Many years ago this blog was a poker blog, complete with a fairly successful poker podcast which ran as a weekly show for 4 years. I loved doing the show and to this day miss it. But we had little if any new music and it was beginning to get a little repetitive, even back then. It’s been six years now since we’ve wrapped it up.
After far too long and with the help of my good friend Sam, who I met through the podcast and has gone on to become a really good friend, I am now learning cash game strategy.
Entire books have been written on why we strive for fame. When Mark Zuckerberg developed Facebook (‘The Facebook’ as it was known in its early days) his genius was understanding that people have a need for attention, approval and recognition above almost any other need. Andy Warhol once said that everyone would have their 15 minutes of fame, but the Internet and social media allows us to share information and requests for recognition instantly, and about inane things too. Suddenly fame is close enough to touch. If you catch the algorithms correctly, any video or status can capture the attention of huge numbers of people. It’s very possible, but why do we seek it?
Without naming names, a photographer that a colleague and I travelled to London to attend a training session with has, over the past week, been subject to a series of sexual harassment allegations. According to some of the models who have made these allegations an FBI enquiry has been opened in the United States. This is serious for the photographer involved and it raised some issues with my own relationship with photography as a potential business.
Is anyone else completely sick and tired of Brexit? I know I am. Even the word itself didn’t exist until 2016 and perhaps the biggest mistake was the failure of the person who coined the phrase not to protect it.
Ever since Edward Heath first began to pitch the idea of the UK entering the common market in the 1950’s the issue has been divisive. It has torn the Conservative Party to ribbons for well over 40 years. It tormented Sir John Major’s time as Prime Minister in the 1990’s as Euro rebels took full advantage of the tiny majority to openly campaign against Europe and, after being kicked out of the party they were then let back in without condition. Major never recovered from this debacle their internal party wars contributed to the 1997 Labour landslide as the country looked elsewhere for answers. Fast forward to 2016 and yet again the EU has shredded the Tories apart, this time managing to drag Labour down with it.