|on the nature of short conversation and Facebook
||[Apr. 14th, 2014|01:01 am]
A friend of mine died very suddenly this week. He was 37, they suspect a heart attack, which seems very odd. On some level, I hope it was due to a heart defect.|
I posted about it on my Facebook because I treat it a lot like I treat anything I have access to... it's a way to share myself, my thoughts, my feelings. While I am private about some aspects of my life, most of it I have been very open about all along.
I mused that it was troubling me. Mostly it troubled me because most of the other people in my life who have died... it wasn't a surprise. Theresa Koerbacher down the street? She got cancer as a kid and didn't win. David White? Car accident. My grandmother? She was old as dirt and it was probably for the best. My father? He had COPD and his life quality had severely diminished. Johnny Law? Well, he was a really large guy, we were shocked to find out he just fell down some stairs.
But this? The guy was only a few months older than me. And the thing was, he had such an interesting Facebook. He had taken up photography and his pictures were really good. I mean, I know we all have the amateur professionals in our friend groups, but his subjects and work always kept me interested. And despite all this, in about 2.5 years of being friends on Facebook, it looks like we interacted about twice. And the last time we saw each other was probably when we worked together back in the mid-late 90s.
All this said, I came to look forward to his FB postings because they provided a window into someone else's life. Someone's life that had maybe found a bit of clarity and contentment, even if it maybe wasn't exactly what he wanted. (Then again, how was I to know either way?)
I posted about this and the responses came. And I felt weird because the goal was not to make it about me. I was not looking for sympathy for my feelings. I was looking to connect with people, to interact, to come away with something new. Someone had left my life and it leaves a hole; I wanted to express that and to hear something from somebody else, even if it was just someone they had lost and felt the same way about.
I felt weird about this (the same way I did when I posted about Johnny Law) because I was lamenting more the loss of the person's creative work than the person themselves, being as I wasn't as close to the person as many other people were. It wasn't like a close friend died, it was someone that I actually knew and admired their work, no matter the medium.
So I was frustrated by the "I'm sorry for your loss" responses.
Because one day you're posting pictures of owls (and self-marveling at such) and then a few days later, you're gone.
No more pictures of owls. Or dogs. Or sunrises. Or anything else.
|another tourney backing package
||[Dec. 24th, 2013|06:35 pm]
Alright, it's about that time again.|
WSOPC is coming up in January at Choctaw. I currently plan to enter two events: PLO8 and HORSE. They are both preliminary tournaments, so they are not listed on the WSOP.com site, unfortunately. This time around, they are $250 each, up from $240. That means the total package is $500, so 1% is of course $5.
I have a maximum of 25% for sale. I'd like to stop selling so much of myself. I guess I'm greedy. 25% is already locked up for my main backer. I may cut off the buying at 20% to have more of myself. We'll see how it works out.
Paypal or Google Wallet accepted. Google Wallet preferred. NO CHECKS or goofy bank things.
You pay any fees, both ways.
Standard ice disclaimer applies. I am working half days to attend this, so hotel may not be an option, in which case appropriate refunds will happen.
Prior backers do get preferred status in the issue of any disputes/discrepancies, though this is likely not an issue as most of you are prior backers.
My record (no guarantee of future results)
(The 4th place is underreported, we chopped for approximately $2k more.)
I have over $6k lifetime in live tourney cashes (which means profitable ROI, though I have not kept exact records), all in Omaha 8 tournaments. (I keep trying with HORSE, surely I'm not a dog!)
Reserve here or on Facebook.
|now it can be told: Christmas
||[Oct. 24th, 2013|12:34 am]
Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook may have noticed me talking a lot about Christmas over the last few months.|
If you know me at all well, you should know that I don't celebrate Christmas (I opted for/invented Wacky December as you'll recall) and may have wondered what I was talking about.
Today, Christmas happened: the company I work for was sold.
I can't say a lot about it, not as much as I'd like to, anyway, but it's something I'd been hoping for for a while, because things were not looking good at KFS.
