Paris Refusal

June 29, 2007 4 Comments

I saw the video below this morning, and then a post by suedejesus reminded me of it…Mika Brzezinski refuses to lead the news with a story about Paris Hilton. I, as one of the many people who shout at the TV or newspapers asking ‘how is this news?’, applaud her.

Sorry

June 22, 2007 2 Comments

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

“Miss Whack, I’d like to get a £30,000 loan to take a holiday.”

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.
The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow £30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.”

She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”

The bank manager looks back at her and says…

“It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan, His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”

A fair(y) use tale

June 22, 2007 Leave a Comment

Any attempt to make copyright law easier to grasp is good to have, and this video has a rather unique take on the subject. Some professor (with far too much time on his hands) has mashed up a load of Disney cartoons in an attempt to explain copyright law.

Some areas work well, others not so much with the actual words being quite hard to follow. Still, a fun attempt at what is normally a very boring topic.

Big Blind Special

June 19, 2007 Leave a Comment

Thief LionI dropped $200-$300 online at the start of the weekend, which was frustrating as it was my own bad play more than anything else, I guess a few unlucky hands but mostly my play. So I took a break from online play for a few nights, and came back to it today with the aim of making $100 and then resting.

Imagine my surprise then when I made $170+ on the first hand I played…lovely.

** Game ID 773984381 starting – 2007-06-19 22:44:06
** Kerouac [Hold ’em] (1.00|2.00 No Limit – Cash Game) Real Money

– ayahuasca sitting in seat 1 with $311.95
– murphyz sitting in seat 2 with $198.00
– AtomSmurf sitting in seat 3 with $169.59
– FredrikLi sitting in seat 4 with $312.60
– Beerfest sitting in seat 5 with $196.10
– DanSan sitting in seat 6 with $175.23 [Dealer]

ayahuasca posted the small blind – $1.00
murphyz posted the big blind – $2.00

** Dealing card to murphyz: 8 of Hearts, 7 of Diamonds
AtomSmurf folded
FredrikLi folded
Beerfest folded
DanSan raised – $7.00
ayahuasca folded
murphyz called – $7.00

** Dealing the flop: 9 of Spades, Queen of Hearts, 6 of Spades
murphyz checked
DanSan bet – $8.00
murphyz called – $8.00

** Dealing the turn: 5 of Diamonds
murphyz checked
DanSan bet – $20.00
murphyz raised – $40.00
DanSan called – $40.00

** Dealing the river: 9 of Hearts
murphyz bet – $55.50
DanSan went all-in – $120.23
murphyz called – $120.23
DanSan shows: Ace of Spades, King of Spades
murphyz shows: 8 of Hearts, 7 of Diamonds
murphyz wins $348.46 from the main pot

End of game 773984381

I just wish I had a reliable wireless connection, as getting unexpectingly disconnected is doing nothing for my temperament, nor my bankroll.

I’m continuing to play…obviously. I thought the $100 may take an hour or so, and I don’t want to stop playing a game I love after just one hand.

Adsense is so fascinating

June 14, 2007 1 Comment

The adverts running down the side of this blog from google are adsense where by advertisers pay to feature their adverts here based on the content of a site, therefore tailored to an individual post (so they say, you’ve seen some of the rubbish it comes up with).

Hopefully readers to this blog will find an advert they think is relevant to them and click on it. Note, regular readers will simply ignore these adverts, and they’re not featured on feeds, so you really rely on those people who stumble upon your blog via search engines and then click one of them to get the revenue.

Obviously earning money for this takes time, as you must write all of the blog content and it must be indexed by the search engines before people start coming to you.

However, you don’t always have to spend the time and energy on content in order to get search engine results and, therefore, people clicking the ads. I have the ads on this site to experiment, not because I think I’ll earn a lot of money.

I registered a poker domain name recently, installed wordpress and then installed an automatic content generator which takes content from various internet feeds and pastes extracts in the blog on a daily basis. I do nothing, yet the content goes in, the search engines index it, people click on the adverts and I get paid.

Shame I’m about 4 years too late to this side of the industry.

Cash Games

June 13, 2007 1 Comment

I don’t often play cash poker games online. Most of my time is spent playing sit and go or multi table tournaments. Cash games to me have never been profitable and I will really only play when playing live games, and after the tournaments have ended.

