Friday, January 9, 2009

Compost Toilets and Poker Review for the first two weeks of 2009

I have completed my research on compost toilets and have come to the conclusion that this will be a great improvement for our village. I will review some of my findings at a high level and give a reference site if you want more details. Below the compost toilet review is my review of my Poker Statistics for the last 2 weeks.

Most of the benefits of a compost toilet are for a more conventional living area not a developing country. For example since we do not have sewage treatment plants, it is not really a benefit to relieve stress on our sewage treatment plants, but in the long run as we develop we will not need to build a sewage treatment plant, which is a nice benefit.

I was hoping to generate energy from the waste product, I found out this is not possible, but we will be able to create high quality fertilizer. Today our sewage pretty much just runs into the ground so any type of toilet will be a huge step up, creating compost from human waste is going to truly help our crops and reduce down having to buy elephant dung which is the fertilizer we used this year.

We currently have a compost pit, which is a pit that is about 20 feet deep by 10 feet square. We put all our biodegradable waste in this pit. There is an evacuation whole that the finished compost is extracted from. See picture, we deposit waste up in the hill behind the extraction bins in the picture. Gravity and nature do the rest. This is how the village has always disposed of it biodegradable waste. This compost is used as fertilizer for the crops, though the quality has never been that great, since there has not been any manure mixed in. We will continue to use this pit and add the compost from our compost toilets this will allow the human waste to actually go through two compost cycles. It takes 6 – 12 months for human waste to completely compost. The number one benefit of these toilets will be high quality fertilizer at no cost. Last year if I remember correctly I paid $50.00 U.S. Dollars for the Elephant Dung which as you might expect is a King’s Ransom in these parts, so this will be a nice saving for the village (ME).

The other big benefit will be health and quality of life. Today we use open pits as toilets see picture. In some cases these pits flow through the village, this can cause diseases also when the weather is warm and dry the odor can become unbearable. With the compost toilet the waste is contained and the natural ventilation systems of the toilets reduce down the odor.

To start we are going to build 5 compost toilets for public use, once we see success we will then ask villagers to build compost toilets for their huts. We are also going to create 2 new jobs for the village. Up to this point we have never had anybody in the village get paid for their work, the village is really run as a commune. Everybody just helping each other with goods traded on a barter system. Since we have had such a great crop of pineapples this year and have been able to sell them to neighboring villages I have suggested we start to build a true economy.

So we will have a public works department which will consist of two people and there main responsibility will be to empty the compost toilets and dump the waste in the compost pit. They will be paid 1 Pula a week 7 Pula’s are equivalent to 1 U.S. Dollar.

For more information about compost toilets click on TOILETS.

Poker was fine for the short New Year’s week and then this week. I have not set my goal for this year as far as winning and hourly rate as I am still analyzing last year’s data. I will combine all my number for the last 2 weeks in this post. I only played 9.2 hours in the last two weeks, as I spent most of my time working on my research for the compost toilets. I won $119.95 or $13.04 an hour. I played 784 hands which is about 85 an hour.

Below are my best and worst hands. I think this might be the third time my best hand started with 10 8.


POKERSTARS GAME #23582750657: HOLD'EM NO LIMIT ($1/$2) - 2009/01/04 21:54:25 ET
Table 'Baetsle III' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: Peg2006 ($48.25 in chips)
Seat 2: jessyj ($214 in chips)
Seat 3: alladin123 ($98.10 in chips)
Seat 4: pauloaffonso ($108.05 in chips)
Seat 5: DUG ($251.35 in chips)
Seat 6: scvfighting ($200 in chips)
Seat 7: zrlevin ($202.30 in chips)
Seat 8: TomasQ ($200 in chips)
Seat 9: RobertFripp2 ($222.65 in chips)
alladin123: posts small blind $1
pauloaffonso: posts big blind $2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DUG [Td 8s]
DUG: raises $5 to $7      Going for an under the gun steal
scvfighting: folds
zrlevin: calls $7                This guy is is aggressive he could have anything, but will bluff more then most
TomasQ: folds
RobertFripp2: folds
Peg2006: folds
jessyj: folds
alladin123: calls $6        Calling Station
pauloaffonso: calls $5    Getting good odds to call
*** FLOP *** [7d 6c Kc]   I have a Gut Shot Straight Draw, only one card will help me a 9.
alladin123: checks
pauloaffonso: checks
DUG: checks
zrlevin: checks                 Great I get a free card.
*** TURN *** [7d 6c Kc] [9h]   Bingo I have the nutz.
alladin123: checks
pauloaffonso: checks
DUG: bets $26.60            If I over Bet ZR will come over the time, that is his pattern.
zrlevin: raises $38.40 to $65  You have to love when a poker player plays a pattern.
alladin123: folds
pauloaffonso: folds
DUG: raises $179.35 to $244.35 and is all-in I know he is bluffing I could call and he and get all his money on the river, but that might get the poker gods upset. They do not like when you take advantage of bad players. So I end the hand here.
zrlevin: folds
Uncalled bet ($179.35) returned to DUG
DUG collected $155 from pot
DUG: shows [Td 8s] (a straight, Six to Ten)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $158 | Rake $3
Board [7d 6c Kc 9h]
Seat 1: Peg2006 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: jessyj (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: alladin123 (small blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 4: pauloaffonso (big blind) folded on the Turn
Seat 5: DUG collected ($155)
Seat 6: scvfighting folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: zrlevin folded on the Turn
Seat 8: TomasQ folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: RobertFripp2 folded before Flop (didn't bet)


POKERSTARS GAME #23564245429: HOLD'EM NO LIMIT ($1/$2) - 2009/01/04 11:55:32 ET
Table 'Sova IV' 9-max Seat #2 is the button
Seat 1: ESTPatrick ($256.60 in chips)
Seat 2: Weak Tite ($213 in chips)
Seat 3: horsens p ($48.95 in chips)
Seat 4: peloteur ($123.90 in chips)
Seat 5: badgers_uk ($200 in chips)
Seat 6: fripotin ($197 in chips)
Seat 7: glissdaddy ($203.15 in chips)
Seat 8: DUG ($200 in chips)
Seat 9: thorsten63 ($217.15 in chips)
horsens p: posts small blind $1
peloteur: posts big blind $2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DUG [6d 6c]  I played this wrong from the start.
badgers_uk: folds
fripotin: folds
glissdaddy: folds
DUG: calls $2
thorsten63: folds
ESTPatrick: folds
Weak Tite: raises $8 to $10
horsens p: folds
peloteur: folds
DUG: raises $8 to $18   Wanted it to look like I limped in with AA but should have checked after he called.
Weak Tite: calls $8
*** FLOP *** [2h Jd Qc]
DUG: bets $12                 to weak of a bet to find out anything.
Weak Tite: calls $12
*** TURN *** [2h Jd Qc] [3h]
DUG: checks
Weak Tite: checks
*** RIVER *** [2h Jd Qc 3h] [9s]
DUG: bets $22       To weak and inconsistent betting. Just plan bad play on my part.
Weak Tite: raises $161 to $183 and is all-in
DUG: folds
Uncalled bet ($161) returned to Weak Tite
Weak Tite collected $104 from pot
Weak Tite: doesn't show hand
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $107 | Rake $3
Board [2h Jd Qc 3h 9s]
Seat 1: ESTPatrick folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: Weak Tite (button) collected ($104)
Seat 3: horsens p (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: peloteur (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 5: badgers_uk folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: fripotin folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: glissdaddy folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: DUG folded on the River
Seat 9: thorsten63 folded before Flop (didn't bet)



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