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Today's Bridge: New player Scott sat in as my partner against the Dans. As is typical of new players at our table, he didn't declare a hand today, but he got to defend a few where I don't think we had any defense, and he was dummy for a rather impressive hand. I had S A-6-5-4-2 H A-Q-J-10-x-x C K-x, so I overcalled Dan H's 1C with 1S. Scott responded 2S, so I jumped to 4S based entirely on the distribution. Unfortunately, our power wasn't well-placed - he had S Q-9-7 H 5 D A-Q-x-x-x C x-x-x-x. I took the second club trick and assumed the heart finesse would work, but I didn't have a dummy entry to take it. So I cashed the ace and ruffed a low heart, ruffed a club back, and ruffed another heart with the queen - I should have stuck with the nine, given that I was sure Dan H. had the king and it hadn't appeared, but I didn't want to risk giving up a cheap overruff. Having accomplished that, and used up the majority of my dummy entries, I cashed the ace of diamonds and ruffed a diamond, then led another heart and ruffed with the nine. Dan H. didn't overruff. So I led a diamond, which Dan H. ruffed with the seven, and I threw my last heart. I ruffed the club return, and Dan C. overruffed with the ten to lead another diamond. This time, Dan H. ruffed with the three, allowing me to take the six, and the king and jack fell under the ace for my tenth trick. Going over the position at the end, I determined that ruffing with the king was always a non-losing move - the worst case is that my remaining trump are A-J and I get both no matter what. If I have A-6 or J-6, ruffing with the king is worth an extra trick to the defense.

Today's Work: I finally figured out why the newly-broken feature was broken, and it was the result of a change we'd made - we commented out the line that made that feature work because it was giving us an error and the person who'd worked on the upgrade before us had just commented it out. It turns out that, while removing that function did make the error go away, it was a rather important line. So I figured out what I needed to replace it with and made the change. We can't be too confident that everything works perfectly yet, but I have a good feeling about it, and even if some things are still broken, we're at a good place for now.

It was a pretty early day, but I got held up at work, so it was a late evening. I resorted to Taco Bell for dinner, which isn't good for me, but I should have plenty of time to get stuff done this weekend. I have a lot of LP work to do, and a few things to post.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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