Saturday, September 18, 2021
Unless you have read several quality books, played a large number of hands, and have a solid base to start from, you have three main frustrations. Bet big and the game turns into a bloodbath. Bet small, and the whole table calls, and you get lost in the hand. Get lost in the hand, and too often you lose your buy-in, and wonder how it happened.
There is a big disconnect between good quality Holdem Books and what is going on in your game. A few Authors claim all your competition is stupid, and they probably are with their playing experience. Other Authors attempt to give you a playbook. Books seem to provide hand play by position, or preferred styles of controlled aggression depending on position.
I am of the opinion, you can give one of your favorite books to a very good player, and they can easily fill in the blanks with detail about what the Author is suggesting. For the average Joe Poker, book advice is whatever Joe perceives it to be. I have found my perception at least is pretty skewed.
Passivity and Aggression have several levels. Holdem Book Authors overall are not really suggesting you change your playing style from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde and you will be successful. Is the Author really suggesting you bet 1/3 of your stack if you are first to act after the flop, or do they paint a picture of when this may be the correct play?
To make your game worse, each Holdem game is unique and with each change to the game, the best skill set changes. At Low Limits, a big flop raise generally means something different than watching a three bet flop in a higher level game.
My limited Pandemic experience is showing me, beating the higher rake, and double drop is equal to winning half my buy-in before actually adding to my buy-in. Where I play, six dollars leave the table every hand. This means a tight table for the times I have played lately.
Reading a few of my poker books (again) and modifying different playing styles is showing different results. In the following posts, I will go into more detail about what I have found and what works for me right now. In the mean time, if you are reading Holdem books to improve your game, stop every few pages and really think about what the Author is really saying and not what you think you read.
I will put in a disclaimer here. I play Live Low Limit No Limit Holdem. I do not play any higher and do not suggest you take my suggestions to a bigger game as it may not be a good line to follow. Also, as you know, Holdem is a very dynamic game and writing down my thoughts and you reading them, leaves a very wide gap for key ideas to get lost in.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
We are "Captains" of our own ships. From the time we are born we can think of ourselves of leaving the safety of the harbor and moving out to sea to an unknown destination.
We learn the skills we need to learn to get through our early to teen years. We want to be a Fireman, Policeman, Doctor, Lawyer, Mom or Dad. We want to go to college, be in a band, and live on Mars.
However, our choices and our decisions sometimes get in the way of what we want. For example, joining a circus and being a sports star. These both may be achievable, but each will take tremendous energy and planning to be successful. Most likely one of our dreams will need to defer to the other.
If we want to be in a circus, you may have to reduce your baseball stardom dreams to playing baseball during the off season for a local league, or on a day off with other circus members who enjoy playing baseball too.
On a bigger scale, changing what we think we want from week to week leads us to confusion and frustration. The universe cannot immediately change everything every time we change our mind and direction. When we are young and in school, this is not a problem. Being young and in school is the time of our life when we are supposed to be trying new things and exploring new dreams.
When we hit our late teens to twenties, things become a little more difficult. Our dreams should start converging on our chosen life path. Our dreams usually start to converge. This way we are most successful. Going to college is a good example of converging dreams.
When you enter college, you are required to take almost two years of basic classes whether you have an interest in those subjects or not. The reason for this is two fold. First, you are exposed to different areas of what really are areas of life. Psychology, Biology, Math, English and Foreign Language are all parts of life.
You may not have had any idea you enjoy culture or music or fine art until you are forced to take a class in one of these subjects. You may find you are a natural at Biology, Math, Physics or Chemistry. These are all areas of life you never really noticed until you took a class in them.
Let's pretend you have all your basic classes out of the way and you start working on what you want to major in and graduate with a degree in. Pretend for a moment, you love history and pick history as your major. You take your first classes in history, it is Europe in the middle ages and modern world history. You get through the classes and you take another history class. This class is on Japan and the far east from the 1700's to present. Wow, you really like the culture and thinking of some Asian countries you are studying and want to know more.
You find your college has foreign language classes for Japanese. The Japanese language class encompasses Japanese culture too. While in the class you fall in love with Japanese pottery or woodworking. You decide that is what you really want to do.
