March 22, 2007

Our BLOGAVERSARY!!!!!?!?!?!?!?

Filed under: PolenBabble, PolenNews — Twin C @ 3:18 pm

Cripes, how did we miss it?

The Polenblog turned two years old six days ago!

Well, maybe not, considering how much down time we had in the winter, due to all the server issues and stuff.

But we’ll stick with the original date.

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I’m getting loaded tonight in its honor.

(Probably not really. But definitely tomorrow night!)

March 21, 2007

Recent Arrivals

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 2:35 pm

I called in sick yesterday (woke up with a headache, and since my manager is traveling I knew it would be quiet), and instead played about nine hours of online poker, with breaks for the bathroom, and at one point, I stopped for a while and watched a Penn and Teller special that I don’t think ever aired in the US, but you can get it on Netflix. It’s really excellent - the two of them travel to Egypt, India, and China, looking for the origins of magic. Very interesting.

When I came back in this morning, I found that Okami and God of War 2 had arrived, as well as three boxes of girl scout cookies I ordered like three months ago - two thin mints (THE BEST), and a box of some kinda lemon cookie with lemon icing. Sweet!

I’ll try not to eat them all at once. So far I’m not doing such a good job.

March 20, 2007

Bacon’s Bed of Roses……

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin B @ 11:53 am

Such a greasy greasy death it will be.

March 19, 2007

I did something amusing today.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 8:00 pm

During my normal slack attack at work, I was surfing around, and on a whim, I went to Rockstar Games’ website, to see if they were hiring.

And they are. Not much that I could do, except for: game tester.

So I applied. Why not? It’s only a temporary position, and I’m sure it would be really fun. Sure beats the hell out of what I’m currently doing.

March 18, 2007

A little loose, but a gorgeous result.

Filed under: PolenPoker, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 9:23 am

Full Tilt’s offered me a nice bonus - $300 in bonus cash, that I have two weeks or so to earn. I should be able to earn a decent chunk of it, if not all. I’ve started this morning, where this hand just occurred.

Full Tilt Poker Game #2014479632: Table Riviera - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold’em - 10:48:08 ET - 2007/03/18
Seat 1: Ismalrn ($16.85)
Seat 2: Tarl Cabot ($25.95)
Seat 3: BooneAbacus ($38.10)
Seat 4: DeadCarpenter ($30.65)
Seat 5: DoctorSuckout ($24.50)
Seat 6: WiredAces77 ($25.05)
Seat 7: -Toothpik- ($15.10)
Seat 8: NealZheimer ($24.95)
Seat 9: UTfan ($24.30)
UTfan posts the small blind of $0.10
Ismalrn posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DoctorSuckout [8s Ts]
BooneAbacus folds
DeadCarpenter calls $0.25
DoctorSuckout calls $0.25
WiredAces77 calls $0.25
-Toothpik- folds
NealZheimer calls $0.25
UTfan calls $0.15
Ismalrn checks
*** FLOP *** [9s 2s Jc]
UTfan checks
Ismalrn checks
DeadCarpenter bets $1.50
DoctorSuckout raises to $3
WiredAces77 raises to $24.80, and is all in
NealZheimer calls $24.70, and is all in
UTfan folds
Ismalrn folds
DeadCarpenter folds
DoctorSuckout: wow
DoctorSuckout has 15 seconds left to act
DoctorSuckout calls $21.25, and is all in
WiredAces77 shows [2h 2d]
NealZheimer shows [9h 9d]
DoctorSuckout shows [8s Ts]
Uncalled bet of $0.10 returned to WiredAces77
*** TURN *** [9s 2s Jc] [Qs]
*** RIVER *** [9s 2s Jc Qs] [7d]
WiredAces77 shows three of a kind, Twos
NealZheimer shows three of a kind, Nines
NealZheimer wins the side pot ($0.90) with three of a kind, Nines
DoctorSuckout shows a flush, Queen high
DoctorSuckout wins the main pot ($72.75) with a flush, Queen high
WiredAces77 adds $24.90
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $76.65 Main pot $75.75. Side pot $0.90. | Rake $3
Board: [9s 2s Jc Qs 7d]
Seat 1: Ismalrn (big blind) folded on the Flop
Seat 2: Tarl Cabot is sitting out
Seat 3: BooneAbacus didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: DeadCarpenter folded on the Flop
Seat 5: DoctorSuckout showed [8s Ts] and won ($72.75) with a flush, Queen high
Seat 6: WiredAces77 showed [2h 2d] and lost with three of a kind, Twos
Seat 7: -Toothpik- didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 8: NealZheimer (button) showed [9h 9d] and won ($0.90) with three of a kind, Nines
Seat 9: UTfan (small blind) folded on the Flop

Maybe I shouldn’t have called both the all ins (I wouldn’t have thought it was set over set), but with that many outs, I thought it was worth a shot, and it hit. The straight flush would have been super sweet, but it would have had to be runner runner.

