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Today's Bridge: I think Jerry and I got the short end of the cards, but the opponents didn't really take advantage of it. They started with a game, then made 1NT before we finally got a partscore of our own. Then things fell apart for the opponents. Jerry opened 1H, Dan H. overcalled 1S, Ken responded 2C, Dan bid 2H, Ken tried to retreat to 3C, and Dan closed in 3NT. I abandoned my five diamonds to the 10-9 and led a heart, which eventually set up quite a few for Jerry as well as my ace of clubs and a few tricks in the side suits for off four. Then the opponents found a fit in spades, but Dan bid 4S over Ken's 3S, which went beyond game and invited slam. Ken stopped short in 5S, but with S Q-x-x H Q-10-x-x-x D Q-10-x C J-x, I couldn't double on my own. I'd have doubled 6, but there just didn't seem to be much point. Jerry led a low heart into Dan's S A-K-x H K-J-9 D K-J-x C K-Q-x-x or so. Ken put in the jack, queen, ace, then made the mistake of immediately finessing the nine of hearts. I took the ten and led a third heart for Jerry to ruff, and he switched to a club, taken with the king. Ken tried the low spade, so I took the queen for the setting trick and led another heart, which Ken ruffed with the jack. He tried the diamond finesse, losing to my queen, and I think I led my last heart to three trumps. Jerry still had the aces of clubs and diamonds, and I'm pretty sure I got my ten of diamonds as well for off five. We ended with a makeable 3C, but Jerry established my long hearts and then proceeded to ruff them all, losing the last two diamonds. At worst, sluffing diamonds on the hearts would be a loser-on-loser play, saving a trick, and if the opponents declined to ruff with the top trump (which they did), then both diamond losers disappear and we get an overtrick.

Today's Work: I got right to the process we left off yesterday, and naturally, there were lots of problems. So we tackled them one by one, looking for the best solution to each one, and at the end of the day, we had a working install for software that runs at least significantly better than what they ended up with last week. It's not the final product we need, quite, but starting from something that works will be the best way to move forward, making and fixing one change at a time until we get there. Making a deliverable disc has been our top priority, and while we still need to test it quite a bit before we can call it good, I don't see any reason that it won't be. It's a good feeling to be able to contribute to something I originally knew so little about.

It's getting to be another late night, so while I'd love to keep working on the Psychonauts finale, I don't think I will. I wanted to buy inFAMOUS: First Light while it was on sale, and I discovered that my PS4 controller got something spilled on it and most of the buttons are sticking. They all seem to work, but it takes some effort to press a few of them and I don't think I want to keep using it more than I have to. I have some Best Buy gift cards, so I'll try to replace it this weekend. It looks like the weather will be better than expected.

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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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