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Old 10-09-2020, 08:46 AM   #476
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I'd be careful with Bostrom, guys, I used to be in a phd program in philosophy of physics. We discussed his paper in which posits the simulation idea at a seminar and it turns out that he's made multiple formal mistakes in just that one paper. None of those mistakes were enough to completely refute the validity of his argument, but I wouldn't trust a scientist who doesn't pay close attention to math and logic he uses.

Not to mention the fact that the entire argument depends on one, hidden, ethical assumption - that any civilization advanced enough to create a simulation would do so, which most people would argue against.
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Old 10-09-2020, 11:14 AM   #477
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I'd be careful with Bostrom, guys, I used to be in a phd program in philosophy of physics. We discussed his paper in which posits the simulation idea at a seminar and it turns out that he's made multiple formal mistakes in just that one paper. None of those mistakes were enough to completely refute the validity of his argument, but I wouldn't trust a scientist who doesn't pay close attention to math and logic he uses.

Not to mention the fact that the entire argument depends on one, hidden, ethical assumption - that any civilization advanced enough to create a simulation would do so, which most people would argue against.
Ok, interesting to know... I got a question for you then and I do apologize to Oladipo for the derail - but I am assuming you are enjoying the tangent as well, right... -, but have you watched the tv show Devs Tutejszy?
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Old 10-09-2020, 11:21 AM   #478
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I've read Bostrom's Superintelligence. It was pretty startling.
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Old 10-09-2020, 12:46 PM   #479
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Ok, interesting to know... I got a question for you then and I do apologize to Oladipo for the derail - but I am assuming you are enjoying the tangent as well, right... -, but have you watched the tv show Devs Tutejszy?
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I did not watch the show, but what you are describing is pretty much the core of Bostrom's argument. From the point of view of science and analytical philosophy, it is an interesting idea to think about, but not a very strong argument in formal sense (especially if you mess up your proofs).

Like I wrote earlier, my biggest issue here is ethical (deontological to be precise): just because a civilization is capable of creating such simulation, doesn't mean they should/want to. We are currently capable of blowing our entire planet up with nukes, fortunately noone has done it yet. Other than that, many philosophers of mind would argue that simulating conciousness is impossible (personally I actually agree with them based on my current knowledge).

That being said, I now remember that we read another paper by Bostrom and it was much better. The paper was about Doomsday Argument (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_argument), which was not formulated by Bostrom, but improved by him. The argument has the same "mindblowing" popular appeal as the simulation one, but is much stronger and better formulated, so if anyone is interested in this type of philosophy, I recommend checking it out.

Alright, no more derails from me as well, sorry OP The graph from last page looks pretty sick
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My (bleak) 2 cents : that if we were to run our simulation, that is the life/human evolution on this planet, thousands of times, we (almost) always end up destroying ourselves. Or a natural cataclysm does. Hence the Great Filter lying ahead of us, thus preventing others (or us) from Colonization explosion.
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I think that living in a world where someone like Trump gets to compete in an election in the most powerful country in the world, let alone win, is evidence alone that our chances of not self-destructing are slim. China also has a very weird system that looks like a mafia and it tries really hard to expand itself with 0 care about anything other than expanding its power.

So the good guys and hope for mankind today are Europe and Russia (lol)
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have read Superintelligence, and despite a lack of formal education on the subject, there is a bit of obv skew/bias. Obv still a great and insightful read, in fact, on of my favorites of recent time.
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Old 11-09-2020, 03:22 PM   #482
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Hey man really enjoying this thread!!! Hows the music production and drawing going? Important outlets to keep the soil balanced imo! If you have any questions about production, feel free to dm me, I'm just a hobbyist but been can usually hack my way into making things work


All the best, and good luck on the grind! Hope to be at 1knl one day too!!
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Old 12-02-2020, 10:24 PM   #483
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70k hands, 5bb/100, 36 000$, that's probably heavily NL1k Kockar

I moved as well a few months ago much further from the city and closer to nature, life is so much better outside in nature, or maybe I'm getting old
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Wow very nice results. You are crushing it dude

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Good to see things going well for you mate, would love to see some pics of the Montana landscape next update.
Hey! I wish there was an easier way to post pics on here and I would. I hate having to upload to another site just to link it here.