No press release to link to yet, either.
But the short sweet version is: a lot of the problems disappeared almost immediately and we foresee this being a VERY GOOD thing for the company.
On a personal level, it has a high possibility of being good for me and/or my career and/or my finances. So I'm happy about that too.
I've spent the last few hours at Cigar Frogs celebrating by smoking expensive cigars and paying too much for Cokes. So be happy for me.
|webOS post mortem
||[Apr. 14th, 2013|02:21 pm]
I came dangerously close yesterday in the T-Mobile store to walking out with a Nexus 4. Still waiting to see what Google announces in May or for the rumors to get stronger before I make a decision, but I'm ready to act.|
My phone has started to reboot itself more than I would like. I do weird things to my computing devices, so I'm used to a certain amount of speedbumps. But my physical keyboard is doing the double letter thing. And yeah, I overclock, so sometimes my phone may reboot itself and that's not the end of the world, but when it's every couple of days and sometimes it's a full reboot and sometimes it's just a Luna reboot... it's getting frustrating.
Add to that I'm carrying around a Nexus 7 with me pretty much full time which I love (minus the fact that the OS is not as awesome as webOS, obviously) that I have to tether. And there's some bug in webOS 2.x that interacts with FreeTether so that if you close FreeTether, then you're stuck having to reboot the phone to make it work again. That's no fun, because reboots are a 2-3 minute affair, especially with the OS loaded up with patches like I have it. And well, the OS is not likely to get upgraded any time soon. webOS CE? It had some promise, but it has really stalled. webOS hardware from other manufacturers? Doesn't seem to be happening. So I'm stuck on that road.
What I'm saying is, in the next few months I am likely leaving webOS behind almost totally for Android. Most of the Palm people who mattered work at Google now, and I can certainly hope that Mattias has a heavy hand in fixing Android's multitasking for 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
I will be keeping the Pre 3 *and* the Touchpad as reference devices, to be sure. Because when I code apps, I want to make sure they'll work on almost anything (web first, then webOS/Android, then I'll consider other non-iOS platforms). But my Pre 3's time as a daily driver is running out.
It pains me to say it, but I've known it (and admitted as much) for at least about 6 months, probably more like 12... webOS lost. It was a superior product in many ways (still is in quite a few - inductive charging, true multitasking), but it was done in by inept management and to a lesser degree, marketing. Also, Sprint and fucking Verizon. Fuck the both of them, HARD.
||[Apr. 9th, 2013|11:08 pm]
The world seems to have more cat owners in it than I would have expected that have no idea what "chittering" or "chattering" is.|
Tip: Put your cat in front if a window. Put a bird on the other side of the window. That sounds your cat is making? It's not meowing. You'll know that because it sounds NOTHING like that other noise your cat makes when it's meowing.
So yeah, maybe I am a little annoyed at seeing another "strangest cat meow ever" video just now on Youtube.
|Wunderlist: this just might stick
||[Mar. 4th, 2013|03:25 am]
Reading some random startup article on Zite and they mentioned 6Wunderkind and having to choose between developing two different products and blahblahblah.|
I'm just kind of skimming it, not really letting it soak in, but for some reason I decide to look up the kept product,
They have apps for Android, iOS, Mac, and... Windows. Plus it works in your browser. This is in perfect keeping with my ethic and my plan for developing as well.
I install the app on my Nexo and play with it for a bit. It's a basic task list, but it syncs across all platforms rather quickly, and the tasks support deadlines (or none) and subtasks, with notes. And then there's groups.
Well wait, can't you just do this with Google? Not sure exactly, but there is a lot of baggage for me there until I transition to using Google services myself. Plus it may not actually have all these features.
Design? It has some hidden secrets, so it's a little but oniony. It has one of those little grab widgets up in the upper left corner to hide a sliding panel, like on Facebook. But unlike Facebook, it's Enjo-y! You can swipe that and it works, not just tap it. So it speaks a modal language I understand coming from webOS. Every time I use the mobile Facebook on my Nexo and swipe that thing and it just sits there, I get so annoyed.
