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As I've been immersing myself in poker, I've been overwhelmed by the parallels with pickup, in theory, practice, and in my experience as a student.
I'm not sure if this is pure coincidence, my mind trying to find a pattern where there's not one, or a genuine underlying pattern that probably extends to other areas of learning.
Pickup is the only other thing I can think of that I learned rapidly and by immersion. I made it my world for a year or two. As a result, I remember the learning process, whereas something like web development I can't really remember because I've been learning gradually.
EDIT: Thanks guys! He won!
A real post is coming tonight, but in the meantime I have a small favor to ask.
My dad's best friend, Bobby, is a huge Texas Longhorns fan, and he built a giant bus to tailgate. The bus was originally inspired by the bus my friends and I owned, but blows ours away in every respect. It has wood floors, a huge deck with an electric roof, plasma TVs, and even a solar powered security system.
"It's too humid for lightning," Todd said with considerable authority. He walked back in from his balcony.
"Is that really part of the equation?" I asked.
"I don't really know."
People always complain about my RSS because it usually works terribly. To be honest, it worked so poorly that all of my attempts to subscribe to my own feed to troubleshoot it have been failures.
Finally I decided that I was going to sit down and figure out what the problem was. After a bunch of dead ends, I FINALLY bit the bullet and disabled all of my plugins and then added them one by one to see if one of them broke it.
It was the plugin that made the chronological archive that used to be in the top right (now it just brings you to a blank page). Good riddance!
About a year and a half ago I started making friends with a squirrel. I would always keep some almonds in my pocket and would throw them for the squirrel to eat.
At first she wouldn't eat them anywhere near me, but by throwing them less and less far, I finally bridged the gap and got her to eat right in front of me.
Not too long after that I could get her to eat out of my hand. She would put her little paws on my hand, take the almond, and eat it while watching me suspiciously.
I wrote about becoming a pro poker player a couple weeks ago. I was going to write about something else, but two things sap my motivation:
1. I have wicked bad allergies to something, probably the Cedar-Elm, and can hardly focus on anything for more than 15 to 20 minutes before I start rubbing my eyes and sneezing.
2. All I really do now is play poker, so it's on my mind.
I'm not cut out for these series. I write a couple posts and then start wanting to write about other stuff, but I'm already locked in. Anyway, this is post three of the Living in a Small RV series, coming live from my RV on the side of the road in Austin, TX.
There are three tanks on an RV. Fresh, grey, and black. The freshwater is your water source to be used for showering, washing, and even drinking if you don't mind your water being a bit plasticky.
This is a continuation of the Living in a Small RV series. It will be a bit boring for anyone who isn't interested in solar power, but I wanted to write it like this because I had a tough time finding all of this information tied together.
There are two classes of devices in an RV that need electricity, AC and DC. The DC ones run off the battery and these include things like lights, the water pump, the vent fan(s), and anything you can plug into a 12v socket.
The AC ones are primarily the air conditioner and the microwave. They get their power from either plugging the RV in to a campsite or 120v socket at a house or by running the generator.
When I first bought an RV to live in last year a lot of people thought that it was a phase I would quickly snap out of. Part of me thought the same thing. Would a move from a 2000 square foot condo to a 100 square foot RV be bearable?
As it turned out, it was more than bearable. I loved it. When I left the country to travel, I sold everything including the RV I loved so much. Seven months later, back in Austin and faced with the proposition of finding somewhere to live, the decision was simple.
I wanted another RV, and it had to be even smaller.
Over the past year or so I've become a lot more interested in the environment. Maybe it's my exposure to the wilderness around the world this year, maybe it's the few documentaries about it that I've seen, or maybe it's just the fact that it's become a hot button issue and I've been forced to take notice.
That's not to say that I'm some tree hugging environmentalist who knows all the issues and is going to devote his life to saving the earth. My opinion on this isn't an expert opinion, it's just what I've cobbled together from the information I've been exposed to as well as my personal experience.
And I'm nowhere near being 100% green, whatever that means. Although I am completely solar dependent, use very little gas, eat vegan food that's mostly local and organic, I also spend a lot of time on planes and boats that are not particularly good for the environment.