October 30, 2004

Casshern

Just saw it. It had potential, but overall, I nodded off 3 times.

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October 29, 2004

Log Entry

back extensions - 3 x 20
bench - pyramid
decline dumbell flies - 3 x 10 @ 35#
abs - 3 x 25 decline crunches
side lateral raises - 3 x 10 @ 20#
curls - 7's @ 20#

brunch - BK Spicy Chicken Tendercrisp
dinner - Chili's ribs, buffalo wings, shrimp, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli, corn on the cob. (partial portions of all)

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Nintendo Rocks

Talk about really good customer service. They aggressively pursued a course of action they felt was right, made a mistake on the way, admitted it, and offered a real apology (i.e. a system and a game). Cool.

Too bad many other people, companies, and politicians don't seem to have even this level of decency. This isn't even the ultimate. One step better would have been if Nintendo had discovered the mistake on their own and had taken corrective action on their own. There probably wasn't enough time for this to happen. The best would have been if they hadn't made the mistake in the first place.

My guess is that someone created a crawling program to generate a list of sites. Then the people going over the list weren't careful enough, or they hoped that enough intelligence was built in to filter out false positives. Silly people, it'd take a ton of ai to figure that out.

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October 28, 2004

OneTwo

Move your hip. Hear a cool song and see a funny video here. Click on the 300k or the 500k to play the video. I must own this CD. I wonder if the CD will have the music video for this as a part of the package?

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October 26, 2004

New Anime

Yakitate Japan and Bleach (thanks to nokii for the rec). They're both great! Only a couple of episodes of each out so far. Dah! I hate waiting. Dah! Dah! So frustrating.

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Busy

Whew. Finally have time for a breather now.

Been watching American Chopper recently. It's pretty entertaining. A tiny bit repetitive with the yelling and the yelling. I don't know how they keep it together wtih all the fighting. Enjoyable. Like a train wreck, as they say.

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Log Entry

back extensions - 3 x 20
bench - pyramid
decline dumbell flies - 3 x 10 @ 35#
abs - 3 x 25 decline crunches
side lateral raises - 3 x 10 @ 15#
curls - 2 x 10, 5 @ 25#

5 Cokes.

brunch - BK Chicken Whopper (when did they change the name from BK Broiler? And why the heck's it so expensive?)
dinner - Arby's Giant roast beef sandwich and 4 jalapeno poppers. Was going to abbreviate roast beef as rb. Haha, I get the name of the company now.

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October 22, 2004

Log Entry

back extensions - 3 x 20
bench - odd sets of the pyramid
decline dumbell flies - 3 x 10 @ 35#
abs - 3 x 25 decline crunches
side lateral raises - 3 x 10 @ 15#
curls - 2 x 10 @ 25#

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October 19, 2004

Ads That Never Made It Out

Some of these ads are hilarious.

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OPS

Other People's Socks.

I ran out of socks last Friday so I took a pair of Jocelyn's. It looked pretty much like mine except for the pink stiching across the toes. As the day wore on, I realized that wearing other people's socks can be weird.

They ride. In reverse. It's not that the socks are small. They just don't seem to have any desire to stay on my feet. As I walked around in them, they'd work their way to halfway off my feet in my shoes.

The holes are all wrong. Holes in socks don't really bother me. Some of my socks are so worn through that just about all of the bottom of my feet stick through. Jocelyn's socks didn't have a lot of holes, just one where the middle toe is. It felt all wrong. My feet knew they hadn't created that hole and for the whole day they let me know that something wasn't right. Distracting.

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Lost Koreans

On the television show Lost, it started out not subtitling what the Koreans were saying. Even though my Korean's terrible, I understood most of what they said and I felt like I belonged to a special secret club. Then they subtitled for an episode. I felt cheated. The last episode I saw, they went back to not translating and I felt better.