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Sweet update! glgl this month again
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Hey man really enjoying this thread!!! Hows the music production and drawing going? Important outlets to keep the soil balanced imo! If you have any questions about production, feel free to dm me, I'm just a hobbyist but been can usually hack my way into making things work


All the best, and good luck on the grind! Hope to be at 1knl one day too!!
Actually have made a good amount of progress with the music. I have a keyboard now and have made some beats. Drawing has taken a backseat unfortunately, been way more active since I moved to MT. Actually I will DM you about music production sometime.

And thanks!

2020

Will probably just do my EOY post now. Sorry to have fallen off with posting, just a combo of things. But mostly, I’ve found the success I was looking for earlier in the thread when I was trying to motivate myself more.

POKER

Well it’s really taken off. I attribute it to a lot of things, mainly a stubborn refusal to take my foot off the gas pedal, but other things too. Most importantly my poker circle. You know who you are, and I can’t thank you guys enough. I started a study group awhile back with two other guys who were serious about improving and it’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time.

I’m playing with a lot of guys every day who are considered at the very top and I’m still winning in the games. I see gaps in theoretical knowledge, but that is all that’s there, besides 3-4 guys.

One thing that’s become laughably apparent to me yet again is that the poker world is chock full of lazy people who think they are smarter than they are. And, sooner or later, I surpass them. It’s the same way in jiu jitsu, and why I succeed faster than the guys I train against in my gym. When you hurt, you stop fighting, you take a day off. When I get hurt, when I get tired, I take pride in not giving up, in coming back the next day. The most valuable advice I could ever give someone about poker is that poker is a sport (just like jiu jitsu). Talent only takes you so far. Mental fortitude, grit, and determination will win you the belt.

I don’t have any illusions about being at the very top (or maybe I lack the drive at this point in life) but I play enough with the guys who are to know that I have a winrate in all but the toughest lineups, and that my career in poker is set in stone going forward.

LIFE

My fiancé is supposed to go off her birth control next Monday. I fluctuate being excited and having extremely cold feet.

What else - I got a snowboarding pass at the closest mountain next to me. I went elk hunting with my dad and brother, didn’t find one but was great to get out. I’ve been hiking and running a lot. I’ve made some amends that I’ve wanted to make since getting sober (I still have 5-6 to make). I’ve gotten deeper into making music. I’m reading more (The Swamp, a book on the Everglades. 2 money management books that my friends recommended, thanks Spyu and RG. Rereading The Mathematics of Poker. Reading a book on Juarez). Been of course watching a lot of movies and shows, I try to review every movie I watch in the movie thread. No idea why lol but it’s my favorite corner of 2+2.

I made a lot of financial progress this year, but still have a ways to go. I had some unexpected hiccups this year, I got a tax bill in the mail from 2013, had no clue it existed and it had been collecting interest all these years. I found out my license had been suspended since 2014 and had to pay a lawyer to go to court for me in another state. I had a lot of dental work I needed done. It all sucked, but damn does it feel good to get behind me. Don’t do drugs kids! Or, stop doing them at some point.

An opportunity to make some passive income came up (Thanks J & M) and I for once made the right decision and didn’t pass it up. As much as I like to work, I absolutely DESPISE the hustle. I hate networking, I hate all the things that come along with this aspect of the poker climate, and I can’t stand the majority of poker players. But it’s just a smart thing to look for other revenue streams as I get older.

Hit 3 years sober last June. I go to an AA meeting about once a week, mostly an LA one I like. I get asked to speak at various meetings, those are always nice opportunities that I’m thankful for. I’m making a lot of progress in working on myself. A lot of it actually happens through poker, actually. It brings out the very worst aspects of me as a human at times (you know what I’m talking about bena).

More than anything I’m learning how to be ok with myself, and to be happy with my little corner of the universe. I always felt like I needed more before, and those feelings come up a lot. I don’t know, and maybe I’ll never know, if that’s part of my addiction or it’s just my personality. But I do feel it’s tied somehow to wanting to escape my reality, no matter HOW good it gets, and that it’s woven in deep with the feelings of never having felt good enough as a child.

