Monday, July 26, 2010

True Blood Lottery : Go down to the Circle K and get Mama some more "Duece is Wild" lottery tickets

Sophie had 1:998.67 odds to win $100 ! Mama's feelin' lucky !
Duece is wild is a real game in Louisiana.

Have a wild time playing the Lottery's new scratch-off Deuce is Wild. Can you beat the dealer's hand to cash in on these wild prizes:

WIN UP TO $12,000!
If YOUR CARD beats the DEALER'S CARD, win prize for that game.

Reveal a DEUCE symbol, automatically win DOUBLE the prize shown.

Ace is High.

Prize Approximate Overall
Odds of Winning Number of Winners Prizes Remaining
Free $2 Ticket 1:8.34 146,293 44,701
$4 1:31.24 39,036 11,068
$5 1:41.75 29,206 8,443
$10 1:31.24 39,033 10,222
$20 1:99.93 12,202 3,201
$30 1:302.95 4,025 1,064
$100 1:998.67 1,221 307
$300 1:14,870.43 82 21
$12,000 1:203,229.17 6 1

On average, approximate odds of winning are: 1:4.50
Prizes remaining figure is current as of: 07/26/2010 04:01:48 PM

Refer to Deuce Is Wild Game Directive for complete rules.

Babyvamp Jessica: Gettin' the Hang of Things

True Blood Inside the Episode – I Got A Right to Sing The Blues Episode 3.06

Go Ask Dallas: What card game is Eric playing with Talbot in last night's True Blood Episode ?


What card game is Eric playing with Talbot in last night's True Blood Episode ?
Thanks, T

Oh, T - Dallas loves a mystery but this was kind of easy
The scene dialogue is :

E-Hey, wait a minute. That's not how you play Kaiserspiel.
T-Kaiserspiel? We're playing Karnoffel.
E- Oh. I'm sorry.
E- Wow. I haven't played this game in centuries.
T-Russell taught me this game when I was still human.

So its  Kaiserspiel and Karnöffel - Karnoffel is the older game , here are what the cards look like and it uses a slate to keep score on - do you see it on the table?


This game is a direct descendant of Karnöffel, one of the oldest card games known. Karnöffel was referred to as early as 1426 and was the subject of a many sermons and satirical writings in the following centuries. It may appear that most of its dreadfulness lies in the level of anarchy of the play - you can play any card you like to each trick, and can talk as much as you like about what cards you have and what you want your partner to do. In the 15th century what was apparently more shocking was the anarchic card order, taken as symbolising a disruption of the status quo, with the king being beaten by low cards, the Pope (6) beaten by the Under-knave, and special privileges given to the Devil (7).

The modern game of Kaiserspiel (often known as Kaiserjass, though it is not really has nothing to do with Jass games) is played in a small area around Stans and in the Engelberg valley, in Canton Nidwalden, south of Luzern in Switzerland. Of the surviving members of the Karnöffel family, this is the closest to the original game. The cards used are similar to the standard Swiss Jass pack, but the suits contain 3, 4, and 5 and not 8 or 9 (all the 8's and 9's should be removed from the pack before playing).

The Players
The game is played with fixed partnerships; when there are four players you sit opposite your partner as in Bridge. It is also possible for six to play; the partnerships then consist of teams of three, sitting alternately.
Each team elects its captain, and the scoring slate is placed on the table between the two captains.
The Object of the Game
The game is of the trick taking type, with trumps, but trumps had not been invented in their modern form when this game was developed, so they behave rather oddly. By the time the play of the hand starts, each player will have five cards, and the object is to win three of the five tricks. The value of the hand depends on how much betting there has been, and the winners score some number of points. The first side to get to an agreed number of points (often 101) wins.

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KARNOFFEL-Karnöffel is a card game which probably came from the upper-German language area in Europe in the first quarter of the 15th century. It first appeared "listed in a municipal ordinance of Nördlingen, Bavaria, in 1426 among the games that could be lawfully played at the annual city fête[1]. This makes the game the oldest identifiable European card game in the history of playing cards.

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True Blood: Even Junkies Got A Right To Sing The Blues

Jef has his column up - don't forget to listen to us talk about this episode last night on Talk Blood on Blogtalk Radio, the podcast available now link on right !

We're halfway to the end of the third season of True Blood, and the question that is starting to rise is, "Can other people be an addiction?"

We have all, in the throes of love said that we can't live without someone. That without them we are just a shell empty of all life and meaning. But what happens when that is actually true? Could you imagine heroin with sentience or cocaine with the ability to hate and manipulate?
Addiction already brings low the most powerful of wills, and the drugs that are its source are as mindless as viruses. When another person serves the same function as smack to a junkie, then you may have to compete against a drug that is actively working against you.
Everyone's a damn junkie this week. It's like Near Dark meets Trainspotting.
Insane vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain) is freebasing Sookie's best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley), and plans to make her his vamp wife. Gothtopia had just taken his young daughter out of the room when he heard the sound of Tara chewing a hole in Franklin, drinking his blood for the superpowers it bestows, and then beating his head into a vaguely cat-turdlike shape with a mace.
Meanwhile, Sookie (Anna Paquin) finds her lover Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) being killed Audtion-style by his sire and former girlfriend Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) on the orders of the vampire king of Mississippi. It takes forever because Bill is, by her own admission, her drug of choice. She is thoroughly addicted to him, and has been for a century. No junkie torches their stash on purpose, and we get to watch her cry blood tears over the thought of no more fix forever

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Comic Con Video : Tara , Lafayette and Sam

True Blood Episode 307: “Hitting the Ground” Promo

Episode 307: “Hitting the Ground” (previously “Let The Bodies Hit the Floor”)
Premieres August 1
Imperiled by Lorena, Sookie goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill – with unforeseen consequences. Sam infiltrates a dog-fighting ring to extricate Tommy from his parents’ greedy influence. Jason heads to jail to uncover the truth about Crystal; Summer makes a homecooked play for Hoyt’s affections; Debbie vows revenge on Alcide; Eric uses Hadley as bait to get information from Sophie-Anne; Russell turns his back on the Authority, and on the Magister. (Written by Brian Buckner; directed by John Dahl.)

