June 12th, 2005

Bookish

Six Reasons I'm The Lord-High Supreme Warrior Queen of Dorkiness

weather: cloudy
outside: 13.8°C
mood: okay
Tagged by userinfoAlex... What, I only get SIX slots?!?!?

  1. I randomly help internet strangers with semi-geeky stuff. It was a birdie who needed my help, uh-kay?!

  2. I tested as many LJ Clients as I possibly could to get them all listed in my Userinfo, back when LJ was still doing that. I had more than userinfoTeh Brad himself at the last time I checked. I maintain that he removed that because he was jealous that he didn't have as many as I did. *stifled giggle*

    It's all honest-to-goodness setting up the hardware, OS, environment and software. I didn't cheat with a script either. Here's me figuring out one of them out loud, showing my work.

  3. I write like a failed bestseller trash novelist:
    • here
    • here
    • And: included in a tech support incident report e-mail at Big Corporate Ex-Work that was sent to an Account Manager, Engineering Lead, Implementation Engineering Manager (my boss), a VP of Operations, but not the customer themselves.
      ... and we finally found that a setting in one of the initialization files was incorrect. It should have been set to "40000".

      Thus spake Sir Boss Man with the fury of ten thousand maelstroms that threaten to engulf and consume the entirety of the known universe in one terrible hellfire that elfens Satan's own.

      It was Reliant Energy that broke. Everyone is always on edge about REI. And, as usual, it was a stupid misconfiguration that we traced to an IP address coming from their internal LAN. I was probably the most well-known peon after that XD I had the excuse of being sleep-deprived though. I was carrying the pager for 24 hour support and it was 0330h.

  4. I tell the dorkiest jokes.

  5. I'm having trouble picking the dorkiest of dorky journal entries from all of these.

  6. I'm a dork because refuse to tag anyone else. I'm a Proud Chain Breaker. =)
eLouai

On Buttering Bread

weather: rainshowers
outside: 13.8°C
mood: cheeky
For chenpion, who postulated that I could make buttering bread sound interesting. I accept your challenge. *bow* =D

From: Kitchen Hints and Tips - Buttering Bread Fast

If you are having a large get together [sic] and you need to make a large amount of bread that needs to be buttered you may not want to spend the whole afternoon buttering each piece.

Instead you can microwave the butter for about 20 seconds, stir it and if necessary microwave again at 10 second incriments [sic] until melted.

Now all you have to do is pick up a pastry brush and paint the bread!

Has anyone actually tried this? Is it that much faster? It doesn't sound faster to me. You're still touching each piece of bread once.

I've never tried this before, but even if this method takes, say, about half as long to do butter one piece as opposed to spreading, it would be the difference between O(n) versus O(n/2). Which, if you're buttering a royal whopping buttload of bread, would actually make no difference at all.

But the question is, would 'n' ever be so large such that the two methods end up taking the same amount of time? IOW, how royal and how whopping would the buttload have to be?

The Computer Science degree has messed up my idea of "faster".