Archive for October, 2007

Oct 31 2007

PSA:Zombies

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A very important public service announcement.

Have a Happy Halloween!!

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Oct 30 2007

Don’t Be Such a Pussy

Published by under Entertainment,Humor

I love mockumercials (like mockumentaries, only about commercials). This one is one of the funniest ones I’ve seen in a while.

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Oct 30 2007

Stitched Evening

Published by under Personal,Poker

If I move this could die
If I move this could die
I want you…to take me out!
–Franz Ferdinand

Another month that got swept away with good intentions but very little of my goals were met poker wise. I had a lot of stuff come up that just took time and left me worn out. I spent a bit of time updating some stuff on my uncle’s website since he was getting some publicity this month and thought that it might cause an increase in traffic. I’m hoping it happens for him since I know how hard it is for artists to really do well with it.

Today I was taking off a bit early since I had been getting in a few hours of overtime each week and this week, I just wanted to do something for me. I took off an hour and a half early trying to get home to try and finish up the hands I needed to qualify for my rakeback affiliate’s freeroll for cake. I get into my truck and crank the engine over and feel a vibration in my pocket.

::sigh::

It was Amy calling for what I was certain was some errand I needed to do for her. Instead of run to the grocery store, it was her asking if I could come home and take a look at TJ’s lip. Apparently his brother had thrown a stick in retaliation to a stick thrown at him and it made a gash in his upper lip. Alright, a legit issue.

So I get home and TJ is holding a bag of ice covered with a bloody cloth to his upper lip. As is typical, he is pretty calm while his mother is stressfully on the brink of being frantic and she talks me into taking him to the hospital. An hour and a half and 4 stitches later, we are back at home as I see my chances of getting many hands in slip away.

Stitched Up

At least he was able to still go to taekwondo and he will tell you that it wasn’t really that bad. He didn’t have any issues through the whole procedure beyond some concerns that it was taking to long for him to get home to play with his friend that had been over at the house.

I don’t put any blame on anyone or anything, I’m just disappointed that it didn’t work out like I planned. I am glad TJ ended up ok, but he’s enjoying showing off his battle scars to any person who will stop long enough to hear his tale of woe. He wouldn’t admit it if you asked him, but he’s enjoying the attention. That’s ok.

Amy had errands to run afterwords and she took #3 to wallyworld with her and the other 3 stayed with me. The older 2 just watched cartoons, but #4 (Zoe) demanded enough attention that there was little else I was gonna get done. By the time Amy got home and I had my chores done, it was almost 11 and I was beat. That did it for my goals for the month, but I still did ok for the month considering. Friday or so, I’ll figure out the final number since I still have tomorrow (fat chance with that one too since it’s Halloween).

Compile on that some new stresses at work, and I feel like I’m wearing thin lately. Fortunately most of my family stuff has been going well and that’s been taking some stress off. I think I will also end up getting back into my own art too as I’ve really been getting the urge to do some more of that. When I do, I will be sure to post pictures (I’m an attention whore, just like my son).

Either that, or maybe I should take up yoga.

Oh, yeah. I think that helped. I feel so much better now. T was right, yoga is awesome.

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Oct 26 2007

Mmmm Pie

Published by under Personal

Amy: i’m baking you a pie but i have my shoes on-does it still count?
Me: french maid outfit?
Amy: sweats?
Me: crotchless?
Amy: sorry-doesn’t count, huh?
Me: You gotta give me somethen here
Amy: i have nice underwear on?
Amy: and by nice, i mean it doesn’t have any holes in it :)
Me: underneath 4 layers of sweats??? dont’ think that counts
Amy: 2 layers honey-don’t exaggerate
Me: Yes, the romance is dead, and by romance, I mean hotsweatymonkeylove
Amy: but i baked you a pie :(
Me: A crotchless pie?
Amy: yes- i can honestly say it has no crotch whatsoever
Me: well, that’s a start

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Oct 23 2007

New Item for My Life Todo List

Published by under Entertainment,Personal,Tech

Someday, I will make it to a makerfaire. There is just too much crazy shit that they have there not too.

