December 2nd, 2008

gamer advance wars

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I never got around to recapping the poker tourney this past saturday but you can assume from the delay that I didn't win. I actually did pretty well in the beginning, just like normal. I seem to always get off to a good start but then throw it away around halfway through the event. The real problem is that I play like crap. I never take the time to calculate odds and the minute I start going on a losing streak, my instinct is to throw all my chips into the middle and ride the poker table like a slot machine. What I should do is bring a cooking timer with me and set it to 2 minutes each time I'm in a hand so that I can't make a decision until the bell goes off. I'm sure that would infuriate my tablemates but it's probably the only way I could get myself to actually slow down and really rationally think about what to do next.

I will admit that I did at least go out in style. 4 people in the hand with 3 of us all in. I flopped a flush, someone else flopped a straight, a third flopped trips, and the last guy (who wasn't all in) had the nut flush draw. He managed to hit the bugger on the river or I would have managed to quadruple up. Just as well I didn't. It would have just prolonged the agony I guess.

Woot. I was just delivered some spiffy soup and dumplings so I will get back to this later

After washing out of the tournament, I stuck around and played a handful of board and card games. The Bills both showed up and the usual suspects were there for the most part. I didn't try anything all that impressive, mostly consisting of games I had played before. The only thing of note is I actually managed to win Race for the Galaxy a couple times. I still don't like it, but at least I'm not completely inept at it anymore.

Pain management was a major problem, like usual, and I spent a lot of time limping around. In the past, I could usually disguise the symptoms a bit more so this time around I had a lot of people asking me what was wrong. That's not exactly a lot of fun either.
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Caption contest

Ever see an image and think to yourself that it deserves to be made into a userpic? I already have one pornographic userpic and I'm not sure I should add any more. Still, the picture's so ridiculous it almost cries out for some form of captioning. Hell, if I actually had any skill at image editing I'm not sure I could resist the urge to animate the picture and have it swooping down to consume lego men or something.

Well, okay, since I've rambled on about the image for this long I'm sort of obligated to give you the chance to see it. I'd just like to preface this with saying that I was not looking for porn at the time. In fact, I blame smallvictories for this whole thing. She made a comment in her journal about 'loose lips' sinking ships and, well, it was sort of inevitable after that.

If you think of any good userpic captions or ideas, let me know.

My idea or caption for the image:

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If I only had a friend.....(who could eat a brontosaurus)

Three years ago I made an entry about another salvo in the gigantic burger wars. A place in Pennsylvannia had reclaimed the title of having the largest burger at 15 pounds with 10.5 pounds of ground beef. If you could finish it in a hour's time, it was yours free. I had sort of wistfully thought it might be interesting to see a burger larger than my head. Well, today while I was browsing about online, I found an article on ABC news about the new burger they've churned out in Clinton, NJ.

On a recent rainy day I ventured there because the 24-hour diner, which brews fresh coffee every 20 minutes, is also home of the Mt. Olympus: a 50-pound hamburger.

Yes, that's right: 50 pounds of beef on a homemade bun with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and more calories than you could ever imagine.

If five people can eat the burger in three hours or less it is free, plus the stuffed customers split a $1,000 prize. Otherwise, they have to pay the $159.95 bill.

It's like an arms race and if it were an arms race, this latest salvo is the equivalent of the atom bomb. It more than doubled the previous offering and, well, just look at the picture below.

I have to admit that I still wish that I could take a road trip and see this burger. I just don't have any friends who would find that sort of thing to be even mildly entertaining. I've noticed that gay guys don't seem to be all that keen on eating things larger than their heads (well, with perhaps a single caveat). Maybe it's just stereotyping but I've yet to run across a gay competitive eater. It's not like I actually think that 4 of my friends and I could actually finish this sucker, but I think it'd almost be worth the price just to see it.

And now that I've mentioned the price, I should say that I find that sort of disheartening too. A burger half this size cost $30 3 years ago. This monstrosity now boasts a price tag of more than 5 times the original. Paying 5 times the price for double the size just doesn't seem right. Ya, ya, I know all about inflation. It just seems sorta hard to defend a rate increase of over 250%.

Hmmm. It might be hard to slice but this would also make for a nice item for a party. I mean, they have 6' subs and the like. Who wouldn't want to go to a christmas party where you gnaw away at a 50 lb burger? *sigh* I just don't think I'm ever going to get to see this thing. By the next time I see a news article about it, it'll probably be the size of a small truck.
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