Rick In Vegas II

Well, back to the hotel for a little bit of work. My friends are still out at an unnamed “bar”, so I thought it a great opportunity to hide out, work a bit, update the sites, and watch some TV. Day two of the conference reiterated to me the point that the land-based casinos and game makers are light years ahead of the online people. The games and bonus structures these people are coming up with are amazing – the online folks DESERVE to be tucked away in the back corner. Hopefully they stop whining about that long enough to pay attention to what’s going on around them.

There are a lot of great people here, though, and it’s been a pleasure to meet them. I’ll drop names and links when I get back. It was also great to catch up with a few of my ex-coworkers at Crypto, now moved on. Paul Gragtmans is working with a company that’s doing wireless games and they look 1000X better than they did a couple years ago. These folks are doing some great stuff, I’ll let everyone know about it. The big news coming through my circle of friends and so forth is the appearance of our former COO at CRYP, David Outhwaite, at the DCEG booth. I really enjoyed chatting with him, he seems to have the energy and drive that DCEG needs to take it to the next step. The folks at Odds ON have even released a great new poker product – looks nice.

But y’all are bored of this, right? Vegas is a lot of fun. I did a bit of gambling tonight (with someone else’s money) at the Bellagio. What a sweet place that is. Managed to scored two free Margaritas for my efforts and they were really, REALLY good. I’ve hit them, here (Paris LV), Harrah’s, Bally’s, Treasure Island, and a few others whose names escape me. I’ve also had the buffets at Bellagio and Paris thus far. Can’t wait to show you the view from the room here – right out on the giant Eiffel Tower and a perfect shot of the Bellagio Water Show. Cool. Spent some time the last two days swimming in the pool before work in the afternoon. This IS indeed the life. ;)

Starbucks is still keeping me alive. They can still pump their Chai full of ephedrine here, good for wiring yourself up for conferences. I met Butterbean (the fighter) and Wink Martindale today. Wink is old. His girlfriend is not.

Cheers! (BTW – where are the comments! COMMENTS!!)

Another day, another migraine. I

Another day, another migraine. I hate these things. I apparently called Mar at work at 5:30 to tell her I’d see her when she got home and I was going to rest. This call came from downstairs in the living room. I woke up at 8:30 sprawled out in my day clothes on my bed, surrounded with laundry (on the bed), and Mar was downstairs watching Star Trek. I don’t remember going upstairs, I don’t know how I got there, I don’t know what time I went there, I know nothing. Welcome to the wonderful world of the migraine headache. Mar informed me she got home at 7:30 or so and I had asked for two pills (I rarely take pills) and fell back asleep. I had even bought some nice stuff to make for dinner but that obviously went by the wayside. I guess I’ll get to that Wednesday.

Looks like the CEO at my former company, CryptoLogic, ‘quit’ today. Quit being in quotes because, well, I doubt that’s the way it went down. I know folks at the company read this site so I should be nice about the whole thing, and I will be. Just rest assured that I’ve already received a number of calls and e-mails from employees at the company noting that I’d pegged this long before I left. The grunt workers of that company, the folks that put their all in day in and day out, deserve much more than they’ve received. I see they’ve hired some interim management to take over – whatever happens, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, I hope the company can be turned around. There are far too many great people and old friends there who deserve the World. Sometimes you have to step back to take a few steps ahead – hang in there, folks. I’m sure some folks will take this post and read all sorts of junk into it so they can tell everyone how mean I was and how negative I was. Have at it. One thing you can’t say is how wrong I was, because you know I wasn’t.

And best of luck to a good CRYP friend, Ray, who I understand is now an ex-CRYP. Good luck in all your future endeavours!

Rick Jessup