Live Music (16 of 26)

The SaintJun 28th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

So Evan made an entry first, so most of my concert comments followed that. Nine Inch Nails was amazing and I’m looking forward to the next time I see them.

So, instead of looking at what was, I look towards the future.
The Next Band I am Most Likely to See in Concert
One of the few great hard rock bands of our generation. The fact that they just released an album gives them a big nudge into the lead as they will be on tour sooner than other bands that I really like. 10,000 Days is very good, and the rest of their collection makes them well worth seeing.

Bands I Would Go See in Concert Given the Chance (No Order)
Queens of the Stone Age – Another band with a very good collection. Rated R is most likely my favorite.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Female lead singers are not very common in rock, but Karen O does a very good job. They got a good deal of recognition when they released Fever to Tell’s ballad, however they don’t get enough recognition for the rest of their work. NOTE: I don’t listen to the radio or watch MTV, so I am basing that last sentence solely on the fact that I know like one other human that has said they really liked Fever To Tell.
The Strokes – The latest album is their third best album, but it has grown on me a lot. (Will, get off your ass and get me Ize of the World.) They just continue to make really strong songs.
Radiohead – Not at the beginning if I had to order this list, but 1) Evan would kill me if I didn’t list them and 2) I like them more and more as time goes on.
Rammstein – The lose some credit for being German and the fact that I would have to deal with a bunch of weird guys from the small continent with a lot of countries. Nothing makes rock sound angrier then when it’s in German.
Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Those guys with the flying bubble thing – They are not exactly touring our making new albums, but if I had a time machine, I would beginning head to some concerts after I made a bet or two.

Incubus and System of a Down are givens as they, along with Nine Inch Nails, are in my Big Three and the only bands I’ve distinctly made an effort to see live.

Do you think any one reads this?

Public Service Alert (15 of 26)

The SaintJun 27th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

Wendy’s just changed what they call their small/medium/large drinks/fries. The large was changed in a way that it is like a 7-11 drink. They still push the medium as the standard size, which will be fifty cents added. Apparently, since it’s the summer, we need larger quantities.

Things that make me mad:

Watching birds walk.

“The Club” being exclusively used by cars made in the late eighties.

Listening while humanity list things that are insignificant.

Back to the Futurama (14 of 26)

The SaintJun 23rd, 2006Posted by The Saint on

Futurama will take the same path as Family Guy. It will be awesome if some TV executive decides to start up shows like Bewitched or Good Times.


The SaintJun 20th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

Halfway through the alphabet, so why not take this time to have one off post before continuing on.
As a disclaimer, this doesn’t have anything to do with Rounders and only touches on the Suburban aspect. But it was that or I call it Throckmortan, and that would have just been weird.


Evan: Ok, now that we ordered the food let’s get this game started.
Will: Aren’t we gonna wait for Max or Paul?
Patrick: I talked to Paul, he can’t make it. John said he might be late, but would bring people if he showed up. And Max wasn’t online.
Will: Did you call him?
Patrick: I don’t have his number. But you can call him.
Will: … I don’t have his number either.
Evan: Why do I hang out with you guys? Ok, let’s just play a quick freeze out and see if John shows up.

[Ding Dong]

Will: Must be the Chinese. That was fucking fast. But then again it doesn’t take that long to cook cat.
[Will opens door] Will: Umm, did you come to the door and forget to bring the food? Nice play squinty eyes.
Men Nguyen: What? I’m here for the poker tournament. The buy-in is $300, right?
Evan: Well, we were thinking more like $10. Wait, what the hell are you doing at my house?
Men Nguyen: Someone told me that I could get CardPlayer Player of the Year point for playing here.
Patrick: Can you get some other people to come?
Men Nguyen: Are you kidding? Who in their right mind would drive to a random New Jersey suburb for a small buy-in poker tournament.

Will: Raise.
Patrick: This isn’t Limit dumass, you have to say how much you are raising.
Will: Fine, I raise to …
Patrick: I fold.
Will: Ass.

