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October 26th, 2003


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04:45 am - Clocks, geeks and bumps-a-daisy
In Britain, the clocks have just gone back. (Forgot to see whether LiveJournal is still as stupid as it was last year.) Is there anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere that actually does put the clocks back but does so on a different day?

Thanks ever so much to those who phoned, left comments in their LJ, left comments in my LJ, recorded themselves singing and e-mailed an MP3 to me or sent a celebratory program for my birthday. (The Ia[i]ns were particularly well-represented.) You're terribly kind. It was a really lovely day; it's particularly wonderful to speak to people who I haven't spoken to for years, or haven't even spoken to at all before. I don't know why more people don't do this; it's a tremendous way of getting lots of little pleasant surprises. It's certainly not a gimmick that I want to restrict to myself.

Sometimes I feel it's a bit demanding to get people to phone me on their money, despite my efforts to be able to pay for the calls; I guess that people will put themselves out for you a bit on their birthday. (Compare with angiej's online party on her birthday, which too was great fun.) I think there are further advances in virtual birthday parties to be made; mine had the benefit of sound, Ebony's permitted everyone to share in the party fun. Both can be improved upon; I look forward to being pleasantly surprised by quite how. So, wreny, how are you celebrating yours? :-)

Tomorrow sees the intermittent-but-recently-annual Herald Hunt (pre-1998, Tropic Hunt) in Miami, an afternoon-long complicated puzzle hunt game, partly written by Dave Barry. (Wonder if there are clues on his blog?) Best of luck to themightyuser who I know is taking part, plus heidi8 and any of her other local friends who may be doing so as well. I look forward to hearing about it very soon!

I got rather a chuckle from an article about the ten geekiest hobbies. This inspires a poll:
Poll #196568 Just what sort of a geek do you take me for?

Just how many of the ten geekiest hobbies have I taken part in over the last ten years?

Mean: 5.10 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.56
0
1(4.8%)
1
2(9.5%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(4.8%)
4
5(23.8%)
5
4(19.0%)
6
1(4.8%)
7
3(14.3%)
8
2(9.5%)
9
1(4.8%)
10
1(4.8%)

Bonus geek points for using the seldom-seen scale poll type, I feel, not least because it takes up less vertical space on your Friends page. If any of you have to look at my userinfo page, you're taking this too seriously.

However, the real question is: what has that done to the graph?

It's a generalisation, but not one without merit, to suggest that my Friends list is made up of ladies who are cool and geeky and gentlemen who are cool because they are geeky. I was amused that when I posted last year's version (to which this year's version includes a correction) the ladies knew what it was about straight away and the men generally didn't have a clue. Accordingly, if you've worked out what the line graphs, keep the truth a smug secret and speculate (if you care) about the nature of the last blip down.
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From:mhw
Date:October 25th, 2003 10:02 pm (UTC)
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*blink*

Seems kind of obvious to me. My graph would finish considerably lower than yours, yes?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 08:13 am (UTC)
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I was using a rather, shall we say, vanilla checklist; I would expect your graph to end at about 3 &plusminus; 3. (Will that work? 3 ± 3? 3 +/- 3, at least.)
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From:len
Date:October 25th, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I think I may have an idea, although it may be totally off-base since I don't know you well (or at all), so I'll just call it a hunch.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 08:14 am (UTC)
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It's almost certainly correct. ;-)

See, the ladies are far better at getting this than the men...
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From:heidi8
Date:October 25th, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)
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We may go to the kickoff, as I'm lucky enough to have a parking space where it is (it's 3 blocks from my office) but we're not sure what impact winning the world series tonight will have on the crowds, so we're not sure.

Will set you know!
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From:ringbark
Date:October 25th, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)

1975

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Trying to work out why the graph only started in 1975 and then realised in horror that this is when you were born. About the same time that I remember Bohemian Rhapsody being released.
I have no idea what the graph indicates, except that it is probably of a grotesquely physical nature. Please see http://baptism.co.nz/is/the_last_time.html for a similar sad story.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 08:16 am (UTC)

Re: 1975

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grotesquely physical nature

What a wonderful way of putting it. Not inaccurate, too.

