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Today's Bridge: It was a big day for me, for once, and I think Ken wasn't happy about it. My first hand was S K-Q-10-x H A-K-Q-x-x-x C K-x-x, so I opened 1H, Dan C. doubled, Paul redoubled, and I let it go because it didn't look like we had a slam. Dan C. jumped to 3D, and Paul bid 3H, so I raised to game. Dan bid 4S over that, and Ken corrected to 5D. I doubled on principle despite my lack of trump, and Dan's trump supply held up pretty well for only off three. I made a game that I don't remember being particularly remarkable (something like S A-K-Q-x-x H A-x-x D K-x C K-x-x facing S J-10-x-x H x D A-x-x-x-x C Q-J-x - I threw the king under the ace of clubs, won the club continuation, pulled trump in two rounds, and claimed), they stopped short in 3S and just made it (I had a heart void, but not enough trump to take advantage of it, and Ken had A-Q behind Paul's 2H opener), and I think that was when I opened 1NT with S K-x H K-J-x-x D A-K-x C K-x-x-x or so - not a great hand with all those kings, but it's 17 points. Dan doubled that, and Ken bid 2H, which got passed out. I certainly didn't have anything else to say. Ken sluffed a club on my opening ace of diamonds lead, so I switched to a low trump, and he didn't even notice when my king covered his queen on the last round after he'd used his club honors and his ace of spades. I threw a low club to Paul's jack, and he led the nine back to my king, whereupon I cashed my two remaining kings to set the contract. I made a 2H, and then the really neat hands happened. I had S 10-x-x-x-x H x-x D A-x C K-9-6-x, Dan opened 2D, and Paul doubled, a nice change from Dan doubling all of my opening bids. Ken raised to 3D, but with my length and the power I had, I decided to bid 3S. I think that got passed around to Ken, who bid 4D, and I let Paul decide to raise to 4S. Ken doubled that, and I declined to redouble - probably for the best, since with Paul's S A-K-Q-J H J-x-x D x C J-8-7-x-x, the opponents can cash two hearts and a club and possibly get a ruff in either suit. Dan led the queen of clubs, which ran around to my king, and rather than take a risk of a ruff, I pulled trump in three rounds, while Dan threw the ten of clubs on the second round and a diamond on the third. That made things easy. I ran a low club to draw the ace, and now Ken led a diamond, too late to force the trump on the board. I took the ace, led my six of clubs to the seven, threw my nine under the jack, and sluffed a heart to make an overtrick and the rubber. For the final hand, I had S A-x H A-J-x-x-x D A-x C A-J-x-x, which was enough to open 1H. Dan doubled as per usual, and Ken passed it. I considered bidding 2C to let Paul choose a suit, but I opted to pass instead. Paul's S Q-J-10-x H 8-x-x D x-x C x-x-x-x didn't offer me much hope, but I took the opening diamond lead, cashed the ace of spades, and led a low spade to Dan's king. I believe he cashed a diamond and led another, letting me ruff on the board and throw away a useless club. I led the queen of spades into Ken's ten of hearts and covered with the jack, then cashed the ace of hearts, leaving Ken with the queen. I pulled it, and he led a club through my jack to Dan's queen. Whatever the return, I had my last heart and the ace of clubs to go with three more hearts, the ace of spades, and the ace of diamonds, and my last club gave me a doubled overtrick.

Today's Work: It probably took longer to figure out how to copy my old red-black tree implementation from one computer to another than it did to clean it up and make it carry non-typed data instead of the data I'd used in the old implementation. I got that done, and now I have to write a library that uses it to do something productive. I didn't have to do it that way, but it should be more useful. If we ever have another application for red-black trees, anyway.

I actually did sit down yesterday evening to do Psychonauts commentary, but I'd edited the episode incorrectly and had to redo that, so I didn't have time for commentary. It's not as bad as I thought, since I actually had another episode I hadn't uploaded from last week, which gives me another week of buffer. I should be able to do more commentary by the time I run out. Not likely tonight, though. I'm monitoring myself for signs of sweat before I get into bed, because I had another night of little sleep last night and the pillow was completely soaked. So far, I'm dry. Keeping hydrated and hoping for the best.


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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