Monday, March 10, 2014


I've spent the last several years learning to code and just finished building a new site you might find useful. Please share it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog/Whatever if you think people you know might like it too: Xossa helps you find the location for numerous restaurants, fast food chains and other stores. For instance you can find: CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL locations RED LOBSTER locations CITGO locations MARATHON locations PIZZA HUT locations I designed it to be dead simple to use and have the most accurate information you can find. None of the chains release this data to the public so it was tricky to get ahold of it, and it'll be a challenge to keep it up to date. But that's the secret sauce and what will keep people using Xossa over any other site. Over time I'll add more features - like maps, search and an improved design. But for a version 1, I think this is pretty sweet. I hope you like it too.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Info on how different browsers are performing

Cool new site, browser market share where you can get info on how Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer are gaining and losing market share. Google Chrome is now the leading web browser and IE looks like it's on a solid trajectory to be 3rd or 4th in the next couple of years.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cool dice game, similar to poker

If you like poker you should checkout play risk online - pretty fun game.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Horrible Thailand Robbery Story

Just read this in the 2+2 Thailand Thread:

I've never heard of anything like this happening in Thailand involving foreigners, or even directly involving Thai's (just 4th hand, urban legend type stuff). These are two guys who met each other on 2+2!

Very disturbing. I hate to have to issue this warning as I've always been trusting of any poker person who came to Thailand because of those threads - but it appears you can no longer do so. Stick to people who've been here awhile and be wary of random's that want to meet up with you:

Beware of criminal 2+2er in Bangkok(or any other turd foreigner)

A month or so before I arrived in Thailand, I received a PM from Requiem4ever, saying hey lets meet for a beer etc etc. So I say sure I'll message you when I arrive. He sounded like a decent dude, and I couldn't have been any more wrong.

Last Thursday evening, we agree to go out to bar/club or whatever. He calls 30 minutes later and says he wants to go to my place and drink beer. I thought he meant go to a bar around my place(I was in a condo off of suk 13, many places to drink), he had a slight accent, I didn't understand him 100%. He arrives at my place and I walk out to the lobby and didn't see him. So I call him and ask him where he is. He's out in front of the Family Mart, which is about 50 meters to the left.

He had 2 bottles of Chang with him, I'm like WTF? This guy just invited himself to my place. He didn't look physically imposing or sinister, so I'm like ok whatever and invite the dude in (says his name is Alex/Alexis). So we shoot the breeze for a little bit, he was quiet, but seemed like a nice enough guy. So we finish the beers and go to Boss club. That place sucked but we end up shooting pool, finishing his bottle of Scotch, and taking 2 girls from there to the next place.....Bossy. (fwiw, i never been to these 2 places before)

We get there, and he has a friend there, and he comes up with 3 beers and hands me one. I take a few drinks and as it turns out, they put something in my drink that made me lose consciousness.

(Some of the following events might be out of order, I don't remember a lot of details)
I awake the next morning/afternoon at the girl's condo (i don't even remember being there)and find that my wallet and key are gone. The 2 girls take me to the police station to file a police report. We go to my condo and this dirtbag cleaned house. My laptop, monitor, a lot of nice clothes, credit cards, camera, ipod, luggage, and cologne were gone- ALL GONE. Miraculously, they didn't find 2 ATM cards that I removed from my wallet before I went out to meet Reqium.

For a moment, I thought the girls were in on it, but they explained everything to me, which most of it i don't really remember at this point, nor does it really matter, and came to a pretty fast conclusion that they were indeed not in on it, requim simply told him he was a friend and they took it hook, line, and sinker. By the time they caught on, it was too late. Actually, I'm pretty sure it was his friend who robbed the joint, Requiem was also at the girl's condo, but apparently would go back and forth to the condo and net cafe below. Most likely, he was communicating to his friend where my condo and what my room number was, and making sure I was out like a light. I was out alright, the Thai girl was almost scared I was dead and would periodically check my pulse and was thinking of calling a doctor.

A week before this happened, I was out with an American/Lao friend who happened to be in town. In the back of the cab, he was telling me to watch my back, there's a lot of desperate people with nothing to lose who will not think twice of taking what you have- he was referring to the Thai locals. Never did it cross my mind that it would be a foreigner to be so desperate and insidious to do something like this.

In retrospect, I think of what I could have done to avoid this, its easy to say I could have done this or that differently- hindsight is 20/20 as they say. I'll just chalk it up to experience and am fortunate that I'm still alive and in relatively good spirits, considering the circumstances.

I think its a longshot he'll ever be caught or that I'll ever run into him, but if I do, I won't show him much mercy. I'll leave him the same way he left me-, but instead of a drug, I'll use my two bare fists..

but beside that night, I had a great time!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Jersey to legalize online poker?

A New Jersey state senator has introduced a bill that would legalize online poker in the state. He estimates there are more than 500,000 players in the state currently. The bill would grant licenses to the many brick and mortar casino's in the state to operate their own online cardrooms. There is talk of similar legislation in California and Nevada. I'm a big supporter of any form of licensed and regulated online poker in the USA, even if it is (at first) limited to people in any given state. It will be a step in the right direction. Good luck senator!