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the adventure continues [Dec. 24th, 2014|05:45 pm]
[mood |ecstaticecstatic]

The rasols (potato salad wih stuff) is made, both with and without herring. My plan for this evening is to make a couple of desserts. Meredith is going to make the sklandrausis (mashed carrot & sour cream tart, much better than it sounds), and maybe the peach & cream cheese pie.

The centerpiece dishes for tomorrow are a cold fish cassarole and a pork roast. The crazy cook-to-order-on-the-spot thing this year is going to be potato pancakes.

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Surely the Illuminati must be behind this [Dec. 22nd, 2014|05:02 pm]
[mood |ecstaticecstatic]

The cookbook today was published by "The Ladies Auxiliary of the Latvian Relief Society Of Canada". You can't just make these organizations up!

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And we're off! [Dec. 22nd, 2014|04:28 pm]
[mood |ecstaticecstatic]

We started in on the Christmas prep this weekend. The tree is acquired. Meredith has experimented with some Christmas dinner recipes. I've made the Janu siers - Latvian solstice cheese - and it's sitting in cheesecloth under a rock on our front porch getting the last of the whey pressed out of it.

Making it is something of a mistake, but I don't care. When I read that it was "Latvian solstice cheese", it didn't actually occur to me that we're currently celebrating the wrong solstice for it. :) Still, I expect folks will eat it and forgive the timing. After all, they can always pretend we're in Australia if they need to justify things.

Happy Yule!

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email might be flakey for a while [Dec. 18th, 2014|12:25 am]
[mood |ornery]

gmail has decided to not like my domain, for a variety of reasons I need to address. I might not be reachable at my usual email address for awhile. Probably the best way to reach me if you have to is to either message me on facebook, or, heaven forfend, give me a call. :)

Hopefully, I'll learn enough about Ubuntu and mail servers to have everything straightened out by Christmas. We'll see how that works.

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just pigheaded, I guess [Nov. 29th, 2014|02:13 am]
[mood |ornery]

I know I'm supposed to do crunches instead of sit-ups, but old habits die hard. Besides, I don't have the sort of back problems sit-ups make worse - I get spasms in my back from having spasms in my neck. My spine, in and of itself, very rarely ends up hurting.

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matters of dogma [Nov. 27th, 2014|02:33 pm]
[mood |busy]

To properly make mashed potatoes:

(1) you need to use two kinds of potato, one for flavor, the other for texture. I think this year I'm using russet and bliss.
(2) peeling the potatoes is a waste of time, though thoroughly washing them is a necessity.
(3) adding in garlic is acceptable. Adding in turnips is tasty, but I'm not sure if the result is rightly called mashed potatoes anymore.
(4) I'm entirely agnostic on whether one uses milk and butter or cream. I gather some people notice a difference, but are divided as to which is better.

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illuminating poker moment [Nov. 8th, 2014|11:22 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

So yesterday I pretty much crushed the 1/2 no limit table I was playing at for about 10 hours or so. Somewhere around hour 6, I was dealt JJ in the small blind. A couple of people limp in, the cut-off raised to 15. He had a little over 500 behind, and I had him easily covered. I reraised to 50. He thought for a long time, flipped over KK, and folded. Someone asked me if I had AA, I gave my standard answer of "I'm not going to tell you.", and got back "you just did.", and I'm presuming the questioner came to the wrong conclusion.

So Mr. Fold KK made three errors in folding: 1) he didn't know what was going on. Players in the cut-off seat (one before the button), who raise a couple of limpers before them have a fairly wide range of hands - they definitely don't have to have a premium hand. Indeed, I saw this guy do it with A8s earlier in the session. The result of that is I don't have to have a premium hand to make my reraise. It was meant to get the A8 hands out, not necessarily the KK hands. Given that my hand range can be wide, it'd often be right for him to 4-bet me, and with my hand, I have to seriously consider folding if he does.

2) He put me on too narrow a hand range. Even if I have a premium hand, does it really have to just be AA? If it's AA, KK, QQ, or AK, it certainly a mistake to fold here.

3) He didn't consider the effect of his stack on his decision. Suppose before making my 3-bet, I had flipped over my hand to reveal AA. Given the size of our stacks, it'd be right for him to call the bet in the hopes of hitting his K on the flop and quite possibly doubling up. I can't just fold to any bet from him where I don't hit an A after all, and so potentially any high card that hits the flop will be potentially dangerous for me.

All three mistakes are pretty common at small stakes NL games. It's one of the reasons why I often claim that even running bad isn't a sufficient excuse for a losing session. :)

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anime day tomorrow [Nov. 8th, 2014|05:32 pm]
[mood |awake]

We're having anime day here at Melville Keep Sunday starting around 14:00, and will break for dinner around 19:00 or so. I'm not sure what we're actually going to watch, as Jennifer is going to bring something. It's possible there'll be some gaming after dinner, but far from sure. This is an open invitation to stop by for any of the day's festivities as you'd like.

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with age, comes cowardice [Nov. 4th, 2014|10:58 am]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

... or perhaps, apathy. For the third time in a week, I wrote out a comment to a position I thought was basically wrong, and then deleted it without sending, simply because I was 100% convinced that the oomment would both do no good and just cause a flame war.

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After action report [Oct. 31st, 2014|09:12 pm]
[mood |accomplished]

First candy bar handed out: 16:59
1168th candy bar handed out: 19:16

Zombie Apocalypse averted. Mission accomplished. Time for bed.

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