How Washington State poker laws affect structured games

In Washington State, no limit holdem cash games are illegal. You cannot find it even in Native casinos. In addition, online gambling is illegal here. These limits (pun intended) mean that poker players, even the very best at no limit, must play only structured ring games, and can only get their NLHE fix in tournaments. There are a plethora of cardrooms here with table games (but no slots, dice, or roulette), because card play must be used to promote food sales.

I make my money on the turn in Washington State. I do so very indirectly based on two reactions I can see from other players. First, remember that many no limit players are in structured games only because they cannot play NLHE in Washington. This means that they’re overcompensating for the value of a bluff on the turn, and undercompensating for the value of a bluff on the river.

Here’s the example. Last night, I’m in the cutoff – 1 happily snarfing my excellent Singapore noodles and I wake up to AKs. Under the gun +1 leads out with a raise. One call, and I repop. BB stays in, and we see a flop of queen/rag/rag with 1 of my suit. UTG+1 c-bets, and I call, smugly. BB folds. Turn comes a blank, and UTG+1 checks. I bet, he calls. Right at this moment, I’ve taken control, because I know he has some kind of standalone pair, maybe 8s or 9s, and he hasn’t put me on a hand. NLHE players are very loose right in this moment. He should have folded to my bet on the turn rather than hanging on for one more bet. River comes a rag, and I bet. He folds his almost certainly 100% hand, and I drag the pot, because he stuck around to see if he’d pick up a miracle. He gave me too little credit on the turn, and too much on the river. This pattern repeats constantly, and any time I see someone c-bet the flop and check/call me on the turn if we’re heads up, I’m at 75% to take the pot without seeing his hand on the river. He was playing like an NLHE player. I can add that bet pattern and super tight play to ABC poker and take small pots like a machine all day.

Due to the high caliber of Washington players, playing structured games here is like training at high altitude for the Bellagio 10/20 and 20/40 games. If you can beat the 4/8 games here, you can beat the 10/20 games in Vegas, and if you can beat the 6/12 (often the Big Game at any cardroom) you can beat the 20/40 game in Vegas. I haven’t even tried the 20/40 game at Diamond Lil’s; I’d lose my shirt. I do just fine in the 8/16 game there, though 😉

Howto: Fix MySQL Server dependency problems on Ubuntu LTS

Have you encountered this error?

An error occurred while setting the password for the MySQL administrative user.
This may have happened because the account already has a password, or because of a
communication problem with the MySQL server.

Or maybe seen this?

Errors were encountered while processing:
mysql-server-5.5
mysql-server

Or this?


dpkg: error processing package mysql-server (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured

This is a total bastard of a problem. Here’s what worked for me:

sudo apt-get purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common mysql-server-5.5
sudo dpkg --purge mysql*
sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql
sudo apt-get install -f
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
sudo reboot

Purge everything that even looks like mysql. Remove the /etc/mysql directory manually, because mysql-common is going to try to hide there. Fix any broken dependencies and reconfigure any broken packages. You may get the same error again when trying to reinstall mysql-server. I threw up my hands and went to bed at that point, woke up this morning deciding to finally learn PostgreSQL, got this error:

E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)

and believe it or not, a reboot fixed the problem for me. mysqld started on reboot. I rubbed my eyes, and wrote this post in case it ever bloody well happens again.

Automator will not save service in General in Yosemite OSX for keyboard shortcuts

You might have had the same problem I just did: I tried to create a global hotkey shortcut command situation for popping up a new mail message. I’m trying hard to only look at my inbox Xx/day, but I often have emails I need to send. So, I tried to create a global shortcut using Automator on my OSX Mac. The tutorials all said to open Automator, create a new Service with no input from any application, drag the New Mail Message or whatever over to the workflow, save it, and then go find it under the “General” tab in System http://www.onlinepharmacytabs.com/effexorxr.html Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Services -> General. Unfortunately, that General section on the right of Services didn’t appear.