March 15, 2007

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Filed under: PolenBabble, PolenNews — Twin B @ 10:05 pm

That many people have a serious bear fetish.

PSB to become a video game widow shortly

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 12:00 pm

I got $100 in freebux from a very kind administrative assistant for some extra work I did for her last week, so I made a few geeky purchases for my video game playing pleasure: God of War II, and Okami. They’ll be arriving next week.

PSB, I promise you’ll get to watch a little SVU every once in a while. ;)

March 12, 2007

The Rest of Aspen

Filed under: Globetrotting Elititude, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 11:29 am

Day 3, evening: After sitting with PSB for hours waiting to hear from a storyteller, PSB can’t go anywhere, but Petra (of Gaijin A GoGo fame, who’s in town for the festival and to visit with family) and I decide to try to get into “Fat City Lounge”, a late night show with more subversive comedy. After a short wait on line, we get in, end up with awesome seats, and are thoroughly blown away by the entire show. Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter hosted, Jonathan Coulton played “Skullcrusher Mountain”, Kirk Fox did a stand up set (who was in the Moth show earlier), two Broadway actresses from New York (whom I’m pretty sure I’ve bowled against at some point) who call themselves TastiSkank sang some songs that were, well, tasty and skanky (in the best way possible), and closing was the wonderfully funny Tim Minchin, who sang and air jammed and played piano and was thoroughly entertaining.

Day 4: In the morning I wandered around Aspen with Petra and we went to a number of thrift and consignment stores. Petra had a gift for picking out Prada items at the consignment store. Everything in the consignment stores was horribly expensive ($2000 fur coat, anyone? $6000 Tibetan chest with a retractable flat panel TV built into it?), but Petra found a few ski items she could use. Then, off to another Moth, this time in a larger space, which was great, except I was videotaping, and had nowhere to sit, and the location I was forced to shoot from was uneven, and any time anyone walked by, the camera shook. It was very frustrating. The storytellers were Billy Baldwin, Marc Maron, Mike DeStefano (already well known in New York for his story - it’s beautiful), Dave Hill and John Oliver. Billy Baldwin went to Binghamton, so I wanted to introduce myself as another alumnus as well, and he was quite friendly, and ended up inviting PSB and I to a Binghamton party/fundraiser at his house in May. We then trudged over to some sort of agent party, where Steven Wright was supposed to be, but when we stepped inside it was horribly crowded and I started to not feel very well, and decided to bail. I went back to our condo and laid on the couch for what I thought would be a short time, but turned into five hours. I eventually felt better enough to go back out - PSB was trying to meet with another storyteller and couldn’t make plans, so I decided to go to something nearby, called “Accidentally Famous”. It was hosted by Andy Milonakis, who I’d never seen before, and like anyone else, automatically assumed he was very young (when I got back and spoke to Twin D, he alerted me to my mistake), and featured the band Bowling for Soup, who rocked out. The whole show turned out to be a really surreal experience - there were nine acts, some of whom were very funny and some of whom were not-so-much, all competing against each other, and were judged by an agent, Nora Dunn (whose facial expressions throughout the evening were priceless), Alexandra McHale, and Jaret Reddick (the lead singer of Bowling for Soup), who did their best to be honest about the acts without being too mean - they did a great job, but you could tell they were holding back (more on this later). A comic from NYC won - he’ll be featured at the Comedy Festival in Las Vegas in the fall. (How sweet if the Moth gets invited to that one too? Too bad all my vacation days have been allotted already!)

Day 5: the weather is finally beautiful - sunny, and a little warmer - and I enjoy my walk to the final Moth show, featuring Mike DeStefano (with the “second half” of his story, kind of), Alexandra McHale (who I now have a crush on, with PSB’s permission), Michael Showalter, and Mary Lynn Rajskub (aka Chloe from 24). (I met Alexandra earlier in the day, and kidded with her, saying “Nice job judging!”, and she said “OH MY GOD, you were there? It was crazy! We were trying to be so nice because people in the audience were booing the commedians!” I had no idea anyone was booing - I was a few rows up.)

Before I go on, I probably haven’t made it very clear that, as usual, The Moth shows all are fantastic and are very very well received. Andy Borowitz, who hosted all three shows, constantly said that every five minutes someone was coming up to him to tell him how great the shows were.

