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Today's Bridge: Another disappointing day, but this time, the cards were more distinctly against us. I think we had a line to set a 1S (I failed to overruff partner and lead back a trump), and that's about it. The opponents swept the first rubber, partly because of a desperation move where I went for a game when I knew we were a bit short. Then I wimped out a bit - I had S Q H A-Q-x-x D 7-x-x-x C Q-10-x-x, so when Dan H. opened 1S, my response was 1NT. He raised to 2NT, inviting game, but I didn't like my hand and passed. He had S K-J-x-x-x H K-x-x D A-K-10 C J-x, so we were barely in range, and only the club lead let me get nine tricks. Ken could probably still have held me to eight by letting me have that first trick - going up with the king gave me two guaranteed clubs to go with three hearts, two diamonds, and two slow spades. If he ducks, I have to take the first one, but then he covers the jack with the king on the next round and leads through my Q-x to Jerry's remaining A-8, and I still have to lose the ace of spades to set up the two spade tricks. I only get one club trick and end up taking only eight.

Today's Work: I put a bunch of tickets in for review and then turned to the task of writing a password generator. I'm pretty sure they exist, but I didn't find one that was built into the language and didn't particularly want to just take one from online, particularly since most of the posted snippets were from people asking what they needed to do to improve them and almost all used rand(). I don't think that really matters for what I'm doing, but I wanted to use something cryptographically secure just in case. I'm sure I reinvented a wheel, but it gives me an opportunity to make it customizable. I should still add a few more conditions to prevent (like excessively repeated characters), but the important thing is that it works, and it's the last assignment I had going into this sprint. Time to take on some more, I guess.

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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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