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July 7th, 2008

A moment of Vend

There's nothing visibly wrong with the Gatorade machine, and there's no note indicating that anyone lost any money in it recently, but there's a sticky note taped over the coin slot that says "out of order". I wouldn't think this was too unusual, but the second row of the snack machine has been filled with snacks. That row has been broken for a long time, according to the note that was taped to the door, and I can't imagine that someone actually tried fixing the machine and didn't replace the dollar bill acceptor. So the machine that just accepts its failures and tries to steer people away from them is putting money at risk, while the machine that's always left to take money whether it's in condition to or not is clearly marked as out of order. Our break room has been inverted!

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Today's Bridge: It was anyone's rubber... game each, although ours was a pitiful 2C-2H-3NT auction that made 7NT and would have made 7C just as easily, if not more so. They met an unfortunate fate in a 3S contract trying to keep us out of diamonds, when the clubs split 4-4, giving Paul three ruffs - I blew my ace of trump to feed him one last club before he ran out of trump. Off three.

Today's Work: A meeting to laugh at some of the things IV&V suggested for our project, and to pick the few valid points out of the mix. I fixed a few other small problems, but didn't have time to do much around catching up with E-mail and IA stuff. I had to delete Acrobat Reader because there's no update for Linux and version 8.1.2 is reported to have the flaw for "all platforms". Way to support your user base, Adobe. Let's see how well you can compete with xpdf.

Today's Gaming: I started up Myst 4 just to try an idea I'd had... it didn't work, but I figured out something that did, and it led to quite a bit of exploration before I gave up for the night. During all that, I didn't have time to do my usual nightly stuff... so I'm posting this late, and in a hurry, while I browse the last few webpages for updates. Also a bit of golf, in which Mom wants to know why I keep accepting her invitations if I don't enjoy the game anymore. Well, this should explain it. There was another video I wanted to link to, about a kid who remembers growing up in Japan and the time when his mom spent all her money on tickets to a baseball game, only to get there and discover they were fake, but I couldn't find it and it isn't really relevant... just a story that made me feel about the same as this one. So there you have it. If anyone knows the video I'm talking about, please link me.

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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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