Patrick: Call.
Will: Call.
Evan: Raise to 200.
Men Nguyen: Call.
Patrick: Well, I probably shouldn’t have limped, but what the hell.
[Flop comes 5h 9c Jh] Patrick: Check.
Will: Check.
Evan: Pot.
Men Nguyen: Fold.
Patrick: Fold.
Will: Call.
[Turn comes 7c] Will: Check.
Evan: All in.
Patrick: JOEY!
Will: I don’t know. On the one hand, I’m not getting close to the right odds. But on the other hand sucking out would be +EV. I call.
[Evan shows 9h 8h. Will shows 8d 3s and has 3 outs to a chop.] Patrick: I had a 6.
Will: Awesome!

[River comes 6s] Men Nguyen: Owned.
Evan: Why are you still here?

Patrick: Raise it up to 200.
Will: Fold.
Men Nguyen: Fold.
Evan: Call.
[Flop comes Qh 5d 6s] Evan: 400.
[Patrick thinks.] Patrick: Add a thousand.
Evan: Another thousand.
Patrick: All-in.
[Evan thinks.] Evan: I call. I have King, Queen
[Patrick looks blankly at the cards.] Will: Queen, Jack! Queen, Jack! YES!!
Patrick: I hate you guys. I’m going home.
Will: Can I get a ride home?

WPEX (13 of 26)

The SaintJun 19th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

I finally freed up a little cash off of the other sites I play to give WPEX a shot.

The Facts:
Still a baby, but growing. In the last thirty days, the count on cash players has increased by 25%. (Source: Poker Site Scout, additional info on Source to follow.)
Tonight at 9(EST) there where 2 full 100NL and 3 full 50NL tables and then one of each playing short handed. 1/2 and 2/4 both had 5 full tables.

The Look:
Setup is slightly different than the standard. Your cards are shown next to your action buttons (tiny versions also appear on the table). When you fold you cards are shadowed, but still visible for the entire hand. Now you have to notice you would have caught that straight. I altered the table graphics right away. I copied the “Waffle Cards” (here) that I use on Party and Stars. Everything else I have can be found here. The everything else page does a lot of good things. Your stack get a different graphic than the rest of the table and the active player is highlighted.

The Software:
This is where they still have a few issues to work out. I have read they are taking steps in the right direction.

  • Table Response is a little slow. A tick or two will drop of the clock between your click and the action.
  • Tables steal focus even if you have to act at another table.
  • The slider is as unreliable as Party, so entering bets are tricky. I think I could be able to pull of an AutoHotKey script for the betting, no grantees now.
  • No short handed tables for NL yet. I have been told they are on the way. At present, short handed is 5 players. 6 is kind of the standard, but WPEX is not the only site to run 5 handed tables.
  • Password restrictions force you to use only letters and digits and only 8 characters (pretty weak considering certain places force you to do longer elaborate passwords.
  • The biggest issue is that hand histories are not saved to the hard drive. You have to request they get sent to you. Puts a good delay on getting stats.

The Stats:
High Stakes Poker was on tonight, so I only played 200 hands. On the first night I won a little. (Rigged?) Over this tiny bit of data, I have payed (and will receive back) $3.86 per hundred hands playing 50NL. If I played only on WPEX for thirty days that would be over $200 that I get returned. And that is if I don’t go back to 100NL (which hopefully I do soon).

A decent list of things that need to happen before WPEX can be the real deal and gain popularity. Rafe free is a great selling point and I think that it will do good things for online poker when people start to look at it. The site still needs new players and we’ll have to wait and see if only veterans stay at a rake free site or will novices show up and stay. I give WPEX a C+ based on the action so far and have listed a few things that would bring it up to a solid B or higher.

Poker Site Scout
A nice little site that is very useful. On the outside, it appears to just be a ranking of poker sites, but it does deeper. These figures are just cash players. Party and Stars are still 1 and 2, but for those that only play cash, this is what you want to see. Active players and Active tables. Sites are ranked by a 24 hour high-water-point on active players.

As you look deeper you find that each site has it’s own page with a in depth breakdown by level and type of table. There is a search feature that will bring up all the totals for different site based on your selected level or table type. Also, hidden back in the far corner, is a Pro-Finder. A list of Pro’s, their Aliases, where they play and if they are playing now.