Anyway, I entered a task... "take out trash" into it and set a deadline. At the appointed time, it popped a lil window on my latop and played a small sound. Second later, same thing on the tablet, and there's a notify in the notify drawer. Have I completed the task yet? No. So there they sit for the moment while I'm half-naked on the couch doing laundry and too lazy to put on some dirty pants to do the work.
But I am the type that needs a bit of nagging, so having these things sitting there demanding some small measure of attention makes me more likely to do the actual task. So I like this idea.
Now if I just had some people to collaborate with and generate tasks. Soon, maybe?
|trying to figure it out
||[Dec. 12th, 2012|01:06 am]
Somebody out there is selling $30 Chipotle gift cards on eBay - for $27.99. Okay, fine so far. But they're charging $1.99 for shipping. Reasonable, but then basically the auction winner is paying $29.98 for a $30 gift card. Which is... well, you are getting a discount, but it's .06%. Better just to wait on a card to pop on a GC site and buy it there.|
But there's one sticking point.
Chipotle is running their annual promo. You buy a GC, and you get a free burrito on your next trip. That GC has to be... $30. So this guy is getting the GC and presumably claiming the free burrito on the next trip. Cool. So he's reselling the card for $29.98... except he has to pay to mail it. I don't know how much postage is these days. Maybe he bought forever stamps or something. But you figure about 50 cents to mail it, and this guy is losing 50 cents per card to get a free burrito, maybe an $8 value. Still, it sounds like a decent racket, if a bit wonky.
Why's it wonky? Well, because if you like Chipotle enough to do this to get the free burrito... then why not just keep the GC and use it once the promo is over? (And no, you can't juggle gift cards to buy more gift cards... everybody is onto that scam.)
The only way I can get it to make sense is if he is selling the receipt to someone after the fact. So somebody close to this guy has to be buying these receipts at what... $4 a piece? But they won't buy the GCs, perhaps because they are low on funds.
But this stretches credulity quite a bit.
Can anybody find a way this makes sense?
||[Dec. 3rd, 2012|11:37 am]
11/8 cashed $12.38|
11/12 cashed $10.08
11/23 cashed $8.50
11/26 cashed $40.50
11/28 cashed $17.40
12/3 cashed $17.55
12/5 cashed $18
12/7 cashed $43.47
12/12 won $52.80
12/14 cashed $9.08
12/18 cashed $40.32
12/21 cashed $11.52
12/25 cashed $19.80
played 43 for $141.90
12/24/25 $5.50 cashed $14.02
|WSOP Circuit package
||[Nov. 12th, 2012|03:45 am]
So I'm looking at playing 5 tournaments during the next series at Choctaw, and they are the following:|
1/6 Sunday $365 PLO8
1/7 Monday $250 HORSE
1/8 Tuesday $250 LO8
1/9 Wednesday $250 LHE
1/14 Monday $365 HORSE
Total for the 5 tournaments is $1480. I'm told there are no dealer tokes this time (thank god!), so that's good.
I'm willing to sell a significant portion of my action, and I am willing to go as low as 1% "sweat stakes" for people who have maybe not backed me before and want to give it a try (or people on a budget). I'm selling at par with two small catches:
1) Multiply out your percentage and round up to the next dollar. In other words, 1% is $15. 5% is $74. You might think this is some sort of bulk discounting scheme, but it's really just a way I feel comfortable charging a possibly small premium over par and to also cover expenses.
b) You pay the fees. If Paypal asks, you're paying. When I pay out, unless I can figure out the magic way to not pay fees (I may have done this before), you will pay the fees on the return.
3) Bonus catch: in the event I win/take a deal that involves me signing for taxes, then things will have to be re-examined.
