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June 23rd, 2008

I was a bit upset this morning that George Carlin had died and I hadn't heard about it sooner. Then I realized that it was mere hours later... there wasn't any sooner for me to have heard about it. So I felt a bit better. I still have to tear up my Bill & Ted 3 script... it could have been pulled off without Keanu Reeves, but there is no Bill & Ted without George Carlin.

In other news, now that broken A/C season is over, it's brown water season at work. We're told that the water is perfectly safe, and that there's nothing wrong with it aside from it being brown in color. I believe that to be the Darwinian model of customer service - an effective one, but hardly reassuring. It lasted about a week last year, and started sometime while I was gone (wait... problems at work that don't affect me? Shocking!), so it might not last much longer, but until then, nobody really has to flush toilets because there's no way to tell the difference, and I hesitate to wash my hands because it may be counterproductive. And as it's summertime, we generally drink more, and with the drink vending machines in characteristically questionable condition (I should check the Gatorade machine, but I don't spend much time in the break room when I'm not washing my beverage containers), quantities of potable liquids are limited. I bet our water cooler fund sees a surge in business this week.

News! But not much of it

I wasn't really planning to post any news today, as I'm busy trying to catch up, but check out what's been going on at my high school. At least I haven't heard any reports lately of the school shutting down because a student had a water gun in a locker.

Back to a routine

Can't forget to wish cutest_sandgirl a happy birthday tomorrow... you've been through a lot, so take the time to make sure you enjoy this day, at least!

Today's Bridge: It was a shutout. Despite Raymond missing my high-low signals in both hands we defended (and in one of them, I won the first trick and led the low card in the suit right away... he still didn't lead one back), we set both because my trump were just that long and Ken didn't pull them early enough. We made all of our contracts, including one that resulted from one of the strangest and yet possibly most instructive auctions I've ever been part of. I had H A-Q-10-x D A-Q-J-x-x C K-x-x-x, so I opened 1D (I think I was second seat for this one), Raymond responded 1S (as expected), I bid 3H, he bid 4C, I bid 4D (intending to choose clubs as trump but hoping to determine whether 6 was possible), he bid 4H, and I passed, figuring that 4H was makeable even if we had a seven-card fit. Dan doubled, so when it got back around to me, I bid 5C. The way I see it, I've promised 5 diamonds and 4 hearts already, and my club bid SHOULD indicate that I know we have a better club fit than the heart fit... hence I have 4 clubs. Add them up, and I've got a spade void. With Raymond's diamond void, it would still have been tough to bid the slam or grand slam, but Ken led a diamond and pulled Dan's king handily, giving us 6 when Raymond didn't try for the heart finesse (it works).

Today's Work: The guy who's bringing back our code changes was out today, so I spent the day catching up with E-mail, submitting my travel voucher (I don't know what "PAY STATUS IGNORE" means, but I've never seen it before), and doing what I could to catch up on computer security updates. I installed a new Linux kernel but haven't had time to test it yet. Fortunately, the old one still appears to be there, so I have a backup in case I screwed something up.

I spent the evening until now watching videos, so it's time for more Exile. I have a few ideas for where to go next. Maybe one will pan out.

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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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