This afternoon I found an article that does a good job (better than I could) of explaining what I meant about how Warren Buffett is no saint. Yes his donation is staggering, and out-does Rockefeller/etc even when scaled for inflation, but he's also screwed more rich guys than Paris Hilton.
But let's be honest: Warren Buffett is not making the sacrifice, say, that one does who devotes his or her life to work in the slums of Calcutta, or becomes an aid worker in Liberia as a colleague in the prime of his life recently did where I work... Those are the people who should be celebrated rather than ignored by a culture that holds wealth and fame above compassion and duty. Buffett simply is a businessman and investor -- perhaps the best at both. Neither is an entirely noble profession, having, as both do, greed at the core. But few professions are completely free of the deadly sins.
all you have to do is diet every other day.
I heard this ad while listening to the Sox game last night. it's probably crap, but $1,000 isn't insignificant.
[goes and does 15 seconds of Google-research]
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DISCLAIMER: This one really was going to be "from the road", but the iBook and I have yet to reach a good understanding about how free wireless access should properly work.
Anyways, the short version is the wedding went great, and we all had a good time, in spite of plumbing problems and the usual last-minute wedding craziness. The long version is after the jump, to save front-page blog real estate. I'll be posting some picture to the web later, and I may make another post here with a couple of highlight pics.
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I have no intention of booking a trip to Las Vegas in the next three hours... but for Nathaniel's sake I am posting this opportunity.
Here's another reason it's good the Wrap burned down: a man was stabbed by a dancer after he turned her down for a lap dance. Apparently he "repeatedly rebuffed her offer... and disrespected her", but still. Oh well, I guess it's a good excuse for the wife? "sorry baby, but she woulda stabbed me if I'd said no!" 😉 Oh, and though this article doesn't mention it, the cops also found some meth in her purse. Hello WRJ.
Looking at the games these last two weeks, I've concluded that poker is crap. Well, at least two-hour games are, anyway - sometimes you have good cards and you win $$, sometimes you don't and you lose. The only question is how much you can take advantage of the good times and limit the losses, since the law of averages really doesn't work over only 2 hours. Last time I got really nice cards, played relatively tightly, and doubled my cash, but there have been months where I never saw an ace.
Anyway, Wojciechowski has some funny newbie comments on ESPN's Page 2, in particular this quote made me chuckle:
Hellmuth reviews his top 10 favorite hands to play, his betting methods, his theories on reading an opponent. "The difference between the great and the greatest is the ability to read the opposition," he says... I take lots of notes. And perhaps one day I'll actually understand what most of it means. Reads? I've been married to my wife Cheryl for 10 years and I still don't know that when she says, "Really, honey, I don't need anything for my birthday," that it really means, "Tiffany's. Blue box. If you don't buy it you'll be eating corned-beef hash for the remainder of the millenium."
I firmly believe that reality tv "stars" should not qualify for celebrity poker. i'm watching the new season of celebrity poker, and they have the most obnoxious guy. god i hope he loses quickly. i have no idea who any of these people are, and they're all trying to be "the funny one", grabbing for 15 more minutes of fame.