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2008 January Archive at Lightspeed Blog
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Monthly Archive for January, 2008

Graphs and Statistics

When titling the previous post, I wasn’t sure how many ‘m’s to include. I wanted a feeling of trailing off, but didn’t want to overdo it - “what’s a usual sort of number to use in this scenario?” I thought to myself. Being a nerd geek cyberdude, I consulted Google, and immediately lost my original trail of thought when I discovered that the number of results for the regular expression “Hm*” was inversely proportional to the number of ‘m’s chosen. For non computer scientists/turing machine enthusuasts, this means that every time you add an ‘m’, the number of search results drops - quite sharply, in fact. Having made this obscure and asinine discovery, I tried to think of a way of making it blogworthy…

The green line is the actual values, and the orange one is an exponential regression, apparently (Anyone who correctly identifies where I’ve used the three colours here before gets a million points). I had to wrestle with OpenOffice furiously to make the graph - someone with actual skills probably could have put it together in under a minute, but I’ve probably created about 3 files in 2 years of having OOo so it took me slightly longer than that. As in it’s now 4am. Oh dear.

Another thing I noticed was that even though the amount of ‘m’s was decreasing, Google would always find something no matter how many I added in. After a while I was obsessed, I had to find a “Hmm…” no one had typed before! Eventually I did - I had to make the link tiny so it wouldn’t break wordpress:

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

At least next time they crawl my blog, I’ll be able to say I’m number 1 on Google for something.

Until Donal uses cunning SEO techniques to overthrow me.

Since we’re on the topic of pseudo-maths and blog matters, here’s a graph I drew (in mspaint) of how my time was spent over the Christmas break:

Sleep~30%; Work~33%; Halo 3~28%; Other~9%

Blogging is included in the “Other” section, along with eating and watching Arrested Development - I hope this helps you understand why updates were sparse…

Hmmmmmmm…

Lately my computer has been making an odd humming noise. It starts and stops in a regular pattern, coming and going sporadically throughout the day. I spend a good chunk of my time sitting at this computer - and as I don’t find the idea of slowly being driven mad particularly attractive, I set out to exorcise the phantom buzz.

The noise sounded distinctly like something resonating with some other thing - since the hard drive is the main moving part in a computer, I started there. I swapped my two drives hoping this would align some obscure computer-chi and magically fix the problem. After reassembling and turning on the computer, I gave it 10 minutes in which to stay quiet - huzzah! Not a peep. Noticing the tower was still on the floor, I slotted it back into the desk… and predictably, almost immediately, the hum returned.

So how do I fix this problem? Get a rubber desk, so any vibrations passing through it are nullified? While it would be quite a talking point, I set about finding a slightly more elegant way to disrupt my computer’s internal grumblings from rubbing my desk the wrong way.

Just minutes later, I hit upon this inspired solution:

Computer sitting on a packet of mints

Who knew a packet of mints had so many uses? Not only that, but:

Computer sitting on a packet of Microsoft mints

Aww, look at it, snuggling up to the “Microsoft Vista Compatible” sticker.

10 Points to the first person who comments about how open source mints would have done the job twice as well and been free to boot. And by “10 Points” I mean, of course, a swift but firm kick to the genitals.