Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Riding the Silk Road: the flourishing online drug market authorities are powerless to stop

* the site is for real. check out the username...

Australians are now regularly buying drugs online from vendors who go by aliases such as "PostmanPot" – and the government is yet to figure out how to stop them.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PnL August 2011


Profit: +56.76%
Deposits: $0.00
Withdrawals: $0.00
Total hands played: 54,994

*Profit/Loss = ((Current/Previous)-1)*100
**Current balance is usually discounted for flows(+/- deoposits and withdrawals). Since no deposits or withdrawals were made this month, no adjustment was necessary.


August 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

monday


It was a tough weekend--donkeys left and right got me on the edge. At some point, I decided to stop checking HM thinking I was down. I need to tweak my HUD. I am using the stats in there to play in spots that I am not supposed to.

I chose not to play last night and saw a cable movie with my daughter--'the social network.' The story was great and inspiring. It reminded me about the issues that I am going through right now. That it's not where you are, but the process and the experience that I am going through.

I am not trying to sound wise or teach anything. I woke up and had this cloud over my head that I can't seem to shake out of. I guess I am trying too hard.

Later today, a pinoy is coming over to have his pc checked out. He said he was coming over after lunch. It's a 4yo dual core dell pc. He said it's got a lot of issues. Typical for a windows vista. I am thinking I'd reformat his hard drive, change the OS to win7 (I love it--almost as good as ubuntu). Then let him test drive it for some time. If the problem is still there, then he needs to upgrade his hardware.

Morning session is in the bag. Time for me to take a break. Time to do some cleaning around the house.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

suck-out days


made set on flop/turn, went all in, villain makes his nut on the river. or it's set over set. six times this happened since yesterday. that's it for the rest of the day, maybe even tomorrow.

i'm on tilt.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Semen Proven to Increase Life Expectancy  

WASHINGTON DC - USA - Women who make regular contact with semen live longer and age less than women who do not, scientists have discovered.

The finding that women who swallow semen and do not use condoms during vaginal sex, live longer and have reduced signs of ageing, has led one researcher to conclude that semen is a miracle potion that should be treasured by every woman.

Male sperm contains vital chemicals that slow down the ageing process and increases life expectancy by up to 35%.

Study author Clifford J. Ponsonby, Ph.D, a psychologist at the State University of Washington in Saint Louis, also found that women who routinely had intercourse without condoms or had facials had better skin quality and wrinkled less plus also had the ability to ingest fatty foods without putting on weight.

Ponsonby's survey of 753 college women and eastern European prostitute's over a 45 year period, also found that those who ingested semen regularly either orally or through vaginal intercourse had a better over all quality of life and would be wealthier in jobs/life.

"These women have a remarkable ability to achieve serious longevity without showing any signs of ageing, this is the key to life," says Ponsonby.

Semen contains powerful hormones including testosterone, oestrogen, prolactin, luteinizing hormone and prostaglandins.

Once these chemicals are absorbed through the vaginal walls they inhibit weight gain and slow down the ageing process.

Women who ingested semen orally were also found to increase their ability to succeed in jobs and wealth as well as brain power and have beautiful ageless glowing skin.

Ponsonby controlled for variables including method of semen extraction, frequency of sexual intercourse, as well as the women's perception of their relationship.
The longer that women went without ingesting semen the more accelerated the ageing process was found to be. Furthermore, there was an immense risk of obesity and heart disease by abstaining from semen as well as increased depression.

Ponsonby's study, which he deems "the first serious attempt to investigate the effect of semen chemistry on women," has underlined his fascinating findings in the research treatise Why Women Need More Semen .

Ponsonby says he has seriously enjoyed working with all his female subjects in the study and would like to replicate the study but this time with 5000 women.

"If you are a woman and wish to increase your life expectancy and overall health plus reduce any signs of ageing you must utilize the magical properties of semen," the groundbreaking study concludes.

source-- Semen Proven to Increase Life Expectancy  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

WHY MEN ARE SELDOM DEPRESSED

Men Are Just Happier People --
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you,
He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives
On December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.


NICKNAMES
· If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
· If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman .

EATING OUT
· When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
· When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

MONEY
· A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
· A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

BATHROOMS
· A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
· The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS
· A woman has the last word in any argument.
· Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE
· A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
· A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.


MARRIAGE
· A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
· A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.

