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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Electric Universe
The Shocking True Story of Electricity
Hardcover
By David Bodanis


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The idea that our world is permeated by invisible waves was so strange that it took a giant engineering project, deep under the cold waters of the Atlantic, to begin to convince the majority of researchers that it was true. Before the nineteenth century was out, a determined experimentalist found ways to release these waves from inside copper wires and send them flying free. This discovery led to the first experiments with cell phones (and a primitive mobile phone was operating on London's Portland Place in 1879, outside the present-day BBC Broadcasting House). A few decades afterward, television and radar took shape as well, hitching a ride with the same invisible waves. In the second and third parts of the book, I show how those waves were used: first for peace, then for war.

In the twentieth century the door opened even further. A few physicists were finally able to look directly at the face of electricity. The younger ones were awed by what they saw; many of the older ones -- including even the great Einstein -- pulled back, saying that what was now revealed was something they could never accept.

What the researchers had found was that the atoms inside us don't really look like miniature solar systems, with electrons orbiting like miniature planets around a tiny sun. Rather, these electrons -- which are central to how electricity affects us -- can wildly teleport from one location to another. It was the only partially predictable nature of these jumps that Einstein was thinking of when he famously said, "God does not play dice with the universe." (And it was to that dictum that his friend Niels Bohr exasperatedly replied, "Einstein, stop telling God what to do!") (From Introduction at pgs. 7-8)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without Blood
Hardcover
By Alessandro Baricco
Translated by Ann Goldsten


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More Gambling Italia.





On playing the lotto:

Quote:
"I'd like a ticket," she said.

Then the man turned and stuck his hand up among the strips of tickets hanging behind him.

The woman pointed to a strip that was longer than the others.

"That one there...can you take it from that strip?"

"This one?"

"Yes."

The man tore off the ticket. He glanced at the number and nodded approval with his head. He placed it on the wooden counter between him and the woman.

"It's a good number."

"What did you say?"

The man didn't answer because he was looking at the woman's face, as if he were searching for something.

"Did you say it's a good number?"

The man lowered his gaze to the ticket:

"Yes, it has two 8's in a symmetrical position and has equal sums."

"What does that mean?"

"If you draw a line through the middle of the number, the sum of the figures on the right is the same as those on the left. Generally that's a good sign." (-- pgs. 44-45)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why We Lie
The Evolutionary Roots of Deception
and the Unconscious Mind

Hardcover
By David Livingston Smith


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The game of life is starting to look a lot more like the fiercely psychological game of poker than the comparatively asocial game of chess. Deception and mind reading are essential components of poker. Remember the scene in the film * Maverick in which James Garner defeats a femme fatale bluffing with a bad hand? When she asks him how he saw through her ruse, Garner remarks, "Breath holding. You hold your breath when get excited." Maverick's mind reading feat is not unrealistic.

Accomplished poker players mobilize an army of techniques for misdirection, manipulation, and intimidation that have an uncanny resemblance to the methods used by other species to defend themselves against predators. They engage in crypsis -- the famous "poker face" -- to conceal their reactions and intentions or use incessant chatter -- "talk a good game" as a diversionary tactic. "Berserkos" force others to make risky moves. Some, like "Crazy" Mike Caro, use the protean strategy of seemingly bizarre and random behavior.

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Crazy Mike would discard cards at random (or pretend to), give away "bonus" chips to losing players, deliberately play with six cards (a dead hand), raise and bluff with no chance of winning, play a portable tape recorder indicating whether he would pass or raise, and challenge other players to "death matches" in which the loser must kill himself.(Footnote omitted)(-- pgs. 106-107)


Maverick
DVD

(A classic demonstration of bluffing. See riff above).



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jazz
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By 1993 Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison




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"I don't believe an eight has been out this month," she says, thinking about the daily number combinations. "Not one. Bound to come up soon, so I'm hanging an eight on everything."

"That's no way to play," says Joe. "Get you a combo and stay with it."

"No. Eight is due, I know it. Was all over the place in August -- all summer, in fact. Now it's ready to come out of hiding."

"Suit yourself." Joe is examining a shipment of Cleopatra products.

"Got a mind to double it with an aught and two or three others just in case who is that pretty girl standing next to you?" She looks up at Joe expecting an answer. (-- p. 24)


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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday Night
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Poker Ace Daniel Negreanu
Mind Games

By Benjamin Leszcz
December, 2004


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In one televised hand, Negreanu called a large raise before the flop, based on his down cards. After the flop, when the first three common cards failed to improve his hand, he folded and revealed his own cards: a two and a five, one of the worst hands possible. The message to his opponents: "I'm going to mess with you all day, and you'll never know where I'm at. I might have deuce-five, I might have kings, I might have aces. I want to get into your head and play mind games."