Anyways, thanks for reading, have had a surprising number of ppl reach out over this time to say they enjoy reading the thread. I’ve made a number of good friends because of these forums so I’ll continue to be a part of the community even though it seems largely dead these days.

Lastly, I got myself this 49” bad boy, pretty clutch when you are too stupid to get a script and have to constantly check all your lobbies (thanks ship!):

https://ibb.co/JvSVxf5



GL @ the tables!

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Old 12-02-2020, 11:35 PM   #484
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Great stuff man, congrats on everything!

I've never been to MT before. Is it very sparsely populated where you are? Like a very small town setting?

Are you going to keep doing BJJ?(Not sure if there's any place to participate where you are.)

What kind of music are you making?
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Old 12-03-2020, 01:40 AM   #485
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Great stuff man! Congrats on everything, seems v well deserved

gl moving forward
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Great stuff man, congrats on everything!

I've never been to MT before. Is it very sparsely populated where you are? Like a very small town setting?

Are you going to keep doing BJJ?(Not sure if there's any place to participate where you are.)

What kind of music are you making?
I'm in a bigger town now, but I grew up in a town of 400 people. And actually our house was 23 miles from that town, most of it dirt road, and our house was the last house before the Lewis & Clark National Forest. It's about as rural as it gets in the lower 48.

Childhood was spent in the mountains, it was just so completely nutted and I want I to try to have that for my kids if possible.

BJJ - there's one gym here, but my fiance has a hard core stance concerning COVID and I haven't gone since the start of it. It's of course a bummer but I'm happy to have snowboarding season to take the place of it

Music - I guess like, chill techno with piano and lots of drums. Kind of like NIN

Good to hear from you man, hope all is well


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Been checking in here at least once a week to see if you’d updated yet. I pretty much use 2+2 just to see how life’s going for you!

I spent 2 weeks in Montana when I was 13. Wayyy out in the sticks, loved every min of it. I’m born and raised in Southern Oregon so outdoors is all I know. I couldn’t live in a city.

Glad you’re doing so well
Hey man, good to hear from you! I don't know much about Southern Oregon, actually we are moving to OR/WA in the next year bc of my fiance's work.

Thanks and hope you're doing well too

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Old 12-12-2020, 01:20 PM   #487
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3 years sober.. Happy for you man. Huge congrats!

And you went ahead and made my set-up look like ****. Congrats on that too!
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2020

I'm happy with how hard I worked this year, I started out the year really struggling and it got better as the year progressed. At a point I was thinking I maybe couldn't do it - maybe I'm too old (turned 38 this year and started playing again last year after years of not playing), that maybe it was a mistake to get back into it and think I could just automatically succeed. I thought that maybe my brain was fried, not fried completely but fried to a point where I’d be unable to beat the games in 2020. Pretty stupid results-oriented thinking in hindsight. I'm so glad I didn't give up.

I'm happiest with my mental game progress, which still needs work, but I am getting to the point where the swings at the stakes I play don't affect me much. That being said I still get irrational when in the midst of bad variance, I'm really working on this - being able to see the forest through the trees. I started talking to a therapist to figure out why I have strong emotional responses to certain triggers, both in poker and IRL, and while the progress is slow I'm seeing some. A lot of it is managing expectations, I want things a certain way and that’s it. I also realized from reading D7's thread that I can do a better job with my pre-session routine, I'll be changing that immediately.

I bought this computer at the beginning of December, for awhile I couldn't track one of my sites, but this all my hands in it. I'm comfortable in most any lineup, I'm still absolutely a level below the top guys but I've caught up quickly, and passed a lot of the 1k and 2k regs who frequent my games. I guess I'm most proud of this progress because it took a lot of study which, while I really enjoy, was a big leak last year. I didn't really know where to start, I didn't know how to do it efficiently, and instead grinded for way too long in games where I didn't even have much (or any) edge. As always I had to learn the lesson the hard way.

I really have to thank Clanty for his coaching, that was what set me on this course. I also am really thankful to my fiance for showing me what ended up finally helping me to organize my day (I used to grind endless hours or force myself to play when tired), which was making my schedule in Google Calendars and sticking to it. It sounds funny but this was responsible more than anything else in an uptick in my winrate. I also have to thank my poker circle, you guys know who you are, it will be fun to see how things go for all of us in the years to come.

