episode back down to reality and repost it. You'll never notice, but I thought I should tell you. *yeah, so I can't tell time...so does it really matter? HA!
          Reply #58        
Just a headsup to check out JonnyB's anomaly for NC...I missed the one he posted yesterday morning and it had today's winning number...also bringing these forward as a reminder:

NC'S Never Drawn Str8 List:

122, 216, 392, 396, 421, 475, 580, 653, 799, 862, 930, 998
          Reply #933        
Thanks for the headsup SB...just to add to that....trips have been showing up alot lately in the followers and granny's rundown numbers.....
          Beal vs The Corporation II: Beal Strikes Back        
Right now as I write this, the biggest game ever played is being continued at the wynn resort in Las Vegas. 1 big bet is more than most people's yearly salary. The game's stakes are so high, it makes the "Big Game" played at the bellagio look like play money.



For those that have been living under a rock for the past year let me fill you in about a banker, a professor, and a suicide king.

For the past few months the big buzz over the internet was the 500/1000 online headsup matches involving kidpoker, Daniel Negreanu. Add in a couple of zeros, a real casino, a billionaire banker, and a collection of the world's best poker players that call themselves "The Corporation" (no, Vince McMahon is not their manager) and you have the biggest game ever played.

The Banker, Andy Beal, set out to play the world's best poker players at the highest limits ever.

The very first entry ever about this saga, that is now in its 5th year, was posted by Razzo at RGP.

"I saw the biggest game I have ever seen. When I walked in Chip Reese was playing a Dallas banker headsup at $10,000.-$20,000. Texas hold'em. Most of the great players were spread around the room. As I stood and watched, Ted Forrest got into the game. He sat down with a rack of $5K chips($500,000). Right in front of my eyes he doubled through to $1,000,000. Chip was pumped up too. He had about $1,600,000 when I left."

*On a very coincidental and shocking side note, it was this post that lead Russ G to discover RGP :(

Ted Forrest, ironically was not part of the initial Corporation but played the absolute biggest key in the Beal Matches.

So looks like some random whale decided poker is fun and wanted to donate just to say he played with the world's best, right? Not remotely close. The very first encounter, Beal almost ended their careers, cleaning out all their safety deposit boxes during the first part of week on his final trip of the year, sticking them for 5.5 million dollars. On the last night, The Corporation borrowed a million from various sources and put their hopes on Howard Lederer, the professor, the next Morning. The pros divvied up the bankroll and were playing the night before and Beal broke Doyle off for another 200k. That game broke up and Beal went off to bed, the Pros continued to play through the rest of the night. Later when Beal came back down, Forrest and Chau Giang (I love Pokah) were still playing and Ted Stepped on no sleep and recovered 4.3 million and Lederer finished him off to restore the corporations once empty deposit boxes. (that story was taken from this article)

David Skansky actually credited himself for Ted being the only person to beat Andy that trip:

"Dsklansky

Dec 17 2001, 2:19 am show options
Newsgroups: rec.gambling.poker
From: dsklan...@aol.com (Dsklansky)
Date: 17 Dec 2001 08:18:42 GMT
Local: Mon, Dec 17 2001 2:18 am
Subject: Re: Just watched Andy win 3 Mil at Bellagio
>Ted is a smart guy.

Those who have my video will see him in the audience of the seminar I gave that was included in the video. That should tell you something. And I'm not just being cute. He had already won millions by that time. The other high rollers never quit their games (during WSOP) downstairs to attend that seminar. I'd like to think that what you see happenning now is not just a coincidence."


The game has ran off and on since, however, there wasn't always an accurate portrayal of the matches. All sorts of "fish tales", more like "donkey tales", about how the rich banker would come down and the big bad corporation would send him home to Texas, etc. It was all mostly harmless hearsay until there was an article in the NY Daily News called "Millions From Texas" that fueled the already ramped prattle and painted Beal out to be nothing but whale flavored shark food.

"Word is that Beal, who did not return phone calls, is down $40 million. But journalist/author James McManus, who's writing a magazine piece about the Beal game, says "Beal is certainly down, but that number is in dispute." McClelland says Beal was here for a day and a half his last visit, during the World Series of Poker. 'He lost $5 million and said, 'I'm going home.'

'His latest thing is he's 'never coming back,' says Doyle Brunson. 'But he's said that before.' "
- "Millions From Texas"

Beal was so rattled by this article, he wrote an open letter to The Corporation and had Barry Shulman publish it in card player.

"No mention was made that I won more than $10 million in the largest game ever played, $100,000-$200,000 limit hold'em, on May 12 and 13, 2004. No mention was made of the fact that most of the above-mentioned professional players have substantial overall individual net losses after having played many hours against me. I concede that I am a net overall loser in the Bellagio games, although the extent of my losses is often exaggerated and mischaracterized....

....Come to Dallas and play me for four hours a day and I will play until one of us runs out of money or cries uncle. If your play is so great and your wins have been as large as you claim, you should have plenty of bankroll and be jumping at the chance to come and play another $100,000-$200,000 game and win a lot more money. I should add that you can bring your own independent dealers and your own cards, and can play in a different location of your choice every day if you wish. You should provide a slate of any six or more of the above players and I will pick from your slate who plays. Observers should be free to attend in order to record exactly what happens at this game, so it won't turn into another fisherman's story."
- Andy Beal, from The World's Biggest Poker Game"

Naturally Doyle responded in an open letter in card player.

"As far as your challenge goes, we concede that you have more money than all of us put together. So, why would we want to get into a $100,000-$200,000 game in which we would be underfunded? We are pros, and we know the disadvantage of this. So, here is what we propose:

1. We will raise a $40 million bankroll and post it along with yours. (Everything is contingent on raising the money, but I think it is very realistic that we can expand and raise it.)

2. We will play 30K-60K. If either side loses half of its post-up money, it can raise the stakes to $50,000-$100,000. There is an old axiom that applies here: Get out the way you got in!

3. We will choose who plays and when.

4. We prefer to play in Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. Most of us live here, and what would we do in Dallas when we weren't playing? This is negotiable. The first three points aren't. Andy, I'm chuckling as I write this closing paragraph. If Bill Gates came to Dallas and wanted to flip coins for $100 million per flip for four hours a day until one of you ran out of money or cried uncle, would you do it? My money says you would decline."
Doyle Brunson, from Doyle Says, 'Let's Play an $80 Million Freezeout!'

Beal went on to kinda accept the offer, however, nothing ever materialized until just recently.


Now in the 3 open letters that card player published, you may notice that it was a cut throat battle to even decide on how and where the game will be played, or "home court advantage" if you will.

"Part of the edge that pros have over everyone else, at least as important in pure Super/System-Sklansky/Malmuth type card playing skill, is KNOWING HOW TO GAMBLE. "Making the game" is what they sometimes call it. It's the art and science of knowing what circumstances give one side or the other the advantage, and handicapping accordingly. When you hear the story about Doyle Brunson winning a humongous golf bet when he was no longer able to walk without crutches, it was knowing how to make the game, not skill at golf, that won him the money. Andy is a professional at weighing circumstances, assigning them percentages, and acting accordingly; that's how he's become so wealthy at event arbitrage. But in this arena, he's no match for someone like Doyle Brunson, and he knows it. That's why there's so much bickering over where to play, or who can make substitutions, or how many hours a day to play. The bottom line is that if the players get everything the way they want it, they should be a significant favorite. If any gets everything the way he wants it .... Well, the last time that happened, he won $12 million in one day."-Micheal Criag


The need that Beal had to set the record straight about the previous matches, birthed "A banker, aprofessor, and suicide king: Inside the Richest Poker Gameof All Time" by Micheal Criag.

The book itself was received well by the poker community and gave excellent insight to not only the games themselves, but the psychological aspects of it as well. It also accomplished what Beal set out to do and "dispel some of the misconceptions" about what actually happened in the games.

Beal vs The Corporation II is currently being played at the Wynn Resort.

According to Jennifer Harman, The Corporation II is a slight adjustment of the original Corporation with the addition of a few "unknowns".

"According to Harman, the roster had been adjusted, adding unnamed and less famous players. Harman explained, “They’re known around town, but don’t get the notoriety as do the tournament pros on the circuit.”" - Jen Harman

The Original Corporation was made up of:

Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, Todd Brunson, Jennifer Harman, Howard Lederer, Chau Giang, Barry Greenstein, Ted Forrest, Gus Hansen, Lee Salem, John Hennigan, Ming La, Lyle Berman, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Hamid Dastmalchi and a few others.

The match is in its second day with Todd Brunson playing Beal and ending the day Beal
Beal Up 1.625 million at the end of the day, he peaked at at 2.7 million dollars.

Round 2 was Jen's turn to take a swing where she recovered all but 500k, however after the dinner break Beal said he was hoping she was going to play and they wouldn't sub, unlike yesterday's match with Todd. David Grey is currently in the seat right now.

Since its a "private" game there is only 1 reporter in the field that I know of and the most up to date and actually pretty consistent reporting is at Bluff Magazine Forums.

I heard from RGP that ACE tournament poker reporter B.J. Nemeth, who has left CardPlayer Magazine/CardPlayer.com to work for PokerPages.com, is there also and should have an article up at pokerpages when it is all said and done and Episode Three will be in the works.
          Kidpoker VS "Dreamclown"        
Daniel "kidpoker" Negreanu has been known for years for feuding with anyone and everyone and he shows no signs of slowing down. A while back when he was the "poker ambassador" for wynn wynn he set up an open Heads-up challange to literally anybody in the world just as long as they agreed to certain terms and games. Since Negreanu left wynn the matches were slowly faded away but Negreanu's thirst to fued has been far from quenched.

Just recently KidPoker's Full Contact Poker became a "skin site" for the Ongame network (same network as pokerroom.com, hollywood poker and others). What this means now is Daniel will be playing online poker exclusively on his site on the ongame network. Ongame isn't as popular as Ultimatebet or Party Poker but it's pretty decent size and many good "unkown" players play there due to it being the first and one of the only sites that is mac compatible. Currently they host the largest limit game out there at $500/$1000.

In today's poker world there is absolutely no love loss between "live" pros and "online" pros and the online pros are constantly trying to gain credibility by taking on Phil Ivey and any other player that will sit down with them regardless who they are. The fact that online players still haven't found a way to dominate live tournaments like they're counterparts or even consitently make good showings just adds to their inferiority complex.

The latest Random feud with Negreanu is a "heads up"



feud with "DreamClown".



First let me give you some background info on "Dreamclown"

With the emergence of the new 500/1000 limit games headsup specialists have surfaced to ongame. The reigning big dog at ongame was a guy called Lagerborg who took one guy I know of for 300k and has been speculated to work for ongame and "cheat" because he dominates. "Dreamclown" tore into Lagerborg so hard Lagerborg flat out refuses to play "Dreamclown" on ongame because he thinks "Dreamclown" can see his cards.

Round 1 and 2 of Kid Poker vs "Dreamclown" went to "Dreamclown" after cleaning out Kid Poker and saying

"kidpoker/negreanu just showed up at 500-1k with 20k. i took 18 from him and said rebuy, and he whined and left.

anyway, he was not good, so i will play him continually. "


Apparently either this is a seperate incident or the same one, but Negreanu refused to reload leaving himself with 5bb's and "Dreamclown" left saying he wasn't going to risk a card catching contest for $5,000, then Negreanu did it again the next time after sitting with 30k, getting down to 8k and said he couldn't reload right away and to play on.

Notice I keep using the Dr Evil quote fingers when I say "DreamClown" and "Headsup".



Well it's because "DreamClown" is not a person, it's a "they". It's a team of 4 people that play under the same name and one of the members and apparently head PR guy is eugeneeel who is known for his relentless forum spamming and beating up on Phil Hellmuth (lol yeah, like that's an accomplishment).

Here's the direct quote from Eugene from a post at 4:

"It's me, woodrow5872, sansone from pokerroom and get crunk who play on the account at different times. For the 500-1000 matches we usually ate 1/4th the action each.

one can have NO EDGE against us. The big player on the site "Lagerborg" refuses to play us now after losing over 300k and claiming we can "see his cards"

-Eug"

And just today Eugenee spammed Neverwinpoker and FCP with their "bios" like they're a Kmart Version of "The Circle of Outlaws" who is a Wal-Mart version of "The Crew".

"Official GCC profile


Eugene

Background: 22, The leader and true spirit of the GCC. His Russian origin gives him the abilities to see deep into the souls of his opponents when playing poker. His cashgame skillz have been widely recognized as being unmatched by any mortal, even Phil Helmuth.

Likes: Vodka, showing off and selfpromoting as much as possible, spending more time on videogames than on poker, traveling, rakeback.

Dislikes: Americans, grinding it out with Anthony’s catz, when matt gets his period.

Craziest thing he’s ever done: Melonie

Best poker game: limit holdem, then Omaha high low, then 2-7 then PLO
He’s a fish in: 7 stud high low, no limit.

Anthony
Background: 23, The backbone of the GCC
Likes: Sitting in his room, gently petting his catz “Wiskers” and “Bust” while proudly looking at the skin of Dat Lager which he hung on his wall recently. Also likes sambooki, and being king of the mountain.

Dislikes: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Norway, MEMEMEME or any other poker players for that matter, losing 60k in a day while playing perfect at 100-200 table and busting, being Eugene’s horse.

Craziest thing he’s ever done: Made Lagerborg say “FU, YOU CAN C MY CARDS”

Best poker game: HU limit holdem, limit holdem with more people.
He’s a fish in: everything else


Bert
Background: 24, Adopted into a black family when he was just a baby, Bert naturally became a rapper at age 23 after finishing Amherst college as an English major.

Likes: Russians, forklift drivers and romantic walks on the beach, staking onlinechamp for major poker events, being a bot.

Dislikes: Traveling anywhere exotic or interesting, “crowded”, white people. Not making the money in 23 tournaments in a row.

Craziest thing he’s ever done: Got Eminem so frustrated from being outmatched by Bert’s rapping ability that he called him 23 times in one day wanting to act back.

Best poker game: 7 card stud high low, then omaha8, then NL holdem, then limit holdem then 2-7 T draw
He’s a fish in: tournaments


Matt
Background: 23, Has two parents and a sister, goes to school. Average height and build.

Likes: Beer, music, going to the movies, chilling with friends, cars, sports.

Dislikes: Bad movies, really loud and unpleasant noises and getting stuck in traffic for a very long time.

Craziest thing he’s ever done: Got really drunk one day and woke up in someone else’s room.

Best poker game: Limit holdem
He’s a fish in: the games that he does not play often."


You can't write comedy like this...man, I'm all pumped now and want to start my own poker gang....I'm going to call it "the regulators"...emilio estevez plays poker right?



Negreanu was so rattled he wrote about it in his Diary saying how the new internet players don't respect the old pros (which they don't) and he wouldn't get away with that in High Stakes B & M...I'm not going to point out the irony of Negreanu saying this because of his old days at RGP.

Daniel is reloading 300k and has his sites set on Team GCC, so keep your eyes peeled at Ongames 500/1000 game because I'm sure this is just the beginning.

Only in America




On a side note, this olde tymer (me) is going to be pulling for that olde tymer to score one for the middle aged dinosaurs (hey we're not as old as TJ and Doyle)


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"4...is the loneliest number"

Big story of the week, Paul Phillips banned from 2+2 forums by Mason Malmuth...you can't make this shit up.

It all started over the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions...so how did a random tournament that Paul Phillips not even play get him banned from the biggest poker forum and biggest poker book publishing company on the planet?