Negreanu is generally confident that his playfulness at the table won't reveal much. He admits, though, that there are a handful of players who have a "definite read" on him. "It's so much easier to manipulate a novice or an intermediate player," he says. "I can do some talking and I'm not worried about what I'm giving away. But if I start talking to [legendary players] Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese or Phil Ivey, someone like that, the more I talk, they'll be like, 'OK, now I know what you've got.' A really good player, I'm not going to give him any free information." (-- p. 28)


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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Good Thief

Based on the French classic,
Bob le Flambeur
DVD


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More of the Gambling Riviera.





Bob's ten rules of gambling:

Lesson #1:

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Bob: Hey Anne.
Anne: Mmmmm (sleepily).
Bob: Do you know the first thing to learn about gambling?
Anne: What?
Bob: Clothes. He or she should always look their best.
Anne: We don't quite make it.
Bob: No. So...let's go shopping.


Lesson #2

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Bob: Anne, do you know the second thing?
Anne: Tell me.
Bob: Gambling and dope don't mix.


Lesson #3

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Anne: The third?
Bob: Always play the game to the limit. Damn the consequences.


Lesson #4

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Bob: We're going to see fake glamor, serious money and a lot of bad plastic surgery. But remember - the dice falls the same for all of them.
Anne: That's lesson number four?
Bob: Five and six.


Lesson #7

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Bob: (After Bob's big win at the roulette table, Anne surrounds him, emitting a victorious yelp). Listen, rule number seven; don't take it the wrong way. Displays of emotion are kept to a minimum.


Lesson #8

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Anne: How much do you owe the Cubist?
Bob: One and a half million francs.
Anne: Have you a long way to go, Bob?
Bob: Rule number eight: never tempt fate.


Lesson #9

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Bob: Another lesson.
Anne: What number is this?
Bob: Dosn't matter. Always tip. Private rooms.


Lesson #10

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Bob: ...A last rule.
Anne: What?
Bob: If you're gonna win big...do it with a girl called Anne. Okay?


...and one more for the road:

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Roger (Bob's co-dependent cop/chaser): Hey, you won, you lunatic!
Bob: It's not about winning, Roger. It's about attitude. Win or lose, you gotta do 'em both with grace.
Roger: You learn that in recovery?
Bob: Change the things you can, accept the things you can't, learn the wisdom to know the difference.
Roger: Ah, so what's the difference between a run of luck and a casino heist?
Bob: Then again, Roger, there's some eventualities that recovery doesn't prepare you for.


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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Real Simple
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How to Win...
by Liz Welch
At Poker
June, 2005


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It turns out Kenny Rogers gave solid advice: You have to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. You'd be smart, too, to bone, says Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, the 2004 World Series of Poker champion. "Study poker books the way you would college textbooks," he says. He recommends David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker (Two Plus Two Publishing, $30). To practise anteing up and folding without losing, go online, to noncash sites, like PartyPoker.com, says Kathy Liebert, the first woman to win $1 million in a single tournament. Watching televised games, like the World Series of Poker, she says, will give you a sense of when "professionals fold, bet, or bluff." Some people are bluffers; others only play good hands. And many give themselves away (their eyes light up at strong cards, for example), which explains why many pros, including Raymer, wear sunglasses. "They help conceal expressions," he says. (-- p. 42)

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The Theory of Poker
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By David Sklansky





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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mathematics Made Simple
Paperback
By Thomas Cusick


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In how many different ways can a poker hand of five cards be dealt from a 52-card deck?

Solution: Since the grouping of five cards is important, and the order of the cards is not important, the problem is a combinations problem. Here let n=52m and let t=5, and use the combinations forumula to solve the problem.

c(52,5) = 52!/ 5!(52-5)!

= 52!/ 5!47

= (52) (51) (50) (49) (48) (47)/
5!47!

Notice that we can simplify the combinations formula here without having to multiply out all of the items of the product.

Note that 47!/47! is equal to 1. Rewrite 47! product now as:

= (52) (51) (50) (49) (48)/ 5!

= (52) (51) (50) (49) (48)/ (5) (4) (3) (2) (1)

= 2, 598, 960

(-- p. 189)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Multiple Streams of Internet Income
Paperback
By Rober G. Allen




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Your most important task is to drive traffic to your site. If you have no traffic, your site has no value. I repeat: a Web page is nothing. Traffic is everything. By traffic, I mean visits by people. The more visits, the more valuable your space. Think of it this way: Before Las Vegas became the 'hot spot' it was nothing but a few lonely buildings in the middle of the desert. Along came gambling and attracted a few people. The casinos needed to attract more people, so they added famous entertainers and glitzy dancing girls. Traffic increased. (From the chapter entitled, Online Mar-Ka-Ching! Six Major Ways to Make Money from Your Site, at p. 100)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

French Leave
Paperback
By P.G. Wodehouse


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More of the Gambling Riviera.





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A keen predatory look came into her face. "I shall go right off and play at the big table," she said. "I feel this is my lucky day. You won't mind me leaving you?"

"No, Auntie," said Mavis.

"Not a bit," said Freddie, and he had seldom spoken straighter from the heart. "You go right ahead and skin those dagoes to the bone."

