This is my attempt to create some interesting musings, uberservations and, perhaps, insights on both my personal and professional life.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hi/Low Poker for the Common Folk

I played poker the other night at Chris Z's house and got caught up in an expensive game called Hi/Low.

If you're looking for a fun game with lots of risk, try this:
  • Deal 7 cards face down.
  • Each person passes 3 cards to the left.
  • After passing your cards you pick up the cards passed to you.
  • Repeat the process with 2 cards then repeat with 1 card.
  • Discard 2 cards and keep best 5 cards.
  • All roll top card simultaneously.
  • Bet after each roll.
  • Prior to last card being rolled each player puts 0, 1 or 2 coins in his/her hand.
  • All declare high, low or both.
  • Wheel is lowest hand. Must win both or you lose.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

King of Kong is King of Movies

I spent a few days traveling on a buses and trains and in cabs in Japan about a week ago with a friend of mine named Bill Lan.

While on our 48 hour adventure exploring the Mt Fuji area, Bill shared a movie with me called King of Kong. On the surface it's documentary about a mild mannered, laid-off engineer, married, father of two from the Northwest who sets out to break the Donkey Kong high-score world record which had stood for over 20 years.

But, I watched this movie twice and it's about much more - it's about a person trying to be the best at something during a rough patch in his life and an organization (Twin Galaxies, the current record holder, Billy Mitchell and Billy's cronies) doing everything in its power to delegitimize this man's efforts.

It's by far the best documentary I have seen in the last two years and maybe the best movie, of any type, that I have seen in over a year.

Go rent it. It's fantastic.