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March 12th, 2008

Tomorrow is underwolf's birthday, but due to the time zone difference, it's probably almost over by now.

Today's Bridge: A smashing victory for my side... the opposition got into several contracts they couldn't make, and as we started bidding toward what might have become a very makeable slam, Steve jumped into the bidding. I'd opened 1H despite being a little bit weak and long (S J-10-x-x H A-K-x-x-x-x D K-x C Q or so), and Kelly jumped to 3H. I bid 3S for exploration, and Steve jumped in with 5C. Kelly bid 5D, and Paul bid 6C. While the slam was tempting, I settled for doubling in the absence of adequate ace-asking cues. They were off five, but our only loser would have been the ace of clubs with proper play... Kelly had the A-K-x of spades and Steve had the queen to my left, so the finesse works. Even if I get nervous and have to take his first spade lead, I still have the king to cover the queen, and I get the ace, king, and whichever of the jack or ten he doesn't cover, as well as the last one when they turn out to split 3-3.

Today's Work: Lots of progress... I almost amaze myself. But I didn't have time to commit before I left, so I'll have to do that tomorrow. I've got the framework for what I believed would be the two trickiest parts of the new system to implement, and the rest is mostly grunt work and planning. I know it works in the simple case, and we'll be testing an integration of the client and server sides of what we have now tomorrow morning.

Today's Gaming: I got home late, and the Internet outages are making it impossible to do anything meaningful online. I don't know if I'll even be able to post this entry. But I'll fire up the PS3 if and when I do to give Folklore a go. The alternative is Blue Dragon, and I want to save that for when I have more time. Oddly, that's exactly why I didn't play Folklore last night.

Something might work tonight.

Strike all of that. After I started a new game, couldn't get to the menu screen to change settings, reset, and picked "load game", Folklore finally decided it needed to download an update. That's taking forever. But I did reset the router, and that may have cleared up the problem. It remains to be seen. Only about 7% left to go on the update, so that should be about half an hour. That'll be about time for me to go to bed.

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