Now there is no class on Japanese pottery, but there are classes on pottery. So you take a class. In the class, you find you love a certain pottery style and glazing technique that is common among a people from South America.
I think you get the idea. Life tends to work the same way. You have been going with the flow, no real direction, doing whatever life offers you. You wake up one day, and decide you want to be a Nurse or a Jockey. You are sure you really want to do this.
Suddenly the Universe has to change itself to meet your new wants. Instead of presenting you with a variety of random events, the Universe now has to reconfigure itself to your new dreams, becoming a Nurse or Jockey. If your dream of becoming a Nurse is strong enough, the Universe will mold and congeal itself to make your Nursing dream happen as well as it can.
If a year from starting, you decide you want to be a comedian, your Universe slowly grinds to a halt, and sets up for your new life direction for being a Comedian. Change your mind again, and the Universe once again slowly grinds to a halt and starts to match your new ambition. Get married, have Kids, move around the world, and it is all rinse and repeat for your Universe.
Change is good. Change keeps the world fresh and exciting. Think about a more drastic life choice and how the Universe works with it. You quit high school to join a Gang. You are a successful thug and quickly move up the ranks in your Gang Life world.
One day you wake up to an epiphany in the form of a dream. You realize you are hurting people, and now you want to help people. You want to become some type of Social Worker or Counselor. Yep, that's what your going to do.
Your whole life is wrapped up in gang life, but you press on with pride, decide to drop out of the Gang and start your new life together as a normal citizen.
Your Universe shudders and slows. Much of what it has been doing to make your Gang Life successful is no longer usable for you. You have about twenty percent of your Gang Life that can help you in your new life direction change and about sixty percent of your Gang Life that is no longer healthy for your new life direction.
You are going to go through some very serious, life speed bumps, and there is a high probability you may not survive to the other end alive. But your Universe starts making the changes you need to make your new dream happen.
When it comes to your life dreams, there are a couple truths. The longer you hold onto your current dream or float along, the more your world changes to keep that dream real. You can not expect your world to stop and change course every time you change your mind. What has been done has to run its course.
No, you are not locked into your life and you can change your life up at any time. What you have to expect is as your world starts to change to make your new life, what was created for your old life will run its course.
Depending on how focused you were on what you were doing, life changes can take some time, and force you to make hard decisions. Follow your dreams, and follow your goals and you will get there. For some people, it may take longer than others, but you can get there.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Jesus said this about Christians who refuse to wear masks:
Mark 12:17 "Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him."
It is well within the State's power to demand people wear masks. Just as you wear pants in public, you are told to wear a mask. If it is okay with Jesus to follow the law, why do you have a problem with it? Shouldn't you do what Jesus says to do, or are you above what Jesus instructs?
If you are a Christian who refuses to mask up in public, and give each other the sign or blessing of peace during your time of worship. Does that Peace end with the service, or is that a all day every day pledge and command? How do you justify, giving and receiving the sign of peace within the walls of your church, and forget about it the second you are out the door, not caring about your neighbor?
The Bible and the sayings of Jesus demand the wearing of a face mask in public. If you are Christian, how are you going to explain yourself when asked why you could not bother to mask up?
Monday, August 9, 2021
I have a two year old laptop I was thinking of passing it on and replacing it with a Chromebook. I did the same four years ago replacing an older laptop with a Chromebook. My reasoning then was a Chromebook does everything I want to do with a laptop, and doesn't go through the hassle of "Wait! I'm updating" halts at startup. I used to turn on my Windows laptop about fifteen minutes before I really wanted to use it.
My laptop back then had a rust drive, and I think Microsoft had a rusty server to send updates down the line with. Updates were always painful. My main OS is Linux, and everything in Linux is faster in general when compared to Windows. My new laptop has an SSD drive, so everything is now faster. Updates are now a few seconds to a minute verses ten minutes or longer.
Chromebook does things differently. Updates are downloaded and installed invisibly to the user and made ready for the next time the Chromebook is started or restarted. This makes Chromebook updates from the user perspective almost invisible.
