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Today's Bridge: Mike and I swept the first rubber in two hands, despite what was probably my worst bidding ever. I had S x-x-x H 6-4-3 D J-10-x C A-K-x-x, and Mike opened 1H after three passes. Dan bid 1NT, which was what I intended to bid, so I passed. Paul passed as well, but Mike had a strong hand with a club void, so he bid 2D. I corrected to 2H, where perhaps I could have bid 3H, but he raised to 3 anyway, obviously inviting game. I raised to game anyway, and he only missed an overtrick by not throwing a losing spade under the king of clubs when he had the chance. I took 3NT after that, thanks to Paul providing the ace on the first heart trick and setting up Mike's K-Q-J-9-x-x. I got three overtricks when they threw away all of their diamonds as well. We managed to set them on their next two contracts, but they eventually made a game, while we only countered with a 2H. Then I did some research and discovered that, as far as I can tell, nobody actually knows where the word "rubber" in the sense of "final tie-breaking match" (which is apparently the origin of the Bridge variant) came from. I wonder if it's got a similar origin to Shakespeare's "there's the rub". See, I DO know some Shakespeare.

Today's Work: I finally got a bunch of reviews assigned to me, so I knocked out the shorter ones. Got a big meeting tomorrow, which I think trumps the all-hands meeting that everyone else has to go to tomorrow, which is something about military history, and then back to the giant multi-day reviews, which are most of them.

And I've watched all of the videos for tonight. I could probably play Skyward Sword, but I have a feeling I'm going to set the PS3 up to record and do a full test, beginning to end, of Demon's Souls grinding for a while, right up to posting the finished product. Not all tonight, of course, but I need to see things like how long it will take and whether removing the component switcher from the loop will fix the pass-through issues with the PVR, although I don't think I ever had any major issues with that recording Majin. The 360 would be a better test, but I don't plan to record from that.


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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