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Bidding question:

Online game at BBO. New partner that I know nothing about. Playing SAYC. I'm sitting South with:

Q987
AQ97
63
KJ8

Bidding goes:

W   N   E   S
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P  1C  1H  X
P  2C   P    ?

My feeling is that we should be in game but I can't bid NT without a stopper in diamonds. Partner ought to know that I have four spades. So, I choose to bid 2H to show heart support. Partner, rebids clubs. I want to bid 3nt but surely opps will lead a diamond now. Feel like I can't miss game with this hand so I go to 5C. We get doubled and go down 2. Partner had AKJ of diamonds. 

How would you have bid this hand? Do you think it would be acceptable to bid 3nt instead of 2H? Good thing about that is if my partner IS weak in diamonds, we might get a heart lead.

What do you think?
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The way I am used to playing, the double on 1H promise normally exactly four spades. Thus the 2C rebid denies four spades. In addition it promises either six(+) clubs or five-four in the minors. This makes it clear that our side has no major suit fit. Bidding an opponents suit at this point would ask for a stopper, rather than show one.

East's 1H interference makes it likely that you will find both major kings offside if partner has the ace of spades, so I would not feel as confident about game as you seem to be. A double followed by a jump to 3nt is practically begging for a diamond lead, so north's values in that suit will almost certainly come under pressure right away. North could easily have (he has not bid 3C yet)
Ax
xx
KJxx
Axxxx

Your spade suit is not impressive either. It may be possible to make a case for 2nt as an initial reply. In my book this would be balanced invitational with decent stopper after interference. After the double (if you insist on doubling) I still think 2nt is a good bid (still invitational with good stopper).

Now, if your 2H rebid really shows a stopper in your locale, I would say that north's 3kl promise diamond stopper. He's got max 6hp in clubs and he's sill not showing anything in spades. Where else can his points be? It must also show a very minimum minimum opening. Else 3nt would be the obvious choice, considering 2H must be at least invitational strength. Without diamond stopper on a minimum hand he would have to have enough honour points in spades to warrant 2S. Bidding a suit he has already denied should be taken as a control bid. The aim beeing mainly to stop in 3kl.

The problem caused by the diamond suit on this hand is the reason my regular partner (IRL) and I open all minimum hands with both minors in 1D, regardless of which suit is the longest. In addition opening 3C can be chosen with six cards on one suited hands with near-opening strength. But this may require agreement of course. I just mention it to let you know that this is not a rare or unknown problem in natural systems . 
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Question. What does the following bidding sequence show in SAYC:

N   E   S  W
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P  1C  P  1D
P  2NT

In particular, what can be concluded regarding East's strength?
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18-19 balance and
4 diamonds may have 4 in a major or 5 diamonds w/o 4 in majors. West may bid 3 lvl major showing 4 cards or bid 3nt or slam based on west strenght.
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No, you are not un-American! Quite the contrary! He who loves his country, stands up, shows up when something is wrong. Or, as Barbara Ehrenreich (http://goo.gl/eFIEv) formulated it: No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
Her book Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (2009) is one of the most-read fiction books in Europe (http://goo.gl/p2LoL).
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Are you guilty of being an asshole in the workplace? Not sure? Here are two tests for recognition of the asshole:

1. After encountering the person, do people feel oppressed, humiliated or otherwise worse about themselves?

2. Does the person target people who are less powerful than him/her?

Of the two rules, rule #2 is far more important than rule #1.
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Actually, +Alex Grossman , I think you are over-broadening the concept of competition and misstating my position.

For example, you claim I am trying to "exclude the competition of ideas, for example in education."  But, actually, I explicitly used education as an example of sensible competition. I would rather not use the word competition to describe it, but that is far from saying that I'd like to disallow it altogether.

Who in their right mind would be against the "competition" of ideas?

I'm simply making a distinction between two different types of competition. There's the broad sense of competition, where people try out different methods to achieve the same goal in order to identify the most effective way to accomplish that goal. And then there is the narrow sense in which a competitor can only win via the loss of another competitor.

Do you agree that this distinction exists? If not, that there's no reason to proceed further with this discussion.

It is my contention that it is the latter sense of competition that is distinctly capitalist in nature, and it is the benefits of this type of competition that I have a difficult time understanding.

You say "What we need to do, as a society, is find mechanisms of allowing for healthy competition and the creative destruction that permits the reallocation of resources while at the same time minimizing the harm that individuals can suffer."

I couldn't agree more. But, for me, this means getting rid of the narrow sense of competition while keeping the broad sense.  

What you and other capitalists seem to believe is that people will not create value unless they have the possibility of economic gain. The claim may or may not be true but, if it turns out not to be true, then the capitalist mode of competition indeed ends up having little value. Would you agree? 
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Interesting hand.

Both vulnerable:

East (dealing) passes.
You are South with:

XX
QJ98X
AQJxxx
<void>

Do you open? What is your bid?

The actual auction went:

W    N    E    S
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              P   1H
P   1S   P   2D
P   4H   P   4N
P   5D   P   5H
P   6H   P    P
P

Is this a reasonable result? Did S grossly overbid their hand?
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E has not enough values to propose slam. And if he wanted to propose, 5D would be more appropriate than 4NT !

Mind you, even a partner with only 14 points composed of 3 red top cards could consider doing some effort before concluding to game. So the "dream hand" should not be considered.

Imagine either A or KC in the N hand. Then you need AS, A and KH, those are all top cards worth considering that could lead N to a FSF (to paraphrase Matt).
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So, I'd like to teach myself how to program in SIMPL. I've got programming experience, but SIMPL is a different type of beast than anything I have seen before.

I've got access to a DM processor, room controller, and a simple 10-button panel.

Any pointers on where/how to start? Are there any good online tutorials/resources that can walk me through a simple project?
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Try the search result link at the bottom of this comment: the top link is a step by step "no frills" blog.  I have knowledge that Crestron is aware of it and has not seen a reason to have it modified or removed -(meaning it is 'mostly right').

There are also links to several YouTube videos showing some tips and techniques.  

https://www.google.com/search?q=simpl+windows+tutorial&oq=Simpl+windows+&aqs=chrome.1.57j0l3.8214j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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A case against faith:

If a god tries to test your faith, then that god exists and it is no longer a matter of faith. Now it's just a decision to either obey or disobey.

If it seems to you that god is testing your faith, then it really does come down to a test of faith. If you are wrong, it will be you who are disappointed, either way, not god. Either you chose to obey a god that didn't exist. Or, you chose to not obey a god that does. 

One reason to choose not to obey is because if you do obey a non-existent god, you have literally given up the meaning of your life to a fiction. If you chose not to obey a real god, there is still some wiggle room because you really don't have any idea what might come next. Maybe it was a test to see if you would fall for the first test. Maybe the test isn't really that big of a deal to god. Maybe god was just kidding. Maybe you completely misunderstood what god was all about. Maybe even though god exists, we still all just die in the end.  The point is, there are an infinite number of possibilities. If you mistakenly obey, then you have definitely lost the chance to create an authentic life of meaning and can never get it back.
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This is purely semantics though. The words faith and belief seem to mean different things to different people. No dictionary will change that.
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