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Log Entry

back extensions - 3 x 20
side lateral raises - 3 x 10 @ 15#
bench - pyramid (small failure at set 3/5)
decline dumbell flies - 3 x 10 @ 35#
abs - 3 x 25 decline crunches
curls - 2 x 10, 8 @ 25#

breakfast - croissant
lunch - leftover kraft mac and cheese + half a can of spam + ketchup and tabasco

1 Coke.

Felt pretty tired today. Croissants give me no power. Need kalbi for power lifting.

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October 15, 2004

Log Entry

back extensions - 3 x 20
bench - correct pyramid (10@145#, 8@155#, 6@170#, 4@180#, 2@190#)
decline dumbell flies - 3 x 10 @ 35#
abs - 3 x 25 decline crunches
side lateral raises - 3 x 10 @ 15#
curls - 3 x 8-10 @ 25#, 25#, 25#

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October 13, 2004

Grumpy Gamer

Grumpy Gamer has a funny post about Katamari Damashi. Seems like it might be worth checking out. I especially like how he acquired his copy.

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Voting

Note to self: read the CalTech/MIT report on voting later.

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Tech Nation

Cool audio diversion. Tech Nation does interviews with technology entrepreneurs, scientists, authors, etc.

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October 12, 2004

Log Entry

jog - 15 min @ 5mph
calf raises - 3x15 @ 110#
side bends - 20 @ 40# (was thinking about something else and forgot to stop at 10, but somehow remembered to keep counting in my head), 10 @ 40#
cross-over crunches - 2x25

breakfast - 2 slices of wheat toast w/ a hunk of cheddar
lunch - big mac meal w/ a Coke icee. mmm... Coke icee so good. banana. took a bite of a quaker very berry muffin bar. nasty. spit it out. it was that bad. and it doesn't hold together very well. was all broken to pieces when i opened it even though it's a soft bar.

2 Cokes. More at StarCraft later tonight.

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Through the Windshield

Ahead, there's a forest green, boxy VW. Nothing out of the ordinary. As I start to pass it, I see a Sponge Bob Squarepants (what is the appeal of that guy, anyway?) window screen attached to the rear. Then I see an arm repeatedly hitting the driver on the head. Man, if I was that kid's dad, that kid would be... Wait a second. The dude is hitting himself. His car is going straight as an arrow while he beats himself silly with his right hand. Wham, wham, wham in the head. Dude. Weird.

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October 11, 2004

Log Entry

bench - 10x145#, 8x165#, 6x180#, 4x190# (had to take a couple second break in the middle of this one), 2x200# (the amounts used are all wrong (mostly overweight, but still able to push it, KALBI POWER!) because i was doing the math in my head and i was already in meathead mode)
decline flies - 3x10 @ 30#
decline crunches- 3x25
curls - 8 @ 30#, 8 @ 25#, 10 @ 20# (last two sets using an inclined bench as a guide. saw another guy doing it. good replacement idea since there's no preacher curl area.)
jog - 15 min @ 5 mph

breakfast - 2 slices of toast, one buttered, one jammed (apricot preserves)
lunch - pile-o-rice and leftover kalbi
dinner - sandwich with 7 rounds of salami and several goodly sized pieces of sharp cheddar, tostitos and salsa, one dark chocolate petit l'ecolier

Cokes: a few. don't remember exactly.

Regarding the toast. My toaster is teaching me the lesson that you get what you pay for. It over-toasts one corner and under-toasts the opposite corner. It's even worse when you put in another pair of slices right after. The second batch ends up with a burnt corner and a stale-bread corner (harder, but no change in color).

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Stage 1, Complete

Yay. "Finished up" koko over the weekend. Not totally done b/c I should still do the following:
- add holes for the power switch, air output, and firewire/usb ports
- replace the on-off switch with a momentary switch for the power
- add led for power and maybe for hard drive activity

Rather than let these little things keep the whole thing on hold (like I would normally do), I'm going ahead and putting her into commission. The pictures have been taken and will be posted soon. Since there's no hole for it, I'm letting the power switch hang outside. Haha, so ghetto.

