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April 2nd, 2012

Today's Bridge: I actually drew the highest card - of the five that were drawn. The two highest stayed down. Naturally, I didn't get much after that - the opponents made a slam with an overtrick on the first hand, and while we made enough overtricks that we could have gotten the rubber bonus and potentially won the rubber, I don't think the 5D was biddable - if it were, Paul would have raised us to 5C, which was our eight-card trump fit. Not only did the diamonds split 3-3, but the opponents didn't attack their spades, which would have forced me to manage the trump more carefully. I had one left at the end so I could afford to lose a club finesse and guarantee that the suit set up. Likewise, with S Q-10-x-x-x H A-K-x-x D A-K-x C x, I opened 1S, I think there was an intervening heart bid, and Paul bid 3S, so I bid 4D, hoping for a club response, which I would raise to 6S. Instead, he bid 4S, which I left. He had S K-J-x-x H Q-x D Q-x-x C K-Q-x-x, and when Kevin didn't take the ace of clubs at his first opportunity, we made 6. Those were the hands where we had anything... I bid 5D in a hand where I didn't expect to make it, but Dan went up to 5H, and they missed it by two. I couldn't double because I had only one heart.

While other things are indeed going on (like getting through one of the most interesting Legend of Zelda quests ever in Skyward Sword), my big discovery recently has been Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which I can heartily recommend. It's a huge divergence from the original story, naturally, and almost every character seems to have had a personality transplant in some fashion, even though it's meant to be a story centering around a very different Harry in an otherwise "unchanged" world, but there's a lot of focus on logical fallacies and personality flaws that are hitting home very hard for me. I'll say that chapter 19 (as far as I've read so far) particularly made me wish I'd made some very different choices at almost every opportunity in my life where a choice was to be made. Not that I've made bad decisions... I think I've made good decisions, but made them poorly. As if I needed any more excuse to relive every moment of my past throughout every day. Still, it's interesting if not particularly faithful, and at least rational Harry expresses what we've all been thinking about Quidditch.

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