event horizon

procrastinate more effectively
 
A little house of secrets on the Great Plains
[ REUTERS ]
The secretive business havens of Cyprus and the Cayman Islands face a potent rival: Cheyenne, Wyoming.
WOW.
 
$1 Billion that Nobody Wants
[ NPR ]
Politicians in Washington hardly let a few minutes go by without mentioning how broke the government is. So, it’s a little surprising that they’ve created a stash of more than $1 billion that almost nobody wants.
 
Why Does Dominique Strauss-Kahn Have White Hair and Black Eyebrows?
[ SLATE ]
It all comes down to enzymes.
 
Letters of Note
[ BLOG ]
Correspondence deserving of a wider audience.
You could waste an entire workweek here.
 
How 10,000 People Keep a Secret
[ NY TIMES ]
There are picnics, and then there are picnics.
 
 
 

craftiness

My craftiness goes in cycles. I got all ceramic’d out there for moment and went on a yarn binge. Behold, the keychains of my manic labor.

yay!

 
 
 

in other news of the world

 
Bartram vs Dippy   TAR Studio now open for business action
 
Yep, all your big-ass action matches will now be played and STREAMED in IDEAL CONDITIONS! No more inconsistent internet quality and no more hauling tons of equipment for the TAR monkeys. They no longer go to where the action is, the action goes to them.
Their first match (next week!) on July 19th features David “Dippy/Viffer” Peat vs Chris “Smooth Criminal” Bartram. As you can see in the flyer to the left, Mr. Peat will get some insane weight as per the norm.
In the meantime, check out the video and slideshow of the TAR Studio.
 

ABP vs Barry Behrman

Best solution for all is a compromise, but I don’t see that happening.

Yes, U.S. Open has been going on for 35 years and it’s highly prestigious, but if Behrman doesn’t straighten things out and have a little transparency, that title is going to devaluate right quick. In his reponse to the ABP, Behrman hints that some players were not aware their names were being used in support of the boycott. Scintillating!

And the ABP? They’re a tad opaque as well. I still don’t know what’s going on with that. They made a stand, but do they have a plan? And if they have a plan, how do they mean to execute and enforce it? Are they going to boycott any other events? Do they like cats? How about dogs? Bunnies? As professional pool players, they are taking a big risk (admirable) by passing up money (which there isn’t much of) in billiards.

I eagerly await (with buttered popcorn sprinkled with Tapatio) the ABP’s response to Behrman’s allegations that some players on the boycott list had no intention of boycotting the U.S. Open.

 

Super Billiards Expo is moving

The Valley Forge Convention center is becoming a casino.

Tough-ass pool players have been muscled out by little old ladies with blue hair, cigarettes, and odd floral-patterned outfits.

The event has changed dates (now March 8-11, 2012) and has a new venue, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. It’s probably for the better. I’m not going to miss that long-ass walk down a claustrophobic hallway. It’s just six miles down the road from the old Convention Center so it’s been suggested that your travel plans won’t have to change — but if you’re like me and will not have a car, they probably will.

 

Seminole Pro Tour round robin format

Any one else think this format (you play 10 games and earn points for each game won with bonus point for break-and-runs) is easily manipulated? Players who have no chance of making the cut to the next round can make a deal to dump their match 10-0 to give their opponent a better chance of making the cut.

 

That’s all. There’s a whole lotta shaking and moving going on…

 

6 Replies to “event horizon”

    1. I agree, this format is not exactly great. I’ll have a little more detail on that later this week…

  1. I though that only us latinos ate popcorn with tapatio. Only I would change the adjective from sprinkled to drenched 🙂

    1. Good hot sauce + butter = Buffalo popcorn!

      I’m not above stealing delicious ideas.

  2. Regarding the round robin format, that’s exactly what happened to my friend in a round robin tournament at our local pool hall. It was a 9-ball tournament, not all the same rules as this, but the same basic problem.

    They set up four man groups, top two from each group advance, with number of losses being the tie-breaker. Our group happened to be me and my friend with two other guys that were friends of each other. One of those guys was significantly better than the rest of us. I played poorly but my friend played well and should have advanced, as he beat me and the other average player 4-1 each. He got edged out though with one more loss than the other average player (who also went 2 and 1) because the really good player lost to his buddy 0-4.

    My friend was pretty steamed and so was I. We decided we’d much rather stick to the double and single elimination formats from now on.

    1. I’ve heard through the grapevine that quite a few players were dissatisfied with this format and lobbied (not sure how successfully) to have the remaining events go back to the double-elimination format (there is supposed to be at least one more round-robin tournament).

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