We bought a puppy from a shelter awhile back, it has been unexpectedly intense but also a lot of fun. We are currently trying to get pregnant like I had mentioned, and I've gotten to this point where I'm more excited than nervous. I don't want this to sound selfish, but I really look forward to being a good dad. I struggle with regret about my life and I look forward to being a good role model, a good influence, provider, protector, all that stuff. I feel like this role will be "in my wheelhouse" as I so often made the wrong decision I'll be able to steer kids clear of them.

I've been cooking a lot, have been eating a lot of elk (dad and my brother both shot one), venison, even some local game birds, along with a lot of local produce. One of our neighbors actually works in indigenous food systems so I've been learning more and more about that which is really fun.

There hasn't been a ton of snow yet but any time we've gotten some we've been up on the mountain, man I missed snowboarding.

That's pretty much all I have to report, I'm really thankful for this life I've carved out since I got sober. I had a good friend die right before Xmas and although I'm sure it sounds so tired at this point, I do keep in mind what things were like and what they are like now. I’ve got to keep on the grindstone but some reflection is nice.

Since Sept:



Happy 2021 to y’all, & hope everyone is healthy and happy.

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Hey man, I like that you keep it real whenever you post- it’s really refreshing.

congrats & gl
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Regardless of what he did in the past, posting the contact info/address of his family online is damn sleazy. Fits in nicely with the image of professionalrakeback I have.
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^^ OK, before this devolves into something it doesn't need to, I have no problem talking about this or any other aspect of my past.

First off, if ANYone ever has any questions about any aspect of my personal life, you can PM me and ask me. I will answer it straight away. There's no reason to make a ghost account to try to accuse me of something that every. But, because you asked, sure, I will address this!

I came into sobriety in a ton of debt to family, friends, and I had this debt to JB, the owner of Professional Rakeback. Before I go into details, I want to say a couple things regarding his creation of the site:

-I really disagree with his decision to list, and then not take down, my direct family members on the site. They had NOTHING to do with any aspect of my addiction, they completely wrote me off, at certain points they even wanted (rightfully) me put in jail, and assisted the authorities in trying to find me.

- He reached out to my friends and when they refused to give him any info he listed them as my "accomplices", which none of them were, I was always flying completely solo.

- When I relapsed in whatever it was, 2014 or 2015, I had just moved from Mexico back to Buenos Aires, and things of course got really bad really fast. I don't remember the details very well but at some point I guess I thought I'd try to just not deposit the money, use it to "figure it out", get sober, and pay it back. Keep in mind how completely stupid this was. I was to this point a profitable client for JB (he had offered to back me for high stakes), and he would have LOANED me the money I took if I'd just have asked.

But after a month or w/e it was in Buenos Aires, I was already staying up for days on end, I was completely psychotic on a level that most people can't understand. I kept telling myself I would get sober the next day, I'd be drinking to keep my seizures at bay, and then trying to do a "manageable" amount of blow while playing poker to try to keep myself afloat as I was obviously losing everything by playing high on blow in the first place, one session I lost like 80k to baj. At one point I was up for 8 days straight I was told later by a girl I was with. I cannot stress enough that I very dangerous to myself and others, I was having all sorts of psychotic episodes, hallucinating constantly, having seizures whenever I'd run out of blow. I would always think there were more people in the room with me than there were. The conversation posted on the site (and every other conversation I had during this time) were full of things I would never say in a million years sober, I cannot stress that enough - it's hard for me to read them even now.

- So, while I 100% owe JB the money I took from him, the rest of that information about me is completely false. Like anyone who has gone through hard core addiction, I did YEARS worth of things that weren't "me".

I've often wondered what the community would think of it in general, and since it's been asked, I can just write what has happened in the time I got sober regarding the site.

-Before I started even playing poker, I reached out to him to ask if we could work out a payment plan. It says on the site "We would like Matthew to contact us and work out a payment plan for the 15k he owes us. Should that ever take place, we will shut down this website". So, I contacted him and said I'd make a payment plan and stick to it if he took down the site. It obviously came up in every job interview and any time someone googled me, and I told him that if I ever missed ONE payment from the payment plan he could put it right back up and never take it down. He refused, which seemed and seems crazy to me as I thought that's what he is saying on the site.

