Archive for March, 2008
Last Night, the CPRG met up for a poker night. We got a great turnout. 15 people bought in for ten bucks, and we played a NL freezeout. We had most of the members of the CPRG, a few people from Biotools, and a special guest: Bryce Paradis. Bryce is an amazing heads-up limit player who made 2.6 million dollars last year playing his game of choice. While he might’ve run hot at times, his profit graph is a beautiful exponential curve. It’s been really cool to meet him and chat about poker related things.
I did pretty well in the tournament, although I got shortstacked before the tables merged, and when they did I had to get lucky to double up a couple of times. I doubled through Bryce when my K9 rivered a pair against his AQ. Sorry, Bryce. Once I doubled up a couple times I managed to last until we passed the bubble. A few hands after everyone made the money, I got down to just 2K in chips with the blinds being 500/1000 and I had to post the big blind. The button called, and so did the small blind so I pushed my T9. The flop came QJJ, but I couldn’t hit my straight against Duane’s top pair of queens. Oh well, that’s how it goes.
It was a great night, and I’m glad we got such a great turnout.
One of the problems I have with starting to move ahead on the technology curve is sometimes you don’t get to benefit from critical mass. Recently I started playing with Twitter, but using it has made me feel kind of lame because I barely know anyone who uses it. I’ve added the one friend I know who has it, but he doesn’t use it actively. I’m also following a couple developers in the mac community, but that’s it.
So. What is twitter? It’s hard to describe it in a way to make it sound as cool as I think it does. If you watch the video on the twitter page it seems kind of lame at the worst, and no different than facebook status updates at its best. They describe it as a way to keep everyone informed on what you are doing, and keep up to date with what other people are up to.
If that’s all there is to it though, then that doesn’t explain why I keep reading about it all the time on the blogs I subscribe to. So finally my curiosity got the better of me so I looked into it a little more and found this post that describes some of the features that twitter offers for people who have learned to use it. Hmm. Intrigued, I finally signed up. But now I have a problem: I don’t have the social circle of people on twitter yet which means it doesn’t have the value for me yet.
So. Anyone want to sign up and help me make it useful to me?
Played around with taking some photos of my laptop.
Sorry I have kind of been neglecting my flickr gallery – things have been pretty insane. I’m pretty excited though, I’m ordered some new camera gear and I want to make sure I get a chance to get out and take some pictures with it in the next little while.
I’ve let this blog sit around a little more than I would’ve liked. I’m trying to figure out how I should manage my online identity — I have too many accounts at too many sites, and I want to see if I can simplify my online existence a little bit.
One of my biggest issues has been how to handle the photos I share with the world. Up to this point, I’ve been using my Flickr gallery as a photoblog – usually posting one photo a day. There’s some good reasons to do that – I get to share the absolute best photos I take at a relatively leisurely rate. That, and people can view my stream of photos as I post them without having to spend a lot of time sifting through a giant pile of photos if I posted them all at once.
There are downsides though. Sometimes I want to share photos that I’ve just taken, but there’s a large backlog of photos from other recent photo shoots. So either I break chronological order, or I post them in order and the new photo gets shared weeks or months after I originally took it. Or, sometimes I’d like to link to a photo to a blog post that I’m making, but I haven’t posted it yet. So I can either post it somewhere else first and then fix the link later once I post it, or I just post it out of order. Not pretty.
What I’ve decided to do is to use my Flickr account in a more conventional way — post photos I shoot en masse and not worrying quite as much about keeping the quality of the stream as top notch as I have been. From there I can select my favorite photos and publish them on my blog. This has the added advantage that I can post “into the future”, which means I can do a batch of photoblog posts and people reading my feed will get a photo a day.
This also means I can refine how I post photos to minoragenda.com. Instead of relying on yet another service to post albums of photos I take, I can use the Slickr plugin to wordpress to show off Flickr photosets in a nice fashion. This solves a bunch of problems I was trying to solve in a pretty nice way.
I’m going to be spending the next couple of days back-posting all my flickr photos. If you’re subscribed to my RSS feed, you might see some odd artifacts of this while I’m doing it. Sorry about that, I’m not too sure if there’s a way to avoid this problem.
It’s been quite awhile since my last general update, so I figured I’d give a quick update.
The interview process is still underway. I’m not entirely sure what the status is, but it looks like I might be scheduling a visit for Diane and I over there to check out the office and have a chance to meet people and show off what I can do. It’s a little nerve wracking not knowing whether I’ve got a job or not, but it should be cool to meet some of the people face to face.
Outside of that, the poker group is gearing up its significant resources prepping for the upcoming AAAI poker bot competition. We’ve got a couple new tricks up our sleeves which hopefully will be enough to secure some more first place finishes. We’re also hoping to put together another man-machine challenge. There’s some tentative support here, so it might actually happen, but I don’t really know the details. As soon as I can share details about that, I will. I’m really hoping it happens. In my ideal world, I’d get a nice job offer from FT so I could breathe easy about that. Then the man-machine match would go ahead and we’d play some high profile players in Vegas during the WSOP. Then I’d get a bit of holiday time to honeymoon with Diane before moving to Ireland to start work at FT. It seems plausible to me!
Speaking of honeymooning and wedding stuff, the wedding is getting close to two months away. That’s a bit scary … the time has never gone slow that’s for sure. There’s probably a bazillion little things we should be organizing for the wedding, but it feels like we’ve got most of the important details done. Probably the biggest remaining thing is to arrange a list of volunteers for various tasks at the wedding. We’ll probably be compiling a list of things that need doing and call for volunteers over at minoragenda.com.
I’ve been pretty busy working, so I haven’t had much time to put into poker. My 200NL experiment went pretty well, although I’m pretty sure I was running hot. I’d like to get a chance to play some more soon, but my evenings seem to be full of too many things. In other poker related news, I’ve been playing in the World Rec.Gambling Poker Tournament (WRGPT). This is a large play-by-email poker tournament that predates online poker. This is the first year I’ve competed in the tournament since I only learned of it last year but I missed the registration that time. I’m doing not too shabby in this tournament, although I’ve gone pretty card dead over the past couple rotations. Then this hand happened. Woohoo flush! I now sit in ~60th or so place of ~180-ish remaining players. I still have a shot!
So that’s a pretty decent update of what I’ve been up to. Lots of stuff going on, not a lot of time to update the blog. Hopefully I can get more regular updates in the next little while.
My sister, Megan Kan, is playing her fourth year University year-end harp recital on April 6th. It is to be held at Highland’s United Church in Edmonton, AB. I’m pretty sure it starts at 8:00pm, but if you’re interested in attending, please send me a flickr message and I’ll keep you posted.
This is one of a few photos I took of her for use as a recital poster.