Molly’s Game: Especially Interesting if You are a Poker Player.

Molly’s Game (2017) is based on the memoir by Molly Bloom (2014). It is the true story, from her point of view. Principally photographed in Toronto, Canada, it is written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (56). He is an award-winning writer, of such things as A Few Good Men and The West Wing, and this is his directorial debut. It would appear that working with good directors has taught him a lot, as his direction of this film is competent and professional. I found his fast conversations as people were moving around, a little hard to follow at times. Perhaps if I knew more about Poker and the running of a Game, I would have found it easier.

Jessica Chastain (40) plays Molly Bloom with conviction. I wonder if the real Molly is always as serious as she is depicted. This is the story of a driven woman, highly intelligent and beautiful, but with no apparent sense of humour. She is an excellent business woman, in what could probably be called more of a man’s world. She even gets lightly beaten up by the Russian Mob, and survives. The FBI were almost too much for her, but she managed to get out of their clutches with much less damage than might have been expected. There doesn’t seem to be a lighter side to her character. This means that there is not a lighter side to the film.... [Read More]

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Curmudgeon before Coffee

It seems the deep state is snarling and gnashing teeth as the traps get sprung. It looks like a number of key folks in DOJ and the FBI and I expect some in CIA and NSA are to be exposed and removed.

The Clinton machine rejected the olive branch Trump held out early on and kept the Trump probes going using the politicized agencies. Now they get the return fire. It seems Bill was the smart one.... [Read More]

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Trump vs. Bannon

This has been a very interesting topic and I am curious where it goes. I don’t see it as “Anything New” but also as something distracting and not helpful in the grand scheme of things. But it does fit with what has worked for our President before and I have no reason to think it will alter his path or vision.

I saw this article at American Thinker and I do believe that this author (C. Edmund Wright) gets it. He finds a way to “thread the needle” on President Trump between the Nevers and the Always. I believe that most of us are in this same “middle”, with certainly a position as far away from the Nevers as possible. I like this …... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018/1/5: Favorites Games & Toys from Your Childhood

I was thinking about this topic because my kids were home over Christmas, and even though they are in their mid-20s now, they broke out board games to play on our dining room table, late into the night.  They were none of the games I remember though! They played Settlers of Cataan, Phase 10 and King Domino.  Some that I remember from growing up in the 1960s are:

Fascination Pool – a plastic maze board that looked like a pool table – the picture above. You held it in your hands, released little balls from the center and tried to tip the board to get all the balls one by one into the color-corresponding pockets – but not let them roll into the wrong-color pocket.... [Read More]

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Let’s get this party started

So we’re a sort of refugee camp – a happy one, to be sure. Full of grown ups.

I’d like to thank John Walker and the infamous Dime for gathering us all together. I am Irish and therefore not an optimist by nature, but I’ve never felt such hope and promise. And I am enjoying seeing so many people I’ve been missing.... [Read More]

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I Know, You’d Never Even Think: Ratburger’s Got the Podcast Links

Here at Ratburger, the foremost site for civil discussion on the Internet, unencumbered by  adverts, pop-ups, glacial page loading times, and censors, we don’t (yet) have our own podcasts.  But we listen to them, from time to time.  And now, you can find all of your favourite podcasts right here, without frequenting legacy sites.

There’s a new drop-down on the Activity item on the main menu, “Podcasts”.  It displays a page (or pages, depending upon how many are shown), with links to the most recent two episodes of podcasts followed by Ratburger members.  When you click on the link, you’ll be taken to the site which hosts the podcast; each site may have its own interface to play, download, or otherwise consume its content.  Once you click, it’s on them, not on the rat on a bun.... [Read More]

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Understanding the Intel CPU Security Bug

You may have heard about the discovery of a major security hole affecting most recent Intel microprocessors which allows a process running on a computer to exploit a side-channel attack to read privileged information from the operating system or other processes on the same machine.

Here is the technical paper describing this exploit.  This was reported by those who discovered it to the major CPU manufacturers: Intel, AMD, and ARM on 2017-06-01, but kept secret to allow time for mitigation to be put into place.... [Read More]

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The Old Dominion Goes Old School Election

The Virginia House of Delegates has been decided by drawing a name from a bowl.  Wildest election I’ve seen. Democrats flipped a number of seats pulling into a virtual tie with it sitting at 50-49 pending the outcome of district 94. Yancey (R) initially won by 10 votes. Simonds (D) won the recount by one vote. Yancey filed a legal motion to include a disputed vote which a three-judge panel agreed with making the race a tie. Under VA law, the winner was then decided by random, in this case drawing the names out of a bowl. Of course, now Democrats are being their normal hypocritical selves going from “every vote counts” when they thought they won to “that vote shouldn’t count” when it cost them the election.  It’s about as hypocritical as their crying about gerrymandering when they practiced it for decades when they ran the commonwealth (and still practice it where they’re in power in other states).

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TOTD 2018-1-3: The British Invasion – After Action Report

We all know of the Feb. 9, 1964, “The Ed Sullivan Show” appearance by the Beatles in a trip that symbolizes the start of the British Invasion. However, the group technically made their American talk/variety show debut a month earlier on January 3rd’s “The Jack Paar Show.”

Paar purchased BBC concert footage and gave a comedic commentary. The episode doubled Paar’s normal rating and supercharged interest in the Beatles in advance of their Sullivan appearance.... [Read More]

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At Home with Monsters

At Home with Monsters by Guillermo del Toro, showing presently at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is an incredible exhibition. A collection of pieces from Bleak House, del Toro’s home outside Los Angeles, this is the personal collection of a creative mind that sees monsters as the darker side of each one of us. He believes that we have to recognize and face this side of our inner world so that we can make peace with it.... [Read More]

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Stupid Resume Sites

Why, in the name of God, does every flipping company make me re-enter my work history when I uploaded a resume? And if it uses Linked IN, why on God’s green Earth can the damn thing not manage to load the fields correctly?

Self-driving cars cannot be around the corner, because what I see here is total garbage. There is no way cars can drive themselves, when computers cannot read a resume from LinkedIN when it is ALREADY SORTED BY CATAGORY!... [Read More]

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TOTD 1/2: Small Business

Mine, that is.  Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the startup of my LLC, and also marks the year my total of independent employment exceeds my years as an employee of others.  Although the legal details were prepared and registered (quietly) in December of ’02, fifteen years ago today, three of my peers and I simultaneously resigned from the industrial systems integration firm of which we were senior employees.

We each had discussed our frustrations with the 51% owner’s management style, and his apparent intention to never yield any more ownership to future partners.  Gaining ownership was a five-year goal I had stated outright when I interviewed for that job, with that owner, four years before.  Or more precisely, when asked for my five year goal, I answered “Ownership of or partnership in a company like yours.”... [Read More]

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