With updates, thanks to my Windows Laptop having an SSD drive makes updates a non issue. I needed to look at other criteria. I was still of the opinion that a Chromebook does everything I need to do. Windows is a little flat, offering not a lot other than two notepads without spell check as default for articles and notes.
My typing is sloppy, so I definitely [need] prefer spell check. For me it is easier to correct as I go, than copy an article into a different app to get it spellchecked. I looked around the Windows App store and online for a text editor with spell check.
I ended up installing Atom Text Editor, a text editor not really meant for typing articles and notes. Atom has spell check, works okay, but for my use is a little on the clunky side. I used it for a while, but it was for me a little on painful side compared to many of the editors I may use in Linux. Think of using a huge pickup truck for Uber use. You could do it, but it would be very painful. Strike one for Windows.
|Atom Text Editor|
On the Chromebook side, there is by default, Keep, Google Docs and maybe one or two other choices. Let's not forget the oldest standby app for typing an article with spell check - any Email app. Mainstream Email apps have built in spell check by default. All in all, in the moment, a Chromebook is looking like the better choice.
I rethought the Windows text editor with spell check dilemma. I use Libre Office for my office suite in Linux, and find it meets all my needs. I am not writing the, "Great American Novel", nor am I managing inventory for a mega business. Libre Office works fine for my needs.
I checked the Libre Office web site, and they have a port to Windows, or perhaps they have a port to Linux? At any rate, I installed Libre Office on my Windows Laptop and now, article and note taking is solved.
|Libre Office Suite|
At this point, it is a toss up between keeping my Laptop of getting a new Chromebook. Running out of simple comparisons between my Windows Laptop and a Chromebook. I decided to check with a few other experts. My experts are online reviews on websites who's opinion I trust. Perhaps the websites I trust think like I do, but using them and following their opinion has not yet led me astray.
By the time I read all about 2021 Chromebooks on the third website of Chromebook reviews I knew I was coming to the end of the decision making process of Windows Laptop verses new Chromebook. They were all in agreement on what make and model Chromebook I would be happy with.
My online review reading narrowed my Chromebook search to about three Chromebooks. Now, my current two year old Windows laptop set me back about, $750.00 after taxes. The three Chromebooks I was thinking about were in the $650.00 plus range. Hmm.
There are also a few down the road limiters with Chromebooks. The first are the limitations of upgrading. I'm not sure upgrading can be done or is viable on a Chromebook. The second and perhaps more important is the software upgrade life cycle. I am not too keen on laying out $600.00 plus and have the OS tell me a few years down the road, that my upgrades are over with no option to upgrade.
Chromebook upgrade life limitation is serious. There are no real roadblocks to installing Linux an any laptop that is usable. There are real world limitations to installing Linux on a Chromebook. Chromebooks add extra hardware to make removing Chrome OS and installing Linux difficult if not impossible. Like cell phones, they are throw away items.
Once my comparing, research, and cost points were completed, I decided my Windows Laptop is working just fine, and will meet my needs into the near future. I am a little critical of where Chromebooks are currently at, and where they are going.
Chromebooks are not using leading edge components, yet the best quality Chromebooks are priced as if they are. The middle of the road Chromebooks from my perspective offer either a screen you actually want to look at, or a keyboard you want to type on. Of course, with either a nice screen or usable keyboard, you will probably be offered limited memory and storage.
I decided I am using my Windows Laptop for the foreseeable future. Windows OS has not thrilled me for some years, but when it comes to the bottom line, a used Windows Laptop is a better value than a new Chromebook. I hope when the new Chromebooks come out later this year, Chromebooks will be better value for the money. I think sellers feel the economy's wallet is pretty fat in the moment, so I do not expect to see Chromebook prices drop. On the other side of the coin, Windows Laptops seem to be feeling the pressure of Chromebooks.
Along the same line, I feel the same about cell phones. No one is paying $1000.00 for a home phone, and $70.00 a month for phone service. Yet Tech Companies want us to believe that 20 year old technology still demands premium prices while utilizing the cheapest components possible for the build. Some months ago, I dropped my premium Cell Phone carrier for a cheaper one. Guess what? Nothing has changed except the money I now have in my pocket.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
This post is about seven Linux Distributions, memory used when first booted, number of applications in the default menu, startup and shutdown, and Snap packages too. Also mentioned are a few snags you may enjoy when using KDE, or installing a second Ubuntu distribution. Contrary to popular thought, the memory used between several distributions with different Desktop configurations is relatively mild in the amount of memory used. The biggest differences is the number of menu entries in each of the distributions.
