Games: Push-Your-Luck

Anyone who has ever played Blackjack knows the dilemma at the heart of every push-you-luck game. Do I stay with this crummy 15, or do I request another card and possibly bust? Every game has some element of risk-reward, but push-you-luck games are often nothing but, the agonizing do-I-or-don't-I decision distilled to its essence. Because of their simplicity, push-you-luck games

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The Hoax

CORRECTION An earlier version of this article quoted from a blog entry purportedly by the Rev. Al Sharpton. MSNBC.com has determined that the blog is a hoax ...No. No. No, no, stop it. I swear, "hoax" is rapidly becoming the most intentionally misused word in currency. The above was taken from an MSNBC article about Michael Vick that included a

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Movies: Rocky Balboa

When it was released to theaters last year, Rocky Balboa received generally favorable reviews, but even the kindest critic said it was pretty much a film for completists. If you've seen Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, and Rocky V (yes, there was a Rocky V), they said, you may as well go whole hog and see this one too.

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Atonal

Just to clarify, that last post was wholly invented. I still do not have a cellphone. I have, however, been thinking a about ringtones a lot in the last two days, trapped, as I am, in a jury holding area with 200-odd other Seattlites. When you take a random sampling of the population these days, you also get a random

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So I Called Up The Captain

I just set my cellphone's ringtone to Hotel California. Man, I love that song. My favorite part is the fadeout at the very end. So awesome. I could listen to it a million times and not get tired of it. Anyway, if you call and it takes me six minutes and eight seconds to pick up, that's what's going on.

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A Little R&R

Second day in the jury pool. So far I, and the some 200 other folks here, have done absolutely nothing. No juries have been empaneled, not a one. We've all just been sitting around, reading books, surfing the web, making small talk, drinking Cokes from the vending machines, dozing off. A moment ago, the jury coordinator said we could take

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Shivic Duty

I am on jury duty today. Again. Third time in five years. Random selection my ass. As I walked through the metal detectors at the King County Superior Courthouse this morning, a security guard beckoned me over.Guard: Is that a keycard on your waist? Me: Wha-? Oh, yeah. It's from my work. I just kind of habitually clipped it on

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CRP Update

Oh jeeze, I totally forgot I initiated s new round of the Cliche Rotation Project a few weeks ago. I'll post entries next Monday. In the meantime, you can continue to send in your submissions here.

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Nebraska Moves 2008 Presidental Primary to 1:30 This Afternoon

Nebraska became the latest in a series of states "frontloading" the 2008 campaign season, rescheduling their presidential primary from its previous date of Feb. 26, 2008 to 1:30 this afternoon. "Nebraska has been all but ignored by the campaigns for too long," said Governor Dave Heineman, after making the announcement this morning. "Well, you can bet they're talking about us

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