August 1st, 2005


Starfleet Hold'Em

Did two things this weekend. Played Texas Hold'em, and played Star Trek Elite Force II Holomatch. Notice I didn't sleep? Another few days of no sleep and I'm going to strangle Tony in his.

Had a FANTASTIC time at David and Wendy's playing games. We started the weekend at MAIN EVENT playing Texas Hold'em. Wendy, Tony and myself sat down at a table with about four other people and a rookie dealer. Most of the players there were berating her for her inexperience, but I found her alluring. I probably thought this because she was cute and unsure of herself, which reminded me of my wife. Seriously, when you've been married as long as I have, you don't even look at other women except in the context of how they remind you of your own woman. But I digress. When I went out I joined David for an Elite Force II holomatch. It was at this point that I was going to link holomatch to it's article in Wikipedia, but there isn't one. So I will author that first chance I get, or during one of my stretches of not sleeping. I'd do it now, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I'm at work so it would ultimately just frustrate me. Anyway, Tony joined us when they closed his game, and we were up until 0700 gaming.

**Wikipedia article written for 'Holomatch'**

I dealt the tournament the next evening at Dave and Wendy's. My first. There's a whole hell of lot to keep up with in doing so, and I don't know the game nearly as well as Wendy. She knows every course of action for every incident. I accidentally flipped a card up early in the game during it being dealt. I pankied. She didn't. There's a scenario for handling that. Wendy even split the side bets for the poor girl dealing the night before. Wendy rox0rs.

drax0r's recount of the evening can be found here!

Woke up this morning humming "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" from Southpark the movie, which I haven't seen since 1999 I think, so I think this sleep thing is really fecking me up. Started whistling "The Internet is for Porn." from Avenue Q once I got to work though, without any reason why.

If you're working in Windows XP and you right-click 'My Computer' and select 'Properties' you can click the 'Advanced' tab to bring you to performance settings. In the 'Visual Effects' tab you are given 4 options:

Because the 'Luna' interface drains precious system resources, you have the option of turning them all off (if you have a slower system), keeping them all on (if you have a super-fast box with plenty of memory), or picking and choosing with the "Custom" tab (I like "Smooth edges of screen fonts" and "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop"). The 4th option is "Let Windows choose what's best for my computer." I like that. It's a computer, right? It can think faster than we can and perform complex algorithm's in the time it took me to type the word. Here's a fun experiment to try at home. Make that your selection (it's the default) and remove sticks of RAM from you computer one at a time between reboots, checking at each interval to see which system-sapping resources Windows has chosen to disable as you slowly decrease system memory. Isn't it amazing?

Even at the minimum supported processor speed and RAM configuration, Window's 'choice' of visual effects for optimal performace is to turn every single one of them on!