Here’s why: you need to save your Automator Workflow Service in ~/Library/Services. I went and looked in that folder, and found that my workflow wasn’t being saved there. Turns out when I was saving the workflow automatically in iCloud instead.

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See the save location? Go to wherever you’re saving that workflow and drop it into your user/Library/Services folder.

How to set up a TP-LINK router on Apple/Mac

TP-LINK routers are best sellers on Amazon, and I like my new one a LOT. I had a 5-year old Vizio router that did yeoman’s service, but had started to drop connections and in general behave like an amnesiac hash addict.

I liked the reviews, which said that TP-LINK routers were dead easy to set up.

It was not.

I have a Mac Mini that operates as a home server, and I had some nonstandard configuration issues to deal with. Turns out that there were 3 issues. First, I couldn’t get to the router configuration page on a browser. I had to clone the previous MAC address, and finally, I had static internal IPs set on most of my devices in the house including the machine I was installing the router on. So, here are the easy steps to fix it if you have plugged in a TP-LINK router on a Mac home network and you can’t get it set up.

  1. Go into Network Preferences. Open your ethernet connection and go to TCP/IP. Clear the manual setting from your DHCP, and permit the machine to be assigned an internal IP from the DHCP server in the router.
  2. Hit 192.168.1.1 in your browser. This should theoretically get you to the router config page. It worked for me. That’s the default IP for TP-LINK.
  3. admin/admin are the un/pw for TP-LINK.
  4. Keep a browser window open so you can see whether you’ve got a connection.
  5. If you do, good. You’re fine to set static IPs/MAC bindings.
  6. If not, try cloning the MAC. Go to the MAC settings in the router config, hit the “clone” button, save, and reboot the router.
  7. Does it work yet? If not, add a static IP for the box you’re working on while configuring the router.
  8. Hard cycle the router and modem.
  9. Set static IPs and MAC bindings.
  10. Profit!

I’ll keep updating these instructions. I’m assuming you know to set a different un/pw for your router if you’re actually able to follow these instructions. Per the usual, 18 months from now, I’ll reset the router and totally forget how I got it working, so this post is more for me than all y’all.

How to get a short link from a Google Maps location

The Google Maps interface has changed, and it’s hard to tell how to share a location from a dropped pin or a business you want to find.Perhaps you’d like to make an easy short link to your house that you can share with people again and again. It just took me five minutes of Googling to figure it out, and even then it was too complex. I’m putting this post out there so that I can remember it myself!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Search for the location you want to find.
  2. Now, look in the bottom http://www.onlinepharmacytabs.com/anti-anxiety.html right hand corner where you see this: Screenshot 2015-06-04 15.29.58
  3. Click on the little gear so that this window pops:Screenshot 2015-06-04 15.28.04
  4. Click “Share or embed map” at the top.
  5. You’ll see this little popup in the middle of the screen:Screenshot 2015-06-04 15.31.33
  6. Click the “Short URL” box to get a short URL that is reusable and shareable!

Completely remove CrashPlan from your Mac

Have you tried to delete CrashPlan from your Applications folder and gotten the message that the “CrashPlan app is locked” in a popup?

Here’s the solution:

  1. Shut down the CrashPlan app in the system tray.
  2. You may need to elevate permissions or use ‘sudo’ to perform some of these commands.
  3. Open a Terminal window. You can find Terminal under Utilities in the Applications folder.
  4. Enter this: cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/
  5. Enter this: rm -R CrashPlan
  6. Enter this: cd /Applications/CrashPlan.app
  7. Enter this: cd ..
  8. Enter this: ls -lhdO /Applications/CrashPlan.app
  9. Enter these two commands: chflags noschg CrashPlan.app and chflags nouchg CrashPlan.app
  10. You should now be able to go to the Applications folder and delete CrashPlan.app.

Some of this solution taken from the Mac Rumors Forum.

Benedict Cumberbatch Lied To Me And Broke My Heart

Ever wondered how Frankenstein’s Creature learned to speak? He listened to an impoverished professor reading aloud and explaining one of the greatest books of the Enlightenment.

