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Today's Bridge: Ken and I pretty distinctly came out on top, even though he misplayed the initial 4S - he pulled an extra round of trump after they split, when he needed the additional crossruff. Luckily, he handed me a pretty easy 6D - I had S x-x-x-x H A-Q D K-Q-J-9 C J-x-x, so I opened 1D, and he responded 2NT - an eight-card fit, which requires at least five diamonds, and an opening hand of his own. I was minimal for my bid (not really liking the queen of hearts), so I bid 3D, and he cue-bid 3S, so I saw no choice but to bid 4H and force the game. Instead, he went straight to 6D with S A H K-x-x D A-x-x-x-x-x C A-Q-x. An admirable assessment of the hand with a slight shortage of high cards, but great distribution. I pulled two rounds of trump on the diamond lead, cashed the hearts from my hand, and ran the jack of clubs through - when the king was onside, I claimed all thirteen tricks, even though I didn't need a second finesse - I cross to the ace and sluff my third club on the king of hearts. The opponents had some sad hands, but still managed to make a few decent partscores along the way, including a 2S where declarer had six spades (A-K-Q-J-10-x) and I had five, with Ken holding the other two. He had an ace and managed to get two more tricks in the side suits to make an overtrick. I believe we ended with a 4H Dbl, making exactly - I had two doubleton jacks among my meager points, one of them in hearts, but it was enough to get the job done. I think Ken had an opportunity to get an overtrick or at least make the contract a bit more secure by preserving an entry in my A-K-x-x of spades to get to the A-Q-x-x-x of diamonds after cashing his singleton king - pulling trump left Dan holding 10-8 and Ken Q-9-x-x, so he needed to lead through Dan and score a trump coup. Fortunately, he managed to put Dan in the lead with a club when he had only hearts and diamonds left, so he was endplayed.

I spent most of the day trying to get some things on my laptop working - for various reasons, I wasn't able to use ssh, and I couldn't use subversion to get to the repository I need to use, although I could get to the one on our network just fine. Once I had everything downloaded, I tried to compile the project, but I'm missing some dependency that it only just now occurs to me was probably internal to the project. I know what I'm doing tomorrow. Today was a very early day, so maybe I can get an early start tomorrow as well and have time in the evening to get something done. I have things to do in the evening, for sure.

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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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