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Today's Bridge: I think my side did really well, considering. We won the first rubber with only one missed contract, and I think it was a misplay on my part. I had S A-K-x-x-x-x H A-Q D x-x C A-K-J and had to open 1S - my distribution doesn't really work for 2NT and I'm not quite strong enough for 2C. My partner, Dan H., replied 2H, and Dan C. bid 3D. Given the power we had, I saw no reason to put off bidding 4S. What my partner offered me was S 10-x H K-J-x-x-x-x D J-x-x C Q - a bit weak for his bid, but the distribution was pretty nice. An opening diamond lead defeats us, but Paul started with a club, so I took the first trick with the ace, then proceeded to screw up the contract by cashing the top two spades, with Dan showing the singleton queen. Paul now had the top two spades, and for some reason, I tried to draw them. I suppose I could have run three heart tricks and sluffed a diamond loser, but I think the best solution was to cash the other two clubs off the top and sluff two diamonds from the board, then exit in diamonds - even if they lead a spade, which I think they have to, that still leaves me one spade to ruff my diamond loser. I don't remember any of the other hands well enough to be worth mentioning, aside from a hand where I barely thought I had material to raise to 4S, and we ended up making 6.

Today's Work: I finished the debug code I was working on and found a few flaws in my unpacking routines - I should test more, but I spent the day getting the interface cable and discovering that it wasn't intended for the purpose they wanted to use it for anyway. It's a 19-pin connector that was somehow connected to a coaxial lead, then connected to another coaxial cable to a 10-pin lead at the far end. Coaxial only has two conductors, so it requires some special equipment to connect more than two pins to it, and this cable had none of that. When one of the hardware guys stripped the cable down, we found that 17 of the pins had wires connected to them, which just terminated halfway down the cable - only two pins were connected to the lead, which I assume were the pins carrying the video signal. I asked him to leave those connected and gave him pinouts so we can hopefully connect to the control signals and maybe actually interface with the device. Maybe not. We have to try to find out.

It was a surprisingly early day because I woke up at about 4:45 and my eyes hurt too much to go back to sleep, and then I forgot to defrost beef before I left. Oh well. I wouldn't mind if that continues to be a trend, aside from losing even more sleep than usual.


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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