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Pepsi gave Harrah's 2 million for this shindig. Harrah's made the qualifications quite clear to the players, however, at the last minute Pepsi said they wanted to add Hellmuth, Chan, Doyle and others to the TOC just because it would make for good TV. Naturally Negreanu flipped out, most people are saying it has everything to do with KidPoker not being invited, however many other pro's also took the stance that it was unfair to the people that actually had to qualify for the "free roll".

Ironically Hellmuth did place 3rd taking a good size of the "free" prize pool and Mike "the mouth" won it. There was much verbal tomfoolery at the table and will guarantee to be good TV, especially when Steve Dannenmann gave Hellmuth a stuffed donkey, then later told him that nobody should buy his shit because he's a "punk"...yeah Steve Dannenmann said that. Cardplayer not only logged how the hands went but how the verbal warfare went down.

Meanwhile, Daniel in typical fashion, wrote a huge "contraversial" blog about it that sparked many'a conversations across all the poker boards...one in fact was made by Paul Phillips over at "4" that got 50 or so replies, then randomly deleted by Mat Sklansky with no warning or explination. The funny thing was it wasn't that bad of a post at all, I actually read it, but he did say if anybody deletes it he's gone.

Thread Deleted, Paul Pissed and responded making an animal house reference to 2+2 as nazi's. Mason Malmuth then PM'ed Paul DEMANDING a personal Apology both publically and privately. In typical Paul Phillips fashion, Paul apologized to Mason for Mason being so lame, which Mason then banned Paul, only later to run a poll where Phillips overwehlmingly won 4:1. Paul's band was broken inconsequentially because there's literally zero chance Paul will post again there.

I asked Paul in his Live Journal where to now because he gave both RGP and now 4 the big FU and also asked if he was starting his own forum ala Negreanu, which Paul said not a chance. The question of "where now" has been reposted but still no reply from him. The only viable place now is Full Contact.

Good read overall and Paul's latest thoughts including all the links to each 4 thread can be found at Paul's Live Journal. I'd summarize but reading anything from paul phillip's requires a fucking B.A. and my A.A.S from JuCo is not cutting it, my head still hurts....BLAHBLAHBLAHB BIG WORDS BIG WORDS BALHBALBHABLHB.

In other semi-related news:

Negreanu, the fucker that started all this, had a lot more positive results about the WSOP TOC conspiracy and other critisizms about how Harrah's was running the WSOP Brand into the ground. Daniel actually met up with Jeffrey Pollack- Vice President of Sports Marketing for Harrah's and also in charge of the WSOP. Read all about how that went in Negreanu's Diary entry.

Another thing mentioned by Kid Poker was Superstars of Poker 3.

According to this article,

"The show tapings, scheduled for November 9-16 at the Golden Nugget, will be closed to the public. POKER SUPERSTARS will air on Fox Sports Net beginning March 12, 2006. Check local listings for air times."

According Daniel this years participants are:

1.Todd Brunson
2. Johnny "Oriental Express" Chan
3. Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari
4. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
5. Ted Forrest
6. Barry Greenstein
7. Joseph Hachem
8. Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen
9. Jennifer Harman
10. Phil Hellmuth Jr.
11. Phil Ivey
12. Erick Lindgren
13. Mike "The Mouth" Matusow
14. Chris Moneymaker
15. Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu
16. Greg "Fossilman" Raymer
17. Mike Sexton
18. Mimi Tran
19. Cyndy Violette
20. Jeff Shulman
21. Jennifer Tiilley
22. Eli Elezra
23. Freddie Deeb
24. Carlos Mortenson

...I just realized Jennifer Tilly is in this list..That fucking ROCKS.




You can check out the tournament structure, past winners and participants at wikopedia


Daniel also mentions doing promo's for the next Heads Up Championship on NBC which was great fun to follow. Knowing Negreanu he'll probably have a bracket contest.

Other Kid Poker News:

Someone asked on FCP if Matusow was one of the "greatest" and Daniel responded with LOL LOL LOL LOL LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.... and HAHAHAHAHA LOLOLOLOL... but then later went on to explain why Mike isn't...but we already knew it was because of his emotional "issues".

Daniel quits on Wynn and MTV produces his instructional DVD

Daniel was asked about his DVD and he gave a reply saying it's going to be good for all 3 levels of play (beginner, intermed. and advanced) and he honstely doesn't think one person will watch it and not learn at least something. Also MTV is producing it so that should be entertaining right there...personally I'm looking forward to seeing Real World 2342555: Rounders

Daniel is such a busy man these days but that's not the reason why he quit on Wynn Casinos. Daniel was the "poker ambassador" and on wynn's payroll but it was very important that Daniel play exclusively at the Wynn but that's just not going to happen since the big game didn't get moved over to the wynn (it has been speculated that was one of the motives for Daniels relationship with the Wynn in the first place).

Non Negreanu related news...well sorta



When tunning into Bravo watching D level celebritys playing poker like complete donkeys you will no longer hear Phil Gordon doing commentary.

According to an article in the Poker News Daily, Gordon was asked what both the high point and the low point of his career included.

"PND: What was the lowest point and highest point in your poker career?

Phil Gordon: Highest point was winning Bay 101.

Lowest point of my poker career was leaving Celebrity Poker Showdown. I loved doing the show."

I said it was "sorta" non Negreanu related, however, Daniel made a couple of replies and posts regarding this and also made a couple of posts that implied that he was in talks about taking over Gordon's spot, among many other offers to the point we will be "sick of seeing him on tv" next year. Negreanu rarely discusses something that doesn't involve him directly in his forums and the fact he replied to this thread not to mention he made a poll about what show appeals more to "the average viewer".


Online Poker Pro news:

Prahald Donk-ing away a ton of money.
For those that don't know, Prahlad Friedman is regarded as the world's best online player and is constantly going head to head with Phil Ivey at the highest stakes at Full Tilt Poker.

This week he ran into I_knockout_u dropping around a rumored 300k. Prahald got really pissed when I_knockout_u up and split. Nobody seems to have a clue who I_knockout_u is. Neverwin forums speculated Model/Poker Player and Circle of Outlaw member Patrik Antonius or Fabrice Soulier.


Jennicide Donking away 30k out of her 100k bankroll 1-200 limit headsup...or did she?



Railbirds reported at neverwinpoker that Jennicide (known highstakes female poker player and Battle of the Ages contestent) donked off 30k at 1/200 limit heads up, and denied doing so. This eventually prompted Jennicide to show up and she reports that "a friend" played on her account and took steamed away 30k out of her 100k bankroll that was "just collecting dust". In typical neverwin fashion the thread ends up discussing what Jennicide looks for in a man and other non-of-your-business shit like her weight. The good that came out of this thread is she doesn't care if her boyfriend is either short and/or poor, which works out great for me...but I don't do chubby chicks.

That's it for now bitches until something else entertaining happens.
          Reply #1633        
ness that was verry close buddy the headsup was verry good on the qp 876 =376,326 was just too late and we were tooo exited to think further . but you are the men dude gotta tell you that it was on the right track .
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          Reply #10095        
good morning ga. players. been watching from the sideline for quite some time. love the ga. thread. i have to follow it everyday now. just a little headsup. you guys just got sum 11. be on the lookout for sum 7. 340 is showing up in one of my w/o's. i also like that 234 and 562. good luck to all ga. midday players
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Thanks for the headsup :)


