Jul. 15th, 2010
01:22 pm - AIM account hacked
Just in case anybody gets any random messages from me over AIM, my account was hacked. If possible, lead the scammer on and forward any info you can get to me via email, thanks.
Sep. 19th, 2009
02:26 pm - Marathon!
Ok, yeah, I don't post very often. Every couple of years, maybe? But I get to brag today! After about 10 months of training, I ran a marathon! (I ran cross country one year in high school, and was about 10th on my team. Other than that, which was 20 years ago, I haven't run since.)
The Fairbanks Equinox Marathon has the second most altitude change of any marathon in the U.S. after Pikes Peak (profile) (about 3285 feet up and back down). Top class marathoners usually run it about 30 minutes slower than their usual pace.
I'm by no means top class, so my 4:22.15 probably corresponds to a 3:40 elsewhere. Although the weather was *perfect* (45 and overcast, but no rain) today, so maybe I don't get quite that much bonus.
I have no idea if I'll ever do another marathon. That was a *lot* of work. But things don't come as easily as they used to when you're just a couple months from 40. So maybe I'll do it again next year.
Also, congratulations to my beautiful wife, who finished it in just over 6 hours, with much less training.
Jan. 1st, 2008
06:40 pm - Another meme
Yeah, so I only post every three or four months...
sabyl was my vector for this one, but it seems kind of fun:
1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
So here are my answers to her questions:
1. What are you favorite and least favorite things about living in Alaska?
Hard to pick one favorite thing. I love being able to drive an hour, then hike an hour, then not see people for a week. Or to go on 9 day camping trips only seeing a handful of people every day. I love all the hiking/fishing/camping/boating opportunities. But I also love the people that are here. An odd mix of frontier, backwoods, intelligent, etc. Alaskan parties are NEVER boring. And the percentage of truly interesting people is astounding.
My least favorite thing is that travel to the rest of the world is inconvenient.
2. What one book or movie has been most influential in your life and how so?
Hrmmm. I'd have to go with Heinlein's "Time Enough For Love (the Life and Times of Lazurus Long)", but only because I read it in junior high. Heh, I suppose I shouldn't feel too embarrassed about that, it seems I'm not alone (after browsing some amazon reviews just now.) It was most influential because it pretty much matches what has become my philosophy of life. Basically enjoy everything and don't hurt anybody. :) 2nd place would be "The Fountainhead", which I read as a freshman in college. Both seem a bit simplistic now, but they're still great books.
3. Tell me something about yourself that would surprise most people who know you?
I'm stumped here. I live my life too openly for anybody who knows me to be surprised about much. Ahah, how about this one: My wife (of 16 years, so far) is a fairly religious Mormon. I have absolutely no religious tendencies. I've been to church twice in the 16 years we've been married. Once was last week, our two oldest kids played a Christmas carol and I wanted to watch them. (The oldest is 12, she plays the violin, my son is 9, he plays the harp.)
4. How did you become friends with Bill and Jerrod?
Through the internet, beginning, oh, probably 1994 or '95. Part of that whole rec.gambling crowd. (Yeah, before it was rec.gambling.poker.) But more specifically through a joint project/poker study group just three or four years ago. I didn't actually meet them in person until the 2006 WSOP.
5. What do you like and dislike about being a professor?
I like teaching. I love it when I can help a student grasp a concept. (And I'm good at it. :) ) It makes me feel like I actually contribute to society.
I dislike the fact that it's work, meaning, a job. I have a schedule, things I need to get done at certain times, etc. (Admittedly, much less scheduled work than most jobs, and I really only work 8 months a year, but still.) I make much more at poker and other gambling projects than I do at my job, and I'm often irritated by the amount of time taken up by planning lectures, grading homework, and making and grading tests.
Aug. 28th, 2007
09:19 am - Lunar eclipse
Yes, it's a rare LJ post by me.
I managed to stay up late enough to see the very beginning of the lunar eclipse last night, then dozed for a half hour or so. When I woke up the northern lights were swirling everywhere, pink and green, and the moon was about half eclipsed. Perfect veiwing conditions here in Fairbanks, the moon was nearly due south and not too high in ths sky. Amazing...
May. 28th, 2007
Hey all. Haven't been blogging much, obviously. Basically, I don't want this to be a poker blog, and there's not much else I usually want to write about. That said, I've got a couple of things today, but they're both poker related, heh.
Year to date: + $80k, around 60k hands.
This month: + $110k, around 11k hands.
Yes, I've been stuck (as much as $70k) for the whole year, until the last couple of weeks, when I've started running at about 5 times my expected win rate. I guess I was "due". Lemme tell you, this game is a LOT more fun when you're winning.
I'm heading to Vegas for a couple of the preliminary WSOP events in limit holdem. I'll be playing the $1500 on June 4 and the $5k on June 10. Possibly a couple of little satellites or one of the smaller NL tournaments too. I'll update from there, especially if anything interesting happens.
Sep. 20th, 2006
10:07 am - Meme
What the heck, I filled it out on tom_bayes LJ and answered yes to the last question, so I suppose I should put it here.
Jul. 20th, 2006
07:20 pm - Happy Anniversary to me!
I've been married 15 years today.
I forgot about my anniversary until yesterday, when my wife said "What are we doing for our anniversary tomorrow?"
She wasn't mad.
That's (part of) why I've been married 15 years.
