The History of Poker ChipsWritten by Dani Martin
Gaming chips have been made from a wide range of materials in an almost infinite variety of styles since birth of gambling and need to keep track of winnings.
The most common material types used today in manufacture of modern poker chips are plastic, clay composite, and acrylic composite. Clay chips, oldest of bunch, have been manufactured in America since late 1800s.
Back in 1800s, poker players seemed to use any small valuable object imaginable. Early poker players sometimes used jagged gold pieces as well as chips – primarily made of wood and clay. By 20th century, poker chip designs began to play a greater prominence, and smooth edges of older chips gave way to chips with engraved slits to keep them neatly stacked together. Most recently, affordable plastic poker chips appeared in 1940s. There is no doubt that poker has grown steadily in popularity ever since its origin in 1800s. With explosive growth of online gaming and specialty TV shows, public interest in poker has accelerated faster than ever before.
Opinion on the Casio Exilim EX-Z750Written by Rick Blythe
Yesterday I bought my third digital camera, Casio Exilim EX-Z750. I needed a pocketable camera as Sony DSC-F717 and Nikon D70 are a bit large to carry around in certain situations. At least, that's how I spun it to my wife.
I thought I'd post a few thoughts I have on camera here. First of all size is striking. So much funtionality in such a small package, Casio are masters at this sort of thing. I am also amazed at battery life from such a teenie battery, again kudos to Casio. There enough Scene modes included in this digicam to cover any situation possible, possibly too many modes. The firmware in this digicam is best I have seen, ever. I can even tell this camera which settings I want it to remember after I power off camera, and which to set back to default. I can't tell you how many times I have ruined a shot because my white-balance was set to some screwy setting. But I like it remembering my ISO and flash setting. Love it.