Roulette

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On my most recent trip to Las Vegas I discovered Roulette for the first time.

And I won! (Just a little, but I did double my money!)

Of course it is clearly a game of luck and chance. The odds of a single number win are 35:1. And that’s what I did. Perhaps to never win like that again.

What I liked about it was the ability to randomly choose different betting scenarios. You get your own colored set of chips and can place them anywhere as long as your minimum is reached either insdie the grid or outside.

Here is the basic premise from Roulette30.com: The rules state that players are supposed to place their bets before the ball starts dropping, but it is possible to wager when the wheel is in motion. The dealer is the one who calls the end of the betting phase, and once the ball stops in its final resting place, the winners are paid and a new round begins

Source: http://www.roulette30.com/2014/04/how-to-play-roulette-beginners-guide.html

For someone who doesn’t enjoy all the pressure that comes with BlackJack or Poker, this provides a random, less pressure, fun option.

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New York Times

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The New York Times.

Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.

What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

And worthy of our support.

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Blackjack App by TapTapBoom

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Ok. So Vegas can be tough. Watching all that money go away time and time again. Thinking your next bet will be the big win you for which you have been dreaming.

This Blackjack app allows you to play and bet big without the cash loss, or the dream dying.

Be careful, it’s addictive…perhaps intentionally.

However, for the novice or seasoned players it offers a lot of fun. It also gives the players a chance to learn and try doubling, splitting, and the ever-so-risky bet of “all in”.

It’s also free.

There are ways you can plus up your experience by paying money for add ons, or other location Blackjack tables (this initial casino is based in London). Other casino options include: Macau, Monacco, Paris, and Las Vegas.

Really fun.

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Modern Romance

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Modern Romance, a book by Aziz Ansari, is a surprising look at love in the modern age of technology. At first glance I thought it was going to be a book about love from the perspective of a comedian. Instead, Ansari uses his humor and works with researchers on real data, relevant to the topic at hand.

Much more interesting, and funny, than originally expected. At times shocking, absurd, insightful, but also rings true.

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Nathan Chen

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Nathan Chen won the US Figure Skating Championship this week and landed 5 Quad jumps in one routine. He is only 17.

What’s amazing about this story is he kind of came out of nowhere and jumps into the national scene. All this with the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang just over a year away.

It’s so exciting and inspiring to see someone rise up to their talents.

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KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 20: Nathan Chen acknowledges the crowd after his routine that would earn him first place in the short routine championship on Day 2 at the 2017 US Figure Skating Championships on January 20, 2017 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

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ST PAUL, MN – JANUARY 24: Nathan Chen competes in the Men’s Free Skate at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship on January 24, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Homescreens

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Recently I’ve become fascinated with people’s phone homescreens. It seems most people have photos of something that’s important to them; family, spouse, pets, home.

Turns out there is a website where people can share their homescreens.  Had made some observations and discovered there is a website which already exists to showcase homescreens…way to go internet. https://homescreen.me/

However, most of the screens are sharing the apps they have or the clever ways they set up their home screen. I’m just digging a bit deeper in being intrigued by the photos used on homescreens.

What does your homescreen show? Is it something you really care about, something special?

Considering we have our phones with us most of the time, it makes sense we want to be reminded of things we love and care about.

Feel free to share your homescreen story in the comments section.

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Side by Side by Susan Blackwell

Full disclosure, Susan Blackwell is a friend of mine.

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So what, would you say, came before James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke? Side by Side by Susan Blackwell, perhaps?

The premise is straightforward: Susan interviews Broadway Stars in comfortable, unique settings while engaging in a specific activity, different each episode.

But now, the successful series and features, produced by Broadway.com have racked up over 60 episodes.And Broadway stars such as Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, Kelli O’Hara, Jonathan Groff, Zachary Quinto, and more have taken part.

It is an example of a good host who helps showcase the artists in a great, natural, and flattering light. It feels like you are sitting around listening to friends talk.

And it’s funny.

Check it out, especially if you love theatre.

Here are a few highlight episodes:

http://www.broadway.com/videos/series/side-by-side-by-susan-blackwell/

http://www.susanblackwell.com/