October 31st, 2008



I've just doubled up. Unfortunately the scores get wiped later today because it's only the practice round. Ah well. Mind you, if it were not the practice round I probably wouldn't have pitched in $4000 to stay in with only a pair of 2s (A2 to match a board of K42). I won it because the last card out was also a 2.

PS. I took the keyboard apart (it has about two dozen screws — I kept having to go back to look for more when I couldn't get the lid off). I cleaned the contacts. I put it back together again. And verily it now works. It is probably lucky for me that it was a relatively cheap one (cost me about 200 quid back in the day but it would probably be a third of that now for a better model) because that meant the switches were just the same kind of rubbery things you find inside a calculator or mobile phone. Lift it off, clean the bottom of the rubbery thing and the top of the circuit board, put it back on, and Bob's your uncle.

Trick or Treat

The activity below is something that anyone can join in, but it originates from LiveJournal Support. It's actually been a fair while since I did any support, but I decided to Trick or Treat anyway. It's late, so you get all week. It is still technically the 31st in the USA, though as I'm in the UK I did have to fiddle the clock slightly…


I have never voice posted before. I will personally work out how to do it and speak any sentence of your choice (see small print below) if you do one of my tricks. If you do both tricks you get two sentences. Yeah, other people are doing this too, but I had this idea months ago damnit!

Trick 1. For anyone. Comment here to say hi and tell me something nice about any other LiveJournal user.

Trick 2. Also for anyone, but if you are totally not interested in LiveJournal support, stop reading now. Note that I don't currently have any privs at all, so I can't see your screened answers and I wouldn't be allowed to comment on how good they were even if I could. So this will be on the honour system. Post your links, and someone else will tell me if you are fibbing. :-)
  • If you have no support points at all, go to the Support section, press "Help Someone Out" in the box on the right, read the info and then go to the Support board. Try to answer one (1) request. Then post the link to the request here in a comment.
  • If you do not have I2+ anywhere, submit three screened answers and post the links here.
  • Anyone else: get two of your answers approved in any category.
  • Or: if you are SH+ and the board already has some good screened answers then degreen five requests.
The deadline is: whenever I get round to making the voicepost, which will most likely be about one week from now.

Small print: Voice post will be a public post and will contain all the submitted sentences joined together. I get to choose the order, though if you get two sentences you may request they be read consecutively (or not). If there are many entries I may split them up into two or more posts. There is no maximum length of a sentence but please keep it to a size that would reasonably fit into a voice post with other sentences. This is a family journal — please keep it decent. I reserve the right to ask you to rephrase your sentence if I deem it to be unpronouncable or unsuitable for broadcast.