I approached him again once I started playing poker and said I would do a very aggressive payment plan, even paying half up front, and he again said it wouldn't come down until the whole amount was paid back. He also cross posted this information on other sites, which is fine obviously, but I don't even know if this information can be taken down now, which if I on my own I wouldn't care about, but it affects my fiance's life, my family's lives, and will affect my kids'.

In conclusion, I'm not saying he should or shouldn't do one thing or another, that's not for me to judge as I'm the one who put him in the spot he's in. I'm not asking for any sympathy either, I've come to terms with this and everything else did in my past, and no offense but I don't care what any of you, or anyone else outside my personal circle, thinks about it. From my perspective I think I've been generous, understanding, and fair in my attempt to tackle this since I got sober. In my experience (a sh*t ton of people owe me $ from those years) you hardly EVER get an offer to pay back something like this in full. I was in large amounts of debt when I got sober, and I got in touch with every single person to take care of it. EVERY single person except JB reasoned with me and was more than willing to work with me until they got paid back, and never tried to further attack me or make me feel bad about what I did during the lost years. I don't understand what the point is in trying to paint a picture of me that isn't true, when it's no longer serving a purpose.

And yes, I am aware of ProfRB's reputation and people have come to me saying he has no intention of taking it down, that he's scum etc.

That's not for me to judge either. In the end of the day it's money that I stole from him, and I'm going to pay him back in full, plus an extra 2k for the pain I've caused him. And even though I think he's been unfair with me, I know that deep down he was just hurt by me and it's my job to make it right.

That's all I have to say about that, if anyone has any questions PM me.

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Just found this thread! Nice read! Stay keepin it real man! Cheers. GLGL!!
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You can request a mod to delete these last few posts btw, it's your thread and you do have some control over what goes on in here.
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Very unlikely to be taken down under the current circumstances.

Let me be very clear here, I always liked you as a poster Oladipo but your last post is awful. I don't know JB but he clearly owes you zero favours. Your sobriety or lack of is not JB's responsibility and you are clearly sober now so there really is no excuse.

Posting $100k graphs while not paying back your debt is low. Yes he may or may not take the website down but he owes you no favours and you really are not in a position to be making demands on how his money is returned to him. Fwiw I would be handling this the same as him.

Pay the man his money, apologise and hope he takes it down. If he doesn't then you just have to live with the responsibility of your actions. That's literally all there is to it and it really shouldn't have to be explained further. Of course this information should remain public in the thread until the debt is cleared. I hope you do the right thing.
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Utterly bizarre how you can post graphs like this while having an unpaid debt of a relatively small amount.
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But guys, he's an addict and almost a ginger and life's so goddamn hard and debts like that never get paid in full anyways. He's clearly not liable.
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:11 AM   #497
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Success, Sobriety, and Financial Freedom: Out of Poker Retirement and back to Mid/Hi Stakes

You’re one of my fav posters on this forum and I can relate to a lot of the struggles you’ve had. That last post you made deserved more thought.

I would suggest taking some time to think about what’s the best possible way you could’ve handled this once you had your wits about you. Contact this person and apologize for not doing that. Then do everything within your power to pay him back as soon as possible even if it means playing lower for some time. Keeping his $ to play poker with is not the correct course of action by any stretch of the imagination. It does not belong to you.

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Old 01-03-2021, 09:21 AM   #498
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Love reading your posts and grats on great results, but as others have stated it blows my mind youve just had a 6fig quarter and cant pay a 15k debt. This should be your first priority when you made any money really.
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Old 01-03-2021, 10:15 AM   #499
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Re: Success, Sobriety, and Financial Freedom: Out of Poker Retirement and back to Mid/Hi Stakes

I actually kinda agree with OP here: posting names and addresses of his family and friends is completely ****ed up and probably libelous. I wouldn't pay a penny until at least that portion was gone with a promise in writing of it never coming back.
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Old 01-03-2021, 10:42 AM   #500
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Utterly bizarre how you can post graphs like this while having an unpaid debt of a relatively small amount.
What's even more absurd is that he was posting $15,000-$20,000 months back when this **** went down:

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/1...lness-1501069/
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