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Wright's Farm, 5:30pm6:30pm tonight (Sunday). Myself, Alisa, Justin, Laura, my parents. Anyone I haven't seen in ages want to make an appearance and consume large quantities of chicken, pasta, salad, rolls, and/or fries? :-)

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Travel plans

Alisa and I will be in Rhode Island Saturday, Feb 16, through Sunday, Feb 24. Details

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Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trailer

Of course, the movie can only end with Indian Jones realizing that he's been scooped by another spelunking academic, Flynn Carsen, who retrieved the Crystal Skull at the beginning of The Librarian: Return to the Mines.

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Chafee Endorses Obama (Chafee is a former moderate Republican senator from Rhode Island)

McCain adviser won't campaign against Obama

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Robert de Niro speaks about Obama's inexperience:

(sort of)

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Nature video

Sometimes I really want an octopus as a pet...

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Poker hand parser

This week I invested a bunch of time in improving my poker hand converter. Most online poker sites allow you to record your hands for later review, in some kind of plain-text format. Several sites will record any hand you observe, meaning you just have to leave a window open to gather data.

Unfortunately, every site has a different format and the formats are not well-specified. For example, several sites will include player chat in the record, with nothing to indicate what text is chat and what is actually part of the hand. Also, there aren't many restrictions on what players may choose as a handle, and things get tricky when a user named "$0.02" sits down. My converter parses the text input from one of several poker networks and converts it into a standardized internal format.

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