Jocelyn figured out how to increase the font for most of the stuff so there isn't nearly as much eye strain involved. I also commandeered her wireless keyboard and mouse so that we can instruct koko from the couch. Ah, technology.

The Nero DVD playig software was acting slow, though... I'm sorta worried that the exposed power supply is having some strange effects on things. FMA played fine via Windows Media Player, though, so maybe it's just Nero's software acting funny. Might put in some aluminum foil to shield the other components.

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October 08, 2004

Obscene

The Bush campaign's suppression of freedom at speeches is revolting. I can sympathize with the fact that they don't want to deal with hecklers, but that's part of the job. Not everyone is going to like what you do, and part of your job is to make your case -- not to ignore different views.

Denying Kerry supporters entrance to campaign-funded events is cowardly and un-American. Frankly, most of these Kerry supporters are probably mild-mannered people who are barely in favor of Kerry and just want to be able to see an American President in person. If you really believe in your message, these are exactly the people you want to speak to in order to bring them over to your side.

Denying people entrance to public, taxpayer-funded events because they happen to have a Kerry sticker on their wallet (not even publicly displayed!) is absolutely illegal. Threatening these people with arrest (or outright arresting them) and having the Secret Service put some real scare into them sounds like something another era's SS or the KGB would do. Even VIP guests who were attending events from both campaigns and happened to pick up some free stuff from the Kerry campaign were denied entrance. Ridiculous. I mean really. Who can resist free schwag?

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October 07, 2004

I Like These Guys

Generally, I don't watch the news on TV. I try to inform myself via radio and online articles. I guess that's because when I think of the news, I think of the local 11 'o clock drivel. Maybe the prime time national news programs are better. The most famous anchors (Brokaw, Rather, Jennings) seem like really decent and reasonable fellows to me and I'd like to believe that they are trustworthy. Here's a Fresh Air audio segment of them at a panel sponsored by The New Yorker. I found it both humorous and thoughtful.

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Albertson's Food

After the surprisingly decent roasted pork loin sandwich yesterday, I returned to Albertson's today to try some of their other fare. I decided on a box of salmon maki.

- goodly pile of edamame included. +1
- 12 pieces for $4.99. +1
- rice in the rolls tasted watery and mushy. -2
- there was no balance between vinegar and sugar. only tasted the sugar. -2

Overall: -2 (bleh)

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October 06, 2004

Log Entry

Whew. Talk about a long break from working out.

bench - maxed. 210#. Pleased as punch about the 40# increase.
curls - 8 @ 30#
side lateral raises - 10 @ 15#
run - 15 min @ 5.5 mph

Going to start focusing on aerobic exercise again this month. After a month of building muscle, it's time to put it to use. Fat loss is within reach!

I've read that aerobic fitness deteriorates much more quickly than anaerobic fitness (days versus several weeks). After the run today (on the machine that takes your pulse), I have absolute faith in that finding. When I stopped running a few weeks ago, a 6 mph run kept my heart rate around 160 beats per minute (bpm) (at the upper end of the "target" training range), but today's 5.5 mph run had my heart rate at 170+ bpm (above the target training range). Compare that to a mere 30# loss in bench after 4-5 years. Years. Jeez.

Lunch - 6" roasted pork loin sub on white with provalone from Albertson's grocery store
Dinner - brown/white rice + broiled salmon w/ butter and capers

2 Cokes, 1 Mountain Dew. Prolly more Cokes for working on koko tonight.

Earlier this week I had a BK Whopper and some KFC (accidentally discovered a Tuesday special on leg + thigh + biscuit for ~$1.70, ~$2.90 normally).

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Free Anti-Virus Program

Been thinking of updating my anti-virus stuff. Have been pretty unprotected for a while (other than never opening suspicious attachments), but didn't feel like paying a regular subscription fee to a place like Symantec. Figured there should be something free out there (or possibly even open source) and found Computer Associate's eTrust (free for a year) and Grisoft AVG (totally free). The CA eTrust link to their free trial wouldn't work for me last night, so tonight I'm going to look into AVG.

