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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jordan Crawford dunk over Lebron James

I thought they destroyed all the videos of Lebron James getting dunked on, but it looks like someone smuggled out a copy. The guys at Nike didn't want this video to get out because they thought it would ruin King James' reputation. All they did was cause a big hoopla about it and brought more attention to the situation. If they would've just let the video out, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. After watching the video, it wasn't even that big of a deal. It wasn't like Jordan Crawford served up a facial to Lebron.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

My Son’s Gamble: By LUCY FERRISS

Here's a great article published in the New York Times. It's a bit lengthy, but a very nice read. It talks about the mindset of online poker addicts -- how the normal human being cannot imagine what goes on in their heads. It also brings attention to the UIGEA or Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which is great, considering this is a national newspaper column.

I don't play online poker that often anymore, but during the hay-day, I could spend all night playing online poker. If they had online poker when I was in college, this could have been my story. I could've been the guy who spent all night play poker and eventually doing it for a living. I imagine that there are thousands of "Dan's" out there today who have very similar stories. Here's an excerpt from the column by Lucy Ferriss:

“And in life, I don’t wonder if I have two aces,” he agrees. “But the deeper processes apply. Like, what do I want this person to do, or what am I going to do because they’re thinking this or that? When I’m dealing in real life with something I want to accomplish, I focus on what the other person’s thinking and try to react positively to get what I want. Plus my whole outlook has matured. I keep better control of my emotions. I know how to combine factors to make the most levelheaded decision. That’s what life is, isn’t it? Using pros and cons to make the best decision you can?”

Well, no, I think. That isn’t life. Life is more than winning, more than manipulating others. I remember another opinion Dan has ventured — that young men find poker more exciting and successful than young women because women think, Do I have cards that can win? whereas men think, How can I get this person to think I have the best cards? Not knowing anything about my cards, I step onto land-mined turf. What about relationships? I ask Dan. What about people you care about, people you don’t want to beat?

He thinks a minute. Then he says: “Playing poker does help you focus more on what other people might need from you. You might not be right all the time, but that’s where your thought process goes. If you care about someone else’s goal, then you can help them.”