          Your Weekend Justice #249: Something Funny With Synchronicity        
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It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the only podcast that spends an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how to spell a sound effect. Agenda: The Boutelle Witch Project Kidlet cannot drink in Ireland. Yet. But...Spain. Through a loophole. Yeah, this episode is going up late. Well done, Irish Nostradamus. Rox love life update Whiffleballin' Leigh's Con Mom role...expands The Con Pussy Fury Road Agents of SHIELD Game of Thrones Our Richard Pryor The Diana Rigg Love Smoking Not talking about Grimm Gotham (SPOILERS) Rox on wheels Parents with guns A podcast full of appalling people Scottums the Herald Vaginal importance Clitter. Seriously. ScottC: The Great Pretender Oh Christ, more yodeling Jem trailer review by Aaron and Jon Tim Burton's Jem Lack of Robotech Tim Burton's Jeeves & Wooster Christopher Lee Forever More about the Vincent Price house Suicide Squad Daredevil vs. Hipster More Avengers The Skunk Bear Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that here. If you like us, why not rate us? […]
          Your Weekend Justice #237: Doctor Druid Meets The Giving Tree        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the only podcast to be an honorary member of both Justice League Antarctica and The Great Lakes Avengers. Agenda: Mail call with Serv Rox goes to a bank (and doesn't rob it) Rox, guidance counselor The terrible treatment of toys at Jon's house Scott, professional hinge Podcasting hate crime Alcohol report and beer training wheels Rox's past freaks her out. Yes, her. Rox's Nolan-Fest Scott's Ex Machina review Capitulation. By animals. Daredevil is no Shatner How to make a best seller Harley Skinn DC Animated and Nazis Tomorrowland Pixar Game of Thrones Ultimate Hockey! The Mountain vs. The Log Age of Ultron (SPOILERS) Random yodeling Ben E. King and Percy Sledge and Motown James Garner RIP. Again. 12 Monkeys Rock Lobster? Jon's equipment vs. beer The Sound Board has a stroke The Maddening Crud and polka Surge Ice Cubes The true origin of fast zombies The Putin Rollergirl names Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that here. If you like […]
          Your Weekend Justice #236, With a Little Chuck Yeager        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that for weeks read the title Batman V Superman as "Batman Five Superman." Agenda: Midas and the aftermath Massive Daredevil Well done, Iceman "Repetitive stress" Trying to sort out the Spiderverse. There just isn't enough time. Plumbing the depths of the Marvel Multiverse DC vs. Marvel Star Wars Kevin Bacon was not in Star Wars In praise of Mantan Moreland Ant-Man How the birds RP Game of Thrones Mining Hanna-Barbera Agents of SHIELD Pointing Titanic Hockey interlude Fuller House Jesusfighting Rock Lobster! Ultimate McDonaldland A need for good guy points ScottC Game Shows More Daredevil More on Powers Preacher news Galaxy Quest the TV Series Catching up with the movie release schedule The Peanuts Movie Serious questions about Disco Duck Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed for all our podcasts is […]
          Your Weekend Justice #235: By the Way, Aaron and J.J. Have a Kickstarter        
Okay, admittedly, once you blow it up this big you can tell which one's Rapunzel. It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that says if you do nothing else with this episode, visit this link and contribute what you can. Agenda: Obscene yoga breathing Nobody can hear anybody else—situation normal Enthusiastic sports talk Spring has sprung all over everything Leigh's drinking update Agents of SHIELD or whatever The way to not eat pie Brilliant grandparents Television update Praying for Daredevil There is no Toy Story side boob What is Scott wearing? Powers and Chappie People doing weird, unspeakable things in the background X-Files Redux What Doctor are we on? Jon and the arrows Don't try absinthe The JJ/Aaron Kickstarter Leigh's intervention Bad drinking strategies which may or may not involve nipples A discussion about transatlantic plugging which is less sexual than you might predict Motown points Cat heisting Scott's baby addiction The evolution of pretend phones Inexplicable sports aside Sleep now in the fire Walking Dead and being a sociopath (SPOILERS) The Undead Quips More Mad Men Empire Television seasons Jeremy Renner, your fill-in guy of choice Kiefer vs. alcohol The Spider-Ham Renaissance Post-credits scenes Jem redux Strip clubs, brunch and pirate vegans Body wonderlands... Aaron, arranging his new career Tim Burton's Casa Diablo The Portland documentary we really want Avengers Grimm is available from Amazon. Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound […]
          Your Weekend Justice #234: All Hail the Queen of Drones        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that is negotiating to be part of the MCU as well. Sort of like a collaboration between the Marvel Max and Star Comics imprints. Agenda: Rox, walk towards the light Crucial tax questions Brief alcohol report Catching up on television Alton Brown stories Summoning Banksy Pixels Avengers anticipation Widge's Russo Brothers correction: I said they wrote Winter Soldier...they didn't, just directed. I meant to say that Markus and McFeely, who wrote Winter Soldier, are on board with them for Infinity War Spider-Man integration Looking forward (kinda) to X-Files Walking Dead catchup The Unbreakable Carol Kane Jon's television update Widge vs. his machine Netflix and HBO update Trailer Park Boys report ScottC vs. the Disney Police Disability services Holy Land Pride Day Shirt trivia Rogue Nation trailer Snowden Rox's secret agenda Remembering Michener Stephen King vs. the governor of Maine Rock Lobster! Henry Rollins vs. The KKK Spandau Ballet reference—probably why Rob isn't in this episode Alternate SHIELD explanations Continuing the MCU Peep confusion. And blinders. Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can […]
          Your Weekend Justice #233: The Cilantro of Satan        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that looks somehow derelict and unkempt but has a handpainted sign out front that says FREE CANDY. You know you want to come inside... Agenda: Aaron vs. his nose Logo unappreciation Rox and the Haunted School Sell by dates for this building When the euphemisms die Aaron's gig review Detention at Spazhouse Mining Urban Dictionary Heroes that start with "Fire" Sexing Ms. Lion Update on the Spider-Verse Agent Carter Hoaxing the hoax Think Like a Villain Gotham (SPOILERS) The Following (SPOILERS) House of Cards (SPOILERS) Films and why it's all your fault Font crimes Checking the Cool Things Tuffley steals Rox's schtick Spider-Man and X-Men and the MCU Our new app. Mostly. Tim Burton's Space Jam ScottC is not street Rock Lobster! Wes Anderson's Space Jam DuckTales Rox calls foul on Urban Dictionary Nintendo before video games Kanye-ing the Parsecs Walking Dead (SPOILERS) Powers Aaron talks to his C.I. Top 10 and weeping Supersizers Gay Divorce Court Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts […]
          Your Weekend Justice #232: A Julia Roberts of Raptors        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that knows jokes are better when you don't have to explain them...so it doesn't ever explain itself. At all. Ever. Agenda: Aaron speaks numbers all weird and stuff Full-time funny and the bringer The terrifying foursome Something to look forward to when you hit forty-five What desperation can do to a man Of pasta and coitus Guillermo del Toro sending a love letter to Rox Ben Kingsley Roger Corman and Hammer Leigh phasing in and out of reality (as usual) Kingsman reviews Sleepy Hollow jumps the anything-but-haddock Sanctum 3D revisted! Shaving The Moon Spazhouse Secrets A public domain lesson Here comes the judge Notes on Fargo Peter Greenaway's Tinker Tailor Lots of Walking Dead SPOILERS and such Casting Negan Rob's noisy mail More Oscar bitching Dreamcasting the Rox story Beverly Hills Cop 4 Introductions...yes. Time Team The fate of Jon Stewart Juggling chat shows Theories of Keanu Reeves Dentistry! Rox's solution for Dan Brown Art Bell reminiscence Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts […]
          Your Weekend Justice #231: The Darkness Covers the Shame        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast with participants that talk over each other so damn much you'll swear you're listening to AM radio again and getting station interference. Kids, ask your parents what that means. Agenda: Scott's Disney Adventure Aaron's pussy gone wild Cosette's edible buns Oscar ranting Into the Woods reviews William's drop-in Aaron's full-time funny Feral Leigh will attack! Chris Carter gets cancelled A call for sanity (and pants) Starfish, coffee, scones and biscuits Pinewood Derby vs. the lead Welcome, Alistair Sexy Your Parenting Podcast Leigh's dirty secret Agent Carter It's always dark in here Rox's scheduling secrets and more Tuffley's desk exporting business The Facts of Afterlife Big Lots vs. Pound Stores What Alex Garland is up to Hannibal placement The Golden Girls With Axes 12 Monkeys the series BBC Radio Six Rob ensures Widge will sleep even less Dubstep musicals Alabama Music Hall of Fame Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that here. If you like us, why not rate […]
          Your Weekend Justice #230: Following John Cleese to the End of the World        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that didn't mean to make some sort of weird John Cleese callback to the Outtakes episode, but did so anyway. (Note: I apologize that I'm a bit robo at the beginning but it somehow inexplicably improves shortly thereafter. My actual voice, though, remains as grating as always.) Agenda: The Adventures of Packageman! DC vs. Marvel vs. WTAF Marvel Secret Wars: WTAF Snoopy the Metahound Marvel putting the screws to...mostly everybody Deep-fried grieving and Rox's new app Rox's autobiography Groupons for grieving Rick Moranis gets slapped The Marvel Mafia Charlie Brooker update The Return of Battle of the Network Stars Gotham and Kim, Queen of the Righteous Fun with Parks & Recreation 12 Monkeys The Man in the High Serv's Sin City 2 review The Last Temptation of Franco and Rogen Rox's Deliver-a-Hobo (TM) The Hotel Site Straight Outta Comptonium Terrence Howard was in everything JJ's train education Werner Herzog...of Spazhouse What's wrong with the Pittsburgh? The Adventures of Agnes Edmondson Vikings vs. Bears! Oscar prognostications Fax Lobster! The Wall of Scott Of Alien games and incontinence The quest for Cindy Crosby continues Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". […]
          Your Weekend Justice #229: A Do-Si-Do in Hell        
(Widge's Note: Sorry for the delay on this one, I'm in deadline hell and having to work on this when the files I'm editing are busy saving and whatnot. So consider this our Christmas and New Year's special. The Outtakes episode will follow and we will resume in a bit.) It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is like a fruitcake in that it's not pleasant if you ingest it and it lasts for years. Agenda: Chopper-related art Happy Klingon Hannukah Holiday drum circle madness Explaining the Zim Tree Why is a dog like a Windows tablet? Happy Cenobite Day! Mixing up alcohol with the paranormal Brains with hats on them The Spazhouse Holiday Funtime Annex What the hell is that behind you? (Widge's Note: Yeah, I said Stewart instead of Oliver. I was/am very tired.) Frozen Dead Guy Days Scott and honey abuse Roger Moore the Xmas Elf King Moonracer, Total Badass Scott and the animation Grindr Rox's Big Hero 6 Review The inescapable Miyazaki The Mystery of HDTV Colorado--denied! Gotham Redux Rox vs. Boardwalk Empire Fun and games and Krypton Google Hangouts ruins everything Wodgett returns? The Resurrection of Jem Mouth feel and McDonald's great evil What have you got against milkshakes? John the Baptist Chicken Agents of SHIELD Best of 2014 Lists and such 2014 lied to us all British radio Rock Lobster! Not Rip Taylor Various Guardians The dead man and Jon Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle […]
          Your Weekend Justice #228: The Further Adventures of Lucky Goldstar        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is gigantic compared to Leigh. But then again, most things are. Agenda: Falling apart, you tell yourself you are... Sleepy Hollow (SPOILERS) Leigh's Adventures in Hydra-Land Twisted shock treatment Hope you're not taking drugs right about now Being old and needing sleep is a Hydra plot Our science segment for the evening Everybody stop breathing Supernatural bacon Of Midsomer Murders and drugs Why Forever is straight from Kim's ovaries Why Disney is responsible for Whitley Streiber Hating Mockingjay Hey, gunfire! Non-spoilery Interstellar discussion A villainy lesson I Don't Need Your Cowboy Apocalypse Rox's paranormal shopping list Kim's Sim issue The Four O'Clock Days A brief Thanksgiving debrief A Shirley Jackson Christmas Y Kant Megalodons Read The Giant Report The Hot Pocket Report Testicles as currency Smacking Steven Moffat The baseball jokes as doom How to pronounce Clara Quick Doctor Who advice Capaldi vs. Leslie Nielsen David Bowie rules us all Bolivia! Big Lots of Justice Tuffley, heartbreaker Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need […]
          Your Weekend Justice #227: Everything Happened        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that wears the Hat of Evil as well as the Socks of Malice. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/wjustice112114.mp3] Agenda: Exploring the MCL Jon vs. The Mystery Lump J.J. did not have a sex change The compatibility between Hollywood and Chlamydia Why Anthrax didn't soundtrack the end of the world Trying to find redeeming things about Gotham Outlining DC TV shows Why the Braves are leaving Atlanta--thanks, Constantine Westworld and Foundation Show us your real coffee! Best. Stan Lee. Cameo. Ever. The American Luther Hobos in top hats Predicting a riot (or not) Trying to work the Inhumans into...wherever we can Rob, taking the game to a whole new level James Spader, the new Caruso? Law & Order: the popcorn of TV shows ELO interlude Panning Doctor Who, except for that Missy person Heavy Metal nice guys Thanksgiving greetings Please stop bothering astronauts Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. […]
          Your Weekend Justice #226: Margaret Atwood, Please Fix Hollywood        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that has Mr. Kaplan on speed-dial. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/wjustice111414.mp3] Agenda: An opening with all the usual confusion The Silence of the Boutelles The post-conference non-report. Also, vocabulary. The St. Louis weather report The Weekend Justice pre-show, which is sort of the show. But not really. But at the same time...really. The Portland weather report In praise of Intruders Incredibly confusing and confounding sports interlude Rox vs. cigar boxes Alcohol report What About Bob? (Walking Dead SPOILERS) The Wire alumni--hire them, please Kickstartering into the Danger Zone Elsa Lanchester from Frozen Blacklisting The Blacklist (SPOILERS, but no one cares) Remembering Wings and fondly Enjoying SHIELD (SPOILERS) Background noise--wait, sorry, that's classified The use of cars in Gotham How Zillow works in Midsomer Rox covers the J. Geils Band Marvel Cinematic Universe Leigh, kidnapped Rob explains Doctor Who by way of Dukes of Hazzard Doctor Who news, Rob self-flagellates (SPOILERS) What is Catherine Tate up to? Vicious 1963 Ruining Quincy Tuffley with bungee action! Amateur Halloween parties The true about Dragnet The truth about raisins in cookies Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them […]
          Your Weekend Justice #225: Every Breath You Take: The Podcast        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is going to show up at your house tonight to Trick or Treat and by God, you better have some good candy. Or next time we're recording at your place. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/wjustice103114.mp3] Agenda: Too much information about shaving Good news, Scott! Domestic guest stars! Happy Birthday, Rox! Jon leaves the Mini club Why does Scott gotta be all racist? What the Spazhouse Skynet Apocalypse sounds like The Adventures of Homeless Angry Dad! Teaching Scott to be heterosexual Peter Cushing, wargamer Gaming and drinking Mega Monopoly! Seeking the Poe statue Paul Reubens and The Blacklist Foley of the Living Dead! The Walking Dead mini-discussion The Cocktail Napkin Museum Gotham Alternate covers and why we're allergic Marvel vs. DC Rob hates his phone. Here's why. Star Wars Rebels Where Paul Revere shops Rox's shoe-inspired movie review Rock Lobster denied! Tantric porn watching! 30 Seconds of concentrated Doctor Who hate More Doctor Who, with less hate, or at least it's spread out more Damn those Morlock Holes Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can […]
          Your Weekend Justice #223: Who Says You Can't Buy Anything For $2 Anymore?        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that prefers to hang out on Chap Roulette, where we sit around and smoke pipes and drink tea. Occasionally, Rox wears a pith helmet. Note: Please excuse random and brief noises. Not sure where they came from. Maybe it's all in my head. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/wjustice100314.mp3] Agenda: The Weekend Justice Petting Zoo Dog for foie gras Cleaning the Man Cave to get some The Blacklist (SPOILERS) Tattooing the Mossad Limo drivers and bikes Stormship Troopers Scorpion TV ratings and Sleepy Hollow Disbelief in stockbrokers Jon makes a mistake in his pants The history of naked Robot of Sherwood Tips for villainy Widge, the ultimate slacker asshole Beerium Z Nation Free strippers Chat roulette Lots of movie talk More True Detective Fearful about Into the Woods Box Trolls Drunk on Coulson Lots of television talk The Mystery of the Three-Breasted Woman Bacon efficiency How to save John Cusack Robert Rodriguez career retrospective Rox, Leigh's understudy Why does history have to be so racist? Fear the mullets Mecha-Walken Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can […]
          Your Weekend Justice #222: Panhandling on a Tilt-Shifted Porn Set        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is the one thing that we have up on John Waters. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/wjustice091914.mp3] Agenda: Dental work that is no longer dental work Roughly ten seconds of Snowpiercer spoilers Atlas Shrugged: the movies The Hollow Crown Good Omens Penny Dreadful (Spoilers) Rox vs. the bings Water, going all over John Waters, tilt-shifted nemesis People talking and others listening--a shambles Outbreak via fistbumps George R.R. Martin, fantasy dentist ScottC, Hawk Post-DragonCon wrap-up Brawling over Terry Pratchett Agendaphobic Leigh The problems with Person of Interest Probing the phobes Geek panhandling Soda is the new Lunchables Need Coffee Porter revisited In defense of 1978 Movies and air conditioning Rob Levy, Pixie J.J. ruins Portland music. Yes, all of it. The death of Jon's glasses Need Coffee on Pinterest Blacking out at Trader Vic's Aaron, Total Ladies Man Brad Bird's Tomorrowland The right way to celebrate Fashion Week Redecorating Spazhouse, live on the air Exploiting dogs that aren't there Jurassic World update Law & Order reflections Keeping up with the iPhones Doctor Who speculation and a sinister laugh The L.E.G.I.O.N. Diaries Don't mention HYDRA "How I learned to love or at least tolerate lens flare" Morbius and The Smiths Damn you, Ultimate Peter Parker Previously and elsewhere in the world of...The Walking Dead Worrying about Ant-Man The jealous lovers of baseball Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As […]
          Your Weekend Justice #221: Irkutsk Smith and the Temple of Doom        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that must warn you: it's Weekend Justice. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/wjustice081814.mp3] Agenda: Geek comedy and other bad things Jon, getting wise Scott's posture Actually good comedies A Sanford timeline Odin-inspired naming conventions Rox's fleet of zombie cycles Rox vs. Zurich Snowpiercer Lucy vs. Guardians of the Galaxy Rob breaks the podcast again Complicating the script...again What is good for Croatia? Finnish "Thunderstruck" Straining to discuss The Strain How to not engage something creepy and unknown Sport news of the day Rox and the napping dog Rox vs. the fortune teller Rob and the strata of local bakeries Wink Martindale cola. No, really. Marvel movie date updates Turtles? The Third Sign of the Apocalypse Del Toro vs. The Hobbit Rox's new business proposition for panhandling supplies If the Coen Brothers had directed The Hitcher Fables: the Videogame Forbidden special features from Criterion Laserdiscs Iggy Pop, awesome DJ John Cleese, Guillermo del Toro and taxidermy Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Earth Rocker. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that […]
          Reply #680        
Well, hopefully we're all clear now!

Nbey, thanks for the headsup!

Good Luck everyone!

