Archive for May, 2006
Well I’ve been meaning to post here about my experiences in Italy thus far. But I haven’t had an internet connection where I’ve had the chance to relax and just browse the ‘net let alone post about my experiences thsu far.
I promise – posts are coming. I have text written, I just need some time to edit it and make it more readable rather than a slew of messy notes. For now, with just a single full day left before I make the long flight home, just know that I’m doing great! I am also very excited to see the Oilers play in the Stanley cup final!!!!
I was talking to one of my friends this week and we both agreed that the last week or two have been pretty surreal. For me, doubly so!
The Edmonton Oilers are just one win away from making the Stanely cup final for the first time since 1990. That’s a really long time … long enough that I can barely remember sitting up “late” with my dad watching the games. At that point, I really didn’t know what it meant since I was only seven years old. The last time I really was cheering for a team in the stanley cup final was 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens (for some reason, it is my favourite eastern conference team) won the cup. So a good 13 years later, and Edmonton is on the verge of getting back there!
The other reason I’m getting this surreal feeling is I leave for Italy at 2:00pm tonight! I’m there for about a week for a computers and games conference. Our hex program will be competing in the olympiad, so we’re really excited about that. At this point, I don’t think it has quite hit home yet that I’ll be in a country a half a world away from home. Its only for a week … but I haven’t been that far from home before. At the same time, its really exciting to go see a new place for awhile – and I can’t wait to see what I can take pictures of with my new camera!!!!
Wow. I think I have another favourite artist all of a sudden. His name is Rob Gonsalves, and his paintings are very satisfyingly Escher-esque … and there’s a lot of them! Now … if only I could afford purchasing one of these guys. The trouble would then be, I guess, picking one of them!
I think this one’s my current favourite, but really, they’re all very stunning.
Quite the day today! My family decided to postpone our Mother’s day celebration … partially at my request since for some reason PSO’s poker rewards freeroll was scheduled for tonight. I really didn’t want to miss this freeroll because there was a huge overlay on it. It was a $10K freeroll which I qualified for by playing 750 raked hands at poker rewards. Less than 150 people qualified and only 75 people showed up! I finished in something like 17th/18th place or so for a profit of $210 dollars! Not bad for a couple hours work eh?
The Oiler game was pretty incredible tonight too. The Oilers are playing pretty awesome lately. Hopefully they can wrap up their series against San Jose at home on Wednesday! Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth were crazy awesome for the Oil, with Horcoff in particular making some pretty amazing plays!
Anyways, I gotta get to bed. 7AM will come way too early tomorrow morning I fear!
Hahaha. Instead of actually coming up with some more content, I decided to improve the “read more” links that I had on my site. Thanks to these scripts I was able to make the posts an automatic shrink/expand functionality possible. I really like it this way. Now I don’t have to write my posts in a way that will split into two parts. This script will automatically make sure that each entry is the same length unless you want to expand the post to read the rest of it!
This removes the problem I was having before where if I wanted a short post with no expansion, I didn’t have a “Read more” link with nothing more to read there! (how disappointing if you wanted to read more!).
There’s some ideas for actual content posts swimming in my head. I just need to find time to make them a reality. Sorry for the lack of updates … I have been extremely busy with the hex project and getting ready for Italy. That plus everything else that’s going on in my life is making this a crazy busy time which leaves little time for interesting blogging (not that this blog has every consistently had interesting content … but I digress).
Hope everyone is doing well! I promise there *will* be more content coming, plus when I get a chance I’ll continue working towards that photoblog I was talking about!
I haven’t posted in awhile, but I plan to get to a longer post with stuff I’ve been up to in a bit (hopefully tonight). But first, here’s a couple of pretty cool photos that have been pointed to all over the internet today.
First, there’s a picture of a mirage that appeared just off of East China and lasted for an astounding 4 hours. I was not aware that such detailed mirages that can be seen by everyone (and a camera) could exist. I’ve always been aware of mirages like water appearing on a highway really far away on a warm day. So that was a neat picture to see.
The other picture I saw was a picture of a set of twin children. The startling thing is that one is black and the other white! Apparently such a thing is possible, but I have no clue how it happens. It makes a cool picture though and the kids are really cute!
Why do I feel so busy? This weekend wasn’t all that incredibly busy. I mean, I was at a couple of parties, and spent a day with my mom on her birthday on Sunday, but that’s not all that busy. And even though I’ve got a lot on my plate for school, I still come home and don’t do much on school. I’ll keep working on the various poker and casino promos that have made me a tidy profit over the course of the last year and a bit. What inevitably happens though is I’ll sit down and play poker for a bit and then I’ll realize that its getting late, and I end up going to bed later than I really should have. I’m still getting between 6 and 7 hours of sleep a night usually, but I still feel like I really need to catch up on sleep. So what am I doing tonight? Blogging before bed. And I’m going to the gym tomorrow for 8am. Here we go again!
Still, a number of exciting things are happening.
The Oilers took down game 6 last night and boy was I happy. So were many boisterous fans who took to Whyte ave last night. I’m told it was quite an experience to walk down Whyte … crazy people everywhere! The Oilers played a so-so to downright terrible game right up to the third period. That was where they promptly woke up and slaughtered the redwings in dramatic fashion. Nope … the Oilers don’t do things the easy way.
I finished off another casino promo the other day. This one was at intercasino for a value of $150 profit. Hoorah! I am now up $340 in casino promos. I’ve also been playing 2/4 limit at full tilt clearing another deposit bonus. I’m over 2/3 of the way to getting a full tilt microsuede jacket with full tilt points! I like free stuff! Not only that, I made over $160 on one night of play last week. I had a couple of smaller losing sessions this week and then made another $60 tonight. There’s a lot of variance, but I feel like I’m playing pretty well and I’m certainly profiting. I’ve cleared about $70 of my $300 deposit bonus there so far.