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Today's Bridge: Not a great success - I had another hand where I could have jumped straight to game, but with S x-x H A-K-Q-x-x-x-x D A C A-x-x, I felt too strong to pre-empt Jerry out of looking for more. When he passed, I jumped to 4H even though Ken had had time to name both minors. The opponents didn't take their spade winners, even when I gave up an early spade in an attempted endplay that somehow worked out, so I ended up with an overtrick. I think I may have had a shot at a sacrifice 3S - I didn't have a board entry to take the marked trump finesse, but I had A-x-x of hearts in hand and Jerry only had two, so I could have tried giving up one and ruffing the last one as my entry. Dan C. tried for a slam that just didn't work out - he had D A-J-x C A-K-J-x-x, while Ken was void in clubs and had a bunch of low diamonds. I think his best bet was to lead his ten of diamonds and let it ride after eliminating Jerry's hearts and spades. Jerry can cover, but then he has to lead into one of the tenaces in dummy, setting up an extra trick. The problem is if I cover the ten, but Ken can either let me have it and finesse another diamond on the next round or cover and look for another answer. A low diamond to the jack works if Jerry has both honors, but if they're split, it all depends on who has the top diamond after Jerry leads low to the remaining honors. Dan C. ended with a 4C that I think should have been played in spades - it shouldn't make ten tricks in either suit, but Jerry underled both of his aces to set up kings for the offense. Tenaces don't do any good if you lead away from them.

Today's Work: The lead was fully on board with scrapping our history and starting fresh, so I started that today. It's a bit harder than it sounds when you don't actually have a fresh copy to start from. Whoops. I did have something close, so I got that going, but I have to build an ignore file from scratch, which means running the build process so I can see what files get created. I think we've probably got a lot of dead weight that prevents me from using certain wildcards to mark a lot of files at once. Also, the build is really complicated and I haven't done all of the steps yet, but it's easier to work my way up incrementally and ignore small batches of files as they appear.


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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