Betterbe
          Headsup: The Art of Magic the Gathering - Amonkhet        
Even if you aren't a gamer, you've probably at least heard of Magic: The Gathering, the very first fantasy trading card game which was created by Wizards of the Coast back in 1993.  Over the past two decades, the game has grown to include over seventy-five expansion sets and even has an organized international tournament system (including professional players who can win tens of thousands of dollars from a single tournament).  It has also won multiple awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, and is available in eleven different languages. If you are one of the twenty million Magic fans (in more than seventy countries),  you'll be happy to know that The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet, the fourth volume in a series of coffee table books featuring the award-winning artwork in the beloved game, is now available.  In this volume, readers meet the inhabitants of the desert oasis of Amonkhet, whose lives revolve around a series of trials completed in preparation for the return of the God-Pharaoh.  This 240-page hardcover book features full-color illustrations from a variety of artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, among others.  In addition to the beautiful artwork, Senior Game Designer James Wyatt also provides some insight into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Amonkhet. The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet is currently available on Amazon for $27.17; not bad considering how hefty a book this is (it weighs around four pounds and measures almost two feet wide when open)...a […]
          Headsup: Girls Kicking Butt        
  Out now are two titles for fans that are all about girl power:   First we have Ghost in the Shell, the American action/sci-fi film directed by Rupert Sanders based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow (for our recent feature on the animated Ghost in the Shell steelbook release, click here).  The film tells the story of Major (Scarlett Johansson), a futuristic cyborg supersoldier who was designed to fight against cyber-crime but discovers that events in her past may not be what her creators led her to believe.  As she delves into the mystery of her own identity, Major is forced to follow what is left of her human instincts to decide who she can and can't trust, and must reconcile who she thought she was with who she may truly be instead. The film is now out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD. In addition to the film, the Blu-ray sets also boast almost an hour of extras, including "Hard-Wired Humanity: Making of Ghost in the Shell" (a 30-minute behind-the-scenes feature with interviews from the cast and crew, covering topics such as character preparation, stunts, costume-making and the adaptation of the manga source material into the current film), "Section 9: Cyber Defenders" (an 11-minute examination of Major's crime-fighting team and their individual specialized super-soldier abilities), and "Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy" (a ten-minute featurette that takes a look into the real-life science behind robotics and the future possibilities […]
          Your Weekend Justice #249: Something Funny With Synchronicity        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...we sort out the archives, with this gem, recorded in 1823. Agenda: Desk cliffhanger resolved Rob and Anti-Rob meet at last Sideways into sportstalk Nightvale Making a Murderer Unnatural selection Sodomy will save us all X-Files returns Time has taken its toll Heroin probably will not save us all Super Bowl = sex Clash of the Batman soundtracks Legends of Tomorrow Rock Lobster! Star Trek’s new show Losing yourself in Clive Owen WTF happened to the Gobots? Shared universe gold rush! Anticipating DCEU mayhem Anticipating Civil War ABBA in space Jessica Jones & Luke Cage MCU on ABC...or not Captain America & Infinity War Trying to fix Fantastic Four Marvel, post-Secret Wars DC relaunch...again Eagle hate Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Psychic Warfare. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts here. Weekend Justice only? Get that here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don't bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed for all our podcasts is here. And just Weekend Justice is […]
          Headsup: Independent Film Friday #2        
     The first week of August is just around the corner, and with it come some new titles for the independent film junkie:   First is Fipresci Prize winner Red Leaves, Israeli-Ethiopian director Bazi Gete's feature-length debut film which tells the tale of Meseganio Tadela (Debebe Eshetu), a 74-year-old Ethiopian immigrant living in Israel who has recently become a widower.  After deciding that he will sell his apartment and live alternately with his two adult sons (regardless of their feelings on the matter), the harsh reality of Tadela's role as an unassimilated patriarch clinging to the past clashes with the realities of living in modern Israel as he struggles to pass on the values of his culture and his life to those around him before his chance is gone.  The movie is out from IndiePix Films on August 1 on DVD (at $24.95 suggested retail) as well as the streaming subscription service IndiePix Unlimited.  For an insight into the film, check out the trailer below:     Next up is 1944, Estonia's Official Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016.  Directed by Elmo Nüganen, 1944 takes an inside look into the effects of Estonia's occupation during WWII (first by Soviet Russia and then by Nazi Germany) when tens of thousands of men of combat age in the Baltic country were forced to fight for the Soviet and Nazi forces.  Friends and neighbors were facing each other on the battlefield, with the country torn apart as a result.   The story (written by […]
          Headsup: Tested Loyalties        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first two titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   Out this month are three titles whose characters must deal with the challenges that come when loyalties and circumstance collide:   First we have Season Four of The 100, the post-apocalyptic drama that tells the story of inhabitants of a space habitat ("The Ark") who return to Earth after a massive nuclear event (which caused an almost total extinction of the human population) and their interactions with those on Earth who survived.  In this season, the characters are reeling from the all-out war in Season Three while at the same time are faced with the discovery that Earth's atmosphere will soon be set on fire due to the meltdown of the existing nuclear reactors from lack of maintenance.  Clarke and others try to find a solution using the Nightbloods' natural immunity to radiation while the twelve clans are faced with the decision of selecting those among them who will be afforded protection for five years in a newly-discovered bunker.  Alliances are tested, relationships strained, and everyone must again fight for their own rights of survival. Now out on DVD and Blu-ray is The 100: The Complete Fourth Season, which includes all thirteen episodes as well as bonus features, including the featurettes "From Outcasts to Leaders" (which examines the under-fire maturation of The 100), "Creating a Post-Apocalyptic World" (which looks at the […]
          Headsup: A Dose of the Sillies        
  If you need a little bit of silliness mixed into your weekend, check out these recently released titles:   First up is The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends featuring game-changing comedians Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy.  This three-disc collection includes nine episodes of The Tonight Show that span across the seventies, eighties, and nineties in the heyday of host Johnny Carson.  All nine shows are complete (including the commercials from when they aired— a fun bonus!) and have not been previously released for retail.  Disc One includes three episodes (from 1976, 1982, and 1991) with the legendary once-banished guest (and eventual fill in host) Steve Martin, who appears alongside Jimmy Stewart, Karen Black, Sylvester Stallone, Cathy Ladman, Leon Redbone, and others.  Disc Two centers on the incomparable Robin Williams, whose three episodes (one from 1984 and two from 1991) show the unpredictable entertainer cracking Johnny up as he appears with Phyllis Newman, Steve Lawrence, Jonathan Winters, and Park Overall.  Disc Three belongs to Eddie Murphy, whose three episodes (all from 1982) show how Murphy skyrocketed to stardom in less than a year as he appears with fellow guests McLean Stevenson, Wayne Rogers, Albert Hague, Randal "Tex" Cobb, and Angela Bofill.  The DVD set is out now from Time Life but isn't available on Amazon (except for one third party seller here) or Barnes and Noble as of yet, so keep an eye out for it at other places (suggested retail: $29.95).     Next […]
          Headsup: Independent Film Friday #1        
  If you're an independent film buff, one (or more!) of these titles may be right up your alley...   From Candy Factory Films comes Wichita, a horror flick that follows Jeb (played by Trevor Peterson), a failing children's show director desperate to save his job by leading a work-intensive writers' retreat in Aspen.   As the "retreat" progresses, Jeb is pushed to the brink and turns his frustrations outward as hidden cameras capture the homicidal results of his ever-deepening psychotic rage. The film co-stars Caitlin Gerard (as Natalie), Persia White (as Raven), Demetri Goritsas (as Clark) and Christopher Robles (as Billy) and was directed by Matthew Ward and Justyn Ah Chong. You can rent or purchase digitally on Amazon (for $4.99 and $9.99 respectively) and see the trailer below for a preview.   Taking its name from the final line of T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Dry Salvages," Life of Significant Soil follows a couple whose relationship has outlasted their love for each other as they find themselves trapped in their last day together.  Starring Alexis Mouyiari (as Conor) and Charlotte Bydwell (as Addison), the film examines the building blocks of a once bright relationship and seeks to solve the mystery of how to keep its flame from self-extinguishing.  The film is the feature-length debut of director Michael Irish and was nominated for "Best Showcase Feature Film" in the 2016 Soho Film Festival and won "Best Feature Film" at both the Art of Bklyn Film Festival and the Tampa Bay Underground […]
          Headsup: Kids' Corner #1        
  Summertime is well underway, so if you need something to fill the spaces between the pool, summer camp, and building awesome forts outside, check out these kid-friendly titles…...   First up is Bunnicula, the new animated series loosely based on the book (of the same name) many of us read and loved as kids by James and Deborah Howe.  The story revolves about a vampiric bunny rabbit who instead of blood thirsts for vegetable juice, which gives him supernatural powers.  In this (comedic) series, Bunnicula (voiced by Chris Kattan) teams up with his adoptive human Mina (a New Orleans teenager, voiced by Kari Wahlgren), Harold (her easy-go-lucky dog, voiced by Brian Kimmet), and Chester (her anxiety-ridden cat, voiced by Sean Astin) for otherworldly adventures with lots of laughs along the way.  The series premiered in February of 2016 and is currently airing on Cartoon Network. Bunnicula: Season One, Part One is out now from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, which includes the first twenty episodes of the series across two DVDs.  The set is now available on Amazon for $10.86 and you can get a taste of the show with the clip below. Rating: Not Rated Episode Runtime: 11 minutes       Next we have Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which pairs the rambunctious cartoon cat-and-mouse duo with beloved Roald Dahl icon Willy Wonka and other familiar characters.  Based on a combination of Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the 1971 family film […]
          Headsup: Faces of the Past        
  Out now are two historical documentary series that explore the stories of people from the past, from ancient times through today:   First we have The Story of China, written and hosted by the gold-standard-making historian Michael Wood.  In this six-part documentary about the oldest continuous state on earth, Wood follows the stories of characters who formed China's history and cultural identity, including those who led the Tang, Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties from 1500 BC to the twentieth century along with leaders in science, literature, and revolutionary political movements.  A sprawling and vibrant story (charmingly told in Wood's posh British accent), The Story of China brings viewers face-to-face with the likes of The First Emperor, Xuanzang (famed Buddhist traveler), Su Song (often referred to as "China's Leonardo da Vinci"), Li Qingzhao (a female poet), and Mao Zedong (the Communist revolutionary also known as "Chairman Mao"), among many others.  On his historical journey, Wood also examines the places where these stories took place, taking viewers back in time to see the Silk Road, the Yellow River, the Grand Canal, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and other amazing places that were the backdrop of China's journey over the last four thousand years.  If you just want to check out the series (and haven't caught it live on PBS), you can currently watch it online at PBS.org (although this will most likely be a short-lived option, so if you want to check it out for free, do it asap).  For those who want […]
          Headsup: Giggles and Guffaws        
  Out now are two titles to help you get some much-needed laughter:   First we have Hee Haw, which was actually created as "the rural alternative" to Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and ran during some of the same years as its counterpart (1969-1971) before hitting its long-lasting syndication.  A comedy variety show set in fictional rural "Kornfield Kounty" and hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, Hee Haw was originally made to be a summer replacement series for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  It ended up gaining such popularity that even when it was cancelled in CBS's "Rural Purge" of 1971 (along with other "country" shows shows The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D., and Green Acres) in an effort to focus on the network's more affluent/urban viewers, the show was quickly picked up for syndication, where it stayed for a record-setting twenty-one years (making it the longest-running weekly syndicated original series in television history). Now out from Time Life is the two-disc set Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone!, which includes four rarely-seen episodes from the show which aired between 1969 and 1973.  These classic episodes include sketches such as "Pickin' and Grinnin," "Archie's Barbershop," "Hey, Grandpa, What's for Supper?", "The KORN News," and "Rindercella" and feature guest stars Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and George Jones, among others.  The set is currently available at Amazon on DVD for $22.44.  No special features on this one, but if you just want a taste of Kornfield Kounty homespun fun, this is […]
          Headsup: Love, Family, and Otherworldly Powers        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   Out now are two titles dealing with power struggles, sex, sibling rivalry, and other forces that move men's souls...   First we have The Vampire Diaries, the story of a love triangle between teenage heroine Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and two brothers, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), which just happens to be set against the backdrop of the world of modern-day vampires.  Based on the L.J. Smith novel series of the same name, the show premiered in September of 2009 and has had a successful run ever since. It garnered 112 award nominations and 37 wins, including multiple People's Choice, Teen Choice, and Young Hollywood Awards.  Season eight follows Damon and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) as they continue to kill people while under the influence of a powerful and evil force, while at the same time Stefan, Caroline (Candice King), Bonnie (Kat Graham), and Alaric (Matt Davis) search for answers about the mysterious disappearance at the end of season seven.  Matt (Zach Roerig) is in the mix as well, as it becomes apparent that an unknown family connection to Mystic Falls may be the key to saving the town from being destroyed. Now out on DVD and Blu-ray is the eighth and final season, which includes all sixteen episodes plus some bonus features, including a 14-minute featurette ("Last Days As A Vampire"), a retrospective […]
          Headsup: From Across the Pond        
  Out soon are two releases from European artists:   First we have a collection of some of the lesser-known films of Jacques Rivette, a French film director and critic famed for his work during the New Wave movement in French cinema in the 1950s and 60s.  Rivette began his career as a filmmaker at age twenty and over the course of his career made twenty-nine films (including notable titles L'amour fou (1969), Out 1 (1971), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), and La Belle Noiseuse (1991) ).  Now available from Arrow Academy is The Jacques Rivette Collection, a trio of films from the latter part of his career.  In 1975, Rivette and Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff (producer from Out 1) again joined forces with the goal of creating a love story, an adventure, a fantasy thriller, and a musical as a quartet of interconnected films dubbed Scènes de la vie parallèle, with each revolving around two central female characters.  Unfortunately, after the back-to-back filming of Noroît (an adventure story of two pirates) and Duelle (a fantasy about the Queen of the Night and the Queen of the Sun) in the spring of 1975, Rivette suffered a breakdown a few days into production for Marie et Julien (which would have been the love story in the series); the director later said that he "broke down physically" and "had overestimated [his] own strength".  After a year of recovery, the idea of the film quartet was abandoned and Rivette turned to Merry-Go-Round (a surreal detective film), which ran into multiple production problems and though […]
          Headsup: MURDER!!        
  ** Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.**   Out now are two titles that deal with stories of people who have broken that all-important sixth commandment and of those who pursue them for their crime(s):   First up is the fifth season of Major Crimes, the spinoff of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series The Closer, which ran on TNT from 2005-2012 (ending when its star Kyra Sedgwick decided it was time to pursue other projects).  The storyline and main characters were so well-loved that creators literally didn't skip a beat between the two shows, airing the premiere of Major Crimes on the same night as the finale of The Closer. Major Crimes follows the case-by-case challenges of the (fictional) Major Crimes Division of the LAPD and the interpersonal relationships between its officers.  Starring two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, the primary cast also includes G. W. Bailey (as Detective Lieutenant Louie Provenza), Tony Denison (as Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn), Michael Paul Chan (as Detective Lieutenant Michael Tao), Raymond Cruz (as Detective Julio Sanchez), Kearran Giovanni (as Detective Amy Sykes), Phillip P. Keene (as Buzz Watson), Graham Patrick Martin (as Rusty Beck), and Robert Gossett (as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor). Major Crimes has enjoyed high ratings from the start: its premiere episode garnered 9.5 million viewers (the largest viewership for a series premiere on basic cable), and its first […]
          Headsup: Girls Being Super        
  ** Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of both of the titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.**   Available now are two films from DC/Warner Brothers celebrating mega girl power:   Out just in time to wet fans' appetites for the live-action Wonder Woman film hitting theaters this Friday (Thursday in select cities), the feature-length animated film Wonder Woman is available in a commemorative edition DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack.  The film tells the story of Diana, an Amazonian princess who leaves the sanctuary of the idyllic man-free island Themyscira to chase after Ares, the God of War, bent on creating world chaos and eventual extinction. With the help of U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor, Diana must navigate the modern world in an attempt to save her own from destruction.  The awards-laden cast includes Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (The Americans, Waitress, Felicity) as Diana/Wonder Woman, People's Choice winner Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly) as Steve Trevor, Tony Award nominee Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Chocolat) as Ares, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Sin City) as Artemis, Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman) as Hippolyta, David McCallum (NCIS, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as Zeus, Emmy winner Marg Helgenberger (CSI, China Beach) as Hera, Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chicago Med) as Hades, and Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio, Godzilla) as Persephone. Released direct to DVD in 2009 (the fourth in the line of DC Universe Animated Original Movies released by Warner Premiere and Warner Brothers Animation), the film […]
          Headsup: The 4400: The Complete Series        
If you're a fan of The 4400, you probably know a lot about the show, but did you realize it's already been ten years since it went off the air? If you're unfamiliar with the series, it's the story of what happens when 4,400 people who have gone missing over the past several decades suddenly reappear in Washington State (at the same age they were when they disappeared) via a mysterious ball of light.  As the NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command) division of Homeland Security struggles to solve the mystery of what has happened, they are presented with an additional challenge when members of The 4400 begin to develop superhuman powers such as mega strength, telekinesis, and the ability to see through walls. Starring Joel Gretsch (as Tom Baldwin) and Jacqueline McKenzie (as Diana Skouris), the show was popular with its fan base and was even nominated for three Emmy Awards, but took some creative hits during the Writers Guild strike and was taken off of USA's lineup in 2007.  When the show was cancelled with Season 4 ending in a cliffhanger, disappointment-fueled fans launched a campaign to bring the show back on the air (but, sadly, were unsuccessful). In October 2008 CBS/Paramount released a complete series DVD collection which included all four seasons of the show along with the bonus features that had been part of the single season releases (including audio commentaries, featurettes, a Director's cut of the episode "The Great Leap Forward", and gag reels) along with a disc of new […]
          Headsup: A Tale of Two Cities        
  Out now are the complete sets of two shows which combine a series-long love letter to their respective cities with crime fighting protagonists who navigate them:   In The Streets of San Francisco, two cops search for perpetrators of homicides in the City by the Bay in deliciously seventies style.  The show kicked off a week before its September 1972 series premiere with a pilot movie (same title) based on Carolyn Weston's detective novel, Poor, Poor Ophelia, and then ran for a straight five years to 1977.  The series starred Oscar winners Karl Malden (as veteran cop Michael Stone) and a very young Michael Douglas (as rookie Steve Keller) along with a heck of a lot of Ford cars (Ford Motor Company being the main sponsor for the show).  Filmed entirely on location, the story revolved around the duo investigating murders in San Francisco and Stone mentoring Keller as he learns about police work.  Guest stars were frequent and impressive, including Dean Stockwell, Pernell Roberts, Tom Selleck, Leslie Nielsen, James Woods, Nick Nolte, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Sheen, Dabney Coleman, Desi Arnaz, Jr., John Ritter, Robert Wagner, Dick Van Patten, Mark Hamill, Tom Bosley, and Bill Bixby, among others (even Diana Douglas, Michael Douglas's mother, appeared on the show). The fifth season saw a change in the main partnership when Keller went off to be a teacher (due to Michael Douglas leaving to pursue a career in films after successfully producing Academy-Award winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and was replaced by Inspector Dan Robbins (played by Richard Hatch).  Audiences did not like […]
          Headsup: Star Trek—Deep Space Nine: The Complete Series        
Hardcore Trekkies feel passionately about all things Star Trek, and often a divisive issue is the love-it-or-hate-it battle lines drawn around Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Although universe creator Gene Roddenberry gave his approval for the show's concept, his death in 1991 made it the first of the television series to be produced without his direct involvement.  Deep Space Nine premiered in January 1993 (while The Next Generation was still on the air) and ran until June 1999.  The show broke with the formula of other Star Trek series in that it was set on a space station instead of a starship, the first to star a black actor as captain (Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko), and the first to habitually showcase personal conflict between the crew members (Roddenberry had favored always having a unified front with other Star Trek crews). Out now is a box set of the complete series of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featuring all 176 episodes across 48 (DVD) discs along with multiple bonus features tied to each of the seven seasons.  Notable extras include "New Station, New Ships" (where Robert Legato, Dan Curry, and Robert Sternbach discuss the design process for the show, including that of the space station and the Cardassian warships), "Mission Inquiry: Far Beyond the Stars" (an examination of the thirteenth episode of Season 6, the metafiction storyline featuring almost the entire cast portraying human characters in 1950's New York), and "24th Century Wedding" (a featurette where the cast and crew discuss Worf and Dax's Klingon wedding).  If you were hoping this […]
          Headsup: Crime Families        
** Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first DVD featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   If you're a fan of watching family drama unfold amidst the background of criminal enterprise, one (or both) of these new releases may be for you:   First we have Animal Kingdom: TNT's new show based on the 2010 Australian film (same title) written by David Michôd, who also executive produces the series.  Animal Kingdom tells the story of Joshua ("J") Cody, a troubled teen who is forced through circumstance to move in with his southern California family (with a penchant for petty crime) led by matriarch Janine ("Smurf") Cody.  The show features an ensemble cast, including Finn Cole (Joshua), Emmy award winner Ellen Barkin (Janine), Scott Speedman (Barry "Baz" Blackwell), Shawn Hatosy (Andrew "Pope" Cody), Ben Robson (Craig Cody), Jake Weary (Deran Cody), Daniella Alonso (Catherine Blackwell), and Molly Gordon (Nicky Belmont).  Out now is the complete first season in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.  Special features include "Family Comes First" (a 14-minute featurette where the cast and crew discuss the family dynamics of the show's characters), "Setting the Stage" (a brief look at the design and construction of the set for Smurf's house), "Meet the Codys" and "Getting into Character" (which look at the development of the Cody family characters), "Inside Animal Kingdom" (a quick discussion with producers and the cast about the world of Animal Kingdom), "Animal Kingdom: Stunts" (which examines some of the […]
          Headsup: The Good Wife: The Complete Series        
If you've been watching The Good Fight, the first original scripted series on CBS All Access, you're probably aware that it's a spinoff of the fan favorite The Good Wife. The story of Alicia Florrick (Juliana Margulies), a woman married to disgraced politician Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) who returns to her law career in an effort to heal emotional wounds and reinvent herself, The Good Wife ran for seven seasons. It earned critical acclaim, a host of fanatically faithful viewers, and multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, People's Choice, SAG, and Critics' Choice awards along the way. In addition to Margulies and Noth, the series featured an ensemble cast, including Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, and Archie Panjabi. Now out in a DVD box set is the complete series presented over 42 discs, including all 156 episodes of the show along with hours of extras, including interviews with the cast and crew, featurettes on the storylines, character development, and production, insights from the writers and creators, extended and deleted scenes, gag reels, and more. Notable extras include "The Education of Alicia Florrick" (Season 1), "Alicia Florrick: Real Deal Inside the Episode" (Season 2), the corporate sexual harassment educational video (Season 3), "Style Evolution: The Fashion on The Good Wife" (Season 4), the hour-long "Requiem for a Friend: Inside Episode 515" (Season 5), "The Temptation of Alicia Florrick: The Good Wife (Season 6), and coverage of the red carpet/series finale party (Season 7). Fans should be aware that all of the extras presented in […]
          Your Weekend Justice #248: The Trouble With Highlander        
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...as we continue on this stroll down memory lane, we welcome you to return to that heyday of early 2016. Ah, the salad days. Book of Mormon Mormons on drugs Babies and DragonCon The beauty of youth and property damage What you want from X-Files Why Leigh drinks Things we can look forward to about age and voices Agent Carter Netflix and Marvel How a roller coaster can break Widge's heart Universal Studios and craptastic parades Choose Your Own Ride Organized Goblins Dissecting the corpse of Universal Studios The Good Dinosaur Disney scheduling Films: good for your health Seeking Val Kilmer The legacy of Misfits of Science Fear of a Dark Tower That's the trouble with Lucifer 2016 begins to loom The legend of the Motorhead/David Bowie teamup More Outside Star Wars. A lot. Lamenting a backlog of fun things to watch. In the wake of Secret Wars Suicide Squad vs. Dawn of Justice Flash of Two Worlds. Nope. Legends of Tomorrow dreams Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store. Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good. As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as our theme music for this. Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Psychic Warfare. Send them love and coin. BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for […]
          Headsup: Teenage Drama        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first DVD featured below. The opinions I share are my own.   As if hormones and problem skin weren't enough, the teens in two new releases have quite a lot on their plates:   Adapted from the adored 1984 DC comic series, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract rejoins the Teen Titans five years after their rescue of Princess Starfire (Kari Wahlgren) from her evil sister.  Now they have their sights set on a new target as Brother Blood (Gregg Henry) and his terrorist group seek to steal the team's powers with a specially created machine.  With the addition of mysterious new team member Terra (Christina Ricci) and a cat-and-mouse chase with the mercenary Deathstroke (Miguel Ferrer), the Teen Titans are rarely afforded a dull moment.  This film is sequel to Justice League vs Teen Titans and is #28 in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series which began back in 2007 with Superman: Doomsday.  It also features Miguel Ferrer's final film role (as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke) before he passed away from throat cancer in January.  Like most of the others in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, the film is rated PG-13 (for language, sexual situations, and violence), so be aware before showing or gifting to little ones.   Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is being released direct to home media and is now available in DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats.  The Blu-ray version has over 45 […]
          Headsup: Let's Have Drinks!        
Out now from Paramount Home Media are two titles that show just how funny things can get when people are in their cups… &nbsp First we have Office Christmas Party, the story of a soon-to-close Chicago branch of a tech company which decides to try to land a life-saving client by means of a huge Christmas party that turns out to be a bacchanalian mess.  The film stars Jennifer Anniston as Scrooge-like CEO Carol Vanstone and T.J. Miller as her man-of-the-people brother Clay along with an ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Sam Richardson, Fortune Feistier, and Courtney B. Vance.  The film grossed $114 million worldwide and, while it received mixed reviews from critics, was a welcome piece of lighthearted escapism for many fans.  The film is now out on both Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, although if you want access to the unrated version (which includes footage not seen in theaters), you'll have to go with the Blu-ray option.  Bear in mind, the unrated version is only five minutes longer than the theatrical one. Also exclusive to the Blu-ray Combo Pack are some additional bonus features, including commentary on the theatrical version by directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (who you may recall also joined forces on Blades of Glory), "Throwing an Office Christmas Party" (where the cast and crew discuss real Christmas parties and making the movie), a special named "Outtakes" which is really more like multiple takes of some of the […]
          Headsup: Historical Fiction        
  Fans of historical fiction will be excited about the release of two new titles now out on Blu-ray and DVD:   First we have the critically-acclaimed film Fences, based on August Wilson's 1985 stageplay of the same name.  The play won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, and thirty years later the film (adapted for the screen largely by Wilson himself) has continued the winning streak, garnering Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG awards (among multiple others), most of which are due to the masterful leading performances of Viola Davis and Denzel Washington (Washington also directed the film.)  The story (which was the sixth installment of Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle") centers around former African American baseball player Troy Maxson as he struggles to redefine his own identity and to make a living for himself and his loved ones in the tumultuous and challenging world of 1950s Pittsburgh. The film is now out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and digital HD.  The Blu-ray option not only features the film in both disc and digital form, but also over 30 minutes of bonus material, including "Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen" (comments from Denzel Washington, the play's 2010 Broadway director Kenny Leon, and others about transitioning the story from play to film formats), "The Company of Fences" (which looks at the cast in general, many of whom also appeared in the recent Broadway production), and "Playing the Part: Rose Maxson" (where Viola Davis discusses bringing her role to life), […]
          Headsup: Stories From Japan        
Out this month are three releases of stories from the Land of the Rising Sun: First we have Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 (you can see our coverage of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 here), which follows the continuing adventures of Usagi as she now must face new foes in the form of the Spectre Sisters  and a mysterious girl with pink hair as they threaten to take the Silver Crystal.  This set contains episodes 15-26 of the rebooted series (the Black Moon Arc) and is available in standard DVD, standard Blu-ray combo, and Limited Edition Blu-ray combo packs.  Both Blu-ray options also have some bonus features, including a digital art gallery, clean opening and ending songs, and an interview with Momoiro Clover Z, the Japanese girls' group that sings the theme songs for the series.  The Limited Edition set also boasts some additional extras, including an exclusive chipboard box, a 96-page art booklet with episode summaries, and six full-color art cards.  Fans should also be aware that  RightStufAnime.com (yes, only one f in the URL) also offered an exclusive Sailor Moon sun catcher with purchase but they were so popular that they've already sold out, so if you want that option, keep your eyes peeled on eBay and the like.  On Amazon you can snag the DVD set there for $27.99, the Blu-ray Combo set for $53.98, and the Limited Edition Blu-ray set for $62.19.   Next we have Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence.  Based on the 1966 historical novel (of the same name) by Shusaku Endo, the film follows the […]
          Headsup: Make 'em Laugh        
  If you're a fan of the hilarious world of Carol Burnett et al., you're in luck with two new spring releases from Time Life: First we have The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway, which includes four episodes (ranging from 1969 to 1978) from the Emmy-winning series highlighting the comedic exploits of timeless funny man Tim Conway.  Conway began as a guest star on The Carol Burnett Show in 1967 and became a regular member of the cast in 1975, remaining until the series' final season in 1978.  In addition to the five Emmy Awards he won for his work on the show, Conway brought to life some of its most iconic characters and sketches.  This collection's episodes (three of which have never been previously released) feature his much-loved characters "Oldest Man" and "Mr. Tudball," in addition to lesser-known (but equally amusing) appearances as an untraditional fairytale prince, a man with canine identity confusion, and the Lone Ranger.  Fans will also be pleased to see that Episode 513 (December 1, 1971) includes the famous Dentist sketch featuring Tim Conway facing off against Harvey Korman as the latter struggles to maintain self-control in the face of Conway's targeted and epic goofiness.  No special features on this one (which is a shame, since Time Life is pretty great at those), but fans will appreciate the content nonetheless.  The set is scheduled for release on April 4 and is available for pre-order on DVD on Amazon for $12.95.   Next we have the Carol Burnett Show spinoff Mama's […]
          Headsup: Women-- Can't Live With Them, Can't Tell if They're International Double Agents...        
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first DVD featured below. The opinions I share are my own. Ah, the 90s...the days of the Clinton White House, double-reverse front pleated pants, and of course, Full House on ABC. The story of widower Danny Tanner raising his three young daughters as part of a mixed family unit, it was ever a fan favorite, launching the careers of the Olsen Twins and showing America that John Stamos is so outrageously handsome he can even look good in a mullet. Last February series creator Jeff Franklin debuted its sequel, Fuller House, on Netflix, which this past Christmas was approved for a third season (now 18 episodes) to be released later this year. This sequel series follows the family's eldest daughter D.J. Tanner-Fuller (now a widow herself) as she navigates raising her three sons with the help of friends and family. In addition to some fresh faces, the cast of the original series (minus the Olsen twins doubling as Michelle) returns, including original "dads" Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos (also one of the show's producers). While the reboot has received mixed reviews from critics, it has already received two Teen Choice Awards (one for Choice Comedy TV Show and one to Candace Cameron Bure as Choice Actress in a TV Comedy) and a People's Choice Award (Favorite Premium Comedy Series). Now out on DVD is the complete first season, which includes all thirteen […]
          Pelican Headsup Lite        