What did they say ? True Blood S3 Ep6 'I Got a Right to Sing the Blues' subtitles


True Blood Recipes: Melinda Micken's Corn Fritters

*remember the secret is to fry them in bacon grease!

  • 15 oz can corn (drain and reserve juice)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Bacon grease or margarine for frying
Drain the liquid from the the canned corn. Measure 1/4 cup of it, and discard the rest. In a medium sized bowl combine the corn juice you’ve just measured and the eggs. Use a whisk to beat them smooth. Add the salt, flour, baking powder and sugar. Mix really well, until there are no lumps. Add the drained corn and mix again. Heat about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease or margarine in a large iron skillet over medium high heat. When the fat is hot, it’s time to drop in the fritters. I drop about 1/4 of a cup of batter for each fritter, cooking about 3 or 4 together in the same pan. Fry them just like pancakes, turning them, after the under side is crispy brown. They cook a little slower than pancakes, because they are thicker. After they have browned on both sides, transfer them to a plate to keep warm. Add more fat to the pan as necessary. This recipe makes about 8 or 9 fritters.

True Blood Music : Hell's Bells ! Cary Ann Hearst sounded great last night !

**This is the song that you hear over last night's closing credits!

Local artist Cary Ann Hearst's track 'Hells Bells' featured on True Blood Local singer/songwriter Cary Ann Hearst's track "Hells Bells" played during the credits of HBO's Sunday night smash hit True Blood.

Hearst, who travels the country playing her own brand of country that would turn any country hater into a fan (me), will be playing at The Tin Roof on July 29th. With a voice reminiscent of Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn and a stage presence that'll have you hooked from the opening chord, you may as well just go ahead and start telling your friends you'll be at the show.

To listen to more of Hearst's solo recordings, here's a link to her earlier album Dust and Bones which is damn near perfect. Hearst also plays with her husband, Michael Trent in their other project called Shovels & Rope.

'True Blood's' Joe Manganiello: 'It's a good time to be a werewolf'


True Blood: Season 3 - Truebies & Newbies: Bill and Coot

True Blood Season 3 Post Mortem Season 3 Episode #5

True Blood : Do do that voodoo that you do so well

Blog reader JeremyofKansas weighs in with some info on on the scene ffrom last nights TB when we find that Jesus sure knows lots about Voodo gods....
**Dallas wonders if Jesus knew Miss Jeanette !

Voodou and Santeria are two distinctly related religions, however they are also very, very different. They share the core belief though- a monotheistic belief in a distant creator deity who is responsible for existence, who is in all essence of the word God. However, to take care of the day to day existence there are beings who are responsible for the every day things. in Santeria they call them Orisha's, in Voodou they call them Lwa's. Although the beings in question are called different things, and often times completely different beings, they share essentially the same general purpose. Baron Samedi is a Voodou Lwa of death- probably the most famous of their Lwa's. One of the Orisha's we saw tonight was Shango, an Orisha of thunder. Again- to correct your guest, these are NOT gods. Not at all. Powerful begins, absolutely- deities they are not. There is no belief in these two religious movements in other gods other than the one god.

Each religion has its basis in African religions that slaves brought from Africa with them. Santeria is now a South American religion, Voodou is essentially the state religion of Haiti and practice heavily in Lousiana. Santeria is different from Voodou in one aspect though- that it is completely syncretized with Catholicism. In order to be a practitioner of Santeria you will believe in the Bible, believe in Jesus, Mary, the devil, the whole shabang. Voodou is also practiced by many, many practitioners in a syncrotized method. You can practice Voodou and still believe in Jesus, Mary, the Saints, etc. However, you can also practice Voodou and not in any way be a Catholic and not believe in any of those practices and it would still be perfectly acceptable. When you do practice this syncratization what happens is that the Orisha's and Lwa's become interchangable with the Catholic Saints. In Voodou for instance, Papa Legba(The gatekeeper between our world and the spirit world/world of the Lwa's) would become the essentially the same being as St. Peter.

A lot of folks in chat were trying to call Jesus a Wiccan- because you know, we worship Orisha's(not). Some we're describing him as a witch even. However, Santerian's that do practice any sort of magic wouldn't look at it probably as witchcraft. With the Catholic connections I think they'd look down on the concept of witchcraft- or define the practice in such a manner to think of it as being evil. That's not to say they don't practice some sort of magic- or that Jesus wouldn't.

I'm not telling you this to talk down to you or anything- just blame it on the fact that I'm a college student at the University of Kansas with 75 credits and that I'm majoring in the academic study of religion!

Jesus may be a believer in a Santeria, he may well be a supernatural, and it's possible the True Blood creators are doing something unusual with him and perhaps fictionializing the Santerian religion in an unfactual manner(This seriously makes me gag/semi-offends me)- thus far though they've tried to mirror our world with the TB world in a way that makes everything relevant save for the actual supernaturals. I suspect they'd keep the practice of Santeria in such a way to as mirror the real world beliefs. Maybe this will give you a little more insight to Jesus and his motives as some more hints and bread crumbs are dropped along the way!

Hope you enjoy my academic nerd rage! :)

**In Vodou, (the Voodoo religion), Bacalou is a feared loa (or spirit), represented by a skull and crossbones

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Cruise

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