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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
5:20 pm
Annotated Confessional: 2003 Shelton
From the following blog...

http://www.starbuckseverywhere.net/ScrabbleLog_2003_12_05.htm


> The Return of the Angry Young Man

http://www.amazon.com/Return-King-Lord-Rings-Part-ebook/dp/B007978P18


> I can't sing and I can't dance, but I do have one thing in common with pop-icon Prince, the ability to create controversy.

http://www.amazon.com/Controversy-Prince/dp/B000002KMV


> Before leaving for Shelton, I checked CGP and discovered that a player who I had mentioned in my log had taken offence with what I had written.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/crossword-games-pro/conversations/messages/40254


> The eight hours that I spent driving 120 miles from Princeton to Shelton, CT, was one such instance.

http://www.raymondcmartinjr.com/weather/2004/05-Dec-03.html


> I had no cup or bottle to spare

This was evidently before I got into the habit of always karrying a kiwi kup in the kar.


> I held fast (like Jack Aubrey)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZVurT6ZiQY


> Stan Williams

R.I.P.


> I had not felt this angry since Reno.

http://starbuckseverywhere.net/ScrabbleLog_2003_06_27.htm

"I was absolutely crushed. That game was like the culmination of all the bad draws of the entire tournament put together. It was as if I was being punished for having dared to dream that I could do well in such a big tournament. Post game, the animosity hovering over the table was palpable."


> I was not simply angry at the tile draw, but, irrationally, and unjustifiably, at my opponent. I hated her. I wanted to hurt her. I wanted her to feel the same pain and frustration I was experiencing, only tenfold.

I should probably see if I can somehow get Google to remove quotes like these from the Internet.


> I'm ashamed to admit that I even remember this, but there's a line from the trailer for the recent movie starring The Rock, The Rundown, in which Seann (yes, two Ns) William Scott's character, as they hang from a trap, tell's him--"You're so angry!".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FcOx1ck_JY&feature=kp


> I began to suspect that my anger was not solely caused by the tile draw, but by the very fact that my opponent was so attractive, and thus representative of every woman that has ever and will forever spurn my advances.

HOLY SHIT!!! I reeeeeally ought not to have written that.

> My anger was compounded as I cursed myself for stooping to such feelings, primitive feelings, feelings edging dangerously close to misogyny. I was ashamed that the word "bitch" had come to mind so often when she scored against me.

Or that.


> I had much to contemplate as I drove to my friend Nicole's in Bridgeport

Now Nick.


> It was good that I slept well, aided by the Benadryl that I took to stave off the effects of Nicole's cat (that I had to toss from my futon more than once)

No idea if that was true.


> There was a flurry of activity, as an unnamed expert had decided to inject himself into a dispute between myself and another player, thus adding fuel to the fire.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/crossword-games-pro/conversations/messages/40260


> Master Yoda would have been disappointed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFnFr-DOPf8


> But an expert recently diagnosed me as "self-involved", and that has explained it all (like Clarissa).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxs97RpkgmE


> I also had the urge for some Keebler's Town House crackers.

I used to dig these...

https://www.kelloggsfamilyrewards.com/en_US/products/keebler-town-house-original-crackers.html


> The Crying Game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8gEUEuatxQ


> (or "shock and awe" in a post-Iraqi Freedom world).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_and_awe


> The Nigga Whole Style Is Chump

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpHPsMp5bXg


> I had to lower the window despite the snow just to get a breath of Fresh Air.

http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/


> Bring That B Back!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1gFH--Y1Xs&feature=kp


> I was able to take my mind off my losses by trying to figure out 21 Grams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZXR9ZrRR2c


> The following day, I had occasion to reflect on the intricacies of human interaction as I read a post by Kevin McCarthy.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/crossword-games-pro/conversations/messages/40355


> Nevertheless, I was left to consider why some guys are so lucky to having a girlfriend that walks around in an exceedingly-short schoolgirl-type skirt, skimpy top, and come-hither boots when the temparature is near freezing outside.

WTF??? Why did I write crap like that???
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
8:39 am
Sunday, September 15th, 2013
9:02 pm
Friday, September 13th, 2013
12:37 pm
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
5:42 pm
2:38 pm
Monday, August 26th, 2013
9:33 am
Motivation
Years ago I came up with a purely rational basis for ethics...