I write the memory used is relatively close because they all use less than one megabyte of memory. Unless you have an older computer, or are otherwise memory constrained, all of the Distributions I mention should not be a memory problem. Cinnamon I understand can be a memory hog, but in the Latest Mint, there is a memory check and reset if needed to limit the memory bleed. Also there is not clear indication what causes the memory bleed as of today. Things change quickly however, so what I write may be wrong or outdated.
I also included Snap packages, because they are either loved or hated by users. Loved because everything is configured and dependencies are included. Hated because Snap Packages can not be modified by the user. You get what the creator deemed proper, nothing more, nothing less.
In my situation, I tried an Ubuntu child which did not install Snap packages until a later upgrade. One of the packages was my web browser, which I sync across a few other devices. It looked horrible after sync, so I changed the settings. When I used my other devices the web browser looked horrible on them. Snap packages are not my cup of tea.
In that regard, everything Ubuntu or created from Ubuntu, with the exception of Linux Mint (as far as I am aware) will install snap packages at some point. If you are okay with Snap, Ubuntu is great. If Snap interferes with your settings and usage, you have been warned.
If you wish to add a second distribution on your computer, and your first Distribution is a flavor of Ubuntu or derived from Ubuntu, Grub is not going to be happy. All the Ubuntu derivatives I have tried are identified as “Ubuntu” in Grub. Grub, in my experience, will not create two Ubuntu entries. What I have experienced is one of the Ubuntu Installs loses it's Grub entry.
My main go to Linux is Debian Linux which I recently upgraded to Debian 11 Bullseye. I use the XFCE Desktop which makes a slight difference on memory used. Ditto for Endeavor OS. Linux Mint Distribution uses Cinnamon Desktop, KDE anything of course uses KDE Desktop.
KDE if you are not aware, is a little different in some important respects than the XFCE or Cinnamon Desktops. KDE is KDE centrist, and may not run some non KDE programs. XFCE and Cinnamon will run KDE applications. I have never experienced problems with KDE apps, or apps from other Desktops in XFCE or Cinnamon Desktop. Take that comment for what it is worth.
This may have changed since I last time I used KDE, but beware in general. If your data is stored in KDE applications, they may not export to a format you want. It does not seem like an issue at the beginning, but rears its ugly head down the road when you have a lot of information to export. It is important to me that any app I use does not hoard my data. By hoarding I mean there is no easy means to export my data from the application. KDE apps in the past did not export so the data could be used in other applications. If I wanted to change applications, I would end up doing unending CTRL + C and CTRL + V to copy my data into another format.
A great example of a well behaved application is ZIM Wiki. All the information I put into ZIM is of course displayed in Zim. However the information is stored in individual text files on the hard drive. If I ever want to replace Zim, I can delete it, and all my information is safe and readable.
In general, if you like to tinker with your Desktop and make many big and small changes, KDE is the go-to Desktop with Cinnamon second. XFCE is the most limited along with Mate, and can be boring to look at. On to what I started this post for:
Memory usage at Boot up, Menu Entries, Startup and Shutdown, Snap
522588 MB ~ 43 Menu Entries Fast Not by default
MX Linux 19.4
522588 MB ~ 123 Menu Entries! Fast Not by default
Endeavor OS 2021.04.1
525452 MB ~ 47 Menu Entries Fast Not by default
Feren OS, Kubuntu, KDE Neon
660236 MB ~ 55 Menu Entries Both Pauses Will add Snap
Kubuntu, Feren OS and NEON are based on Ubuntu Linux, so memory usage, menu entries, Startup and Shutdown and Includes Snap information should be about the same. Very nice desktop though!