However, I was checking out some of my old poker accounts the other day, and after opening up the Ladbrokes software found that I had $110 in my account…time to blow this or make a worthwhile bankroll to play with or withdraw. So I went to a $0.50/$1 table with $100, although am still unsure why I made this decision instead of going for tournaments. It was quite late at night, and I wanted to play before going to bed – so 30 minutes later I stopped and was $80 up with $192 in my account.

Yesterday I got home from work quite late and again wanted to play to relax so I sat at the $1/$2 tables with $150 and after an hour stopped playing with just over $300 in my account.

Today I’m at home revising, so have just played a game to relax a little and take a break from the studies, and so put $200 on the $1/$2 table. 10 minutes into the game I was $100 down – in my defense I went in with the best hand with QJ on a board of 237J and got called by a guy with AK who hit a king on the river. 20 minutes later I have won $200, taking me $100 in profit.

So as it stands I now have $450 in my account – but although I’m playing well, getting (some) cards and have quadrupled my money, I’m not enjoying it as much as if I was playing a tournament. Cash games are where the ‘real money’ is…unless you get lucky and win a huge tournament, and I probably have to agree with this. I won a live tournament earlier this year which gave me £700 first prize – and this probably breaks me even for the money I spent getting that win. Cash games do allow you to grind it out and make a profit – but I find them less enjoyable. As such, I tend to get impatient with them – play them incorrectly and lose money.

Poker is a hobby to me, and something I do for fun. Which means part of me just wants to take the cash I have now and play tournaments, which I find more exciting and more of a challenge. It’s only a very small part of me that wants to continue with the cash games as I feel it’s easier to make the money doing that – as long as I don’t get too bored. Tournaments at the same time seem safer, as you invest a lump sum and no more. If you buy in to a $50 tournament, you’re going to win money, or lose $50. Cash games aren’t so predictable as you can always top up. It’s great winning a few pots and seeing that you’ve just won £100 or £200 in one hand….but then you can easily play badly, or get unlucky, and lose £300 on the hand after that. Swings and roundabouts. Having runs like that though can really screw with your head. Tournaments allow you to control what is lost, and relish a win when it happens.

I might see if I can work this up to $1k and then buy a Playstation 3.

(as I was typing this I’ve lost another $50, and managed to win a rubbish pot of just $23 with quad nines. pft)

The ChubbChubbs

June 9, 2007 1 Comment

Short animated video which is quite sweet, and features a couple of Star Wars parodies (though they are in no way a reason to watch it…they’re just thrown in there).

ArabTRUST Vs Dee4Life 2006 videos

June 3, 2007 2 Comments

The following set of videos are for Stevie, who played in a charity football match last year – Fans of Scumdee Vs Fans of Dundee United.

I’ve been meaning to upload this DVD for almost a year now, and have finally got around to it.

Enjoy.

Dee4Life Vs ArabTRUST 2006 Part 1 of 4 – YouTube direct link – 9 min 6 sec

Dee4Life Vs ArabTRUST 2006 Part 2 of 4 – YouTube direct link – 9 min 13 sec

Dee4Life Vs ArabTRUST 2006 Part 3 of 4 – YouTube direct link – 9 min 23 sec

Dee4Life Vs ArabTRUST 2006 Part 4 of 4 – YouTube direct link – 6 min 44 sec

5 Things I Want To Do On The Internet

June 2, 2007 3 Comments

I have the internet back at home again, which makes me happy.

It wasn’t hard to go without it, but then when it came to my wanting to do things the lack of internet made it more difficult. I’m writing a large article for one of my blogs and along with that there will be a huge chart – which is quite unique to the related industry – and although I know everything I wish to write, checking out little details requires the internet and so it just blocks you from doing certain things whilst not having 24 hour access. I’m also sitting an exam in 2 weeks time and the internet is used to help with some revision, and since I don’t have time to do it at work – a lack of access at home isn’t helping my studies at all.

So, now it’s back and I could get on with it all – or just procrastinate more, play online poker and watch YouTube videos all day long.

Anyway, here’s 5 things I want to do on the internet within the next year. No reason why, other than I haven’t done these yet and many other people have.

1. Sell an item on eBay.
2. Upload a video to YouTube.
3. Add a page to wikipedia.
4. Withdraw $100 from Google adsense.
5. Appear on the front page of digg.com.

All quite achievable, but some will require more work than others. I think if I get #5 done for the right blog, that will take care of #4. The rest of them are all easy…or at least would be if I had a video camera.

I also want to do them all without cheating. I could easily get people to digg an entry for cash, and write that off with the $100 of adsense, or get someone I know to buy the ebay item. I don’t wish to do that though.