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BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV
first time at the Rio (adios Riviera) and things get epic
Hard Times 10-Ball Open
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
just a lil pre-Vegas warm up tournament
West Coast Challenge
$4,000 added One Pocket
$10,000 added 10-Ball
California Billiard Club
Mountain View, CA
last event at this location before they close (sadface)
Cole Dickson Memorial 9-Ball
Family Billiards
San Francisco, CA
for legendary road player Cole Dickson
Pots 'N' Pans Memorial 9-Ball
Pool Sharks
Las Vegas, NV
celebrating hustler Bernard Rogoff, better known as "Pots 'N' Pans"
TAR35 | Dennis Orcollo vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second and third days
TAR33 | Francisco Bustamante vs Alex Pagulayan
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second (1P) and part of third (10B) day
TAR32 | Ronnie Alcano vs Jayson Shaw
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
GREAT match • Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament coverage
Chet Itow Memorial 9-Ball
California Billiards Club
Mountain View, CA
drank too much to do good coverage, but here it is, anyway
Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
let Robocop show you how to run a six-pack, Citizen
TAR31 | Mike Dechaine vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
TAR30 | Darren Appleton vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
the boys are back in town
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the best kind of New Year's Sandwich
that's not okay
you know that I'm no good
on being a reasonable human being with realistic expectations
instasham series
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the only people for me are the mad ones
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Jack Justis Cases
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Sugartree Customs
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Tucker Cue Works
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Kurzweils' Country Meats
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the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be


I have yet to get all my pool-relating postings together although the process is moving along. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from my very brief visit to the Strybing Arboretum on a dim, rainy day.


Daffodils bloom under a dormant crabapple tree.


The sun shone strongly enough through the clouds for me to get a picture of a cycad amongst palm trees.



Egads, the cycad!
The cycad looks like either a palm tree or a fern, but is neither (although distantly related to both). They were plentiful back during the Jurassic Age 225 million years ago, and have evolved very little since.
Cycads are dioecious: there are male trees and female trees. Wind is the pollinator between the trees. Sex changes by trees have been known to occur due to extreme trauma or stress, but this happens only very rarely.
About a quarter of the cycad species are endangered due to theft and collection from their natural habitats. They are regulated by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Cycads are not safe even when dead and fossilized: Fossil Cycad National Monument was a national monument in South Dakota beginning in 1922. The site contained hundreds of fossil cycads, one of the world’s greatest concentrations. Because vandals stole or destroyed all of the visible fossils, it was withdrawn as a national monument in 1957.


I did not know this, but it was prime magnolia season when I visited. Many magnolia species flower before their first leaves appear.

Magnolias are an ancient genus that appeared on the evolutionary timeline before bees. It is theorized beetles were its first pollinators. The Arboretum’s magnolia collection is ranked fourth in the world, with nearly a hundred species.



There were pink, red, and white magnolias at the Arboretum, but the only pictures that turned out well were of the white ones, likely because the weather did not provide good lighting that day.
Just kidding, I found one. :-)
This is Magnolia campbellii, Campbell’s Magnolia, Michelia doltsopa, Sweet Michelia, a tree closely related to the magnolia and native to the eastern Himalayas and the Meghalaya subtropical forests in India. The trees grow very tall and have large, fragrant flowers. The wood is also fragrant and is used for house-building in Nepal and Bhutan.



Camellias had a section of the gardens as well. The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, is a camellia.
Rhododendrons were also plentiful. The tall and low shrubs in this photograph are all rhododendrons. Fun fact, rhododendrons can grow very, very large — plants grown as ornamental shrubs can grow larger than the houses they ornament.
The below rhododendron bush is 125 years old(!).

whoa nelly

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There were also some neatly weird plants.
This neat little one is Aristolochia californica, also known as the California pipevine or Calfornia Dutchman’s-pipe. It smells like rotting meat and this scent attracts carrion insects which then pollinate its flowers.
The California pipevine swallowtail butterfly’s caterpillar uses the flowers of the plant as its own little apartment in which to pupate.
Initially, I was going to just post pictures and no neat factoids because I couldn’t figure out what this plant was.
But we all know I have an endless obsession with knowing, if only for the sake of knowing. I embarked on an epic Internet search adventure and found…
I even tried the very extensive database at the Arboretum website. I went through a few hundred pictures (insomia filler) before I was all, screw this, I’m finally sleepy enough to sleep.
UPDATE (thanks, reddit): This fluorescent yellow Jim-Henson-y plant is a member of the Euphorbia (Wikipedia says not to be confused with euphoria) genus, the fourth-largest genus of flowering plants.
Euphorbia’s common name “spurge” derives from its use as a purgative. (Basically, it’s a puke-plant.) This particular Euphorbia seems to be Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii, the Mediterranean Spurge. This variety is named “Lambrook Gold”.
This is Edgeworthia chrystantha, also known as the Oriental Paperbush. Its bark fibers are used in the making of Japanese paper.
Caught this just before I ran out of batteries. I love the bright, bright speckles of pollen on the petals that look like the most delicate of crinkled tissue paper.
This is Cistus albus, the White Leaf Rockrose. Various Cistus species are known to emit volatile oils, rendering the plants flammable. Some sources state that under dry, hot conditions these species may be capable of self-ignition.


thanks to Wikipedia and the Internet for the fun facts

all that is gold does not glitter

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uno momento por favor

Due to technical difficulties, the blog is on pause.

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the world is a tragedy to those who feel

Not a bad idea.

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so long, TAR, and thanks for all the fish

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the twilight zone | subwoofage

the internet is a wonderful and terrible thing, not unlike the game of billiards itself

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the twilight zone | goldfish brains

swimming in The Twilight Zone

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