I listed the menu entries, but my counting skills are not the sharpest, so I may be off a few numbers either way. MX Linux as noted has more menu entries than any other two Distributions combined. I am not privy to details, but I think this comes from the Anti X side of MX Linux. Anti X has so many menu entries, even a seasoned user could get lost in the menu. I am not sure why a distribution aimed at new users goes out of its way to stuff the menu with apps and options. I am more in line with elementary OS and Zorin Linux, less is better. I would rather add fifteen packages than remove thirty or more packages and/or menu entries.
A few points to remember are:
Memory usage is not really an issue for most semi new or new computers unless you are a graphics app heavy user. Even memory starved computers (64 bit) can run (almost) any distribution, though the user won’t be happy with the outcome. (At least a few distributions these days check available memory and will not install on low memory machines.) KDE is a tinkerers dream, and options seem endless. Cinnamon has enough desktop options to keep most users happy. XFCE is the most limited modifiable Desktop environment.
If you use KDE, ensure your KDE applications have a usable export options - to .txt or some such. Ubuntu based distributions are all similar, so expect the same results from different flavors. KDE also favors the use of Snap packages from what I (unofficially) read.
Finally, without modifying Grub Menu, Grub does not know what to do with two Ubuntu Distributions, one of them will lose its Grub entry. Ubuntu does have a Grub entry modify app and there are web
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Covenant: A property covenant is an agreement between two or more parties regarding certain use of a piece of real property. The covenant will either benefit or burden the landowner. A covenant that burdens the landowner is also called a restrictive covenant.
In plain English, if you own a piece of property there is a document named a Covenant that tells you what you can and can not do with the property. Put up fences, trees, ponds, even how many related and not related people can live there, and lets not forget pets. Covenants dictate what type and how many pets a property can have on it.
For example, I live in a residential neighborhood that is thirty or more years old. My house is on a single lot. The covenant tells me, I can not modify the garage or driveway. I can have three, 4 legged pets (cats or dogs) and no poultry. Of course I can have one horse on the property as long as it is not a stallion.
In some of the older neighborhoods around town, the covenants are even more restrictive. For example in at least one section of the city, African American and Asian people are not allowed on the property unless they are Slaves. These covenants also have an exclusion with the property as, "White" only.
While no longer enforceable, but still all to present, this is a dirty little secret where I live. I am sure, this problem afflicts tens of thousands homes around the country. I live in a young state as far as States go, and the people of the past had to learn racism from somewhere. The problem is, even though these disgusting covenant entries are thankfully no longer enforceable, unfortunately, for reasons beyond my understanding, they are very difficult to impossible to remove.
I find it incongruous to almost incomprehensible that they remain and are very difficult to impossible get rid of. What brought this on was a very short discussion about, CriticalRace Theory and West Virginia protests.
The reason the discussion was so short was it took less than a minute for tempers to flare, mostly mine. The other half of the discussion believes (because cracker radio told them so) that it is laziness and lack of education that keeps Minority Peoples in the economic wasteland. It wasn't Jim Crow and equal opportunity.
I am not sure where I sit on the Critical Race Theory fence, but actual reading and a long life has led to a few observations. First, what we have been teaching ourselves for the past several hundred years about racism has not been productive. Let's try something new, it can't be worse.
"Brain Viruses", are a real phenomena effecting normal logical thinking by short circuiting the brain into a twisted preset belief system. It looks like Psychology Today at least agrees with me on the general idea. Slate.com takes the Brain Virus theory even further. In their article, "Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?"
The Slate article goes on to cite different reasons why Brain Virus exists. I think Conservatives are more susceptible to believe in lies (collective brain virus'), is conservatives live in a fear based world. In a fear based world, the pie is never big enough for everyone and therefore can not be shared with those deemed non worthy (not like them).
I need to add a sprinkling of religion as religion shares in the blame. The Methodist church is in a painful process of reconciling their dogma against the fact that many of the Methodist Founding Fathers were Slave Holders, and by default promoted Slavery.
Unfortunately, the Adult Version of our History, and that of much of the world has any amount of ugliness to it. Why we can not be adult enough to admit what our real history is, is beyond me. Why these documents named, Covenants, from an ignorant time, are allowed to still reflect thinking of the time they were created is beyond me. We can create legislature to modify Covenants if we only wish to.
