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[ mood | literary ]

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legitimate poker update [23 Jun 2010|11:43am]
[ mood | strategic ]

Heading into Day 2, i'm currently in 28th place of 157 remaining in the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo World Series of Poker Event:


I was almost certainly in the top 9 for a couple hours, but i got moved to a bad table.

Top 81 get paid as the event started with 847. It recommences at 4:30 CDT today. You can look at the above link for updates. I'll also update Facebook during breaks.

This is the same event i placed 17th in last year.

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Sellout III & IV: Citizens on Patrol [23 Apr 2010|05:45pm]
[ mood | carpal tunnelly ]

Now, in order to earn my $22 tourney entry, i'm supposed to link to teach you "How to Play 8 Game Mix" and "How to Play Badugi".

Badugi's a goofy-ass game that really rich, bored poker players enjoy playing. I assume partially for variety, but mostly because "badugi" is fun to say. It's probably more heavily math based than other forms, but i haven't bothered to learn it beyond the rules.

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Sellout II: The Secret of the Ooze [23 Mar 2010|06:37pm]
[ mood | overworked ]

In continuation of me using my Livejournal as a means to get free stuff from PokerStars, i must say that "High Stakes Poker Tournament" is a phrase that i've never uttered in real life.

I'm much too busy to write a more legitimate post. So busy, in fact, that i'm not even playing the hour per day of poker i need to do to earn about $385 in bonus this month at some other poker site. However, that other poker site doesn't give me money for linking to them, so they will remain unlinked.

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$4.40 per post is more than minimum wage [22 Feb 2010|06:13pm]
[ mood | cheap ]

Okay, so previously i sold out my LJ getting $2177 in return for a single post. I think most among you would concede that that's a reasonable use of my LJ.

Well, now i'm going to sell it out to earn all of $22 in return for 5 posts. I just have to say KBBL's magic phase that pays, 'which is why playing poker is clearly a game of skill.'

I'll try to provide additional content to make the posts worth reading for you, my audience. Most of my personal online posting lately has been done on the Facebook, including this description of some new Planned Parenthood protesters from last Saturday. Feel free to friend me there if you miss me.

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I'm a pricier whore this year [31 Jan 2010|11:18pm]
[ mood | tired ]

The net result of me whoring out my LiveJournal for that World Blogger Championship of Online Poker was that after the seven events with around 1000 participants in each:

1 88th for $11
1 32rd for $33
1 14th for $33
1 9th for $2100

Fortunately, the 9th came in the Main Event of the series, where 2nd thru 9th got $2100 and 1st only got $3150. So, yeah, i'll happily sellout my LiveJournal for $2177.

All of those are "tickets" to be used to enter other tournaments later with buy-ins of that amount. Now, my mission is to see if i can convert that $2100 entry into a World Series of Poker seat, instead.

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everyone's a whore...i may be cheaper than some [14 Jan 2010|06:57pm]
[ mood | prostitutey ]

I did this last year and got something like $500 worth of tournament dollars out of it. I like free stuff.

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! The WBCOOP is a free online Poker tournament open to all Bloggers, so register on WBCOOP to play.

Registration code: 918315

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recycling [30 Dec 2009|05:37pm]
[ mood | environmental ]

A friend on the Facebook requested my favorite 10 songs from the decade. Because i'm pro-recycling, i'm posting it here. Also, this way, i can find it again.

I have a clear #1. The rest are vaguely in order. It's a list of all the songs i have rated as 5 stars on my MP3 player from 2000-2009 (i had several from 1999):

1. "There She Goes, My Beautiful World" - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

"10 A.M. Automatic" - The Black Keys
"In the Evening" - Nina Nastasia & Jim White
"Star Bodies" - The New Pornographers
"When You're Falling" - Afro Celt Sound System
"Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" - Yo La Tengo
"Bring It On" - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
"I Can't Get My Head Around It" - Aimee Mann
"All for Swinging You Around" - The New Pornographers
"Mass Romantic" - The New Pornographers
"Breathless" - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
"Rack & Pinion" - Robert Walter's 20th Congress
"Tri-Monk" - The Living Daylights (cover of Billy Tipton's Memorial Saxophone Quartet)
"The Laws Have Changed" - The New Pornographers
"Mr. Man" - Gov't Mule
"Eighties Fan" - Camera Obscura
"Strayed" - Kelly Hogan (cover of Clem Snide)
"Far Away" - Sleater-Kinney
"Be Here" - Fisher
"With You" - Boston
"Poison/Safe" - controller.contoller
"Up in the Sky" - Robert Cray Band
"Colored Noises" - The Hong Kong

Honorable Mention: The hey-la coda of The New Pornographers' "The Bleeding Heart Show" is my favorite section of music of all time.