DRESSING UP
· A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
· A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL
· Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
· Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING
· Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
· A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

source-- WHY MEN ARE SELDOM DEPRESSED from Joe Burton

Saturday, August 20, 2011

saturday


Top pair on flop vs MP reraise


Folding is good. Villain has position. I would have called his initial bet, keeping the pot small and see what the flop brings. But if villain made a set on the flop, it's not going to get better for me. I'd rather wait for a better spot and better reads on villan.

If you were to look at the bb/100 stats of long term winners of this game, it's around +4bb/100. Playing in tough spots like this one will not get my bb/100 stat anywhere near the winner's circle. Going to showdown with tptk and an aggressive villain is not going to give me a good return for my investment.

Friday, August 19, 2011

friday, ptr


Now and then, I find myself contemplating if I should go ahead and learn c++. Python in itself, has a lot of libraries/modules that are in my to-do list. Adding another language might complicate things too much for me at this time. I'll keep that in my bucket list for now.

It has been a sideways week for me. I make a little, give back a little. No homeruns, yet. This is better than getting licked by variance. Two sessions finished in the morning. Two more sessions to go for the rest of the day. I am going to take a break now and do the dishes.

One of my kids chose not to go to school today (I have 4). He has this mission to finish all the game levels in his batman wii game. When he gets tired going after that quest, he will either watch tv, or play free online games on the other computer. Like father, like son.

I have accumulated enough fpp's to get a jumper off the vip store. The only problem now is, there are no more stock available except the smaller ones. I'm not interested in their bull caps as they are usually not the perfect fit. The jumpers come in handy. It gets cold here in auckland and a jumper is part of my daily wardrobe.

I went ahead and checked out my profile on ptr.com. I do this now and then to see how my investment in my meta-game is doing. This here is interesting--


(I'll make an analysis about my report card in a future blog.)

...whadjathink?


This tells me that pokerstars' algorithm to deter datamining works--at least for cash games. What begs to be answered is this--where can you find reliable info/stats about cash game players on pokerstars then?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

tptk; villain goes all-in


Easy fold. Unless I have a good read on villain, it makes no sense getting my stack in the middle with TPTK.

Good read, meaning...?
- villain has been splashing chips around all day
- poor showdown hands

Even if villain was a loose cannon, I'd be wary going all in with tptk. UNLESS--villain has less than 100bb stack and everyone else folded, then I'd shove/call all-in. The regular players are taking notes what I showdown with. This action I consider as an investment in my meta-game.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Secret to Happiness?

Lesson #1 – Do something you are passionate about


Really. This is so important. My company, Ethical Ocean, is an online social marketplace which brings together the ideas, people and companies needed to drive a new era in ethical consumerism. Think of us as the “Ethical Amazon.com.” I have been obsessed with sustainability for most of my conscious life. And guess what? My team of seven is equally as crazy about positive social change as I am. If you’re going to succeed with your new venture, you will need to live, eat and breathe it for the next five years. If it is something you are not genuinely passionate about, you will puke and you will fail.

Lesson #2 – Recruit your friends and colleagues


My company started with two founders. Then we become three. Then five. Now seven. And guess what? None of us are being paid. We each put in between 15 and 50 hrs each week. Getting people behind your idea is important. As a CEO, you need to be a resource magnet. You need to be able to attract talent, money and ideas and the best place to start is your friends. If you cannot convince them to contribute your idea, you either do not have a very good idea, or you do not have enough friends. From your friends, pick the ones who are hard working, skilled, ambitious and with whom you love to spend time.

Lesson #3 – Get up Sunday Morning


If your idea is not exciting enough to get you out of bed on Sunday morning, you did not pay attention to lesson #1. If you’re up Sunday morning, with nobody working with you, you’ve botched lesson #2. The Ethical Ocean team meets every Sunday from 10AM to 7PM in random coffee shops to crank on our project. It is amazing how much you can get done on Sunday before the rest of the world has recovered from their Saturday night hangovers.

Lesson #4 – Put your Money where your mouth is


When we started Ethical Ocean, I had $40k in student debt. Yet, somehow I convinced my bank to extend my line of credit and I put $20k into the business. Better yet, my equally as impoverished team invested another $40k from their savings, credit cards, and day job salaries. Before this, we worked for a long time building the company without any money – these days were lax. The day we decided to write cheques was the day that things really started moving. Not to mention that investors will not even look at you if you do not have “skin in the game”.

Lesson #5 – F the Rules


Ethical Ocean is doing it. We have hired our first full-time employee, we have recruited 160 great ethical vendors selling 1,700 products. We’ve recruited the CFO of Google to join our advisory board. Finally, revenue is starting to trickle in! Last week we received a term sheet for a 200k investment.