The Pelican ™ HeadsUp Lite™ 2600 is a premier hands-free light. It comes with a hi-intensity Xenon lamp for intense brightness, as well as an emergency back-up lamp stored inside the body. The light weight ABS resin body is corrosion proof, submersible, and virtually indestructible.


          Notes from ALDS game 2        
-Damaso Marte can't be relied on to get outs in the postseason... bring on Bruney.

-David Robertson getting out of that bases loaded no outs jam was not only a huge play in the game, but it must have done loads for his confidence.

-Alex Rodriguez is officially clutch.

-Mark Teixeiras single in the 9th was important for several reasons... had he made an out, that would be an 0-8 to start the postseason and the Yankees may not have tied the game. We all know that if the Yankees lost that game and Teix was 0-8 going into Minnesota, there would be alot of pressure on him to produce.

-A.J. Burnett pitching to Jose Molina was a success.

-Having the third catcher in Francisco Cervelli comes in very handy in games that Jose Molina will start.

-Johnny Damon needs to step up and show the Yankees why they should bring him back for 2010. He's been pretty bad so far this postseason and honestly, when the Yankees had runners on the corners and 1 out last night, i didn't think he could get Gardner in (which he didn't).

-Nick Swisher had a huge headsup up play early in the game yesterday to save a run... like i said before the series started, he was going to be a huge factor in beating the Twins.

-Derek Jeter.The Captain #2. Enough said.

-Is anyone else hoping the Red Sox somehow manage to beat the Angels this series? I really don't want to face the spirit of Nick Adenhart... and playing the Red Sox is just alot more interesting.
          Spektakulär highroller-turnering pÃ¥ WSOPE-schemat        

Spelschemat för WSOP Europe släpptes på tisdagen och bland bracelet-eventen finns en highroller-turnering med €25 600 i inköp.

Totalt blir det sju armbandsevent i WSOPE, som i år spelas 12-25 oktober i den franska huvudstaden Paris - på Casino Barrière d’Enghien-les-Bains.

Den stora nyheten på schemat är alltså No-Limit Holdem highroller-turneringen som kommer att spelas 22-25 oktober.

WSOP:s verkställande direktör Ty Stewart är mycket hoppfull inför årets upplaga av WSOPE.

- Nya turneringsdatum och tolv miljoner parisare gör att vi siktar på det största Main Eventet i Europa, säger Stewart.

- Baguetter och bracelets, champagne och cash – vi tror det är ett vinnande recept för WSOP Europe 2013.

WSOPE kommer att mjukstarta med ett €1 100 re-enrty No-Limit Holdem-event 12 oktober.

I övrigt återkommer Mixed Max No-Limit Holdem-eventen där man spelar åttahandat dag 1, sexhandat dag 2 och headsup dag 3.

I år blir det även ett Mixed Max-event i Pot-Limit Omaha.

Så här ser det kompletta spelschemat för WSOP Europé 2013 ut:

12-15 okt. Event 1 - €1 000 + €100 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry (två startdagar) 14-17 okt. Event 2 - €5 000 + €300 Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em 15-17 okt. Event 3 - €1 500 + €150 Pot-Limit Omaha 16-18okt. Event 4 - €2 000 + €200 No-Limit Hold'em 17-19 okt. Event 5 - €3 000 + €250 Mixed Max Pot Limit Omaha 19-25 okt. Event 6 - €10 000 + €450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (två startdagar) 22-25 okt. Event 7 - €25 000 + €600 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em

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          Phil Hellmuth vann WSOPE Main Event: Är detta riktiga livet?        

Phil Hellmuth vann sitt 13:e WSOP-armband och €1 022 376 genom att ta hem World Series of Poker Main Event i Cannes.

- Detta gör mig ödmjuk. Jag försöker fortfarande lista ut om detta är riktiga livet, sa Hellmuth efter turneringen.

Genom att vinna WSOPE Main Event tog Hellmuth dessutom ledningen i racet om att bli WSOP 2012 Player of the Year. Greg Merson har chansen att gå om via en seger i WSOP Main Event.

Hellmuth har nio WSOP-cashar i år, inklusive fyra finalbord, två armbandsvinster och sammanlagt 4,3 miljoner dollar i prispengar.

Imponerande pokeruppvisning

Hellmuth kom till finalbordet som chipleader och även om han hade bra flyt så genomförde han en imponerande pokeruppvisning – speciellt genom att göra några tuffa syner mot den kommande headsup-motståndaren Sergii Baranov från Ukraina.