Apparently, i like indie rock and, to a lesser extent, jazz-fusion.

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dem bones [04 Aug 2009|07:08pm]
[ mood | dictatorial ]

If you haven't already, please register with the National Marrow Donor Program. You can receive and submit the swab kit by mail. The process is very easy. These days, even if you match, most of the time the donation is performed by a simple apheresis procedure similar to donating plasma.

You can order the kit at: http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/Join_Now/join_now.html

Do it. Compel others to do it. Now.

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In practice, Vegas Daylight Time is about a six hour difference from CDT...ugh [28 Jun 2009|09:28pm]
[ mood | lagged ]

Sorry, i was too busy at the time to deal with both LJ and Facebook updates, but i did very well (but not great) in the my World Series of Poker Event ($1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low). I ended up in 17th out of 762, getting $8570 (-> net of $7070).

Since that Event was the specific reason i flew to Vegas, i'm am happy it worked out...especially considering that only the Top 72 were paid. I almost didn't enter, since i had been sick all week. I ended up coughing throughout most of the two days (covering my mouth with a hanky), but no one complained. Poker chips are already gross, with or without my phlegm.

Lasting that long, i ended up playing at a table with a whole bunch of "name" pros. Mike Sexton was at my first table. I also spent extended time against Kathy Liebert, Brandon Cantu, Lee Markholt, Lee Watkinson, Ben Roberts, Aaron Kanter, and a very amusing Perry Friedman. Starting when there was around 40 left until i busted out, I had the pleasure of sitting right next to Phil Hellmuth. He was actually pleasant during the periods he wasn't whining or getting all didactic on how one should play poker. Hellmuth did at least laughed at my attempts at humor.

Getting to "play with the pros" wasn't a big deal, except that they generally were friendlier and more willing to joke around a bit than the average player.


In other news, because i didn't make the final table, i got back to Houston in time for the Gay Pride Parade. That way i got to help distribute all that lube that i paid for. It wasn't quite as fun as previous Parades because we moved much faster and i couldn't yell as much due to my lingering illness. I did have one crowd member put his hand on the back of my head to pull me in for a kiss, but he didn't persist after i resisted.

No, he wasn't very cute.

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Lube Up Houston [10 Jun 2009|11:51am]
[ mood | moist ]

Planned Parenthood will be marching in the Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 27th. Due to a scarcity of funds (from increased client visits and budget reductions), they weren't going to distribute lube during this year's parade. I found this rational, yet unacceptable. Rather than sit idly by, i went out and purchased a thousand count box of lube (aka one kilolube) to fight the good fight against chaffing. We must stop citywide friction now!

I challenge you to match my donation in order to support PP and all their services, lube-oriented or not. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. You're welcome to make the donation as a "Memorial" to uncomfortable dryness, if you so choose.

If you'd like to join Planned Parenthood and me in marching in the Pride Parade, you can e-mail me or PP directly. I highly recommend it as a ridiculously good time.

Figure 1: Juicy Lube

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Terrorism [31 May 2009|01:44pm]
[ mood | many ]

George Tiller was murdered this morning.

Tiller was the #1 target of Neal Horsley, The Nuremberg Files and other anti-abortion nutjobs. I find it rather depressing that my first reaction on hearing the news was: "i'm surprised it took them this long."

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damn her tantalizing private sections [06 May 2009|08:47am]
[ mood | faced ]

In Livejournal redux, after a long period of hesitancy, i finally submitted and signed up for Facebook. As before, i joined solely for the opportunity to view punkalicia's private parts. My problem is that i'm not clear as to what i'm supposed to do with the thing. And, no, i'm not playing dumb for humorous effect.

