From Hero to Zero in Four Coolers

As time goes by, and more experience is gained, the length of time between extraordinary occurrences increases. I think it’ll be a while before I experience anything like this again (at least, I hope so). Continue reading

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The Reckless Optimist

Matt RidleyI enjoyed reading Matt Ridley’s “The Rational Optimist“, which I thought offered plenty of food for thought especially for an inveterate ‘glass half-empty’ pessimist like me. However, his article in The Times (19th Oct) which you can find on his blog caused me to rank him above Jeremy Clarkson on my list of candidates for Public Enemy #1. Continue reading

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We have nothing to fear from Artificial Intelligence…

Andrew (HSBC)… at least not as implemented by HSBC.  Professors Dawkins, Hawking et al can relax while this is the best the bank can do: Continue reading

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Luck or Skill?

It’s hard not to believe in luck when you have a run of results like this evening’s.  Much as I’d like to think I was playing exceptionally skilfully, the fact is that I was getting a lot of good deals and then everything seemed to be hitting and connecting. Continue reading

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Spam

spamAn open letter to Extravision.

By some people’s standards I have a lot of e-mail addresses spread across a variety of ISPs and domains.  This is partly because of the number of businesses and other organisations in which I’m involved and the number of other online activities in which I participate.  I therefore expect to get a lot of spam – it goes with the territory. Continue reading

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Reversal of Fortune

full houseNeither of these two hands is particularly remarkable, but… Continue reading

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Women in Science & Technology

pulsarDespite decades of effort, there’s probably still some way to go. Last weekend, The Sunday Times magazine featured a “Life in the Day” of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who is a shining example of not only how to persevere in overcoming barriers but also how not to bear grudges. Continue reading

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Dog breeders and the KC

Ben on IoW ferry 060610If you’re a dog breeder or a dog show judge, you may be offended by what I’m about to write, but here goes. Continue reading

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What can you do?

Three hands into a tournament that should have lasted an hour or two depending on how things went, I received a sign from the poker gods that tonight was not my night.  Pocket Jacks is not a bad deal in the big blind, so when it came around to me I went over the top of the original raiser and his followers.  Lo and behold, he takes offence and goes all in.  Oh well, with the Jacks what can you do but call?  Tens is it?  That’ll do.  But there’s a ten on the flop.  Bummer.  I need a Jack on the turn or river or I’m toast. But it’s a ten on the turn and my pocket Jacks have run into quad tens… talk about rubbing salt into it!  Out in 174th place.  Embarrassing 😦

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eBook Published!

Starting Online Poker Cover BL (large hi-res)My new book, Starting Online Poker, is now available from Amazon for $2.99/£1.99.  I will donate 25% of net royalties to UNICEF.

I enjoyed discovering the world of eBook publishing as much as I enjoyed writing the book (and gaining the material in the first place!)  Check it out at Amazon using the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/StartingOnlinePoker

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