All this said, you would not believe how many people discouraged us from starting this company. “It’ll never work” or “you’re not going to quit your day job are you?” We are an unconventional company. We have 7 founders. We are all working part-time. We are totally democratic in our decision-making. We had a team sleep-over before our beta launch day (ghost stories included). If you’re going to succeed as CEO, you need to sponge up other people’s advice as much as you can, but you must NEVER get stuck in convention. Stay committed to your idea; be creative and resourceful. Do whatever strange things you need to do to make it work – even if it is against the norm.


Source - Start a Company - F the Rules | Under30CEO

Sunday, August 14, 2011

sunday


I found myself on tilt last friday and made people happy on the tables again. Saturday, I had issues with hm2. My error there was that I installed hm2 over hm. When I got an error running hm2, I had to uninstall hm2, reinstall hm and start over from square one reimporting hh and setting up configurations. That took all morning yesterday.

From the afternoon session yesterday to this morning's first session, I had a good run catching my nuts on the turn, and fish calling all-in.

One thing I noticed was that there was a lot of hoping and praying on the tables where fish will call with their stack with nothing better than dominated pocket pairs. This is common with players where I have less than 500 hand history on them.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

hm2 test drive

I got my activation code to test drive holdem manager 2.

After a successful install, it went ahead into the wizard asking permission to import hand history from hm1. The program crashed. Reopening hm2, I get a dialogue box saying the program crashed and asks if I want to send crash report or not.

I went through this two more times with the same results. I uninstalled hm2, reinstalled hm1 so I can play poker. ITM, I sent an email to support (better than posting the issue with the hm forum) and see what they will recommend.

-1

Friday, August 12, 2011

ahk poker script

In those times when I am not playing poker, i tweak some of the tools that I use. Here's the latest update on my ahk script--

#/::Pause ;-- will pause the whole script/red on system tray.
; to toggle back on, use...

!/::Reload ; alt+period hotkey to reload this script

; capslock into control key--for use with firefox pentadactyl
SetCapsLockState, AlwaysOff
Capslock::
Send {Control Down}
Sleep 500
Send {Control Up}
Return

; Run SnippingTool
;PRINTSCREEN
;Run C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start_Menu\Programs\Accessories\Snipping_Tool
;return TODO how to run path?

^F7:: ; launches pokerstars, Tableninja, joy2key and HM one after the other.
; open joy2key
;Send {LWin Down}
;Sleep 100
;Send {LWin Up}
Send {LWin}
Sleep 800
Send joytokey
Sleep 100
Send {Enter}
Sleep 2000

; runs pokerstars up to enter pin
Run E:\Program Files\PokerStars\PokerStars.exe
WinWaitActive PokerStars Lobby
{
    Send ^l ; ctrl L to log-in/enter password
    Sleep 800
    Send "MyPassword"{ENTER}
    Sleep 2000
}

; runs HM
Run E:\Program Files\HEM\Holdem Manager\HoldemManager.exe
Sleep 4000

; run HUD
Send #r
Sleep 100
Send E:\Program Files\HEM\Holdem Manager\HMHud.exe
Sleep 1000
Send {Enter}
Sleep 1000

; runs tableninja
Run E:\Program Files\TableNinja\TableNinja.exe
Sleep 100
Return

^0:: ; close this table
Click 954, 9
Sleep 200
SendInput {Enter}
Return

; hotkey script to close repeat tables
;+!r
;Send {Escape}
;Sleep 100
;Click 913, 49
;Return

^9:: ; pause all tables
Click 429, 94
Sleep 100
Click 463, 146
Return

^F8:: ; go to lobby to close all tables
WinActivate, PokerStars Lobby
Click 998, 18
Sleep 500
SendInput {Enter}
Return

; -- daJoinT. To auto join tables in pokerstars --
!.::
Loop
    {
    Random, joinT, 1, 2
    If joinT = 1
        {
        ;[CLASS:PokerStarsListClass; INSTANCE:1]
        WinActivate, PokerStars Lobby - Logged in as Now Open ahk_class #32770
        ;WinActivate PokerStarsListClass1
        Click 626 312
        Sleep 100
        Send {PgUp}
        Sleep 1000
        ;TODO ControlClick ("PokerStars Lobby", "", "[CLASS:PokerStarsButtonClass; INSTANCE:22]") test/check parameters. This opens table, not join waitlist.
        Send w
        Sleep 19000
        }
    else
        {
        ;WinActivate [TITLE: PokerStars Lobby; CLASS: PokerStarsListClass; INSTANCE: 1]
        WinActivate, PokerStars Lobby - Logged in as Now Open ahk_class #32770
        Click 626 312
        Sleep 100
        Send {PgDn}
        Sleep 1000
        Send w
        Sleep 19000
        }
    }
Return