Since the very first occasion
Had brought me close to tears.


In a good way, I hope, but I shall inquire no further.
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From:hermorrine
Date:October 26th, 2003 12:32 am (UTC)
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I don't know why more people don't do this

I can't speak for everyone, but I can tell you that doing what you did on your birthday would perhaps not be my worst nightmare, but it would definitely rank in the top 10. Getting lots of phone calls? Many from people I didn't know well or perhaps didn't know at all? I think I'd rather wander nude in downtown Chicago during a snowstorm.

In a good 75% of personal dealings I detest the telephone - I hate answering it, I hate having to talk to people when I'm not expecting to speak to anyone, I hate the pressure of having to make phone calls. Now, I'm sure you're wondering how I can do the work I do while having phone issues - as I said, this relates to my personal life only. I can call anyone up and discuss something work-related with them. There's certainly more to the whys of this, but I won't bore you with that - suffice it to say that this is one request I'll never make.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
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Crikey; I had not realised that and (having known relatively much about the 25%) thought you were reasonably pro-phone.

Happy memories of chatting with you on Y!M, even if the chats were not always completely happy ones. Perhaps I could try to catch you there at some point again?
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From:hermorrine
Date:October 26th, 2003 12:07 pm (UTC)
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*laughs* No real reason for you to realize it - it's not like I've ever had reason to discuss it before (well, beyond that time you asked me to call Corey - now you probably understand that better).

I think it's simply an extension of my weird shyness - I'm not shy at all around people I know or some situations, and I have no trouble speaking in front of crowds or anything (as you witnessed). But there are other situations that I just can't handle - I remember going to a party about 5 years ago where I hardly knew anyone and having a panic attack. It's the only one I've ever had. So you can see, I'm just weird. *shrugs*

And of course we can talk on YM - I'm trying to remember to turn myself visible again. lol
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
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For consistency, I was using the very first version thereof that I had ever encountered, which is the one which did the rounds at university, which was approximately one-quarter the length of the one doing the rounds on LJ a few months back.

It might be interesting to graph the progress of my "Don't laugh at my score" score - now there's a spoiler hint if ever there were one - but while taking things a little too far is fun, taking things waaaayyyy too far is not.

Mine would be distinctly lower than yours I suspect?

For your sake: damn, I hope so. :-)
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From:bateleur
Date:October 26th, 2003 01:54 am (UTC)

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That was much too big a hint. Even I've guessed what the graph is now !
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
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Good. A limited amount of teasing is fun - a-hem - but there's not so much point to a joke that people don't eventually get.

I don't think I said anything particularly hinty this time, but it's for the hintee, not the hinter, to determine the effectiveness of any hint. :-)
From:daweaver
Date:October 26th, 2003 06:30 am (UTC)

Once again, the day is saved

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According to a list of Summertime Rules, your answers are:

Egypt (last Thursday in September)
Mongolia (last Saturday in September)
Iraq (October 1)
Israel (by decree: this year October 2)
Palestine (third Friday in October)
Syria (last Friday in October)

Russia runs on Daylight Savings Time for the winter, and Double DST in the summer.

Next question: how come the BBC is still touting its rolling information-and-comedy channel as News 24?

Next question: where's the PPG icon for a question like this?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)

Re: Once again, the day is saved

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What a spectacularly excellent answer! Many thanks.

I will now get all globalist and suggest that those exceptions are pretty insignificant ones (ooh...) and that it seems likely that most of the Northern world - at least, that sufficiently distant from the equator to benefit from it - will standardise on dates on which to go forward and backward within the next ten or twenty years.

Frankly, I blame Dolly Parton for this. I'm trying to weigh up the pros and cons of the world adopting DST against the world's businesses habitually opening between 0a00 and 1b00 during the summer and 0(a+1)00 and 1(b+1)00 during the winter, or other more imaginitive systems. Perhaps there'll only be a few more years before we become a sufficiently 24-hour culture that the concept of 9-to-5 becomes irrelevant - however, established hours seem to be far more flexible in one direction than the other, which doesn't seem terribly healthy for society and also seems permanently ingrained in culture. Example: I'm currently operating on Eastern time, and can think of no counterpart reason why I would find it of use to operate on (say) Moscow time.

