March 30, 2006

randomness

Just a few nuggets of fun to give you something to read this morning:

- I've managed to work myself up to the "Hard" level at Web Sudoku, after scoring in the top 4% of the previous levels. You know a game is officially addictive when your boss happens upon you playing during some of your downtime at work, and the proceeds to chat with you about how cool it is.

- I had the good fortune to be amused this morning by a co-worker giving another co-worker a completely false lesson in randomness and/or chaos theory. They're all playing some online fantasy baseball game (lots of games being played over here, apparently), and there's a lottery involved. One player chose all sequential numbers, and this other co-worker was expounding on how that was a stupid move, as the chances of sequential numbers coming up were less-likely than more randomly-selected numbers... *Sigh* I'm no Einstein, but even I know that there's just as much chance of sequential numbers coming up as there is for non-sequential numbers.

- This morning I received an email from... myself... that I sent via FutureMe.org two years ago. This website allows you to compose an email to any email address (presumably your own), and it will send it to you on the date you request - any date in the future: tomorrow, next week, in two years, or in twenty. Here's what I sent myself on March 30, 2004:

Dear FutureMe,
You were lying in bed. You were watching "Design on a Dime" on HGTV and struggling to remain full after eating a Lean Cuisine and a couple of pudding cups after dinner.

Bob S. was just fired at work on Friday. You were a bit slow, but things were picking up. Your hair was in desperate need of shorning. Are you happier? How many more DVDs have you bought? Do you have a new car yet? How about that MiniCooper you craved so desperately? Has the love passed?

Are you still living in the garage? I hope you are more content, and have traveled some."

Let's see: I am happier, much more, yes. I don't have an exact count, but I figure I probably have twenty to thirty more DVDs than I had then. I do have a new car, and YES! it's that MINI Cooper I had been fawning over endlessly. No love lost there. No, I am not still living in that garage, thank goodness. And yes, I have traveled "some".


posted by julie at March 30, 2006 09:10 AM

things people have said

sounds like you have had a productive two years. Maybe I should send one to me a couple of years from now so I can see how married life has changed me. It is a cool idea, of course that means I can't change emails in the next two years.

so said: Karin at March 30, 2006 11:35 AM

It always amazes me how flawed the standard intuition is with regards to probability. I am guilty of it, myself, though years of school have beaten my intuition into submission.

so said: erik at March 30, 2006 07:11 PM



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