; PlayNow! - initial random table opener
!+l::
Loop
    {
    Random, joinT, 1, 2
    If joinT = 1
        {
        ;[CLASS:PokerStarsListClass; INSTANCE:1]
        WinActivate, PokerStars Lobby - Logged in as Now Open ahk_class #32770
        ;WinActivate PokerStarsListClass1
        Click 616 432
        Sleep 100
        Send {PgUp}
        Sleep 1000
        ;TODO ControlClick ("PokerStars Lobby", "", "[CLASS:PokerStarsButtonClass; INSTANCE:22]") test/check parameters. This opens table, not join waitlist.
        Send w
        Sleep 1900
        }
    else
        {
        ;WinActivate [TITLE: PokerStars Lobby; CLASS: PokerStarsListClass; INSTANCE: 1]
        WinActivate, PokerStars Lobby - Logged in as Now Open ahk_class #32770
        Click 616 432
        Sleep 100
        Send {PgDn}
        Sleep 1000
        Send w
        Sleep 1900
        }
    }
Return

Thursday, August 11, 2011

GoldStar VIP Status

PS is giving away VIP status this month...!

Dear Now Open,

Congratulations! You have achieved GoldStar VIP status.

Your VIP level lasts for the rest of this month and all of next month.

This entitles you to the following rewards:

- 2 FPP Multiplier - you now earn 2 FPPs per VPP
- GoldStar VIP Store access - choose from new and exclusive merchandise in the GoldStar store
- USD 300 VIP Reward Bonus - now available in the VIP Store for 25,000 FPPs
- USD 30,000 Weekly VIP tourneys - Saturdays at 14:30 ET for a 100 FPP buy-in
- USD 100,000 Monthly VIP tourney - last Saturday of each month at 15:00 ET, free entry
- USD 1,000,000 Quarterly VIP tourneys - February 5th, May 21st, August 20th, and November 5th, 2011 at 14:00 ET - FPP Satellites available, located in the Tourney/VIP/All tab

These exclusive VIP tournaments can be found in your PokerStars game lobby under the 'Tourney > VIP > All' tab.

To remain a GoldStar, you need to earn at least 300 VPPs next month to maintain your level.

Earn even more rewards by achieving Platinum VIP status by reaching 750 VPPs in a month. To learn more about the VIP Club and the rewards offered, visit our web page at http://www.pokerstars.com/vip


Cheers,

The PokerStars VIP Club

thursday


I am checking out AutoIT, ahk's 'beautiful sister', as one person mentioned in one of the threads that I follow. Its window spy is a head above what I am using with ahk (I have three), but in terms of ease of use and community support, I am sticking with autohotkey for now.

At the moment, the script that I wrote to help me play multiple tables is working well. I tried writing a similar script using autoIT and it did not work out as there are things I still have to learn. Most of the posts I've read doesn't really mention an big advantage with using autoIt over ahk. They are quite similar in most way. The most striking difference between the two is the syntax. I find it easier to write ahk code than autoit.

Monday, August 8, 2011

weekend variance


...this feels like birthday presents were taken away immediately the following day. It's like april fools day and everyone is doing a prank on you.

So what was the lesson learned here?
- avoid playing on weekends?
- if it's obvious that it's not my day (and fish will get their nuts on the river), play tight.
- best to fold, or raise. Seldom call.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

tuesday


The kids are back in school. It's just me and the cat, smokey at home. Days like these, he'd rather hang with me and sleep in the bed while I play poker.

I made a few more tweaks in my game, cutting back on playing from EP. It's a bit confusing at times, trying to change the habit. It's like I am juggling a lot of things in my head. My PnL showed a negative at the end of last month. I lost a few big hands on that one last day. I think I've got them back by now.

I am taking shots at 5NL. Instead of exclusively playing 5NL, I decided to mix up 2NL and 5NL in my table selection. This way, I get to play at the quality tables based on table selection rules.

I just finished my first session for the day. I am taking a break now--go was the dishes and do other household chores.