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Next Vegas Trip

An NYTimes article about Vegas. Copied here b/c might need to reference it after they archive it for profit.

In Las Vegas
By LAURA M. HOLSON


as Vegas long ago put aside the image of the gambling mecca that flourished under the mob when Nevada legalized casinos in 1931. Since then, it has evolved from seedy gambling town to glitzy showgirl glam-a-rama to family vacation destination spot, and now has returned to the nicely naughty image with a campaign coyly promising that whatever happens here stays here.

The home of the $5.99 buffet is now famous for celebrity chefs who have opened outposts of their more famous siblings - including Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame who recently opened Bouchon at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. And the entertainment has had a significant upgrade: Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil have replaced classic camp acts like Liberace.

But it is still the sin in Sin City that most tourists come for. From the strip clubs to the casinos, vice is doing its usual brisk business.

As any gambler will tell you, though, your luck is not always good. The Las Vegas Monorail, which opened to much fanfare in July, was shut down Sept. 8 because of mechanical bugs; for information, see www.lvmonorail.com.

Events

Some critics complained when "Claude Monet: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" opened at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in January, saying a for-profit gallery should not charge tourists to see paintings on loan from a public institution. But that hasn't deterred the 250,000 gallery-goers who have paid as much as $15 each to see the 16 original Monet paintings on view. The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the show runs through Jan. 9. Tickets are available at (702) 693-7871 or www.bgfa.biz.

When Celine Dion is out of town, what better replacement than Elton John? He will take the stage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Ms. Dion's usual haunt, Oct. 12 to 31. All those hits do not come cheap, though. Tickets are $100 to $250; (888) 435-8665, www.caesars.com.

Losing at poker isn't the only way to get the money shaken out of your pockets. This month, 45 of the world's best bull riders will compete for a $1 million prize in the 2004 Professional Bull Riders World Finals, being held Oct. 22 to 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort, 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, and Oct. 28 to 31 at Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway. Tickets cost $40 to $162; (877) 632-7400 at the Mandalay or (866) 727-7469 at U.N.L.V.

Las Vegas is a fast town; if you don't believe it, head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North, on Nov. 5 and 6 as the World of Outlaws, the nation's top sprint-car series, takes to the dirt oval. Tickets start at $26.25; (800) 644-4444.

Who didn't love Debbie Reynolds in "Singin' in the Rain"? See her sing and dance (in drier conditions) from Nov. 25 to 28 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue. Tickets: $34.95 to $44.95; (800) 675-3267, www.orleanscasino.com.

Sightseeing

Bypass M&M's World on the Strip and head southeast to the nearby town of Henderson for a tour of the Ethel M factory. Chocolate enthusiasts can watch the candymaking process up close from behind large glass windows. After the self-guided tour, guests can sample the product and take a walk through the nearby cactus garden, with more than 350 species. The factory, at the intersection of Sunset Way and Mountain Vista, is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free; (702) 458-8864.

There is something almost eerily exciting about "O," the popular Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio. Perhaps it is the stage, which alternately serves as a floor and a diving pool. Or the white-wigged performers in red coats riding carousel horses in the air. Whatever it is, tickets, $99 to $150, sell out as much as three months ahead. There are two shows nightly from Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets: (888) 488-7111.

On Nov. 26, Cirque du Soleil will begin previews of a new production, "KĄ," at the MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (800) 929-1111. Tickets for the preview performances, which will run Friday through Tuesday through Feb. 2, are $99 to $150; call (800) 929-1111 or go to www.mgmgrand.com.

If you are looking to party all night, Rain Las Vegas at Palms Casino Resort, 4321 West Flamingo Road, is the place. The club, which vibrates to hip-hop and dance-club music, holds up to 1,800 guests in 25,000 square feet. There is a $20 cover charge on weekends, when the wait can top three hours. Big spenders can rent one of six skyboxes for $1,000 to watch the dance action. Open Thursday 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. to 5 a.m; (702) 940-7246. For a nightcap, head to the roof to Ghostbar, which has one of the best views of the Las Vegas skyline. It opens nightly at 8.