- För mig är det ingen tvekan om att detta är den mest fantastiska No-Limit Holdem-turnering jag någonsin spelat, säger Hellmuth.

Tack vare segern i Cannes blev Hellmuth den första spelaren att vinna WSOP Main Event i både USA och Europa.

Mercier, Cheong och Brammer nådde inte hela vägen

Det var ett tufft finalbord med etablerade proffs som Jason Mercier Joe Cheong och Cristopher Brammer.

Mercier inledde dagen med en av de minsta stackarna och lyckades inte få till en vändning. Han var första spelare att åka ut och fick nöja sig med åttonde plats.

Brammer klarade sig klart längre och slutade femma, men åkte till slut ut med kung-tio mot Baranovs ess-knekt.

Cheong hade ett hyggligt läge, men hade det tufft mot de två stora stackarna vid bordet  Hellmuth och Baranov – och åkte ut på fjärde plats.

Det stora franska hoppet Stephane Albertini nådde topp 3, men hade inte heller mycket att sätta emot Hellmuth och Baranov.

Headsup-matchen mellab Hellmuth och Baranov, som pikat varandra med glimten i ögat under hela finalbordet, varade bara några få händer.

Baranov gick all-in med ess-fyra. Hellmuth synade med ess-tio och sa ”Jag kommer att vinna detta precis här.”

Hellmuth fick rätt. Ingen av spelarna träffade något på bordet och Hellmuth flög direkt upp för att fira.

Hellmuth tävlar bara med sig själv

Numera är Hellmuth i en klass för sig själv när det handlar om vunna WSOP-armband, som nämnts ovan har amerikanen tretton stycken.

Doyle Brunson och Johnny Chan har båda vunnit tio armband, men det senaste kom 2005.

Finalbordsresultat från WSOPE 2012 Main Event:

1. Phil Hellmuth – €1 022 376 2. Sergii Baranov – €632 593 3. Stephane Albertini – €423 360 4. Joseph Cheong – €292 320 5. Chris Brammer – €207 648 6. Paul Tedeschi – €149 184 7. Stephane Girault – €108 864 8. Jason Mercier – €84 672

Mike Watson vann €50 000 Majestic High Roller

Resultat från WSOPE 2012 Majestic High Roller:

1. Mike Watson - €1 000 000 2. John Juanda - €600 000 3. Richard Yong - €400 000 4. Philipp Gruissem - €275 000 5. Tobias Reinkemeier - €200 000 6. Jani Sointula - €160 000 7. Steve O'Dwyer - €130 000 8. David Benefield - €115 000

 



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          WSOPE: Stark start för Sverige i ny turneringsform        

Fyra svenskar, inklusive chipleadern Dennis Bejedal, finns med bland de elva bästa efter dag 1 i WSOPE Event 5, som spelas i den nya spelformen No-Limit Holdem (Split Format).

På grund av den franska spellagstiftningen får endast Texas Holdem och Omaha spelas i landet och WSOPE-arrangörerna har därför infört €10 000 No-Limit Holdem Split Format på spelschemat.

125 spelare kom till start i turneringen och upplägget är enkelt: man spelar niohandat dag 1, sexhandat dag 2 och avslutar med en headsup-turnering för de sista 16 spelarna på dag 3.

- Det är verkligen så enkelt, men spelarna kommer att behöva använda en massa strategi på vägen, säger turneringsledaren Jack Effel till PokerListings.

Något som ifrågasatts är att det blir fri lottning i stället för sidning inför den avslutande headsup-turneringen, vilket innebär att de två största stackarna kan få möta varandra redan i första matchen.

Enligt Jack Effel var man dock tvungna att använda sig av lottning, på grund av den franska spellagstiftningen.

- Vi lägger helt enkelt in 16 namn och låter datorn bestämma spelschemat, sedan spelar vi tills vi har en vinnare, säger Effel.

Efter dag 1 ser det hoppfullt ut för svensk del. Dennis Bejedal är chipleader med 153 700 i marker och ytterligare tre svenskar finns med bland de elva bästa: Joel ”Odonkor” Nordkvist, Kent Lundmark och Mattias Bergström.

Dessutom är Viktor Blom och Erik Sagström kvar i turneringen, och Blom, som gör sitt första framträdande i WSOPE 2011 i Event 5, är spelsugen.

”Just goto Cannes...playing 10k split. Feel pretty strong today :) soon I'm gonna win one of these live tourneyS - played so bad live this yr”, skrev Blom på Twitter på onsdagskvällen.

Flera internationella storstjärnor finns dessutom med i toppen inför dag 2. Michael Mizrachi ligger på andra plats, Tom Dwan på tredje och även Freddy Deeb och Erik Seidel finns med bland de tio bästa.

WSOPE Event 5 fortsätter med dag 2 på torsdagen.



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          'Firandet är pÃ¥ all time high'        

Det blev en tredjeplats och £70 743 för Christer Björin i WSOPE Event 1 - £2 500 No-Limit Holdem 6-max. En jublande glad Phil Laak vann.

Detta var Björins bästa insats i World Series of Poker Europe. Totalt har han nu fem cashar (rekord!), varav två finalbordsplatser (sexa båda gångerna).

I WSOPE 2010 Event 1 kom Björin till finalbordet som chiptvåa, men han fick alltså nöja sig med tredjeplatsen efter att ha blivit utslagen av Phil "Unabomber" Laak med damer mot kungar.

Laak vann sedan turneringen efter headsup-spel mot Andrew Pantlig och tog hem förstapriset på £170 802.

Unabomber berättade inför finalbordet om sitt Tilly-komplex - att flickvännen Jennifer Tilly vunnit ett WSOP-armband, men inte han.

Nu har den tyngden fallit från hans axlar.

- Det är superskönt. Jennifer fyller år i dag, så nivån på firandet är på all time high och det finns inget som är så skönt som att tilta Antonio (Esfandiari) lite eftersom vi är väldigt tävlingsinriktade.

Förutom att reta polaren Esfandiari är pengarna det viktigaste för Laak.

- Äran är inte alls särskilt viktig för mig, även om jag älskar ära, missförstå mig inte. Jag är hungrig på det, men jag gillar pengar mer.

- Jag kollade växelkursen och det är ungefär 267 000 amerikanska dollar. Minus dricks, minus inköp; det är fortfarande över 260 - det är enormt.

Unabomber sänder även en tanke till vår svenska finalbordskrigare. Den kanske viktigaste potten på finalbordet var när Laak slog ut Björin.

- Jag hade mycket tur när jag fick kungar mot damer mot Chris. Om den stora stacken slår ut den lilla stacken sitter jag illa till med en mellanstack. Det skulle ha blivit 70-30 (heads-up) och i stället blev det 50-50.

Laak red vidare på den vågen och är alltså årets första WSOPE-mästare.

Resultat från finalbordet:

1 Phil Laak £170 802

2 Andrew Pantling £105 506

3 Chris Bjorin £70 473

4 David Peters £48 202

5 Ilan Rouah £33 617

6 Willie Tann £23 900

 



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          Comment on Zero Padding in Bash by pbrisbin        
Just a headsup, zero-padding was recently added to brace expansion (among other tricks). this is equivalent bash v4 code: for x in $(echo {01..32}); do mkdir $x; done
          ì—†ìœ¼ë©´ 아쉬운 안드로이드 유틸리티 앱 20개        

아이폰과 안드로이드의 차이를 한마디로 설명한다면, 아래의 한마디가 아닐까 싶습니다.

아이폰은 안되는데, 안드로이드는 되

안드로이드는 별의별(…) 유틸리티 앱들이 많습니다. 혹시나하고 '이런 기능 없을까?'하고 검색해보면 누군가 앱으로 만들어 놓은 경우가 대부분이더군요.

이번에 제가 폰을 바꾸면서 세팅을 처음부터 다시 했는데, 이번에도 이전 폰과 마찬가지로 설치한 앱들을 정리해서 소개해 보려고 합니다. 너무나 당연한(?) 카카오톡, 지하철 같은 앱은 제외하였고 최대한 무료앱으로 정리해 보았습니다.

동기화, 백업

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카메라

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기기 관리

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웹브라우징, 데이터

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생산성

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엔터테인먼트

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없으면 아쉬운 안드로이드 유틸리티 앱들

덧) 20개에서 하나라도 건지셨길 바랍니다
덧2) 다른 좋은 필수 앱이 있다면 알려주세요ㅎㅎ



          Today in drooling racist paranoia        
Shock horror outrage! How bad is it, elite Washington Times "Rapid Reactions" team?

London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan declared an end to any kind of advertising in the city that promotes “unrealistic expectations of women’s body image and health,” or, in layman’s, typical Western-style fashion spreads.

Sharia, meet London.

As the Gatestone Institute notes, this reminds of when ISIS took over Sirte in Libya a couple years ago and immediately set up sharia shop, ordering via billboards for all women to don baggy burka’d robes if they wanted to walk in the streets without, say, getting acid thrown in their faces, or raped.


Well, not quite. What it most "reminds of" is -- how did the Washington Times put it back in June 2016?

London’s first Muslim mayor is hitting the ground running with a ban on ads in the city that feature “unrealistic” body images.

 
Labor Party’s Sadiq Khan pledged before his May 7 election win to prohibit ads across Transport for London (Tfl) like those seen in a “beach body ready?” campaign by the company Protein World.

... The decision by Mr. Khan comes just months after the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) began looking for way to “proactively regulate” images of men and women.


Well, that's at least marginally closer to the truth. As noted by professional media outlets, of course, it was a ban on body-shaming ads on the Transport for London network (whose ad policies, we noted at the time, are fairly easy to find), not "the city." And there's some flavorful irony in the link the Gatestone Institute* itself uses to illustrate its sharianoid babbling; it's a column in the Independent headlined "Sadiq Khan is right to ban objectifying ads from the tube -- we never consented to this sexist wallpaper." Much of the adult world, indeed, seemed quite capable of putting this into the general context of how commercial speech is regulated. (Hint: At least he isn't fining anyone half a million dollars for half a second of accidental breast at halftime of the Super Bowl.)

But of course that's not why we have deranged race-baiting fishwraps like The Washington Times, is it? Back to today's story:

And it’s not just London.

In Berlin, where wave after wave of mostly Muslim migrant and refugee** have swept away much of Germany’s tolerant culture, authorities are planning to implement a ban on images of women as “beautiful but weak, hysterical, dumb, crazy, naive or ruled by their emotions.”

Add Paris to the mix — Paris, city of romance-slash-sex, where nudity is practically a cultural norm — and it’s an alarming trend that’s sweeping Europe.


“Paris has said au revoir to ‘sexist’ ads on public billboards,” Gatestone reported. “The Paris city council announced its ban after the Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the move meant that Paris was ‘leading the way’ in the fight against sexism.”

Surely that pesky socialism is the common denominator, then?


What’s the common denominator? These cities have undergone radical demographic shifts in recent times, with major upticks in Muslim populations — Muslim populations that bring strict Islamic principles and beliefs.


But the Left must be to blame for some of it!

Feminists and the hard left are either silent on these new fashion impositions, fearful and unwilling to buck the Islam tide, or worse, outright cheering, seeing such government-imposed bans as helpful in the fight to show women as powerful individuals, rather than objects of lust. But it’s a rather strange cheer to issue. 

Let's get back to the Gatestone Institute for the wrapup:

... “There is a reason for this grotesque campaign banning these images,” Gatestone goes on. “These cities host significant Muslim populations and politicians — the same who frantically are enacting mandatory multiculturalism — want to please ‘Islam.’ It is now a ‘feminist’ talking point to advocate sharia policy, as does Linda Sarsour. The result is that, today, few feminists dare to criticize Islam.”

Indeed.

This is not a campaign from smart women, sick of the objectifying that’s been embraced by even those of their own gender in recent times.

This is a government-imposed ban based on a rotten anti-freedom religion. And it should raise red flags all across the West. Sharia, whether subtly instituted or government-mandated, has absolutely no place in free societies, and must be fought in whatever form it comes.
 


Sigh. It wasn't a year ago, and it isn't now -- but when you're too aroused to bother with the clip files,*** you run the risk of reminding the reading public exactly where on the evolutionary scale you fall. It's almost enough to make you miss the Times's old ownership.

* Chaired by John Bolton, if you're scoring along at home.
** Shall we [sic]?
*** Hey, have you guys heard of the "Internet"? You don't even have to leave your desk!
          Today's in-depth journalism        
You almost have to feel sorry for whoever was in charge of turning Massster's morning tantrum into a news story at Fox:

President Trump went on a wide-ranging Twitter rant Saturday morning, bashing Hillary Clinton, “fake news,” The New York Times and other favorite targets.

Trump tweeted at least eight times within a one-hour period, focusing first on a Washington Post story, based on unnamed sources, that alleged Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked to a Russian ambassador during the 2016 White House campaign about policy issues and other matters.


"A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions. These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!" Trump tweeted.

Points for getting "rant" into the lede, I suppose. But if you're waiting to hear what the "nuke commission" has to do with this, keep waiting. (One of the tweets about mid-rant or so does mention the commissioning of the Gerald R. Ford,* but the story mentions neither the ceremony itself nor the propulsion system.) The inside hed avoids that problem, but it still requires some cognitive problem-solving:
Only one of the Clintons is mentioned by name in the text, though if you're a regular Fox reader, "big dollar speeches" is your cue.

If you're wondering why it takes so long to get to the Times, check out the delicate bit of avoidance here:

... Trump also tweeted Saturday that The New York Times has a “sick agenda” regarding national security and that paper “foiled”  a U.S. strike on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, believed dead for months.

“The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security,” Trump tweeted. However, to which attack the president was referring and why he singled out The Times was immediately unclear.


The daintily undangled preposition in "to which attack" is charming. It's been a while since "immediately unclear" came up; it still looks like a bizarre reading of the Strunkenwhite mandate to put things in positive form, but syntax is only half the fun. Other parts of the Fox empire have little trouble identifying the Times's sins:

In a wide-ranging interview moderated by Fox News' Catherine Herridge, Thomas, who leads the Special Operations Command, said his team was “particularly close” to Baghdadi after the 2015 raid that killed ISIS oil minister Abu Sayyaf. That raid also netted his wife, who provided a wealth of actionable information.

“That was a very good lead. Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead,” Thomas said. “The challenge we have [is] in terms of where and how our tactics and procedures are discussed openly. There's a great need to inform the American public about what we're up to. There's also great need to recognize things that will absolutely undercut our ability to do our job.”

Thomas appeared to be referring to a New York Times report in June 2015 that detailed how American intelligence agencies had “extracted valuable information.” 


”New insights yielded by the seized trove – four to seven terabytes of data, according to one official – include how the organization’s shadowy leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces," the Times reported.

Would this be the same raid that Fox reported on in May 2015?

U.S. personnel overnight killed a key Islamic State leader in charge of the group's oil and gas operations in a raid in eastern Syria, the White House said Saturday.

A team of Delta Force commandos slipped across the border from Iraq under cover of darkness Saturday aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft, according to a U.S. defense official knowledgeable about details of the raid.

... Ancient Assyrian texts and other priceless artifacts were recovered as well as what the defense official called a "treasure trove" of intelligence materials, such as cell phones, laptops and documents.


You'd think Gen. Thomas's assertions might have rung a bell with the interview's moderator, in that she's credited on Fox's follow-up two days later:

A special team of CIA, FBI and Pentagon interrogators has been dispatched to Iraq to grill the wife of the key ISIS leader killed in a daring commando raid last Saturday -- but sources told Fox News that the questioning, which will include queries about murdered American aid worker Kayla Mueller, will stop short of using rough techniques.

... Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Abu Sayyaf, was captured in the raid by the U.S. Army's elite Delta Force in eastern Syria and whisked away to an undisclosed Iraqi facility where the U.S. High Value Interrogation Group is questioning her.

... In addition to taking out a key ISIS leader and the man responsible for the terrorist army's black market oil trade and capturing his wife, the raid netted a "treasure trove" of sensitive information, according to Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas. Officials believe the terrorist leader's wife may know even more about ISIS' operations.

... Cellphones and laptops were seized in the operation and are now being analyzed for intelligence. U.S. officials said it was likely, given Abu Sayyaf's position, that he knew about more than just the financial side of the group's operations and also was targeted for his known association with the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Sure. It's entirely possible that -- three weeks after the raid, and a week after the Times reported  on 'information harvested from the laptops, cellphones and other materials," al-Baghdadi suddenly realized that the laptops with the terabytes of data were the missing ones!!! Otherwise, it's hard to see why you'd give the competition top credit for following up on your own reporting. Maybe the smart reporter is the one who decided things were immediately unclear.

* Presumably, President Trump has gotten over his preference for steam catapults over "the digital." Fox doesn't mention that, either.
          When spark plugs attack        
See if you can guess where the Editor In Chief Emeritus of the Washington Times is going with this one:

The Donald finally caught a break in Paris, basking in rare Franco-American bonhomie as he joined the new president of France on Bastille Day, this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American arrival on the battlefields of World War I.

A contingent of American troops even led the parade down the Champs-Elysees. Not even a president can resist a parade, especially a military parade with marching bands and serried ranks of fighting men. On Thursday, President Emmanuel Macron of France did not even try.


I think you've got the wrong "not even" -- is there some reason heads of state should be especially immune to the old blare of bugles and ruffle of drums? But we're about to get to the point:

Neither did Donald Trump, once a schoolboy at a military academy. Regimental flags floating on a peaceful breeze, despised as nationalist symbols to some, are but reminders to all that “greater love hath no man than this,” in the words of Christ as recorded by the Apostle John, “that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

So whatever his offspring have been up to with the Russians, the Bright Sun of the 21st Century is still reminding Europe who's the real defender of Western Civ. Which makes the Times's venture into period history all the more interesting:

... The 100th anniversary celebrations are particularly poignant reminders of Franco-American friendship when it was backs-to-the-wall time.  ... When the Germans, advancing through a grain field, got within a hundred yards, the Marines opened ferocious rifle fire, mowing down the ranks of the Bosch until the survivors fled into the woods.

Formez vos ranks of brushed stainless steel! Surely that's a single slip,* though?

... Said a French officer at the time, “the Americans were irrepressible! They climbed like cats into the highest trees to ‘kill the Bosch’ and began to fire into the enemy sentries or on the German platoons running between the first and second line of trenches.”


Normally it's poor sport and worse karma to pick on individual spelling errors. But after the cheap foul in the third paragraph, one has to ask: Would this be the same paper that misspelled "Heckler & Koch" in its paean to Massster's Second Amendment skills? The one that can't tell the barrel of a shotgun from the front stock? The one that happily joined in the Murdoch-led plot to declare that Obama ordered all Marines to look as girly as Sgt. Dan Daly?

Yeah, that paper. Now that France is the new Great European Hope for the Times and its ilk, shall we see how France looked a few years ago?

Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging.

Please, never pass up a chance to make fun of these folks.

* If only newspapers still employed people who looked stuff up in dictionaries. We could call them ... copy editors! Anyway, here's the OED on "boche":

The origin of the French noun as a derogatory term for a German is unclear. It probably shows either:

(i) a sense development of boche scoundrel (1866; compare tête de boche obstinate, ignorant, or unintelligent person (1862; 1886 as a derogatory term for a German)), probably shortened < caboche blockhead, head (see cabbage n.1);

or (ii) a shortening of Alboche (also Alleboche ) (1860 as a derogatory term for a German, 1868 in tête d'alboche in the same sense), apparently an alteration of Allemand German (see Almain adj.), either after boche or caboche, or after earlier colloquial formations in -boche (as e.g. rigolboche amusing (1860; 1858 as the name of a fictional dancer)).

          "That's trouble. That's tough"        
Hey, does anybody remember how AWFUL it was when the Kenyan usurper dared to describe a terrorist attack with ... could it be the same noun that Churchill used for the set of decisions by which Auchinleck handed Benghazi (the port in Libya, not the campaign talking point) to Rommel on a silver plate? Yeah, "setback."

Anyway, if you did, you might be amused at how the incumbent talks to Poland about the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact:

Then 19 years later, in 1938, you were invaded yet again; this time by Nazi Germany from the west and the Soviet Union from the east. That's trouble.
That's tough.

Please, if you have the time, take the opportunity to ridicule the Formerly Fair 'n' Balanced Network for everything it does.
          Four legs good! Two legs are the best legs!        
Nothing much should surprise you about the evening's top story at the Formerly Fair 'n' Balanced Network:

President Donald Trump delivered an Independence Day address honoring American veterans — hundreds of whom came from the Washington, D.C. area to attend the “Celebrate Freedom Rally” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

.. but this one part did get my attention:

... Choirs performed “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and other hymns and debuted a song with the lyrics “make America great again” — Trump’s campaign slogan.

I have to wonder what the "Make America Great Again" song sounded like. Did anyone in attendance think to ask for a copy of the lyrics? Because that's usually the sort of thing that Fox is good at:

Officials at a New Jersey school district have turned over to FoxNews.com requested copies of a notice and program for an assembly at which second-graders performed a controversial song praising President Obama, but the district has yet to produce song lyrics that, officials say, also were sent to parents. 


FoxNews.com filed an open records request Oct. 19 seeking copies of materials provided to parents of students at B. Bernice Young Elementary School prior to the song's performance at the assembly in February. The song sparked a national controversy when someone posted to YouTube a video of the students performing it again

Any further questions?
          Halfway round the world        
In which the fake news gets halfway round the world -- OK, about 220 miles south, given the I-75 detour -- before the editors put on their trousers:

Columbus received a top ranked among 75 other cities in a comparison done by QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison marketplace. Unfortunately, the ranking isn’t good news. It’s for the worst-driving cities in America.

And you can write the rest from there. A competent spellcheck* probably should have caught "received a top ranked," but it wouldn't tell you that the "comparison" is meaningless babble designed to snag a few bursts of free publicity for QuoteWizard. For that, it would help to have an editor, and guess what the Dispatch** did that doesn't bode well for editors?

Please don't mistake that for a cause-and-effect argument. We're no more hospitable to post hoc claims now than back before the War on Editing began. But it's worth pointing out that if you're, oh, the New York Times and you want to avoid running stupid post hoc editorial claims about the better-forgotten Sarah Palin, you probably shouldn't start by eliminating the job classification*** with the highest proportion of people who will call your writers on bogus reasoning.

* Word didn't, from which you may draw conclusions next time Word questions you about the passive voice.

** Your Editor and frequent commenter RayB are somewhere amid the throng in this crowd shot.
***  Which is still holding the bridge with class, if you've missed it.
          Today in lying        
The afternoon's top story at the Formerly Fair 'n' Balanced Network certainly rips the mask off one of the chief miscreants of the 0blamer administration, dunnit? I mean, daring to play the race and gender card when Unmaskinggate is closing in:

Susan Rice, the Obama national security adviser under fire over her alleged involvement in the “unmasking” of Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election, suggested in a fresh interview that race and gender might be playing a role in the scrutiny she’s faced.

Sounds serious! I wonder if it's true.

In an interview with journalist Michael Tomasky for New York Magazine, Rice reportedly questioned the criticism she’s faced dating back to the Benghazi controversy.

Funny, lots of adults do that. What's the problem here?


“Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?” she asked.

Tomasky noted in the piece that Carney “isn’t an African-American woman, of course” and apparently asked Rice whether that is the key factor. Rice, in response, left the door open:

“I don’t know… I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender. I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”


In other words, Susan Rice "links" race and gender to "the 'unmasking' backlash" by ... declining the opportunity to link them to BENGHAZI!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can see why -- other than the marginally literate prose its staff produces -- Fox doesn't want you to read past the headline. It doesn't just lie about the evidence; it lies about what it's lying about.
But Rice mentioned other prominent female figures – like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice – who faced “ad hominem” attacks, suggesting a correlation.  

"Suggesting" to anyone other than the reporter? Because if we're into suggestions, I'd suggest we wonder why comments aren't enabled on a story about a scary black female person questioning the conventional wisdom of the Murdoch empire. That's not the sort of opportunity Fox usually passes up. But wait -- there's more!

Asked about the comments, a Republican Capitol Hill source pushed back. “This is screaming out for attention… She’s saying I don’t know why they all started picking on me to begin with.”

You hate to give advice to the seasoned professional journalists at Fox, but -- damn, kids, if you're the party press and you can't find a "Republican Capitol Hill source" to repeat the party line on the record, you aren't trying very hard.

And for dessert:

... Rice initially became a target of Republican criticism back in 2012 for giving misleading information about the origin of the Benghazi terror attack. On Sept. 16, 2012, just days after the attack, Rice appeared on all five Sunday political talk shows to claim the Benghazi attack spun out of a protest over an anti-Muslim video produced in California.

That means we can admire Fox's lead story from the day after BENGHAZI!!!!! again:
Please don't miss the chance to remind Fox -- and the conscience that no doubt lingers among a few of its viewers -- about who blamed the video on what and when.
          You provide the prose poems ...        
What do you suppose was the top story for most of Friday at the Formerly Fair 'n' Balanced Network?

From siccing wild dogs on his own uncle to gunning down his enemies with artillery meant for taking out planes, North Korea's Kim Jong Un has built a reputation for dispatching with extreme prejudice all those who cross him.

While some of the terrifying methods of execution have never been confirmed, the mere mention of them is sure to keep his inner circle in line - and any potential rivals quiet, say experts. A confirmed favorite tactic, blowing people away with anti-aircraft guns, leave victims unrecognizable.


I'm not sure if the grammar is there to distract you from the admission that the story's bogus or the other way around. Anyway ...

"Because there are several guns bound together, it would be hard to find the body after firing it once," Hong Hyun-ik, chief researcher at the Sejong Institute, a security think tank based in Seoul, told local broadcaster YTN in 2015. "It's really gruesome."

In late February, South Korean officials revealed that five North Korean officials had been subjected to the particularly grisly form of overkill. Other methods trickle out of the secretive Hermit Kingdom, their unverified status only burnishing the legend of Kim's depravity.

A report that one official was killed by a mortar round has been treated with skepticism. But the tale sent a strong message when coupled with his alleged crime: drinking and carousing during the official mourning period following the death of Kim's father, the equally brutal Kim Jong Il.


... Perhaps the most frightening method of execution ordered by the 33-year-old, third-generation dictator is allowing a pack of starving dogs to devour enemies. In one notable case, the victim was purportedly Kim's own uncle.

Jang Song-thaek was thought of as a father figure to Kim Jong Un, and served as the second-in-command to the supreme leader. But when he ran afoul of Kim in 2013 for "anti-state acts" and "double-dealing," his familial ties couldn't save him from his nephew's wrath.

How Jang died may never come to light, but a rumor that he was fed to dogs was widely reported. Other reports subsequently claimed that Jang was likely executed by anti-aircraft guns before his body was incinerated by flamethrowers.

The gout-addled Kim also had several of his uncle's cronies killed, and was reportedly "very drunk" when he gave the orders.


According to a report from the Institute for National Security Strategy, a South Korean think tank, Kim has ordered the execution of more than 340 individuals since taking power in 2011. The report also indicates that the number of military and government officials purged by Kim since 2011 has increased every year. Just 3 officials were executed in 2012, compared to about 140 since the beginning of 2016.

Surely there's a point to all this?

... Americans consider Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old college student sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for stealing a poster, to have effectively been a victim of Kim's bloodlust. It may never be known what killed Warmbier, but he was returned to the U.S. last week, 17 months after beginning his sentence, in a terminal state. He was buried Thursday.

That would be a pretty easy question to poll, as long as you don't mind a high proportion of "whaaa?" answers.  I have no idea what the answer would be, the bright side of which is that Fox doesn't either. But this is a matter on which there will be no deviating from the party line. Massster has a war to start!

Oh, and while we're keeping score? Seditious libel has been a more frequent theme over at Fox in the past seven months or so, but it's unusual for two of the top four stories to be sedition-themed. You read it here first.
          Nice Massster!        

They really know how to write a lede over at the Fair 'n' Balanced Network, don't they?

President Trump tweeted soon after arriving to Saudi Arabia Saturday morning to kick off a nine-day international tour that will also take him to Israel and Europe.

“Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” he tweeted, his first on international soil as president. “Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead.”

Enough drama. Let's have some historical context:

Trump is the only American president to visit Saudi Arabia, or any Muslim-majority country. The decision comes as he looks to show respect to the region after months of harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric that has surrounded his administration.

Weird, isn't it? Even if no one covering the Most Awesomest State Visit in History had ever heard of FDR* or any president (except Truman) since, you'd think someone might have read ahead:

... Melania Trump wore a black pantsuit with a golden belt and did not cover her head for the arrival, consistent with custom for foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia. In 2015, her husband had, in a tweet, criticized former first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during a visit to the kingdom.

Hold that thought, because there's a lot more Obama in the works, and admire the rest of a nearly perfect Fox front page. George Soros is funding treason again! North Korea GAAAAAAAAH! Liberals have no respect for Massster! Could it possibly get any better? Fortunately, Fox was hard at work helping you understand the day's events:
"No Bending Over" is pretty easy to follow, though the deck -- "Unlike Obama, Trump shakes Saudi king's hand" -- is a little bizarre, given that the picture actually shows Obama shaking the king's hand. But the point is clear: America is great again!

President Trump upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday did not bow to the Gulf leader as former President Barack Obama appeared to do -- a move interpreted as American weakness.

In 2009, Obama appeared to bow to then-Saudi leader King Abdullah at a G-20 summit in London.

Videos show Obama bending at the waist toward the king. The White House at the time purported denied that the president had bowed, with a source saying Obama was taller than the king, so he had to lean.

And obviously, even when you're a little shorter, you need to lean a little when somebody's giving you a medal:
The curtsy at the end of the widely circulated video seems original, though.

As for female dignitaries' not covering in public, even Fox seems to admit that that's pretty standard:

Melania Trump went without a headscarf as she arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday with her husband.
The first lady wore long sleeves and pants in keeping with the strict dress code that Saudi Arabia enforces for its female citizens but she did not cover her head. Her long hair blew freely in the breeze as she stepped off Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in the capital city of Riyadh.

President Trump criticized former first lady Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf during a January 2015 visit to Saudi Arabia with then-President Barack Obama.

While many people applauded Mrs. Obama’s decision, Trump tweeted in 2015 that the people of Saudi Arabia “were insulted.”

"Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies," he tweeted, using a short-hand spelling for "enough."


Earlier this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also shunned head coverings, showing how common it is for high-level female visitors to skip wearing a headscarf or an abaya, the loose-fitting, black robe worn by Saudi women.

The best context for Fox's coverage, I think, occurs toward the end of Rush Limbaugh's Friday diatribe about his misunderstood buddy Roger Ailes:

I understand what these liberal journalists do better than they do. They are the least curious people among us. They don’t need to be curious. They already know everything. Such as Trump is a crook, such as Trump colluded with the Russians, despite there’s no evidence for it. 

