woensdag 27 april 2016

Game of Thrones SE5E10 (Dance with Dragons) spoiler (so really not spoiler at this time any more)
Jon Snow getting murdered is one of my favorite things in the whole Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire story. I think it's a really realistic portrayal of things politics has to deal with and why there's such a term as 'progressiveness'.
It's probably not portrayed in the series enough, but especially in the books it's made very clear that Jon makes a very wise decision letting the Wildlings pass the wall (wise and the only viable option, he feels). However: it's just too much progress for the 'people'. The people being mostly the former scum that is the Night's Watch, though it should be noted here that Alistair Thorne never did anything that he didn't think was the right thing (the actor that plays him, is righty applauded for his performance, btw).
It's a classic tragedy: everyone plays the part he's supposed to be play, circumstances make it so everyone lose. Damn you Gods!

zaterdag 2 april 2016

Twitch poker

If you like watching poker, classics like High Stakes Poker, for instance, you'll love Twitch poker! These are all the channels: https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Poker These channels I recommend: https://www.twitch.tv/jcarverpoker Jcarver probably started it all. I've been following him since his YouTube days. He's just the most fun. But, as of a few weeks, I've completely converted to Tonkaaaap: https://www.twitch.tv/tonkaaaap He plays the biggest tourneys, totaling buy-ins up to over 10K just for one stream. It's great to sweat along, to run run deep and win a tourney (and it consumes hours of you time). Tonight I watched for the first time a new streamer, cash game crusher WCG|Rider: https://www.twitch.tv/upswingpoker. He's pretty novice at streaming, but it's just cool because he's good. I've probably learned a lot from watching, too. But of course it's most educational if you're a good boy and you do your studying as well. Some thoughts: Players like Tonka and WCG show you there's whole different levels of thinking about poker. Like: you don't play cards or even opponents, you play ranges against ranges. Haven't heard much mentioning of GTO, but I'm sure these guys don't let themselves be exploited. You get the feeling Tonka has such a huge edge and so maneuverability in his tourneys. That inspires hope for my own play.