After too many dizzying hours at the craps table, even the most avid gambler may crave the outdoors. Less than 20 miles west of the city on Route 159 is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, (702) 515-5350, www.redrockcanyon.blm.gov, a serene landscape of desert valleys and rugged sandstone cliffs. Rock climbers and hikers abound, particularly in spring when wildflowers blossom. Go early when the morning sun highlights the red rocks. The area is open daily from 6 a.m. till dusk; admission is $5 a car.

Where to Stay

On weekdays, even the most expensive resort can be priced like a budget hotel. When picking a place to stay, ask about promotions.

The Palms, (866) 725-6773, fax (702) 942-7001, www.palms.com, is a mile off the Strip at 4321 West Flamingo Road. It is a place where celebrities like Britney Spears stay but where mere mortals can have a good time, too. Down comforters are enveloped in 300-count Egyptian cotton duvet covers, the mattresses are comfortably plush, and the televisions play the latest hits from artists you might see in the lobby. The 425 rooms range from $69 to $499.

Don't expect much in the way of frills at Bally's, 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (888) 742-9248, fax (702) 967-4405, www.ballyslasvegas.com. The 2,814 rooms here have very little personality, but make up for it in location: across the street from the Bellagio and adjoining Paris Las Vegas, where a great lunch value can be found at La Creperie, a walk-up window serving fruit-filled or savory crepes for $6.50. Prices at Bally's, depending on availability, are $69 to $169 for a standard room.

Budget: At the Travelodge, 3735 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 736-3443, fax (702) 736-1356, or at www.travelodge.com, the 126 rooms are spare, offering little more than a bed and nightstand, although rates include Continental breakfast. Reserve online for a 10 percent discount. Rates start at $39 weekdays, and go up on weekends.

Luxury: You can't beat the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (888) 987-6667, fax (702) 693-8585, www.bellagiolasvegas.com, for sheer luxury, from the big, deep bathtubs to the window sheers that open electronically so guests don't have to roll out of bed to watch the sunrise. But the real reason to stay in one of the 3,005 rooms is the service. Big spenders can request their own butler. The standard rooms are pricey: $159 to $799. Ask for a room facing the hotel lake to watch the nightly fountain shows.

At the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (877) 857-1861, fax (702) 414-1100, www.venetian.com, every room is a suite with a bed, couch and two plush chairs, and marble sinks in the bathroom. The furniture is Italian, and carved armoires conceal televisions. The hotel has 4,049 suites, and a standard costs $169 to $899.

Where to Eat

The red and blue tile floor, the crisp white table linens, and the wall paintings of baguettes, corsets and the like set the tone: Bouchon, at the Venetian Resort, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 414-6200, is as close to a Paris bistro as there is in Las Vegas. The restaurant, opened early this year by the French Laundry chef Thomas Keller, who also opened Per Se in Manhattan this year, serves breakfast and dinner daily. The menu is traditional French fare, including roasted leg of lamb in thyme jus and roasted chicken with garlic braised Swiss chard. Dinner for two with wine is $120. The bar is open from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, with salads, raw oysters, lobster and other offerings; prices range from $10 to $90. Reservations recommended.

An inexpensive meal is easy to find in any of the casinos famous for their bargain buffets and free drinks. But if you are looking for a cheap and tasty sit-down dinner, Los Angeles's well-regarded Chinese restaurant Chin Chin, (702) 740-6300, has an outpost at the New York-New York Hotel, 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South. What it gives up in its cafeteria-like style, it more than makes up for in selection and price. There is a variety of dim sum, including potstickers and chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, as well as a large array of entrees. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Lunch or dinner for two with wine is about $55.

