Archive for October, 2008

Oct 28 2008

FYI: Free Codeweavers

Published by under Tech

Being a Linux user (and also a Mac user, BTW), I have a few likeminded people that read my blog. Hopefully they will find this interesting or maybe I’m just increasing my post count cheaply.

Either way, I think a free version of codeweavers is significant and postworthy. And it’s my blog so :P


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Oct 24 2008


Published by under Humor,Personal

Funny (disturbing???) thing is, I actually made this same joke to my wife like a month ago.

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Oct 17 2008

I Am Neo

Published by under Poker

Earlier this week, I browsed one of the promotion emails from Full Tilt planning on just pretending to read it and then clicking the delete button. Every so often they tell about new features and I usually try to check those out just to see what ideas these sites are coming up with. This happened to be one such time.

Full Tilt came out with a new type of SnG called a matrix tournament. Basic premise is 1 entry, 4 concurrent games and an overall leader board over those 4 games. So the pot gets split 5 ways. The thing that appealed to me was the fact that you can play multiple SnGs to the same guys which is definitely innovative. It intrigued me. Compounded by the fact that I kept reading about it around the blogosphere, my interest was definitely piqued.

Wanting to check these out, I stuck up a $5 tourney since I figured they would go a bit quicker, but I really just wanted to get a feel for what these were about. I guess you could say, I did alright. I ended up winning 3 of the 4 tables knocking out 13 of the possible 32 people on the way there.

Zooks railed me and if I don’t disclose this, I’m certain I would hear about it, but yes. I did get pretty lucky there on the end and sucked out a couple of times on my last table to close out the tournament. But before then, I think I played pretty well. Seemed a lot like how I remember the old SnGs back when I started playing them in ’04. I saw a couple of wild, loose players early on that weren’t afraid to put chips in and then the bubble were tables full of really tight players. I really needed that as I was low on chips on a couple of tables and was in fold/push mode picking up a lot of blinds. The one time I did get called, I doubled up in a race.


I’m not sure if it was the 4 tables at once or if I’m just not used to SnGs, but the levels seemed to be quick and I really felt like I was playing in a bunch of turbos. It didn’t take long before I was just pushing to either try pick up the blinds or to push pressure on the shorties. That being said, it still took almost an hour and a half to wrap the whole thing up. Just for that reason, I don’t think I’ll be making these part of my regular reportois, but they were definitely fun. In the future, I will probably play these more, but likely at stakes a bit higher from now on.

Not to be outdone, it looks like Stars has some new tournament scheme too. Double or nothing where half the players double their entry. Both of these games seem to be good ways to lower variance in SnGs and if they gain a lot of curious traffic, might have a better ROI than the normal SnGs for a good player.

Thanks again to Zooks for railing me through the end there. It was a bit diffilcult to chat while playing in 3 heads up matches, but at least I’m glad I had a witness. :)


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Oct 13 2008

Today, It Ends

Published by under Personal

Today, it all ended. No more lackadaisical days of leisure with the kids. It’s back to slaving to the grind and running the rat race…. or as much of a rat race as exists in Bismarck, ND.


That isn’t all bad. Truth be told, I was kinda getting a bit stir crazy after being home. I couldn’t be a stay at home dad. Amy isn’t in trouble of me encroaching on her turf. Even with me anxious to get out of the house, it still will took me most of today to get used to the sterile quietness that hangs in the air at work. Surprisingly, a cubicle farm doesn’t emanate the same lively ambiance that is present in a house with 5 kids.

So far, Sadie seems to be doing well. If we could only change one thing, it would be that she still hasn’t gained her birth weight back. Nothing we have been worried about so far, but eventually, you have to be. Tomorrow we find out if that’s improving. Hopefully I have good news to share.



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