Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Manny, Gone

Manny Machado has been traded, and thank goodness, the Orioles got a fistful of prospects from the Dodgers for him.  I am glad they are recognizing that the only plans they should be making are rebuilding plans.

My friend Jeff the Dodger fan will be happy.  I’m happy for Manny and glad he’ll play on a team that has a chance.  Manny deserves that.  He’s been great as an Oriole but the Orioles no longer deserve him.   They are on a pace to lose 115 games this season.

I have already mentioned that the Orioles are not good this year.  But one night this past May, we went to our almost-annual Orioles game and watched these:

So, Manny, thanks for everything.  Now go get you a ring!

 

Browder

TIL that there’s someone Putin is afraid of.

Is it this guy?

Aw hell, naw! as they say on Black Jeopardy.  That guy is Putin’s muppet!

No, it’s this guy….

This is Bill Browder.  He is at least partly responsible for something called the Magnitsky Act.   If you don’t know, the Magnitsky Act is the law that allows the assets of human rights violators to be frozen.  The Magnitsky Act is probably how the international community will finally get Vladimir Putin for his crimes against humanity.

Of all the things Putin asked for of his muppet yesterday, this guy was the one mentioned by name.  Putin wants very badly for some of his assassins representatives to get within spitting distance of Bill Browder.

I’m thinking it’s not for the selfie opportunity.

Disgraceful

“You have been watching,” said the disembodied voice of Anderson Cooper, “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader that I’ve ever seen.”

So Pumpkin went to Helsinki and did everything his boss, Putin, could have wanted. Maybe even more.

These two men are loyal to Russia, and neither of them to the USA. That makes one of them good at his job, and the other a traitor. (NYTimes. Click through for the whole story)

He did not blame Putin for Putin’s meddling in our election.  He blamed the US intelligence community for pointing it out!  He blamed the press for reporting it!

Disgraceful is the mildest word.

Congrats, John Cynn

John Cynn won the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event of the 2018 WSOP.  He played almost flawless poker the whole time we could see him.

There were two very remarkable deep runs this year.  John Cynn won after going to 11th in 2016.  And the day before, Joe Cada went out in 5th after having won in 2009.

In the days before what they call “The Moneymaker Boom” the main event of the WSOP attracted fewer than 1,000 people.  But in these last few years, the fields that Cynn and Cada fought through to make it to 11th / 5th / 1st twice?  2009: 6,494.  2016: 6,737.  This year: 7,874.  These are some truly remarkable players.  It was a joy to watch.

This is Why I Block Ads

And why you should too.

Introducing, The Spinner!

Warning: this video is their ad, so take it with many grains of salt.  Like, the whole shaker.

The Spinner is a product that you, a shitty man, connive to have your victim wife install, unbeknownst to her, in her web browser.  Then it starts guiding the articles she sees on all websites she normally visits.  The intention is, to influence her to initiate sex with you.  Because, being the lump of excrement that you are, you have no other way to accomplish this lofty goal.

All the different dangers and creepiness of online ads have long since gelled in my mind to the simple idea that ads are evil.  In a way, I am grateful for this product.  It distills that concept to its purest form yet and provides a single concrete example I can point to.

And that all said, the same ideas and techniques are touted by all major online advertising platforms as a reason why one should engage their services.  They just manage to pull it off with less PUA flair.

Now that I have read these last 17 news items, I must go do my husband immediately!“, said no woman ever.

h/t @aral 

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