As far as i can tell, Facebook was created primarily to be vehicle through which people can complain at me:

  • Why haven't you joined Facebook?
  • When are you going to do something with your Facebook account?
  • When are you going to add me as a friend?
  • Your profile's not done, you need to finish it.
  • It's called "Facebook." Why don't you have a picture of your face up there?
It's clear that Facebook has achieved much greater critical mass than LJ ever could. Moreover, it appears useful for dispersing news of mass interest about things like memorial services, engagements, calls to political activism, or other similar timely events. It appears that on average Facebook is much more ephemeral in nature compared to LJ (though LJ is certainly used for items of transitory relevance). One would be less likely to revisit an old Facebook post(?) than they would for an LJ entry. Twitter, in turn, appears to be the next step on the TypePad-LJ-Facebook continuum.

For you people who do both, is that how you distinguish between what material goes to which site? Or is it more a matter of audience? Where Facebook tends to consist of more people you know in real life, yet may have more casual mutual interests, whereas LJ is more of a self-selected group with more closely shared sensibilities?

Is there anything in particular i should do with the damned thing?
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kitten on fire [16 Mar 2009|07:42pm]
[ mood | artistic ]

I have to concur with catamorphism that the Internet was invented specifically for Broken Picture Telephone.

For future meme historians, catamorphism got it from caladri.

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Zero is a special number. If there are zero things, there are not any things. There are none. [06 Mar 2009|10:28am]
[ mood | ouch ]

While catching up with xkcd, i just learned about simple.wikipedia.org from this comic.

While i realize it's fairly new and i approve of its mission, reading the articles gave me a headache:


I realize that the whole point of the comic was that simple English give brain boo-boo, but hurts.

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Today's the real square day (American date format) [05 Mar 2009|03:57pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

My brother called me on Tuesday to wish me a happy square root day (and belated happy birthday). My response to ask if 3032009 was a square number?

It isn't. To check, i knew that if a day in March, 2009 was going to be a perfect square, it'd have to be 17472 or 17532 (since it had to a little more than the sqrt(3,000,000) ~ 1732 and end in 009). Sure enough, turns out that today's date actually is a perfect square 17472 = 3052009.

April 1 this year also works (20032 = 4012009). After grabbing a calculator, i verified that August 98th and October 58th of this year also qualify.

The next one after that would be Feb 26, 2016.

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The previous thing i taught myself was a much more efficient means of calcuating 8.25% sales tax [04 Mar 2009|09:31am]
[ mood | learned ]

On Sunday night, watching the Amazing Race and How's Your News inspired me to get off my ass and learn ASL finger-spelling. It turned out to be easier than i thought using this website. I don't know that i'll bother learning more than a few ASL gestures, but it'll be good to be able to communicate with the death with writing or using my pitiful charades skills. I don't have much use for ASL, but i'll probably use it get myself into trouble this weekend at the Special Olympics.

I will have no problem remembering the ASL gesture for abortion. Scrape that uterine wall and throw away the contents.

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who organized all of my ex-girlfriends in a choir and got them to sing? [22 Feb 2009|09:29pm]
[ mood | poorer ]

Goddamn Obama. All non-hourly employees at my company received the equivalent of a 8-12% pay cut last week. Only 5% of that was in base across-the-board salary cut. However, they also changed the company match on the 401(k) plan from being 6% to a sliding scale of 0-4% depending on company performance. On top of that, they canceled our share ownership program where we could use up to 10% of our salary to buy company stock at a 15% discount (it used to be even better than that). That was equivalent to a free 1.75% of base salary (10% * (100-85)/85).

I recognize the need for such things with the current economic situation, so i don't blame the company that much. I *am* still employed, which is better than the alternative. The CEO technically took a 20% salary reduction, though i have no idea what that means in terms of his overall compensation.

Point being that it's clear that Obama's presidency is a failure because this never happened under the previous president's reign. Worst. President. Ever. I certainly didn't lose 8+% of my income under James Buchanan. And this is only after one month! Imagine how little i'll be making after the next 47 months.