Overdue Post (12 of 26)

The SaintJun 17th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

Was gonna make this when the story broke to the news, but Hawking has a K in it and I wasn’t going to try and work around that.

Ok, Stephen Hawking thinks we need to start thinking about making space communities. He’s right in the fact that Earth is getting more and more screwed. (I can’t go into more about that without being a hippie, so I push forward.)

Yes his IQ quite big, but has he watched any Sci-Fi movies. At minimum, 50% of them are about one race of space creatures who over used their planet and then needed to go somewhere new. It never works out. If we do this, the armed forces need to have nothing to do with it. We are going to run into another creature that is as smart as some creatures that reside on Earth and they are not going to be happy when we start moving in.

And you thought watching a Limit Hold'em Tournament was boring (11 of 26)

The SaintJun 15th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

I present to you the next big thing in the area of competition. LiveCoda is a real time programing competition. Programmers were given 10 minutes to produce code that would correct errors in a sample image. They were allowed to use the language of their choosing and whatever methods they wanted. The 2006 winners, who have a name I can’t say, produced the functional code in 5 minutes and 40 seconds.

Dan Harrington is RO (10 of 26)

The SaintJun 11th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

I’ve been reading Harrington on Hold’em Vol 2. I really like it, even though it’s tournament strategy. I think what sets HoH apart is the examples. Theory of Poker has an insane amount of content, but is a tough read. My theory is that the example hands in HoH are what make it easier to read. For those that haven’t read either volume, there are a lot of problems used as examples. If you haven’t read the books, think of a number of how many example hands there are in a chapter.
That number is not big enough. The first chapter in Vol 2 is Making Moves. It is about 110 pages. Half of that is the “Problems” section where Harrington goes through example hands. There is also a hand or two within the main text of the chapter.

Now on to the title of this entry. In these examples, Dan gives the results of the hand after he explains what move you should make. (The player doesn’t always follow Harrington’s advice, which he uses to prove points.) The thing with showing the results is that they usually look like this:
Your Hand: Ts3c
Action to you: You are the SB. Players A through E fold. The pot is $240 (BB is all-in).
Action: You call, the BB shows 7d6s. The board comes KcQdTdTh6h.
Now you didn’t need to improve, but yet you end up with trips and completely dominate the BB who happens to pair his bottom card after he was already drawing dead. There are hands where it works out so Harrington can say, “Well, it doesn’t always work out, but you know you made the right play.” But that’s like 1 out of every 10 hands.

Another one of my favorite things is when he does this:
Situation: Towards the end of a one-table satellite. Players B and E are aggressive. Player C is supper-aggressive.
Your hand: AhTd
Action to you: Player A folds. Player B raises to $120. Players C,D and E all fold. The pot is now $210.
Thanks Dan, for the great reads on players C and E, cause they have so much effect on what I do in this hand.

In closing, very good book. I need to re-read some sections.

Lost Structure (9 of 26)

The SaintJun 10th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

We were on our way to Max’s when we passed the new dorm development. Then we saw part of a metal object that seemed out of place. As we got closer we understood what was out of place. The metal belonged to an excavator. This excavator happened to be located where 3-story structure had stood the last time we had passed by. You don’t understand how dumbfounded one can become when a large object does not appear where one expects the object to be.

(8 of 26)

The SaintJun 9th, 2006Posted by The Saint on

So by some means, my college email got put on a spam list. As of now it’s just stock quotes. I tried replying to a couple saying to remove my name, all came back undeliverable. I almost never use my college email beyond college and my COOP. Likely suspects are or
A bad email setup makes it more annoying. If an email comes featuring a name in addition to an email address, it appears “NAME” . A columns size can not be enlarged, so only a name will appear if email and name are present. If I’m expecting random emails from a COOP company, do i just open an email and pray it doesn’t contain a virus. Even medium sized subject lines also get cutoff. And I’m stuck using it email for at minimum between two and four more years.

Do I complain a lot on my blog? I feel I do, I need to not do it as often.

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