LONG AND PHILOSOPHICALCollapse )
Sunday, August 25th, 2013
10:29 am
Movie Recommendations
My movie recommendations going back a few years, in reverse chronological order:

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013
5:45 pm
Is This Real A Female?
Look at the second picture...

http://houston.craigslist.org/rid/3736248940.html

Is that really a female? Looks a lot like a guy to me.
Monday, April 1st, 2013
9:08 am
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Now that I've settled down in Houston for a while, I am finally able to announce the tournament that I was planning before I left San Diego.

Pending Advisory Board approval, I will be bringing marathon Scrabble down to a warmer clime, but with a twist. We will be playing fully NASPA rated games, but with a 20-minute clock, instead of 25. This will allow 24 rounds per day, starting at 7 am on Saturday morning, May 11th, and 7 am on Sunday, May 12, for total of 48 rounds, the most of any redeye tournament to date.

How can we fit so many round in a day, you ask? Well, besides the 20-minute clock, we will be pairing 4 consecutive games against each opponent, with firsts/seconds assigned, thus saving a minute or two in addition to eliminating the need to switch tables or resquare the tiles.

But that's not all. This will also be a hybrid TWL/CSW tournament, with a brand new method for choosing the lexicon. If both players agree on a lexicon, they will use that one, but if there is disagreement, the player who goes SECOND will choose. That means that if you are a TWL player who signs up for this, you will have to play CSW games (or forfeit).

Finally, the payout! Thanks to my long-standing status as a frequent visitor of Treasures, a well-known and popular gentleman's club in Houston, the management has agreed to let use the facilities, provided we wrap up by 9 pm, when the club becomes busy. Food purchase is required, and the management would prefer that players tip the dancers in between rounds and perhaps purchase some lap dances, but I told him I could not guarantee that. Bare in mind that the club might start to get a little loud after it opens at 5 pm, but it shouldn't be too bad. Because we are able to use this space for free, I'll be paying out 100% after fees and other expenses.

AND, AND, AND, there is one additional bonus!!! I've managed to secure 15 minutes in the VIP room on Sunday night with the dancer of his choice, for the winner of the tournament. You can't beat a deal like that!

Entry fee $150.
Sunday, January 13th, 2013
10:56 am
Thursday, December 20th, 2012
4:03 pm
Last Days to Double Your Money!
Final reminder (okay, probably not), that if you visit starbuckseverywhere.net by December 31 and donate, I will match all donations and give that money to an organization that supports women's reproductive rights.

Why not choose charity over commercialism this holiday season, and why not double your contribution?
Sunday, November 25th, 2012
12:45 pm
Friday, November 16th, 2012
8:42 am
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
8:18 pm
Prejudice
So what can I conclude about those persons who judges me to be misogynistic or potentially violent from reading my blogs, but never actually speaking to me, apparently failing to realize that Stephen King is not necessarily a monster just because he writes about them, nor is Javier Bardem a psychopath just because he plays them in the movies?

Are those people not doing me an injustice, same as that done to any person who is the object of prejudice?

If we find it, as a society to eliminate prejudice based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or other traits, should we not also seek to end all prejudice, no matter the cause?

I might never understand why people fear a transparent world, unless it is because most people are just bad, and wish to hide their evil? Me, I would like to be recorded at every moment of the day or night, to have all my communications be public. With that level of transparency, perhaps people would stop prejudging me, since nothing would be left to the imagination.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
3:48 pm
Sprint Scrabble, Episode II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXjAKLbhaYM

Sprint Scrabble, Episode II, featuring Rafi Stern and Nigel Peltier.
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
10:24 am
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
3:47 pm
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
12:58 pm
Automatic Cutting
Is it possible to configure LJ to automatically cut posts that are long, like Facebook and Google+ do?
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
7:13 pm
A Starbucking Twist of Fate
A Starbucking twist of fate.

First, because the store at 1201 3rd Ave was closed today (Sunday), and because, after an interview with Melody (starbucksmelody.com), then lunch with Mandy, Chris, and Rachel, I did not have time to get to Bremerton, my store count stands at 10,996 instead of 10,998.

This is actually a GOOD thing, because my Delta flight to SAN via SLC is delayed because of a mechanical problem, enough so that it's clear I'll miss the connection.

Since two new stores opened in SLC in the past two weeks, I saw an opportunity, and I called Delta and had myself rebooked on a 11:15 flight tomorrow morning. Because it's a mechanical issue, I should be getting a voucher for a hotel at SLC. I've just booked a car, for $22.36, which means that tomorrow morning I'll be able to visit those two stores and sit at 10,998--good because I DON'T WANT to hit 11K, not without issuing a press release and trying to get some publicity.

Also, I finally created a Facebook page for Starbucks Everywhere. Like this page to receive Starbucking updates...

https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksEverywhere
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