Perhaps the most useful UK solution would be not to extend the last drinking hour, but to extend the first drinking hour and to encourage people to start and finish work earlier, so they can get both (a) more hours of work during the light hours and (b) still more drinking?
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From:missingdonut
Date:October 26th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)

Re: Once again, the day is saved

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I like your views and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

The world is, yes, becoming more of a 24/7 society. I agree more heavily in flextime instead of making 9-5 irrelevant... companies require employees to work the core hours of 10-2 (rotating lunch hours), and aside from that employees choose their hours, possibly on a day-to-day basis. Not only does it give employees a nice benefit (the day before vacation, work early, leave early, fly that night) and as implied, flexibility, but it stretches the hours of business. Under this system, in the UK, you could work 6-2 or 10-6 and your business could be open twelve hours a day. For the US, it's 5-2 minus the lunch hour, or 9-7, and we're open fourteen hours a day. I'd love to find a company with flextime and do a 6-3, as the first two hours would be nearly distraction-free!

In my experience, only about three-fifths of all people are employed in a 9-5, Monday through Friday fashion. For many people, weekends off would be a luxury.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Once again, the day is saved

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I like your views and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

UNALTERED REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT INFORMATION is ENCOURAGED.

One going out to the old school.
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From:imc
Date:October 27th, 2003 04:50 am (UTC)

Re: Once again, the day is saved

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Note that although the USA put their clocks back on the same day as the UK, six months ago they didn't put their clocks forward on the same day as the UK.
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From:missingdonut
Date:October 26th, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
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After reevaluating last year's cryptic comments, seeing your recent decline, and recalling your journal entries of the past 365 days, I think I've figured it out.

If I'm right, I fit right around the 75 mark, myself, after a relatively steep decline in the past four years. Which reminds me, if such is true... four more years!
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From:ericklendl
Date:October 26th, 2003 02:20 pm (UTC)

*sigh*

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Glad to see you've got your video card sorted out, anyway.

*rolls eyes*
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 26th, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC)

Re: *sigh*

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*sniggers evilly*
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From:ericklendl
Date:October 27th, 2003 02:54 am (UTC)

Re: *sigh*

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It may be my imagination, but I'm sure that snigger is just a shade eviller than it used to be!
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From:imc
Date:October 27th, 2003 05:15 am (UTC)
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There's an HTML error in that which you need to fix.

Livejournal doesn't understand timezones (if it did then it would (a) get the time right on posted comments and (b) not need JavaScript in order to fill in the right time on the update-journal web form). Accordingly, it doesn't understand when you put the clock back. It's not being `stupid' as such, but without the zone info there's just no way for it to be able to tell that 01:50 GMT is a later time than 01:55 BST. I'm not sure why you had to change your clock, as you could surely just have entered a different time on the posting (if your client doesn't have an entry field for the time then it's the client, not LJ, which is `stupid').

That graph is too wide (consider scaling it down once you've created it). Presumably the last bit happened during Nimbus as you seemed to meet many nice girlies there. <eg> Currently wondering what happened between 75 and 76 - are you counting being dressed by your mother? Not something that would occur to me if I were drawing a graph (drawing a graph isn't something that would have occurred to me either, I suspect).
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 28th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)

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There's an HTML error in that which you need to fix.

Thanks, done, but I'm sure I've done that before. LJ is being a bit wobbly in terms of comment counts at the moment, as well as posts and comments sporadically appearing and reappearing; I have a suspicion that I have corrected it once and the correction may not have propagated fully within the LJ databases.

Presumably the last bit happened during Nimbus as you seemed to meet many nice girlies there.

Correct! :-)
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From:truecatachresis
Date:October 27th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC)
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Damn you, you did have to clarify to the last ten years, didn't you?

Oh, and sorry for not calling you last week. I was ill on Thursday, and by the time I got out of bed, the page said "Not now". Then I had to go to bed again before you got back, because I was working at 7am.

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