December 2nd, 2003

Moa: The King of Destruction

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Bah, forgot to make last night's entry. I was up late talking to people after I finished watching three episodes of former Japanese TV material... not counting the dub of Dragonball's final episode, which will leave me even more time to watch anime now that there's no more point to watching that in the afternoons. Or I can watch The Simpsons instead, but I have to keep tabs on what's showing on Cartoon Network somehow. They're going to be showing Rave eventually.

Yesterday's Bridge: No matter how much power my partner and I had between us, we never had a fit but once, where we only bid 4D but managed to make every trick thanks to my ingenious play... and the fact that we had ten diamonds between us and the trump split. Everything split, really, except for clubs, where I sluffed two losers from one hand or the other. Even I can't mess up a hand like that. I think we had that grand slam even if the trump didn't split, but there was no way to bid it. Purely distributional, and had they led a club, we'd have lost two tricks straight off. Still game for sure.

As for entertainment yesterday, I eschewed gaming to watch two more episodes of the Live Action Sailor Moon, and let me tell you, no matter how cheesy the special effects may be, and how much trouble my desktop has playing the episodes in that crazy encoding they use, the story is phenomenal. The characters seem considerably more "real" than they did in the anime, except for Usagi, who's REALLY forcing it. I put real in quotes because I'm referring to their personalities... Usagi's not necessarily less than real, but you can tell she's just acting. Poor actress. She's got a tough legacy to live up to, and can't hack it. But would anyone seem real in that role? I doubt it. Then I watched an episode of Ai Yori Aoshi, which is moving more and more toward the harem formula but with the preset relationship in the background making the ending more or less a given thing, even more so than in a series like Love Hina. I like all of the girls, but I think Tae probably tops the list by a bit, and poor Aoi is at the bottom, based, strangely enough, on looks as well as personality. I liked her at the beginning, but she doesn't DO anything. She just lets everyone walk all over her, and even when she does take a stand, she does it in the most annoying, submissive way... Grrr.

Then I spent the rest of the evening chatting and reading over some of my old writing (the ending of 52 Curses) and some of someone else's, which didn't really impress me, but I don't know anything about the series on which her best works are based, but the style really didn't work for me. Too much Japanese, for a start. We all know how I feel about that.

Next time I forget to write an entry, remind me, people! Is it MY job to entertain you with my daily life? Oh, right. It is.
Moa: The King of Destruction

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Thermopyle is a jerk. I think he knows it too.

Today's Spades: A very strange set of hands today, most of which would have made great Bridge bidding material. But we did have a few good hands in spades... I had one hand with five spades to the Q-J and about 6 points. Then there was another hand where I had seven spades to the A-K-Q, no clubs, and three each of the red suits with the queen of diamonds. That was a seven opener, and partner went nil. We could have made ten, but making 7-nil wasn't too bad. Then there was a hand where we went 3 and left them open for a 10, but they blew it by failing to draw the last spade from partner's hand. Partner bid 8 on another hand, and I was sitting with the 3-2 of spades and 8 points. Right went nil, and left had already bid 3... I really wanted to go nil, and I could have made it, but I went to ten, and we made that. 200 points is better than 20 any day. That hand, obviously, was all partner... we could have made an overtrick by taking two spade finesses against left's king, because we knew he had it, but partner didn't lead to my king of diamonds, so we made our bid exactly. Good thing, too, because we ended up with 9 overtricks. Got set on the last hand, but we busted their nil at the same time, so I felt justified. Final score was 639 to 145 or so.

EDIT: I just remembered why partner didn't lead to my king of diamonds... because he didn't have any diamonds. Left kept leading them, and he kept ruffing them. Had right trumped an early trick and sacrificed his nil, then partner probably would have let a diamond run to my king so we could run another spade finesse. Hopefully. It was my only entry, and he had no other way to use it. In the end, I still had that king when partner was trump-tight.

I finally got the comments from my code walkthrough, and made all the changes. Now I just have to extensively test them and make sure everything still works. Most of the changes I made were nonfunctional, and none of them should have changed anything, which is exactly why I have to be wary and test it carefully. "Should" is a dangerous word.

I picked up Alien 9 the anime today, and special ordered Sugar volume 1. I think Partner's daughter will enjoy the series, especially after Card Captor Sakura... but then again, I don't want to inundate her with cuteness. That, and I've only watched 8 of the 16 episodes I have. I also bought my youngest brother's Christmas gift while I was out... I'd misguessed the purpose he wanted this item for, but Mom's convinced it will still work for him. I hope so.

Writing-wise, I got through a rather tricky part, and actually wrote another paragraph just so I'd have something worth posting here.

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Exciting, no? No, I suppose not. But the quickly dismissed punchline in the middle paragraph is what makes it all work for me. When the whole chapter comes together, I'm sure people will miss little touches like that. But those of you who are reading the excerpts are hopefully getting to enjoy the pieces as I do... a little bit at a time, as the story slowly comes together into a coherent whole. Those little bits, though... those are what writing is all about for me.

Did anyone else notice that the translation of the Sailor Moon Live Action theme song changes with each episode? Starlight Players becomes Starlight Prayers, Moonlight Miracles becomes Moonlight Real Girls, and I'm still waiting for someone to finally make the C'est La Vie/Sailor V connection. That's katakana mixed with singing for you. And you thought hip-hop was incomprehensible. Well, it is... but at least they're pretending to sing in their own language. Then again, "sheezy" and "dizzle" and all those other words that were added to the dictionary just to accomodate hip-hop artists make me wonder...