Jul. 18th, 2006
10:17 pm - Poker is fun...
Ahhhh, what a day.
Mostly working on some programming projects, but after dinner the 100/200 game on stars looked great. I'd had a couple of glasses of wine, but it was THAT good. So I sat. And won. And won. And got more great cards. And won more. 45 minutes, two tables, +$9k. And in the breaks I took from programming earlier, I'd made $6k in the 80/160 on UB. I'm pretty sure that's my best day ever, not counting sharing action with others.
I have my notes from the other two WSOP events I played in, and I promise, I'll get to writing the trip reports. Soon. Tomorrow, hopefully.
Right now I'm REALLY enjoying my glass of Macallan 25 (which I don't pull out that often), and ruminating on life's pleasures. My kids are doing great, I ate the first garden produce of the year tonight, the weather is beautiful, ...
Man, life is gooooood.
Side thought: Why does using the leaded crystal glass add so much to the scotch experience? ting!
Jul. 1st, 2006
11:38 am - $1500 limit holdem WSOP (Event 4)
Full report of my $1500 WSOP limit holdem event.
My first table has Shawn Sheikhan (http://www.bluffmagazine.com/players/p
Level one. Blinds 25/25. Start with T1500.
I open with KcJc from middle position, only the BB calls. I like the Ac 7c 2d flop, until I'm checkraised. Qc comes on the turn, so I get to raise, and bet the Qs river. He disgustedly shows A2.
Level two. Blinds 25/50. I have T1750
I have AsAd in the big blind and I don't raise after two limpers and SB (Chad) call. Flop is Qc 7c 4c, and I go for the check-raise, but the SB check-raises the 2nd limper instead, so I just call. I'm planning on raising the turn if it's not a club, or betting if SB checks. First limper folds, but the three of us check it down after the 2c turn and blank river. The small blind's flopped two pair with 74o isn't enough to beat the limpers flopped set of fours. Heh. I had AA beat in a three handed pot at showdown for a total cost of 1.5 BB.
Later I have 82o for free in the big blind, four or five players. Chad bets out at the 856 flop, I raise, clearing out the limpers. I love the 2 turn, and it goes check - bet - call both there and on the river. Chad says he had me on the flop (but doesn't seem too upset.)
Our table breaks here, and I get moved just to the right of David Williams (runner up in WSOP main event to Greg Raymer in 2004 for a $3.5 million payday). He's friendly. His mom is playing in the main event this year!
I get in a bit of trouble in about my third hand with A9o in the BB. David raises UTG and everybody folds to me. I defend, and check call the whole way on a A65 T 5 board. David has 66. Can I possibly fold the river?
Level Three. Blinds 50/100 I have T1675.
I defend T8o in BB to a good player's mid position raise. I checkraise the JTx flop, and bet the A turn, he folds. Phew.
I raise UTG 88, David 3-bets me, the next player makes it 4. Yikes! I flop perfect with 98x and checkraise. David folds, other opponent calls here and folds turn. Hmmmmm. Perhaps I should have bet out then slowplayed?
I steal a few blinds, and get my stack up to 2100 for level four, blinds 75/150.
I then get hurt pretty badly with KdTd. I open raise in middle position, and it gets three-bet. The SB stays in, and we see a flop of Qd Jh 8h. Three bettor bets, SB check-raises, and I call two cold. SB bets the Jd turn, and now I'm stuck in with a royal flush draw. The river is blank and I fold, SB wins with 88 for 8s full. I'm glad I didn't hit a diamond or a straight card, needed on of the two straight flush outs.
I'm crippled after I get AQ in the SB. I three-bet the table maniac and we see a T9x flop heads up. He calls a bet, so I check the K turn, he checks behind. The river pairs the x, and I check call. He had T5o. Sigh.
I'm down to 1.5 small bets, so it's basically find a hand to go all in with. Ac2c in middle position looks good until it gets re-raised behind me and the SB re-re-raises to almost all in. The guy who raised me had AK and the SB wins the pot with AT after a T comes. Heh. (Horrible play by him, but it didn't hurt me, I was losing to the AK anyway.)
I go play a bit of $50/100 which ends up short-handed and the players have no clue. In about two hours I win $1800 to be up for the day, heh. Best live game hand: I raise with 88, and a very weak passive player reraises me, meaning I'm pretty much dead to his huge overpair. The flop comes AJ9 and it goes check-check. Ok, so he flopped a set of aces, or I misread him. He looks a bit disgusted, but it could be an act. I stab at the turn (blank) anyway. He shows KK and immediately mucks. I tell him "Yeah, that wasn't a good flop for your hand." Well, it wasn't. I mean, if he was gonna let me take the pot from him...
That's it. My next event is the $3000 limit holdem, tomorrow (Sunday.)
Apr. 29th, 2006
10:35 am - Nothing exciting to say
Heh, like lots of others, I haven't been keeping up with blog posts lately. Never sure what I want to blog about. Poker's going well, that's a bit of an understatement. School's almost out, I have only a week of classes left, then a final to write and two finals to grade - shouldn't be tough.
My wife wrecked her mini-van last week, fender-bender style, airbags didn't even go off or anything, nobody hurt. So I go to pick her up and she's all upset about the cost. It's going to be about $3k to fix. I had to reply "So last week I won or lost about three times that every day playing poker. Don't worry about it."
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