If you miss the Monet exhibit but still want a bit of culture, Picasso at the Bellagio is a gallery unto itself, its walls lined with original paintings by the artist it was named for. Oh, and then there is the food. Picasso offers two prix fixe dinners, one of four courses for $85 a person and one of five courses for $95. Among its signature dishes are a roasted foie gras served with peaches, Muscat and peach jus; and tender pan-seared scallops atop a creamy potato mousse. Guests who get a table near the window can watch the nightly fountain show seen in the remake of the movie "Ocean's Eleven." It is open for dinner nightly except Tuesday. Reservations are required; (702) 693-7223.

One of the most recommended buffets in a city that elevates them to a culinary art form is Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South; (877) 796-2096. Dishes like crepes, grilled meats accompanied by rich sauces and bananas Foster for dessert are served in copious quantities in a room modeled after a French country village. Open daily for breakfast, for $12.95 a person; lunch Monday to Saturday, for $17.95; and dinner nightly, $24.95. Sunday brunch, with unlimited champagne, costs $24.95.

Many of America's finest chefs have opened restaurants in casinos and hotels, but the Strip is not the only place to find a good meal. In 1999, Michael and Wendy Jordan opened Rosemary's Restaurant, 8125 West Sahara Avenue, (702) 869-2251, about 15 minutes from the Las Vegas gambling hub. The Jordans, who learned to cook in New Orleans, serve dishes like pepper seared sea scallops and herb-crusted veal tenderloin. On Sunday night, wine is half price, and the restaurant offers a nightly three-course prix fixe dinner for $39.95. Local artists' work decorates the walls. It is open for lunch weekdays and dinner nightly. Dinner for two with wine: $110; reservations are recommended.

Simon Kitchen and Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, off the Strip at 4455 Paradise Road, (702) 693-4440, is one of the toughest dinner reservations. Celebrities come for the expensive comfort food and industrial-chic touches like the silver metal bar. The restaurant serves a popular meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes, and heaping sides of creamed spinach, twice-baked potatoes, and macaroni-and-cheese gratin. Dinner for two with wine is about $130; dinner nightly.


LAURA M. HOLSON is an entertainment reporter for The Times, based in Los Angeles.

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October 04, 2004

Vegas

Went to Vegas for the first time (as an adult and for longer than an hour layover) and it was pretty cool. Thanks to Danny for organizing everything and to Spencer for playing tour guide.

The Venetian was a nice hotel, but it's waaay expensive to gamble there. And there's no poker. The Belagio has a really tasty dinner buffet, but it's also waaay expensive to gamble there, too. The mirage has a goood Brazilian BBQ restaurant. We liked the $5 roulette tables at Paris. The rules at their tables also make it more fun. Bally's was ok in terms of their rules and minimum bets, but I didn't really like the people who gambled there.

Started off the weekend by losing a good bit on slots while waiting for everyone else to arrive. Played a little poker at Harrah's. Lost a little. Played some blackjack at Aladdin and ended up breaking even. Played a little poker at Bally's. Ended up a little bit. Played lots of roulette. That helped balance out the losses on slots and video poker.

Man. I understand the math and all, but playing roulette just makes you want to throw all that learning out the window. It's extremely tempting to come up with lots of little random and senseless theories based on what's come up before and who the wheeler is. It's fun. Especially when you end up winning overall. You have to have enough money to last through the down swings, though. You also need to have enough sense to stop on an upswing. Sometimes I'm lacking in that area.

To anyone who's planning on going for the first time, I'd recommend going with people who have been there a number of times before. I think it's also worth it to check out the Brazilian BBQ and the Belagio buffet. Next time I go, I'll probably opt for cheaper fare and save the money for gambling, but it was totally worth trying out.

Next time, I might also explore areas outside of the strip. It's a pretty big place...

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October 01, 2004

Computer Vision

This looks interesting. Might be a little light on details, though. Mostly interesting in checking out the use of common webcams for stereo vision.

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Cats Are Funny

Haha, look what this cat did. That cracks me up.

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