So when we… That’s a good example. When we don’t follow that narrative, that there’s collusion, what are we doing? Why, we are toying with the minds of disaffected people and we’re creating a false villain! We’re not creating anything. We’re just doing the stories you people ignore.

We’re not combining campaign messaging with journalism or anything of the sort. We’re filling a vacuum that you people left. It’s amazing. All these mainstream media outlets, television networks, cable networks, newspapers, and no matter where you go on any of ’em, you get the impact same story and the exact same take on it. That leaves all kinds of opportunity for those of you who are actually trying to get to the truth. 

You people deal in “narratives,” which means you’re creating a reality you want people to believe. We don’t do narratives. We just report what we see and comment on it. We don’t create narratives. Who’s got time to do that?

Judging by the comments on the headscarf story, Fox creates narratives pretty well:

Wow, the Washington Compost will have a front page " How dare Melanie Trump would not wear a head scarf".  LOL. Russian hacking ! it is a fake image of the ceremony. The Saudi did not respect the President of the USA.  LOL. Fake news and fake reporters.

Let me say this. When Trump got off that plane the whole area lit up. When Obama went... Not so. Obama had this sinister look in his eye  His wife had that saucy look like you are crazy if you don't lick her toes or something. Now Hillary... Had she shown up she would have had to wear diaper and long shirt to cover the leaks.

Trump did not wear a headpiece or bow down, I guess the First Family are "Americans" and "proud" to be Americans!

Melanie is the most beautiful FLOTUS in America history not some muscular NFL line backer. NFL line back....er ! Do you get it?

I wish Debbie Bow Wow Schultz, Nancy Pelosi, Liz Warren and Chelsea and Hillary Clinton would wear a full burka to cover their faces.

If you were a Saudi prince, would you really want to see Melania covered? Maybe Moochelle, but not Melania.

Michelle did not wear the scarf..that's true..but obombo wore a dress ,head scarf and heels.

Mainstream media is so juvenile. Instead of facts of current visit, they must dig up something president Trump said years ago about Michele..petty babies. I STAND WITH PRES. TRUMP!!

Moochelle and Shrillery both should have worn a bag over their heads...a feed bag!

Michelle Obama was one of the most effective anti- terrorism tools every employed by the Obama administration. The Muslims jihadists took one look at that and decided they didn't want to come here after all.

Obama, how's that Arab Spring you and Soros created working out now ?

First Wookie Michele Obama wore a head scarf because she is ugly on the inside and outside

Well........ at least President Donald J. didn't bow like Barry did....


* Roosevelt met with King Abdelaziz (Salman's father) on the cruiser Quincy in the Suez canal, having boarded in Egypt after the flight from the Yalta conference. Details here.
          Maj. Houlihan, call your office        
It pains me to think that "gets shot" heds have been showing up here for nearly a dozen years now. Please stop. Think of the children.

And while we're at it, dear friends downtown:


If your first response is "then why is he running?" -- congratulations, I think. I'm not sure how we got that particular hed out of this:

... The reality show we’ve been watching — "Celebrity Apprentice: White House Battle” — requires the attention of all Democrats and Independents in Washington.

“I’ve got to stay and fight,” he said. “After (Trump) was elected, I knew it would change the way I looked at my job. I knew that it would potentially interfere with (a gubernatorial run). But what he represents beyond ideology is the lack of respect he has for democratic institutions like an independent judiciary and a free and independent media. He represents such a threat that it changed my thinking.”

Where does that leave Michigan? Stories about the governor’s race were ready to write themselves: Kildee and Flint versus any and every GOP leader currently in office who watched and did nothing while Flint residents drank and bathed in lead-tainted water for years.

Years.

But here’s the thing: The governor’s race still should be about Flint. Not just Flint. From now on, anyone seeking to represent any town, city, state or nation must know that they will not be allowed to ignore constituents just because they aren't rich or CEOs.

... but I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. On general, if you talk about what people are doing, rather than what they're not doing, you'll find it easier to write a hed that's understood first thing in the morning.
          The case of the missing rally        
It wouldn't be a "fake news" story if Fox wasn't somehow involved, would it?

President Trump is creeping up in the polls now that foreign policy has seized center stage.

...  It’s hardly surprising that Trump’s approval rating is getting a little better—up six points, to 40 percent, in a new Quinnipiac poll. He launched widely praised airstrikes against Syria over a chemical weapons attack, and used the Mother of All Bombs against ISIS in Afghanistan.


Fox, of course, is hardly the only news outlet to salivate over a phrase like "mother of all bombs." Nor is it the only one to link Trump's recent bellicosity to an improvement in public assessment of his performance; that would be a "rally 'round the flag" effect, of the sort that political scientists have been tracking for decades. What's interesting here is that Fox was only just catching up with the grownup media (at top is the Washington Post, claiming a "small boost in Trump's approval rating" in an April 14 article). And what's really interesting is that the evidence shows no rally effect. This isn't just fake news; it's fake news where there should be real news, and that's news.

Popular or not, the occupant of the White House tends to benefit when the world intrudes. As Matthew Baum put it, "presidents enjoy relatively short-lived spikes in their approval ratings immediately following sudden, high profile foreign policy events" (2002, p. 264). So I wasn't surprised when the Post's "Trump delights in watching the U.S, military display its strength" landed in the email feed:

The tough talk and the cruise missile strike have provided a small boost to Trump’s approval rating at home and have drawn widespread cable news coverage, distracting from his domestic struggles and the ongoing probe into contacts between his campaign officials and Russia. 

There are two claims here: that there's a non-incidental increase in Trump's approval rating, and that it was caused by "the tough talk and the cruise missile strike" (which happened April 6 our time). That's why copy editors don't get invited to parties where important people hang out: we're the ones who point out that unless the change is real and there are no confounding explanations for it, your claim of a causal relationship doesn't go in the paper. That's broadly the point of journalism: We try to tell you stuff that's true, and if we don't tell you something right away, we'd appreciate your patience while we try to figure out how true it is.

Here, a ratings bump is exactly what the rally effect would predict, but it isn't there. Gallup surveys immediately before and immediately after the missile attack saw a 1-point decline in Trump's approval; Rasmussen surveys in the field on the same dates found a 1-point increase. We fail to reject the null hypothesis.
But this flavor of fake news is like potato chips: Nobody eats just one. No one does a survey before proclaiming that the state is mourning, or the nation still reeling, or the town in shock; we just proclaim it, because that's the kind of context that ought to be true for news to make sense. In this case, theory agrees: Whatever grade of preening jackass occupies the White House, their approval ought to go up when they send a few missiles in the direction of the bad guys, because America.

That, I think, explains the Post's entirely unexamined assumption that Trump's approval somehow went up after he decided to attend to the world by waving his Trumphood at it. Then the New York Times decided to check in on the same topic:

Mr. Trump’s confrontational and improvisational approach to foreign affairs has lifted his mood, fortunes and poll numbers in recent days. There are signs it has also made an impact on the Chinese, prodding them to finally use their leverage with their errant neighbor, North Korea.

In a word, no. Even with several days' worth of data points in hand, there was no reason to believe either that Trump's "poll numbers" had risen or that any such increase could be laid to his "approach to foreign affairs." Let's look at some Trump approval data from three polls that were in the field at comparable times*: Gallup, sampling 1,500 adults at a go; Rasmussen, with 1,500 likely voters; and the Economist, sampling 1,271 to 1,331 registered voters. The April 9-11 period is the first one after the attack on Syria.

             3/19-21   3/26-28     4/2-4      4/9-11    4/15-19
Gallup     40%           35%            42%           41%           42%
Rasm       46%           44%            46%           47%          49%
Econ        44%           45%            43%           43%          44%

If you Marched for Science on Saturday, the first thing you'll probably note is that the chart doesn't "prove" anything. Exactly right. Trump's approval among US adults (Gallup) could have risen from 40% to 44% from the beginning to the middle of April; the 42% captured in those surveys could be a nonchance -- "within the margin of error," if you must -- representation of exactly such an increase. Equally, approval could have fallen by the same amount in that population -- or, among registered voters, wavered a tiny bit before returning to where it was in the middle of March, as the Economist suggests. The numbers don't prove anything, and one of the many things they don't prove is a rally effect.

What about the Rasmussen poll -- that's a bigger change than the "margin of error," isn't it? (Yes, unless the population value is somewhere between the two sample values.) Reuters, on the other hand, using a larger sample, found a similar decline in approval, 46% to 43%, after the Syria attack. As the feckless Howard Kurtz of Fox News notes above, the Quinnipiac poll did find a 5-point increase (35%-40%) among registered voters. But a 95% confidence level means that, on average, one sample of every 20 is an outlier; maybe Gallup's 35% finding (among the, ahem, 15 samples in the chart) and Quinnipiac's are both perfectly expectable underestimates of Trump's approval in their respective populations.

Wasn't that boring? Actually, I'd like to think not. The data don't "prove" that Trump didn't get a rally effect from whacking an airfield in Syria. (Allow me to quote one of my cherished research mentors: If you want proof, go to seminary.) But neither can anyone show that there was one, and that means Fox, and the Post, and the Times, are peddling fake news.

That's fake news, not false news; proclaiming the conventional wisdom that everyone else is proclaiming is one of the things journalists do, and it's not the same as making things up. The Post and the Times may have better intentions than Fox, and they're as likely to botch a story like this one in favor of candidates they oppose as in favor of candidates they support, but in this case the effect is the same. People are dumber -- or at least, equally dumb as before -- on a matter about which the press had a chance to make them fractionally smarter, and that's unfortunate.

If, on the other hand, the "rally effect" is actually broken, somebody should be looking into it.  That would be a pretty significant story.

* The Economist/YouGov poll was in the field April 10 and 11; Gallup and the Economist were in the field April 15-18, and Rasmussen April 17-19. Data and field dates taken from the right-wing linkblog RealClearPolitics, which usually reports results correctly even though its "average" is a known fake.
  
Baum, M.A. (2002). The constituent foundations of the rally-round-the-flag phenomenon. International Studies Quarterly, 46, 263-298.
          Rush donates autographed guitar for The Kaitlyn Bates Initiative        
The Kaitlyn Bates Initiative Rise Up Power Initiative and Gala is slated for Sept. 22 at the Best Western in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.  Cobourg resident Doug Bates founded the Kaitlyn Bates Foundation just months after he lost Kaitlyn, his seven-year-old daughter, in a 2011 car accident. The organization, now known as the Kaitlyn Bates Initiative after incorporating in 2016, works to build self-esteem and personal development in youth.  During the day on Friday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m., Segato, one of Canada’s best-loved artists, will hold group workshops for children ages seven to 11 years old. 

In the evening, a fundraising dinner hosted by Segato will start at 7 p.m.  Rush has donated a one-of-a-kind acoustic guitar valued at more than $5,000 that was made for and presented to the group during their induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Modern era category in 2010 as a rock group. All three members of Rush signed the guitar along with fellow inductee Robert Charlebois. The special edition ES 1016 Boucher guitar is made by Quebec-based Boucher Guitars and comes with a case. The name Rush is inlaid in pearl in the neck of the guitar. It can only be won by purchasing a ticket to the Sept. 22 Kaitlyn Bates fundraiser. The winner must be in attendance for the draw. Visit www.kaitlynbatesinitiative.ca to purchase tickets at $100 for the gala. - Thanks Chris for the headsup!
          "Tom Sawyer" featured in "Ready Player One" teaser trailer         
The first teaser trailer of the Steven Spielberg directed "Ready Player One" features "Tom Sawyer".  This is good news, as the original novel written by Ernest Cline upon which the film is based includes Rush references sprinkled throughout, including a major scene based on "2112".  - Thanks to Stewart Gilray for the headsup!


          Rush Reference in Mages of Mystralia        
The action-adventure video game Mages of Mystralia includes a minor character, a town guard, named "Templesa Geddy". Developed and published by Borealys Games and released May 18th, 2017, the game is set in the land of Mystralia and follows Zia, a mage who had recently discovered her powers. For more info click here. - Thanks to Eric Alexander for the headsup!
          Rush sighting in USA Today Crossword 4/9        
Yesterday's USA Today crossword puzzle has the clue "Rock music's Rush, e.g.", for which the answer was "trio".  Thanks to Bill Oross for the headsup!
          Aimee Mann Talks New Album, ‘Mental Illness,’ and Working with Rush on "Time Stand Still"        
In a new interview with Guitar World, Aimee Mann looks back on recording with Rush 30 years ago.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rush’s “Time Stand Still,” to which you contributed a memorable vocal. How did your involvement with the band come about?
I’m not sure if they had heard a song of mine or someone told them about me, but they contacted my manager at the time and asked me if I wanted to sing on it. I didn’t know Rush’s stuff that much but I thought, why not? I liked the song and thought the part was really pretty.  Originally, Geddy Lee was singing it. He’s got such a powerful voice and I remember saying to him, “Dude, your falsetto is so great. You shouldn’t have me.” But they really wanted to have a different singer on it. I’m very proud that I had that opportunity.
- Thanks to Stephen Humphries for the headsup!


          Rush "Cygnus X-1" Record Store Day 2017 special release this April 22        
Rush will be releasing "Cygnus X-1" books 1 and 2 on 12-inch 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl EP for Record Store Day this April 22nd:
"2017 marks the 40th anniversary of A Farewell To Kings and to kickstart the celebration, Books I & II of "Cygnus X-1" are newly compiled together for the first time ever as an audiophile 180g vinyl EP with brand new artwork by longtime Rush artwork creative director Hugh Syme.  SIDE A: Cygnus X-1: Book 1 SIDE B: Cygnus X-1: Book II".  

The release will be limited to 5000 copies and will be available at select independent record store locations for Record Store Day on April 22nd. To find participating store locations and to learn more about Record Store Day, visit the website at recordstoreday.com. - Thanks to Joe Pesch for the headsup!
          Reply #1678        
Thanks for the headsup on this Lottery Queen. The hot number you have for Michigan 126, I had been playing that off and on. I better stay on it. lol
          Reply #1361        
Thanks for the headsup Lottery Queen. I will be on it. I appreciate it.
          Reply #1208        
Hi Lottery Queen, hope you had a Happy Birthday. What a coincidence I got an easy pick this past Tuesday and the number was 314. I played it that day and yesterday and got off it. Now I think that I will play it again and stick with it. THanks for the headsup on this.
          Reply #162        
Hi Lottery Queen and welcome back. You were missed here. I know you were busy, I hope that you got a chance to get some rest too. I like the 623. Thanks for the headsup. Lets win some money in October.
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          Reply #147        
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          Gummy ROM for Nexus 4! [Android 4.4.4/ASOP]        
Download this video for viewing in HD on your smartphone or computer. Click Here to Download High-Quality HD video to your Smartphone or Computer. For this week’s Nexus 4 ROM of the Week, check out latest Gummy ROM Milestone “M3”. Based on latest Android 4.4.4, Gummy ROM brings you the best and great customization features along with a fast, stable Android 4.4.4.  Gummy ROM offers a ton of customization/tweaks for your UI, shortcuts, and a fast performance over many other AOSP ROMs on the market today. Inside the core of Gummy ROM Settings, you will find Gummy Interface, which allows you to customize and tweak everything from your status bar,  notification drawer, quick settings, hardware keys, soft keys, PIE Controls, HeadsUp pop-up notifications, Power Menu, Lockscreen, and plenty more.  (See video overview for demo.) If you haven’t tried the latest Gummy ROM, definitely give this guy a go this week(end) and do let me know what you think! Download: Download Gummy ROM for Nexus 4 Download Android 4.4.4 Gapps (Use micro if you want AOSP camera along with Google Camera you can install from Play Store or use stock if you want all latest Google apps but you only get Google Camera) … Continue reading