People who have backed me previously can vouch for my trustworthiness/dependability - I show for the tournaments (I pay $5.50 to register online!) and I pay out promptly. When I final tabled both LO8 tourneys in one series, I came home and immediately separated out the money for my backers before I did anything else. (This may seem obvious to the poker people, but it may not seem obvious to the NON-poker people.) This means no matter how good the cash games are (and they are usually VERY good), your money does NOT enter my bankroll to play, and you will not find me not entering a tourney because I am busto. (That's why I get the backing - to lessen the money I pay out of pocket so more goes into the cash games, which works great in theory!)
The tourneys are being held in January in southern Oklahoma, so there are possible weather concerns. If I can afford to, on overnight evenings, I will try to obtain a hotel room if weather is a concern. However, I will not risk life and limb to attend a tourney if driving in snow/ice is a concern, and adjustments can be made as necessary. (This of course depends on various factors, I believe if you pre-register you cannot obtain a refund, but I will have to check into that if anyone is concerned.)
Regarding deals: despite what the other players may think from the last two times I cashed, I am amenable to deals, but only under conditions that benefit myself and my backers. In all cases, I am looking to maximize my return. Doing business is the cost of business, but I will only accept a deal if I feel it is fair in regards to my stack size/skill level/etc. I am disinclined towards even chops, unless my stack is roughly average. This means there is a possibility of my not accepting a deal due to stack size, having a few bad hands, and actually busting out of the tournament for no money. So in some regard, you are taking my decision making process on faith.
Some of you may be asking, what is the risk? What is the reward? The prize pool is based on the number of competitors, so it is not known beforehand (not even a little). Registration continues in these events for (usually) two hours after the beginning of the event. The relative amounts paid based on ranking also vary with the number of entrants. So that could also be an unknown element, though one that should not overly concern a "civilian" who has not participated in backing before.
As to return on investment, I can safely say that all the people who backed me in the summer have a positive return on their money for my live tournament experience despite my only ever cashing twice because I final tabled both tournaments for high payouts. Players who backed me in online tournaments did not experience a positive return overall, though they had reasonable expectations on that account.
I think that hits the basics of it - the floor is open to questions/comments/concerns. I believe I enabled anonymous comments a while back, but they may be screened. If you do not have an LJ account, please include a name on your post.
(Ah yes: past results are not guarantees of future returns.)
|a post about politics
||[Oct. 27th, 2012|12:39 pm]
So Axl Rose takes a 20 year break from television, comes back to do Jimmy Kimmel, and endorses Obama?|
Talk about something to hurt Obama's poll numbers. I mean, who's gonna decide to vote for Obama based on that?
||[Sep. 15th, 2012|01:48 pm]
I have no idea what you're talking about.|
And I'm probably happier that way.
|someone's poisoned the well!
||[Aug. 16th, 2012|01:15 am]
So I've been messing with my Nexus 7, and so far on the app front, things are pretty cool.
Tonight, I finally fired up the Zite app.
That's the Android version, in landscape mode, which I don't usually employ on the Nexus.
|Writer's Block: Firefox at the Opera
||[Jun. 18th, 2012|03:09 am]
I was initially an Opera supporter way back when it was the only alternative to the big 2. I even bought a T-shirt. Still have it somewhere.
These days, Chrome is my daily driver. I have Nightly from Firefox on my box because there's a 64-bit version available (though Mozilla has stated they have no plans for 64-bit support on Windows - ASSHOLES!). I was using it more for a while because the Flash in Chrome was extremely slow for things like playing Words With Friends on Facebook. But that has improved markedly in the last few weeks and as such, I just now upgraded Nightly to 16.0a1.
If Google would release a 64-bit Chrome, everything would be just fine.
(And for any random punters who read this, don't bother asking why. Do the research. There are definite benefits, and it has nothing to do with available memory.)
|further adventures in duh
||[May. 20th, 2012|03:33 pm]
How does a former punk rocker raised on an Oklahoma cattle ranch end up sounding like a classic rockabilly singer?|
Gosh, I don't know.
||[Mar. 11th, 2012|12:44 am]
One of my dreams this morning featured me getting stuck in a mailbox. It was really deep (and wide enough to contain me), and the mailman had stuck some packages in the back.|
Thankfully, breakfast was late this morning, as my body wanted to continue to sleep. I finally quit turning off the alarm at 12:30, but lay in bed with Ancho, dozing until about 1:30 when the text came through and plans were announced.
