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February 14th, 2012

Therefore, I am.

Today's Bridge: I actually drew the high card today. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the only high card I drew. We did get one big hand, though, where we accidentally bid a makeable slam. Mike had opened 2NT, and I had S K-x-x H x-x D Q-10-x-x-x C A-K-J or so, so I jumped to 4D. Mike responded 4H, which wasn't a good fit, so I bid 4NT to let him set the level of the contract. He bid 5S... still no fit, so I bid 5NT. He finally settled on 6D, so I left it there. It turned out that he thought I was bidding Blackwood. He had S A-Q-x H A-Q-x-x D A-K-9 C Q-x-x or thereabouts. Ken had four diamonds to the jack to my left, which made my choice to start with the A-K a mistake, but the heart finesse worked, so I still made the slam. It makes 6NT the same way, with me running the diamonds immediately. The worst case is a heart lead, at which I have little choice but to run the finesse - the heart is my obvious loser, so giving it up early makes sense. The opponents missed a slam in the final hand - I don't think we could have defeated it.

Today's Work: I finished up a few things on the side project. I still have to do one more thing with the documentation tomorrow, but I don't even know whether it will matter in the end - the information provided by the new command doesn't even make it into the system as far as I can tell. Big deal, right? Anyway, the other thing I discovered is that sending a certain command when the device is in a certain state will cause it to register a communication failure. I just disabled that command while in that state. Simple fix for a stupid problem. Back to staring at XML schemas starting tomorrow, I guess.

Otherwise, it wasn't too bad a day. The snow wasn't a problem for the commute, there weren't many videos to watch, so I have time to record another commentary tonight, and my performance evaluation was glowing as always. If only the mail system didn't choke on it when I tried to sign it... but I think it got through eventually. I think.

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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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