re: Poker & rhythm of the game
A bit surprised AG didn't mention his rhythm master, the Magic 8-ball. He gets good mileage out of it.
I haven't play a whole lot of bigger money tourneys, but in a good size freeroll, it is real apparent to me that there is a pace, or rhythm to the proceedings. They usually start with a bang, and as recent ago as even last spring, they would stay heated for many orbits, maybe 15 minutes worth. Then things calm down, and basic ABC poker takes over for a long time before eventually the bubble stage takes over. Each sage has its own rhythm.
Seems that has calmed down a whole lot in 6 months. The rhythm is still there, but the pacing has changed.
So in answer to you underlying question... You are NOT nuts!