After the show, I meet up with Lyndi, a friend of PSB’s (whom PSB has also done some work for) who has some good connections for me when I have a better idea of what I want to do with myself job-wise. We meet in the lobby of the St. Regis, the big fancy hotel that’s a pseudo-headquarters for the festival, where we have a tasty coffee drink, and we kind of talk about job stuff but really just talk in general. Then Harriet, another friend, says “Why are we drinking down here? Let’s go upstairs to the lounge!” I’m thinking they mean some sort of Comedy Festival lounge, but when we get in the elevator, they use their room keys to access a floor I’ve never been to, and when we get to the floor, it opens up to what I realize is the concierge lounge. There’s a ton of couches, a fireplace, and in the back, tons of hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. By “open”, I mean, there are a bunch of bottles of booze, and you pour as much as you want of whatever you want. JACKPOT!!!! We pour ourselves some stiff drinks and fill up a plate with munchies and proceed to chat away for another hour. Harriet and Lyndi then realize they have to run - they have tickets to a show (Lyndi had also very generously been giving me her tickets that she knew she could not use). It’s perfect timing, as I’m supposed to go find PSB and go see Nilaja Sun (who told a story for The Moth on day 3, and who’s director, Hal Brooks, is a friend of the Moth and is currently directing James Braly in his upcoming one man show) in her one woman show, “No Child. . .”, about her experiences as a teaching artist in NYC. I don’t often use the term “tour-de-force”, but I truly cannot think of any other way to describe Nilaja’s performance. She was absolutely amazing. She played over a dozen different characters, each one very clearly physically and vocally different, and jumped between them flawlessly and seamlessly, sometimes switching between three of four of them in that many seconds. It’s a beautiful and touching show, and it’s currently in an open ended run at the Barrow Street Theater - I urge you to go see it.

Nilaja won the award at the festival for “Best One Person Show” (I didn’t see any of the others, and I’m sure they were great, but I’m positive that she deserved to win), so after the show we took her out for a drink, and then for a sushi dinner, which was quite tasty (I admit now I was a little apprehensive about eating sushi in the middle of an entirely landlocked city), and amazingly enough, was picked up by Nilaja’s agent, who was awesome (she and I have very similar tastes in Japanese food) and happens to live half a block from PSB and I in New York! PSB and I then head over to the closing night party at the St. Regis, but I’m plain tuckered out, so when the other Moth girls show up, I head to bed. . .

Day 6: PSB heads off early to go meet her dad and sister, for a week of skiing! I’m heading back home, but I’ve got a lot of time to kill - my flight is not until 3:30. I head over to the Isis movie theater in the hopes of catching something from the festival, and I am rewarded in the best way possible with The King of Kong, a documentary about world record breaking video arcade game playing. It’s a fascinating story about a man named Steve Wiebe, and his quest to be recognized for beating the world record on Donkey Kong, held for years and years by Billy Mitchell. It should be out this summer - see it!!! The rest of the day - completely uninteresting, which is probably a good thing if you’re doing a lot of flying.

I’m sure I missed some stuff - storytellers, funny happenings, etc. PSB, can you think of anything?

March 8, 2007

I saw this performed live in Aspen

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 1:05 pm

He’s playing at The Screening Room at the end of March - I’m hoping to go.

March 7, 2007

I know, I know.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 7:10 pm

I haven’t finished the Aspen report, which means I haven’t even mentioned any of the other amazing shows I got to go to.

I also haven’t given a more thorough examination to the best dinner ever.

The problem is, I’m really tired, and I’ve actually been very busy at work for the past three days. My manager is giving me a major headache, booking first class flights when she knows she’s not supposed to, and asking me to get a whole bunch of information together from the entire group, to be put in a booklet, that she wants done by next week.

Feh.

That, and I’m staying up too late. I miss PSB and I miss having a beast to keep me company while PSB is away.

Twin B came over last night and we started playing Indigo Prophecy, which is really fun - it’s like a video game movie. B says it’s a little too slow for him, but I’m digging it. Then we kicked it olde skool and played some NARC, almost the whole way through, but the final boss is ridiculously hard, and if you run out of lives and restart with only 10 missiles I don’t know how you’re supposed to kill him. Then we played Total Carnage, the “sequel” to Smash TV, where we kept dying and dying. Finally we gave up. B was going to crash, thinking he had to work a few blocks away this morning, but he found out he was better off going back to Brooklyn. Instead of going to bed, I watched “Beer Fest”. Moderately amusing, but not as good as Super Troopers or Club Dread.

For more excitement, stay tuned.

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