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Archive for the 'Meta' Category

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…

Intermission

I know what you’re all thinking: man creates blog; posts a few times, gets bored; blog fades into obscurity. Yes, many a valiant internet wordsmith and his digital narrative have suffered this wicked fate - but not I! Or my blog, for that matter. The skinny is thus: I’m extremely busy. However, with the aid of <h3> tags, I will bring you quickly up to speed with minimal verbosity.

NWERC

we didn’t do very well, but it was still a great trip. Plus I saw the sunrise for probably the first time ever:
Sunset

Computer Science Karaoke

was heaps of fun.

Karaoke

Expect further update shortages…

Projects & Parcels

Damn! It seems I broke my unintentional post-every-two-days schedule.

I started a Projects page where I’ll keep track of anything I’m working on at the moment. I’m hoping it will foster new levels of productivity on the grounds that if I do nothing for a while, the internet will know.

Since this post needs some actual content, here are some pictures of an envelope my dad made for me out of a paper Dunnes Stores bag and some tape. Somehow it slipped past me all these years that he was, in fact, MacGyver:

Well, I was impressed.

I wasted far too much time reading this while writing this.

Hello World!

Since everyone seems to be getting into blogging these days, I thought I’d jump on the blogwagon and start one up myself.

For starters I’m going to link to one of my favourite blogs: The Sneeze. I’d recommend starting off with Steve, Don’t Eat It! and Reviews You Can Use - but almost anything on there is pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And then cause you to giggle uncontrollably and/or wet yourself.

(I realise the silliness of linking to a bigger, better blog in my first post; but I’m pushed for time preparing for NWERC 2007 - more on that later)