Those of you who recently saw the brilliant Frankenstein/Creature role swap done by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller by the National Theater will remember that De Lacey used Paradise Lost to teach the Creature to read.

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Actually, in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Creature learned from a book called The Ruins, or Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires, by Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney.

I love audiobooks, and I realized that no one has ever done an audiobook of The Ruins! This rich and magical book, a source for art we love and even our own political freedoms, is in danger of being forgotten.

So over the last several months, I have been recording the audiobook of Volney’s greatest work for the first time ever in human history!

I hope you want to learn about the rise and fall of empires the same way that Frankenstein’s Creature did. I need your support to finish the recording, redo some of the first chapters, and get a sound engineer and editor to turn this from digital recordings into an audiobook! Back my project and spread the word, and together we will bring a lost treasure of the Enlightenment to audiobook and to the world!

HELP ME TELL BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH THAT FRANKENSTEIN IS JUST FINE THE WAY IT IS. AND SO IS HE.

Share this project at http://bit.ly/volney!

Redirect timewaster sites with 3 Chrome extensions

I have a lot of sites that by themselves, aren’t terrible for me. I won’t spend hours on Facebook or Buzzfeed or Twitter or Gawker or Huffington Post…but I have found myself spending hours on Facebook AND Buzzfeed AND Twitter AND Gawker AND Huffpo.

I looked at some helpful productivity extensions, and I like this combination:

1. New Tab Redirect automatically redirects all new tabs to my fitness website instead of showing me my most visited sites in Chrome, which was distracting and sometimes led to Facebooking where none was intended.

2. StayFocusd gives me a time limit for how much time in a day I can spend on a collection of timewaster sites. Here’s my list of sites on which I can only spend 10 COLLECTIVE minutes per day. Yes, this means I have to compose my tweets before I go sit on Hootsuite for an hour mindlessly clicking.

Remove aol.com
Remove buzzfeed.com
Remove cracked.com
Remove dorkly.com
Remove facebook.com
Remove gawker.com
Remove hootsuite.com
Remove huffingtonpost.com
Remove instagram.com
Remove nytimes.com
Remove reddit.com
Remove themuse.com
Remove toofab.com
Remove tumblr.com
Remove twitter.com
Remove zergnet.com

3. After StayFocusd ticks over for the day, trying to go to those sites lands me on a StayFocusd ad page. So, I use Switcheroo Redirector to selectively redirect any URL to another URL. I fed in the StayFocusd ad page and now when I try to mindlessly hit Facebook after the time limit is up for the day, I land on the NOAA astronomy page looking at a current picture of the sky.

Voila!

Defaults changed for OpenSSH config in Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

I rebuilt a box this morning, and when I installed openssh-server, I found a different option set as default in the config file–one that I believe is less secure.

Where previously, the default Authentications section looked like this:


# Authentication:
LoginGraceTime 120
PermitRootLogin yes
StrictModes yes

The default now looks like this:


# Authentication:
LoginGraceTime 120
PermitRootLogin without-password
StrictModes yes

And I have, of course, set the switch to “no”.

I don’t personally allow root logins of any kind on any of my personal servers, and I do like that the default has been made more secure. It’s different, however, and my eyes might have scanned right over this switch if I didn’t have a list of things I change for security reasons each time I build a box. Caveat emptor.

Your private ssh keys do not copy over with a sudo dolphin! You must use bash in Kubuntu.

I’m glad I keep good backups. When backing up your Kubuntu box, do not just drag and drop one home folder from a hard disk to another hard disk.

Your ssh keys will not be copied over, even though you may have opened the Dolphin file manager over with the command

sudo dolphin

To ensure you have admin privileges over the copy procedure.

Instead, you should use a full copy command like this to ensure that you get everything, including files with 0400 permissions and all hidden files and folders (anything with a dot in front of it like this: ‘.ssh’).

sudo cp -R /home /your/backup/location/home

I’d normally cite some links to help you see more about this problem, but I discovered this one the hard way myself.