“Remember this. The house doesn’t beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.” — Nicholas “The Greek” Dandolos BACKSTORY Back in December, I decided to play the $10,000 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Championship. My last tournament experience was a $1,000 NLHE WSOP…in 2012.
I’m only one stomach in the sea of many. But having built my palette resume over San Francisco and New York, I’m excited to share with you my Los Angeles faves. For my sanity, I’ve focused mainly on the West Side LA, and will expand slowly from there. No. 1
Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s sci-fi epic had been sitting on my to-watch for some time. By sheer chance, I read the Strugatsky brothers’ Roadside Picnic, which Stalker is based on. There are SPOILERS ahead for both Stalker and Picnic. Both works share the “stalker” concept, with subtle nuances. In Stalker, they’re
“My tranquility needs to be refurbished.” Alma Wheatley When you play a lot of chess, you start recognizing what “Hollywood” dresses up in films to increase drama or exaggerate details to cue the audience what is happening in a game. So when Queen’s Gambit arrived on Netflix, it went to
Writer’s note: Something I wrote up during a 45-minute free-writing session. The prompt was “grasping.” Mechanical watches are useless in this dream because time moves faster for only you when you’re aware of the time. Emotions play a big part in time movement, too. Anger accelerates time in most cases,
Maybe because I’m going back on the warpath that I’m noticing an interesting trend among my Valley peers that have been “in the game” since the 2010s: we’re building again. This part is choked with anecdotes, but hear me out. COVID has “reset” our social and cultural patterns, which in
Last updated: Oct 2020 Sure, I could be other blogs where they throw 1,000+ titles to show breadth. Instead, I’d rather lightly pitch why each piece is time well spent, and share my core reading culture. These are all worth a physical paperback/hardcover copy. Nonfiction Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
2020 was supposed to be a record $899 billion dining-boom before COVID-19 happened. By May it wrenched into a $120 billion reversal loss, which the National Restaurant Association is predicting to go up to $240 billion by year’s end. A lot of good restaurants are closing up for good. Are