Monthly Archives: January 2009

Firescope – New Firebug Addon for Firefox

Alright, I know that 99% of my blog readers are not web developers.  But this new addon for Firebug is too useful to pass on letting the 1% possibly miss this important new piece of software:

Firescope (click to download). You can also get it here.

It basically adds an enormous reference library to Firebug. Not only does it tell you about parameters and syntax, it also gives you browser compatibility information. While reference guides have existed for awhile, I’ve never seen anything integrated with a tool like Firebug (ie, actually useful on a daily basis). Sick!

Explobus

In the spirit of the News Views and Gossip forum on 2p2, I present you with a “View”:

Costa Rican buses would not be popular in the Middle East.

Discuss.

Back in Escazu

Well I dropped yellowsub and his girlfriend off at the San Jose airport yesterday after a great weekend out at Manuel Antonio.  I’m guessing some of you might know this, but Manuel Antonio is a beautiful beach area in Costa Rica.  It’s also a National Park which, predictably, the town borders.  In my opinion, the ocean views in Manuel Antonio are up there with the best in the world.  If you view the sunset from the right spot, it’s just incredible.  There are also huge cliffs and great condos to stay at.  The one we stayed at is approximately 500 feet above the water and the view is really beyond belief.  In addition to all of that, Manuel Antonio has some really nice beaches and during the Costa Rican dry season (Dec to Apr/May), the weather is beautiful nearly every day.  Highly recommended if you ever want a cool place to travel.  Here are some pictures, but I left sub’s girlfriend out of the blog pics just in case she wants to remain private.

That’s sub and I on the beach for the sunset.

This is a picture I took with some slightly altered exposure settings (using my incredible knowledge being a pro photog and all… just kidding obv). But the pic still came out cool.

Sub and I in the water on “3rd beach” inside Manuel Antonio National Park. I think it’s the nicest beach in the area.

This is a self-taken shot on the main public beach in Manuel Antonio (also known as Playa Espadilla). It isn’t quite as nice a beach as the national park one, but it’s great nonetheless.

On another note, shortly after that last picture was taken, we headed back to my car and drove up the hill to get some lunch. We went to this awesome place called Cafe Agua Azul. It has great views and pretty good food, so it’s a top pick as a lunch spot. Anyway, a few minutes after sitting down, I turned around and did a double-take after seeing someone that looked a LOT like Matt “Hoss_TBF” Hawrilenko. I obviously knew of him, but I don’t think I’d ever conversed with him before. In case you’re unaware, he’s basically an online limit holdem god and he’s universally considered to be one of the best limit holdem players in the world. So I went up to him and I was like “ummm, are you Matt?” to which he responded “Yea?” after which it devolved into the usual “oh I’m involved in online poker too”/”Nice to meet you”/”Small world”/etc sort of convo, but I didn’t think he had any idea who I was so I took my seat again and went back to eating. Later in the meal, he came over and was like “are you the guy who did all that stuff for AP and UB?” to which I said “yea” and thought to myself… “I guess I am better known for AP/UB than I am for thepokerdb… sigh”. Then we had a nice little chat. I feel a little bad because at one point I brought up his 2k/4k sessions against Ivey in which he suffered some huge losses. At the time, I didn’t realize how bad the losses were. Probably never should have brought it up unless I knew it wasn’t that big a deal. Whatever though, he’s a smart player, I’m sure he can deal with it. In case you want to check out Matt’s blog, you can do so here: Hoss_TBF’s live journal.

Anyway, the rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful.

Good News, Bad News

I’ll start off with the bad news.  The Eagles lost.  Very sad, it would have been cool if they’d gotten into the Super Bowl.  I also technically bet my first born child (and lost) with a friend of mine from law school.  Luckily I don’t think my friend will make me pay up.

The good news is that I also won a bet.  While at the beach this morning with sub and his girlfriend, sub and I agreed to bet on the Eagles game at 3.5 points.  I took the Cardinals and the points as an emotional hedge (being from Philly and all).  The bet?  1 trillion Zimbabwe dollars payable in actual Zimbabwe currency.  After the Cards went up something like 24-6, sub bought out for 100 billion Zimbabwe dollars.  That means he bought out for like 3 bucks on a 30 dollar bet.  I was cool with it though — I just wanted to lock up some actual Zimbabwe currency.  I couldn’t possibly care less about the actual value of it.  Anyway, I now have this fine bill on its way (thanks eBay) to my house:

It turns out that, with the eBay premium and shipping, sub actually lost $9.81.  Ship it.

Quick Update

I flew back from Grand Cayman this morning.  I really enjoyed the trip a ton — I’ll post a few pics in the next entry (or maybe I’ll amend this one).

Also, my good friend Jeff “yellowsub86″ Williams is flying into Costa Rica tonight.  I have to leave to get him in <10 minutes, so this entry will have to be short.  We’re going out to the beach and staying at a pretty awesome condo.  It should be a bunch of fun.

After sub leaves on Tuesday, I’m really going to be getting back into the swing of things at work.  Over the last 3 weeks, I’ve worked the least hours in any 3 week period over the last 4 years or so.  I managed to get in a really good break at home over the holidays, then I had a few short days in Costa Rica (I did do work then) and then I had a mostly work-free business trip to the Cayman Islands.  Even though it was a business trip, I did very little actual work that I could point to and say “I accomplished this”.  That’s okay though — I’m really revved up and ready to go at it come Tuesday afternoon.

Anyway, off to the San Jose airport to pick up sub and his girlfriend.  Have a good weekend!

Grand Cayman

I’m here on Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean. We’re a bit southwest of Cuba — and actually not all that far from Costa Rica. The reason I’m here is for a business trip, so I’m with a bunch of my business partners from Costa Rica. We flew here yesterday (Friday) but because there aren’t any direct flights, we had to fly through Miami (in the process flying almost directly over Grand Cayman).

Overall, the trip was pretty miserable. I’d been back in Costa Rica for like 4 days and I was feeling awful the whole time. Very stuffed up and I had a rough time sleeping due to the allergies. My normal loratadine pills (ie, Claritin) were not working at all. Just a terrible week. Then the earthquake hit and my place has some relatively minor damage, but that definitely didn’t help my mood. Anyway, I have a very hard time flying when I have had sinus trouble over the previous few days. Occasionally, I get sinus headaches during the descent. I can only describe these headaches as the worst pain I have ever felt in my life — by far. I’ve broken a number of bones in my life along with some other painful experiences and nothing compares to these headaches. It feels like someone is stabbing a knife through your forehead. I’ve been told that sinus headaches are caused by blockages in air passageways in your skull and the expanding/contracting air causes the pain. Who knows if that’s right but, whatever the case, I got some slight headache pains, but I never got a full-blown one. THANK GOD. I was scared shitless during the second flight the entire time.

Anyway, here’s a pic:

(This island is nice)