An obnoxious side-effect of this is that it may cause me to stop fully funding my 401(k) for the first time in the twelve years i've had one available. I've always put the legal maximum in both a Roth IRA and (now) Roth 401(k). Even after the pay-cut and the increase of the 401(k) limit to $16.5K, i could still manage maxing out in 2009, but that'd require a very insane saving rate, rather than a mildly insane rate. I know i shouldn't worry about it, but there's an irrational part of my nature that hates not doing all that i can do.
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this has nothing to do with Jerry Garcia [22 Dec 2008|12:18pm]
[ mood | recycling ]

This AV Club article on the 42 holiday entertainments that don't make us want to claw our eyes out with rage induced me to comment with my favorite holiday song:

What Sweet Child O' Mine Is This? by The Wonderful World of Joey

It's a loungey fusion of What Child Is This? and Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'n Roses. Yes, it's exactly as awesome as it sounds. Since i already went through the immense effort of making a tinyurl for where one could download it for free, i figured i'd post about for you people to enjoy.

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That's not my hat [17 Dec 2008|10:42pm]
[ mood | toothy ]

We're standing in front of Wahatoya aka The Breasts of the Earth aka The Spanish Peaks aka Dos Chi Chis. Also, no, you may not purchase that dog.

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Bachmann and Schmidt failed to lose, goddammit [05 Nov 2008|02:06am]
[ mood | wired ]

Why am i still awake constantly reloading Minnesota's Senate results?

Al Franken's up by 1065 votes with 96% reporting. Of course, i'm also doing things like looking at individual counties and noticing things like Hennepen County, with 92% of the precincts reported, should add another 8000 margin in favor of Franken assuming that the remaining 8% precincts have the same composition as the other 92%.

At least this is better than me doing the same for Obama's chances in NC, IN, and MO after he's already won.

I haven't fallen asleep before 2:30 on a presidential election night since 1996. I need help.

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If i pad this out to 150 pages, i wonder if i could get a book deal [27 Oct 2008|01:35pm]
[ mood | stuffed ]

I have unintentionally developed a new, effective diet method:

  1. Get food poisoning.

  2. Expel human waste from body, with great vigor, for a 24-hour period. To be a success, this should be done with enough violence that one should have slightly strained their diaphragm or other abdominal muscles.

  3. Try to keep self from dehydrating, but be incapable of retaining nearly as much fluid as expelled.

  4. For the following days, cease being hungry because of strained tummy muscles. Consuming a half-sized meal should make one feel a bit queasy and as though he overate.

I think the above describes my past five days. The first day, i believe i lost four pounds in fluid alone, though i assume i've gained that back now that i'm hydrated. The strained belly is a little strange. I don't notice it much, except that my appetite is almost completely suppressed.
Any kind of physical exertion (running up the stairs) makes me a bit winded.

I guess i should just take this opportunity to lose some of the weight that i gained after my knee surgery. As always, please consult a doctor before initiating any diet regimen.
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Great Ohio Desert [02 Oct 2008|05:34pm]
[ mood | earger ]

As some of you may recall, i offered free beer for anyone adventurous enough to diagram some of Same Old Bill's sentences.1 Needless to say, i'm thrilled that someone attempts this with Mrs. Palin (click on image for the Slate article):

1 See also: here and here.

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alive, but sleepy [13 Sep 2008|08:50am]
[ mood | dry ]

In the middle of a hurricane, perhaps calling a radio station to complain about the callousness of a hospital staff member referring to the "number of beds evacuated" in his report isn't the best prioritization of the issues at hand.

Unlike, say, using one's cell phone battery to post trivial anecodotes during a power outage...

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spending, non-discretionary [09 Sep 2008|08:08pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

I just signed up for a geek convention outside of LA next June:

MaxFunCon 2009

Hosted by Jesse Thorn of the excellent The Sound of Young America and Jordan, Jesse Go!, it's going to feature John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, and Jimmy Pardo, among other guests.

The thing that put me over-the-top was when i learned that Maria Bamford was going to be there. She's one of my top two Marias! No way I could resist that.

If any of you people are just as easily swayed, you're welcome to join me. Tickets are fairly expensive, however ($590 for non-Maximum Fun donors).