In order to skin to the bone the dagoes at the big table at the Roville -- or any other -- Casino, it is necessary to supply yourself with the sinews of war. Mrs. Pegler's first move, accordingly, was to proceed to the caisse and cash a cheque for five hundred thousand francs. (-- pgs. 136-137)


How much rosier this world would be if only the Wodehouse estate would loosen its vice-like grip on Plum's plums and allow the British movie industry to do its stuff. Imagine it: the decided absence of truly foul language and all actors fully clothed throughout.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saveur
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June/July 2005


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Poker parties at home may be an occasion for junk-food noshing, but at the WORLD SERIES OF POKER, being held this month in Las Vegas, you'll rarely find real card sharks eating a thing. Although eating at the table is permitted, it is discouraged. According to poker authorities, it's considered evidence that the player is not focused and that his or her position is thus weaker. No worries: big buffets are waiting in the wings to console the losers. (From On the Side by Kelly Alexander in the Saveur FARE section at p. 22)


Even our favorite world anthropology/agriculture probe disguised as a lavish cooking magazine is in on the poker bubble, it seems.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best
The Collected Blandings Short Stories
Paperback
By P.G. Wodehouse




In The Crime Wave at Blandings, a short story concerning a certain airgun and various discharges of same, the earl of Blandings, proud master of the Empress, a three-time champion in the Fat Pigs class at the annual Shropshire Agricultural Fair, meditates on a regrettable decision to shoot at his former secretary however satisfying was the result, in the hind end:

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His heart was bowed down with the weight of woe. Oh, says the poet, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive, and it was precisely the same, Lord Emsworth realized, when first we practise to shoot airguns. Just one careless, offhand pop at a bending Baxter, and what a harvest, what a retribution! As a result of that single idle shot he had been compelled to augment his personal staff with a landagent, which would infuriate his sister Constance, and a private secretary, which would make his life once again the inferno it had been in the old, bad Baxter days. He could scarcely have got himself into more trouble if he had gone blazing away with a machine gun. (- p. 141)

...Left alone, Lord Emsworth faced the facts. He understood now what had happened. The note was no longer mystic. What it meant was that for some reason that trump card of his had proved useless. He had thought to stop Baxter's mouth with bribes, and he had failed. The man had seemed to accept the olive branch, but later there must have come some sharp revulsion of feeling, causing him to change his mind. No doubt a sudden twinge of pain in the wounded area had brought the memory of his wrongs flooding back upon him, so that he was going to blow the gaff. Even now the whole facts in the case might have been placed before Lady Constance. And even now, Lord Emsworth felt with a shiver, Connie might be looking for him. (-- p. 143)


Yes, Virginia, of course there's a happy ending:

Quote:
P.G. Wodehouse said, 'I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; ... (From the inside page)


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wall Street Money Machine
Hardcover
By Wade B. Cook


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Remember, bet on the jockey, not on the horse. When we are investing in a company, the number one consideration should be its management. How good are the leaders, what are their experinences, and how will they handle adversity? Even if they have a great product, with a mediocre management team, the result will be mediocre. On the other hand, if they have a mediocre product, a good management team will either enhance it, figure out a way to sell it, or create new products and services that will make the company successful. (- p. 22)


No big surprise the guy now lives on a horse ranch.

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How to Make Money in Stocks
Third Edition
Paperback
By William J. O'Neil




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There are two often misunderstood words to describe the kinds of people who participate in the stock market: speculator and investor. When you think of the word "speculator," you might think of someone who takes big risks, gambling on the future success of a stock. Conversely, when you think of the word "investor," you might think of someone who approaches the stock market in a sensible and rational manner. According to these conventional definitions, you may think it's smarter to be an "investor." But Barack defines "speculator" as follows: "The word speculator comes from the Latin 'specularia,' which means to spy and observe. A speculator, therefore, is a person who observes and acts before the future occurs." This is precisely what you should be doing: you should watch the market and individual stocks to analyze what they're doing now, and then act upon that information. Jesse Livermore, another stock market legend, defined "investor" this way: "Investors are the big gamblers. They make a bet, stay with it, and if it goes wrong, they lose it all."/b] After reading this far, you should already know that this is not the proper way to invest. There is no such thing as long-term investment once a stock drops into the loss column and you're down 8% befow your cost. (From the chapter entitled, [b]Are You a Speculator or Investor?, at pgs. 96-97)


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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding
Money and Investing

Paperback
By Kenneth M. Morris and Alan M. Siegel




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One reason futures and options are complex is that they're derivative, bybrid, investments. Instead of representing shares of ownership-like stocks - or the promise of loan repayment - like bonds - each contract and option is once or twice removed from a real product. A crude oil futures contract, for instance, is a bet on which way oil prices will move. What happens to oil itself is of little interest to the investor. Even more esoteric are products like a S & P 500 futures contract. It doesn't represent ownership in anything. It's merely a bet on how the stocks in that index will perform over a given time. (-- p. 224)


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