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Today's Bridge: We had to bring Brooklyn in, and I think I ended up declaring most of the contracts. The particularly interesting one was S K-x H K-10-x-x D A-Q-x C Q-J-10-x or so - I passed the opening bid and Dan C. bid 1D, so I jumped to 2H to show a near-opening hand. He jumped to 3S, so with the fourth suit well-stopped, I bid 3NT. He had S J-10-9-x H A-J D K-J-x-x C K-x-x. I think the opening lead was a spade to my king, and I led a low club to the king and ace, and Kevin led back another club. That gave me the tricks I needed, but with spades stopped, I figured I could try for overtricks. I led a low heart to the jack, which held, then cashed the ace and crossed back in clubs. I cashed my last club, then my two top diamonds, and Brooklyn dropped the queen of hearts. By my count, that made my ten good, so I cashed that before crossing to the two good diamonds on the board. One spade, four hearts, four diamonds, and three clubs makes twelve. We set the final contract, a 3H where Brooklyn had really long diamonds, but I only had one and ruffed Kevin's attempt to establish an entry to them. Kevin wondered whether 4D would have made, but Dan had the K-J-x-x of diamonds, which would be a guaranteed trick, and I had the top two spades. I think a club trick establishes once Kevin's two diamonds are exhausted. They did set us three vulnerable when Dan made a forcing bid after having passed my opening 2H - he bid 3D and I only had one little diamond. He had six or seven to the J-10, so I think we'd have been off pretty badly in diamonds as well.

Today's Work: I gave up on backend stuff and decided to spend today making the user panel for the new feature, which will help me figure out what functionality to attach to it. Once I tie the two pieces I've made together, it'll be mostly done. I should be able to test it (vaguely) in that state and then refine it later.

I'm still hoping to get some commentary recorded tonight, but that will depend on a few factors, such as when the encoding of the video is finished. I have something I should be able to talk about during the slow parts, but I don't think it'll cover much time. It's a half-hour long video. Well, I've filled time meaninglessly before. That was most of the Rayman LP, at least.


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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