This last weekend was one in Austin and here are a couple of the things I’ve seen on the net about it:

Dirty car art. This takes steps beyond the typical “wash me” crap people write on your vehicle and takes it to a whole realm of I-am-never-gonna-wash-my-car-again-ness. For some one who enjoys art, I don’t post enough about it, but this was just so holy shit!!! That I couldn’t avoid not saying something. I have been this impressed with the uniqueness of something like this since that dude who would make live sand art.

The next thing is some dude was playing the drums while he was knitting. Ok, I’ll let that soak in a bit for yah. Got a hold of yourself now? Good. Then you can check out the video.

This one was a bit less on the side of “this dude is awesome” and more so on the side of “what the fuck made him think this was a good idea to do in front of a large group of people” type thought. Well, good job buddy. It got you on youtube. Here is your 15 minutes. Don’t spend it all in one place, now.

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Oct 16 2007

Are Bonuses Worth Doing if You Have Rakeback?

Published by under Poker

I was recently asked this question and while I ran through a brief comparison once in a thread on BTP, I never did research it fully. This time the question concerned Cake Poker. Since I recently signed up and did my initial deposit to get the bonus for that, I thought it would be a good time to find out if I was wasting my time getting epass setup to be able to do this.

So, last night when a late episode of Mythbusters came on where they were busting baseball myths, I decided to run some calculations while I stayed up way to late and figure it out. While I knew the affects of the number of players at the table had on rakeback, I wasn’t aware of how great the affect was. So I included that in my research too.

This calculation would be similar to any site that does a dealt hands rake system like Cake (the site I used for my research) and Full Tilt. Some other sites use a contributed rake system where you need to have actually contributed to the raked pot instead of just being dealt a cards in the pot. Both of these sites count $1 of rake as 1 player point as well.

At the sites mentioned, the bonus that is accrued is subtracted from the gross rake that is credited to the player. The gross rake is the portion of the total rake that is distributed to each player who were dealt cards in the hand. So if there was $3 rake and there are 6 players, each player gets credit for $.50 as long as they were dealt cards in the hand. Likewise, if there were 10 players at the same $3 raked table, each player got credit for $.30 of rake. As you can see, the fewer the players, the greater the amount of rake you get credited for the rake that is collected.  So here is the chart.

rakeback_calc

What I had always assumed would happen is that since the amount of money that is being subtracted from the gross rake is the same and it’s that is done prior to calculating the rakeback, that it would be a standard deduction of money after that rake is calculated. In other words, when $10 or rake is deducted from the gross rake, that it will be the same percentage of that as the rakeback percentage that would be lowered from the rakeback earned. Therefore since only a percentage of that bonus accrued is affecting the rakeback, that of course it’s works out to a greater returned value to the player when considering both rakeback and bonus. What are you fucking stupid?
What ended up being interesting, though, was how the number of players affected how much rakeback you would accrue. In the example above, I used 166 player point earned as the base since that equates to $10 in bonus accrued and made the calculations easy. The blue line is the typical amount of rakeback that you would get when you earn 166 player points at Cake. The red line is the rakeback after it’s affected by the bonus deduction, in the case of cake, it was $3.30 or 33% of the $10. The orange line is the total earned with rakeback and bonus, which is (of course) $10 more than the red line and $6.70 more than the blue line.

As you can see, you earn $5.48 of rakeback per 166 points earned if you play at a full ring table of 10 players. This is irrelevant of the game, stakes or any other change in the table other than the number of players since all those games use the same rake/point value. When you get a bit more brave and choose to play the 6 max games (my preferred structure), you gain a much more tempting $9.13 per 166 points. And when you step all the way up to playing HU for rollz, yo, you get an amazing $27.39 per 166 points. Of course you are contributing to a much larger portion of the rake then too since, well, it’s you and another player. But if you can make money playing that structure, it’s clear you are better off in terms of rakeback.

So if you are questioning if doing that bonus is worth it, stop being a douche or a troll and just do it already. That is unless you hate money. In which case, send me your screen name and times you play and I will do my best to ease you of that monetary burden. The real moral of the story ends up being, you should play the shortest table structure that you can and still make money since it drastically inflates especially when you get to tables smaller than 6 players. So stop being such a nit and learn to grind those short handed tables. It’s worth learning to do.

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