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Also, i'm now able to sleep in my bed, like a gentleman, instead needing to use my La-Z-Boy [22 Aug 2008|08:58am]
[ mood | semi-liquefied ]

Tomorrow, i get to put weight on my right foot for the first time in 54 days, which is exciting. My surgeon was surprisingly uninterested in me doing any kind of physical therapy, saying that "if you wanted to flex your leg 500 times a day, that'd be good." So, I did that in addition to some leg lifts and ankle flexibility things that my personal trainer friend recommended.

This morning was the first time i really looked at my leg in a long time. Holy crap. My right calf feels like it consists of Jell-o that failed to set. This is even more extreme compared to my left calf, which is more ripped than it's been since i stopped refereeing basketball. My primary mode of locomotion for these past seven-and-a-half weeks has been hopping around on my left foot without crutches (that way my hands were free to carry shit), which is good for calf development. Not so good for not looking like a complete dork.

Tomorrow will definitely be interesting. I should consider hopping everywhere on my right foot to balance things out.

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Happy Little Round Top Day! [02 Jul 2008|04:04pm]
[ mood | bendy ]

I just received word from the Physician's Assistant that i survived my surgery. I kinda suspected that i had given that they let me leave the clinic yesterday, but i didn't get the official diagnosis until today. They ended up doing the microfracture surgery, which means that i'm non-weight-bearing for eight weeks, which is rather obnoxious.

Fortunately, i do have much more flexibility than expected. I had a prescription for a Continuous Passive Motion device (i.e. knee flexing machine). The prescription indicated that i was supposed to start at 45° and work my way up to 90°. I was able to bend 90° right away, which is encouraging.

I didn't get any exciting drugs. Just Vicodin with Tylenol. No codiene for me, which is no fun. I've been taking the minimum amount (10 mg every six hours instead of 20 mg every four). That's largely preemptive, since my knee isn't hurting all that much. Right now, my armpits are getting more sore than my knee, since i don't have much experience with crutches and i have a poor sense of balance, anyway.

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It's been so loooo-ah-oo-ong since you heard my pretty voice [01 Jul 2008|08:26am]
[ mood | thirsty ]

I get to have arthroscopic knee surgery in a couple hours, which ought to be fun. I have a raggedly, partially torn medial meniscus (i.e. cartilage on my tibia), which will get removed. On the lateral side of the same knee (right), i have an "osteochondral defect" that's another cartilage problem, except on the femur. They're not sure what they're going to do with that until i get sliced and probed. They may do microfracture surgery, which will involve breaking things and having them heal properly. Microfracture would also involve being on crutches for six weeks.

I hurt the knee playing softball back in late November or early December. Trying to change direction after aggressively rounding first base, i jammed my knee (my leg locked straight upon planting). It's been bothering me off and on ever since. If i keep it static for an extended period of time, either sitting or sleeping on my back, it loses much its flexibility and hurts when i try to use it. This is obnoxious since i'd normally sleep on my back 80% of the time.

Occasionally, i'd a small torquing force in my knee would cause it to twinge. During this twinge, it felt like a ligament or tendon would catch on something (possibly loose cartilage) and, rather than flex in a continuous, smooth motion, it'd violently snap into place like one of Kirk Hammett's guitar strings (or whatever simile you'd prefer). My knee didn't care for this, and it'd swell up a little while later in protest.

Anyway, i wanted to make sure i got this out before i left. This way, my fans would know to start baking my Get Well cupcakes and/or cranberry-orange breads.

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This establishment will now serve my purposes [10 Apr 2008|07:13pm]
[ mood | outside-in ]

I put my underwear on inside-out this morning. After discovering this four hours later, i decided to leave them the way they were rather than turning them rightside-out. I feel this was the correct decision.

What say you?

Anticipating your questions, here are the answers:




92% Modal/8% Spandex.

Beyond your wildest imagination.

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it was slightly less crazy than i thought [19 Mar 2008|01:20am]
[ mood | deaf ]

I just returned from a Gogol Bordello performance:

As starchy anticipated, i am enthused. I rate them seven out of seven gypsy diamonds.

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