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By gzt (Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 05:51:06 PM EST) gzt, stuff, things, doing stuff, doing things, study, chess, chess league, ayn rand sucks, fringe, poker (all tags)
I've been rather unhappy with Fringe lately.

And: other stuff.



Still busily studying for stuff and things.

Really busy. Between school, exams, and church (this next couple weeks only, Easter and making a new bishop), my hands are full.

The animated episode of Fringe was hit-and-miss. Broyles on acid was great, the cartoons were meh, but getting rid of "Bellivia" was definitely a good thing. I sincerely hope they will stop sucking now.

So they have the league chess tournament all scheduled out. They realized they needed an extra week in order to do the round robin with an odd-number of players. The field I'm against looks okay: there are a few weak players, a couple at around my level, and a couple that are probably going to be challenging. I'm playing against somebody from my company in the first week. I think he's a little stronger than me, at least at quick events. He's the second-highest rated in the group.

At work, they unblocked facebook, but it seems they broke google chat. It also seems they added an AT&T cell tower to our building, so we're supposed to get good coverage here now. If so, I approve. I always had to go outside to take calls. Now I should be able to duck into an empty office or conf room.

I'm just curious, is there anybody here that seriously plays poker? Any thoughts on the US poker situation? Also, do you actually make money off of poker, and how? Note: this is purely for informational purposes, I have no interest in playing poker and even less interest in gambling. I am also curious about how people get good at poker and whether there are any good ways of rating poker players. I mean, chess is easy to rate because you have a one-on-one playing system. Poker, however, usually is not. I'd be interested in learning more about rating poker players and what levels people can typically attain...

There's somebody at work who blocks other people from seeing her schedule and doesn't look at other people's schedules when trying to set up or reschedule meetings. This is not a recipe for success. She just tried to reschedule a meeting for a time when I was not available and it's a meeting, um, basically about stuff I (and some other people) will be doing for her. We want to successfully set up this meeting...

I doodled out more proof stuff the other day while ignoring somebody trying to teach my poisson processes (this is, like, the fourth time I've been taught it...). I might type it out sometime, but I'm generally pretty busy these days. This time I brought out calculus to verify some other things and show my answer really is a minimum. You have to play very close attention to the ranges of the parameters. It also involves a lot of boring trig. Still not completely rigorous in all cases.

Last week's How I Met Your Mother was fairly good, though they still have not gotten rid of Zoe. It also highlighted the problem of trusting non-native speakers of a foreign language to do anything with that language.

I saw a preview for Atlas Shrugged with the wifing unit. It looks spectacularly terrible. See here for details: http://m.io9.com/5792663/atlas-shrugged-a-movie-this-demented-ought-to-be-against-the-law The great thing about Rand materials is that a certain species of Rand fan always thinks that the reason you don't love Rand is that you didn't read it carefully enough. No, there are two reasons I don't like Rand: she's a bad novelist and a bad philosopher. Reading carefully won't make me think more highly of her.

Here's an article! http://www.firstthings.com/article/2011/05/the-trouble-with-ayn-rand Ayn Rand's movie as the end of civilization.

Anyway, seeing a $SPECIALIST_DOCTOR tomorrow. I also might have to present something to $EXECUTIVE_TEAM. I definitely have to finish up some other important documents.

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Poker by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 06:48:43 PM EST
A coworker used to play a lot, and claims to have been able to earn a reasonable $500-$1000 per month at it.  He was good enough to win an online tournament, which basically got him a stake for an in-person tournament.  He got his clocked cleaned.

In order to earn the above, he'd spend a good chunk of the evening with four different games going on his laptop.  From what I understand, playing poker well involves a lot of tedium.

Given the nature of the game, no player is going to want to be rated.

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[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

Poker by lm (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 06:49:06 PM EST
I recall an article in a local Cincinnati rag about ten years or so that spotlighted a professional poker player. Apparantly you can make about 40k/year playing in various riverboat casinos in the midwest.

But, most people are more likely to end up like my brother-in-law. He can do the math just fine but when push comes to shove, he just can't bid rationally and blows his stake.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
My understanding by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:35:49 PM EST
is that "rational" betting works fine for limit poker. I suspect the "no limit" poker is prefered on the riverboats (it also makes sense in tournement style play, which makes it more popular). No limit requires "reading peoples faces, and knowing what the cards are by the way they hold their eyes".

Also, I'm pretty sure that the riverboat's cut is at least 40k, so you have to be a lot better than just good.

Wumpus

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iirc the article correctly by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:42:11 PM EST
Making money on poker consists mostly of fleecing noobs/poor players. The real pros hate to play each other because they all know the math. You havre to be quite exceptional to make money on tournaments, etc.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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She probably tracks her period on it. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 08:21:12 PM EST
Chicks are sensitive about divulging when they're bleeding from their vaginas.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

sharing... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 10:06:49 PM EST
...only shows "open" vs "busy"

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"Busy" means it's Shark Week. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 11:15:53 PM EST
You should know this shit by now, Married Guy.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Poker by barooo (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:38:24 AM EST
my former team lead at $agency went pro a few years ago.  He was making more money playing online (around 2005-2006; the caliber of players has improved since and it's a lot tougher).  He ended up taking 14th or 18th (can't remember which) in the WSOP Main Event and 2nd or 3rd in a couple of other WSOP events, but hasn't really had a big cash since (I think he's cashed in some online tournaments for 20K or so, but nothing like the $800K main event).

What he told me is that you can get to a level where you can have fun playing and win a little extra money just by reading a couple books and playing a bit.  Harrington's books are good for learning the tournament game (which is different becuase in the later stages the blinds are so big you're always one big pot from being done and the pots are almost always big), and the old standby of _whatever poker for Advanced Players_ is a great book.  Allegedly there are some newer books on the cash game and on online games (which aren't different really, but the ability to multi-table, the speed, and the prevalence of lower stakes games and whatnot change the applied math, just not the theory behind it).

Bottom line, it's just about impossible to make a lot of money at it now unless you are really good, becuase there are a lot of good-to-decent players now.  The golden age is over, but for about an 18 month period, just about anyone with a clue could make thousands.  As far as rankings, I don't think anything formal exists, mostly people go off lifetime winnings, and at the elite level, WSOP results.

Personally, I've made a few hundred playing online, but I didn't devote the time to it to get good enough to play bigger.  I was playing $5 and $10 sit-and-go tournaments, and no limit cash games at like $0.25 blinds.  I found that at those ridiculously low stakes, I could make $75 in a good hour, and maybe lose $100 in a bad hour with the average being slightly positive.

I have no idea what's going to happen to my money; I have like $185 in an account on pokerstars.


man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
Atlas Winced by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:44:41 AM EST
A review by a libertarian.
Ayn Rand's work has been described as "a sermon with a cast", ... and found that the director seems to have interpreted this quip as a mandate.

...I wish I could report that the movie holds out the same kind of promise that the first Lord of the Rings movie did. Unfortunately, it's . . . an incoherent mess ... It was a huge mistake to watch it on a laptop; I spent the entire time fighting a nearly overpowering urge to check my email.

Ayn Rand's characters are already so understated as to be nearly wooden... in the hands of these actors, they're practically petrified. In lieu of emotions, the entire cast seems to have turned to drink. ...

Most of these scenes consist of people drinking in hotel lobbies, drinking at restaurants, drinking at cocktail parties, and drinking in their bedrooms. In between, they do a little bit of striding purposefully. Also, sometimes they sit behind improbably neat desks. When drama is required, they stand up.

And, from the comments,

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.


Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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