Why there is this enormous amount of friction surrounding, Critical Race Theory may be explained by ignorance of recent history. Going back even one-hundred years it is apparent, not a lot has changed in a century. The current historic picture has been smudged to reflect how much we [haven't] changed our thinking.
Methodist's are not the only Religious People who should be having issues with their beliefs verses their actions. How many Christians sit in church and listen to or talk of treating each other with care and respect, saying hello and bumping fists with their pew neighbors, and once in the parking lot, forget the people on the poor side of town and the Homeless People they see daily to and from the drive from their bedroom community and work?
From a high level view we are one little planet surrounded dead space. Instead of arguing and coming to terms with, we need to start doing. Why are we letting outdated thinking run our our communities, our Church and our Covenants?
Friday, July 16, 2021
This year I joined an online neighborhood website. The kind of site that keeps you informed about what is going on in your neighborhood. Some of the information and posts by neighbors are very good, and some well...
One certain type of post bothers me a lot. These types of posts are all about the same in content and their ability to spread fear. A "neighbor" posts about a suspicious Car, Pickup Truck or Van idling or driving through the neighborhood two or more times.
Sometimes there are individuals who are going door to door to, "case" houses or run some sort of scam. They all end about the same way with the same vague description of a a white van, red car, black truck, one or two people walking and "looking" suspicious.
In short, these posts are high on fear and short on any real fact. No one has talked to these people, or asked if they need something. The Poster(s) are always sure they are here to break into their house an steal everything. A few days go by and another post of the same type appears.
The fact is, these people are living a Fear Based Life, and they fail to take common sense and common facts into consideration. People get lost driving or walking. Some people are selling Door to Door, and that is how they make their living. Others were given a false address.
Anyone looking to break-in a home will probably not look the part. A very few people are looking for a house to break into, to steal whatever is worth stealing. Before you let yourself go down this road of paranoia, look at things from a high level.
Do you have insurance to replace your possessions? Do you have good relationships with your neighbors and do you look out for each other? Are strange people and vehicles around your house a part of your neighborhood? How many people do you personally know who have had trouble with someone who knocked on the door?
The answers to the above questions should be, yes, yes, no, and zero. If you do not have insurance, why not? Are your things not worth insuring? If you do not know your neighbors, why not? Effective neighborhood watches are the best deterrents to home crime. If you really know someone who knows someone who had trouble with someone at a front door, you are a rare individual.
Homes and apartments are robbed every day. But it will be a really rare event that your home or apartment is robbed. In the event someone knocks on your door and you do not recognize them through the peephole, saying, "Not interested, please leave" through the locked door, will usually suffice.
If you are not comfortable talking through the door, turn up your television or make some noise so the person at the door, knows someone is home, but they are not going to open the door. Many people tend to get quiet, but being quiet sounds the same as not being home. You do not want to be part of a home invasion because a stranger kicked in the door thinking you were not at home.
Take pictures of your possessions and send them to the cloud. Same with pictures of your receipts for your things. Do not keep cash or small valuables laying around. But most of all, do not allow yourself to fall into a fear based life.
As for Security Camera's, in most cases after a break-in, you will file a Police Report and file an Insurance Claim for stolen property. In the real world, and not the "Fear Based World", home break-ins and personal property theft are really low on the Police totem pole of importance. Police, Prosecutors and Criminals know these are revolving jail door crimes.
Life is full of risk. Every day you risk death by simply being alive. Celebrate being alive, and let the rest of life take care of itself. Let people living a fear based life, live their life without you.
I do or did know two people who's apartments had been broken into to commit robbery. One had a $5,000.00 bicycle he rode back an forth to work every day. He had moved into a new apartment where he didn't know anyone. After about a month, he had to leave town for a few days for business. Only one item was stolen from his apartment.
The second person I knew came home from work one day to find most of his possessions piled on a sheet in the center of his living room. There was a scrawled note on top of the pile of his things. "There is nothing here worth stealing" was written on the piece of paper.
Your house or apartment is only one of several around you. Everyone living around you has about the same possessions you do. Unless you are in habit of leaving an, "I'm not home" sign on your door, or you leave your door unlocked, your chances of having a break-in are about the same as all your neighbors chances of having a break-in. There is safety in numbers.
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