Breakfast was to be at Waffle House.
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
I should have just passed then and there, but seeing as how I'm on a weird schedule now and I'm trying to keep my friends in my life after letting them go a few years back... well, I decided to attend.
I would say breakfast was uneventful, but I ordered double hashbrowns with mushrooms. What that really meant was "a plate of hashbrowns with 3 or 4 tiny mushroom slices... and blueberry crud". I ate maybe two bites. At least the Coke was good. So I paid $5 to drink a Coke and hang out with my friends in a tiny cramped space. Well, there are certainly worse fates. I mean, have you flown in an airplane lately? HEY-O!
I told them that next time the answer on Waffle House a solid "never again", and if they would like to see me on the weekends, find another place to go. Only reason we didn't go somewhere downtown was because of 35 Denton. Ah well. (I also told Cody that I would make him Jewish and get him a tattoo. So what if he already has 2 or 3.)
Best part of that whole trip? The couple that got seated next to us. Apparently they were regulars, as they were fondly greeted by a waitress, and there was conversation regarding the male's recent job change. Then he said he had just been to the doctor and his cholesterol was really bad, did they have anything healthy to eat? I tuned out shortly thereafter as it was too much for my brain to handle, but I'm told he got hashbrowns with all the trimmings, including gravy. *sigh*
Went to Winstar to make some money today. Ran like god while playing limit holdem. It helped that top pair was almost always gold at that table. In retrospect, maybe I should have stayed, as I racked out +$226 to play Omaha 8. Over there, I plodded along not really getting any traction and quit the game to come home -$58. Still, at least my graph is now in the black, and I make about $2.xx an hour at overall poker. So that's good. I may go back to playing some more LHE up there just to practice my skills. It was nice running good. It was also nice that I had a feel for exactly where I was on the table almost every time.
My first Omaha hand, I wasn't even seated and I have AK52 with 3 spades under the gun. I limp and almost everyone else does. Flop is AA8, I fire out and get a few (?) callers. Turn is A, and I fire again, and folds all around. I turn over the A, 2, and 5 in that order and muck as I scoop the pot. That was about the best thing that happened to me while I was over there. That and getting to not tip the dealer who last week decided to not hear my IWTSTH request.
In other news, our Bob's Burgers character was playing today. He came to the table with just over $20 in chips and had to short buy for another $20 shortly thereafter. When I left, he was probably stuck a few dollars. I posted a picture of his terrible pants on Facebook... I think I saw his underwear. I'm pretty sure he's homeless.
Came home and checked the mail. Hello, packages! That big one must be the T-shirts. Not sure what the generibox is. (It's dark out there.) Get to my front door... Amazon package. Wow, everything's coming up roses today! What did I order from Amazon?
When I get inside and get situated, I tally: 2 Compulsion t-shirts (1 the design I already had but in white and long sleeved, the other is a weird stripey design with a cat and a ball of yarn from one of their records), a cigar (from mav600) that I recognized what it was when I saw the name on the package... and some tea candles was the Amazon package. Yeah, if I had realized when I ordered them that they were going to be tiny-ass candles, I might not have ordered them, as they were not that cheap. But ah well, in theory my house smells like mulled cider right now.
In the real world, it probably smells like ass, tobacco, and mulled cider a distant third. Oh yeah, and bachelor moldy food smell. Yay Hime!
||[Feb. 15th, 2012|02:07 am]
The Chicago Sun-Times is polling readers for the city's "all-star band" lineup.
How about everybody that was in Bound Stems?
|more SXSW prediction
||[Feb. 15th, 2012|12:57 am]
This band will be about as big as Broken Social Scene and The Stills by this summer. Each band is where half this band came from. (So probably Florence and the Machine big.)
||[Feb. 9th, 2012|06:55 pm]
You will be listening to this band by summer.|