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Subject:Success!
Time:11:07 pm
I've been contemplating doing this for a while, but I was inspired by Jeff's weight-loss success. As such, I'm going to try to lose my ass at online poker.

I've set up the exercise bike in front of the new TV, and hooked one of the spare PCs up on it. I got a Logitech cordless rumblepad to control the games. This is the cordless version of what I use for playing poker on my desktop computer-- I have macros set up to make it work well, and playing with it is now second nature.

Tonight I got everything in place and hopped on the bike for a test. I decided to do something brief just to make sure everything was OK-- in this case, a couple of orbits of two low-stakes ring games.

Results: it works. I need some sort of small waist-high side table for the keyboard and mouse and a glass of water, but that's a small optimization. I easily pedaled away for about 15 minutes without losing my focus on the games. Win!
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wild_irises
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Time:2008-08-10 06:30 am (UTC)
Good luck (in all senses)!
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crayonbeam
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Time:2008-08-10 06:35 am (UTC)
yay!

this is definitely the kind of thing i'd feel more comfortable doing if i lived with fewer people
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terrencechan
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Time:2008-08-10 06:41 am (UTC)
For bonus points, you should pull the electricity and hook up a kinetic powered generator to your TV. :D
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sfgabe
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Time:2008-08-10 08:12 am (UTC)
i kind of daydream about this.
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sabyl
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Time:2008-08-10 08:35 am (UTC)
good for you!! I hope you lose your ass and whatever else you would like to lose playing poker this year :-)

I emailed Jeff asking about his setup but he hasn't responded yet. It's a good idea but I am SOOOO uncoordinated. On the other hand I am thinking of trying a voice software thing they were demoing at the WSOP and if that works ok for the games I play then it might work for me. But I have a hard enough time clicking correctly without moving around - lol. I am impressed your test went smoothly.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-10 08:46 am (UTC)
You might like playing with the rumblepad.

There are four buttons under my index and middle fingers, two on each hand. I use them for moving between four tables that are tiled on the screen.

My right thumb has buttons for fold, check/call/raise.

My left thumb moves the bet up and down in nolimit. This can be slightly annoyingly slow with small blinds when you want to make a big bet, but it's workable.

I also have buttons for check/fold and fold to any bet, but I rarely use them.

The macros I have also let you do everything on a numeric keypad. 1, 3, 7, and 9 move between windows, 4, 5, and 6 are fold, check/call, and raise, and 8 and 2 are bet up and down.
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sabyl
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Time:2008-08-10 08:56 am (UTC)
do u know if it will work with parallels on a macintosh?

If you don't know are you getting together with all of us tomorrow? I could bring my mac and test it on free play games.

I certainly spend enough time playing pok. . .I mean working on the computer that it would be worth a shot.

Also can any computer hook up to a tv like yours - did you have to do anything fancy to get it to work? - i am very much not a tech geek
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-10 09:07 am (UTC)
I suspect it will work under parallels, but I'm not 100% certain.

Does your Mac have a numeric keypad? If so, it would be easy to test out. Download and install AutoHotKey, then grab the file out of http://www.pattib.org/ahk/ and run it.

It's only set up to work with PokerStars, but could easily be changed to handle another site.

You don't even need the poker client running to see if it works. Just use the 1, 3, 7, and 9 keys on the keypad to see if the mouse moves around the screen.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-10 10:53 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. And any modern computer should be able to plug into the TV-- it has a VGA input.
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adb_jaeger
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Time:2008-08-10 01:11 pm (UTC)
I am using AHK (like Patti).

Jeff was using something else, which I think was pay.

I have my elipitical (sp?) set up with a smallish 1024x768 LCD wallmounted in front, and have my laptop there on a small table, plugged into the TV, with the USB keypad sitting on the exercise machine's small display/shelf area.

I bought the same pad Patti was using, but ended up using just a USB keypad, because I was playing limit holdem.

Now that I'm playing PLO and PLO/8, I'm going to re-visit either using the logitech pad, or using different macros. (When I was playing limit holdem, I'd three table, and had the 1-2-3 keys be "fold/call/raise" in table 1, 4-5-6 same way in table 2, etc. That way I only needed one finger on one hand to play.

Patti: what resolution do you tile your windows to? Did you have to change all the number in the AHK script when you changed from your 1600x1200 laptop to the 1080 TV? That's the only annoyance I remember when I was originally setting things up, was getting all the mouseclicks to land in the right spot.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-10 06:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't have to change anything. The only things that are resolution-dependent are the four that take me from window to window-- the others are all relative to the current window. 1920x1080 isn't different enough from 1600x1200 to make the four-corners clicks matter.
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adb_jaeger
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Time:2008-08-10 07:08 pm (UTC)
I guess the tables must be the same size on your 1600x1200 and your "small" screen then.

To get 4 tables onto a 1024x768, the tiler makes them so small that the cards are just barely readable.

I'll poke around on the online poker site and see what I can dig up.

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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-10 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yep, the tables are the same size-- I use the Stars default size.

The whole reason I bought a big TV is that I started down the path of, "I should get a monitor for playing on the bike", then, "Oh! I have onecall gift certificates from Stars... I wonder if they have monitiors?" "Hey, no, but can I use a TV as a monitor?"
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chellewoods
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Time:2008-08-10 06:37 pm (UTC)
He doesn't reply to my e-mails either 1/2 the time and I'm married to him ;)
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sabyl
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Time:2008-08-10 08:57 am (UTC)
heh an arger contest of caliries burned for the year or something could be cool - though may be hard to do. But x hours doing y worth z calories. $1 a calorie or something - maybe less. Then compare totals and the person burning less pays the person burning more.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-10 09:10 am (UTC)
Deal me out of that one... I'd never in a million years keep those records.
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sabyl
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Time:2008-08-10 09:23 am (UTC)
lol - i think record keeping was part of my edge in the healthy living contest I did last year. It certainly wasn't drinking water and weight loss.
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chellewoods
Subject:Good luck!
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Time:2008-08-10 06:38 pm (UTC)
It is a process, that is for sure. FWIW, I did my WW online and found it pretty helpful with the whole process.....

Here's hoping you lose (yourself) and win (poker!)
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-10 09:40 pm (UTC)
Viewed from another angle, it's nearly 100% time-efficient. I'd be playing poker with that time anyway, so the only thing I'm adding is a small amount of overhead.
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