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Best of Las Vegas, Nevada March 2023 Edition
I keep seeing “What should I do?” in r/LasVegas, r/poker, r/travel subs. Having visited Vegas since 2007, I finally wrote a guide for something that appeals to ALL demos, whether you gamble or not. The general idea is that if…
Walking through New York City
Shot on: Digital and 35mm film. Feat. Melis, my favorite model.
The Case for Fischer Random Chess (Chess960) and Chicken Games
“Please put aside your barbaric talk about Fischer Random 960. It obliterates the ability of the viewer to make sense of the board, so why bother?” — Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution Top-level classical chess has become so clean that draws…
Why Wildcat (2022) is this year’s most surprising founder story
With Melis balking at both Avatar & Babylon’s 3-hour plus run times, we walked an off-beaten path for our traditional Christmas theater movie to Wildcat, which at its surface is a “save the wild animals” documentary with cats. Easy feel-good…
A Summer Through Italy
Shot on: Digital and 120mm medium format film. Grazie Melis for the inspo!
How I Cashed in My First WSOP Main Event
“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.…