tmoertel's Diaries
Print Story Is HuSi truncating your posts?
By tmoertel (Tue Jun 21, 2005 at 09:45:25 PM EST) (all tags)
I just noticed that a few of my diary entries and comments have been truncated. Examples: Anybody else noticed this?

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Print Story What's up? Tea time.
By tmoertel (Tue Feb 08, 2005 at 04:03:54 PM EST) (all tags)
No, I am not dead. Just busy. And drinking jasmine tea. (What is your favorite tea?)

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Print Story Perl currying, WW II books, pie, and cider
By tmoertel (Wed Nov 17, 2004 at 04:26:08 PM EST) (all tags)
I haven't posted in a while, and so I'm due for an update:
  • Adding near-free function currying to Perl.
  • Great books on WWII.
  • Maple-walnut pie.
  • Cider: Hard cider.

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Print Story Docs is hard!
By tmoertel (Sun Sep 12, 2004 at 08:03:18 PM EST) (all tags)
I spent a good part of the weekend writing and rewriting docs for LectroTest. I'm now up to about 25 pages. Finally, all of the pieces of the system are documented in a non-sucky fashion. (If you're curious or want to help me proofread: LectroTestDocs.pdf. If there is anything that is confusing or awkward, let me know.)

More stuff inside.

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Print Story LetroTest lives!
By tmoertel (Thu Sep 09, 2004 at 05:09:38 PM EST) (all tags)
You may know that I love the Haskell programming language and regularly extol the many virtues of the Haskell-based QuickCheck automatic testing system. But did you know that I so missed QuickCheck when writing Perl code that I spent a few days last week writing a Perl version called LectroTest? And did you know that the LectroTest mascot is an adorable yet angry robot with scary mechanical claws? (Inside).

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Print Story Bread error
By tmoertel (Wed Sep 01, 2004 at 06:23:59 PM EST) (all tags)
Tonight, I used up the last slice of bread on a tomato sandwich. Being a modern renaissance man, I decided to bake a couple of replacement loaves rather than run to the store. Now it's 2:01 AM, I'm dead tired, and the bread is still rising. What was I thinking?

Perl + QuickCheck.

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Print Story Full load: Indian Monsooned, stats, IMDB analysis, Hero
By tmoertel (Sat Aug 28, 2004 at 02:35:02 PM EST) (all tags)
I'm drinking a cup of delicious, fresh-brewed coffee – Indian Monsooned Malabar – and I'm loving it oh so much. Sometimes, you just need a cup of good coffee.

I am also thoroughly enjoying The R Project and Emacs Speaks Statistics. Can statistics be fun? Sure! Just do your stats from within Emacs, and you can't not have fun.

On a related note, inside you'll find more fun analysis of IMDB's movie database and amazingly insightful charts and graphs that will make you more powerful than you can possibly imagine (if your imagination is sufficiently limited). Seriously, the charts are cool. Take a peek.

Also, I saw Hero last night. (No spoilers within.)

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Print Story Hard-hitting "demo" derby!
By tmoertel (Sun Aug 22, 2004 at 08:15:29 PM EST) (all tags)
Being a country boy, last night I went to the Washington County Agricultural Fair, where I attended the Fair's ultimate event: a demolition derby. I had never been to one before, and – wow! – was I surprised. I expected it to be somewhat boring, but it was a four-hour blast!

Fender-crushing details inside.

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Print Story Analysis of the cynical-bastard hypothesis
By tmoertel (Mon Aug 09, 2004 at 05:01:30 PM EST) (all tags)
Recall my previous diary entry, in which I presented a (contrived) probability puzzle about the readership of HuSi. In a poll, twenty-two votes were cast among five choices. Of the five, the fifth was chosen more frequently than the others – eight times. Can we conclude that this choice's popularity is unlikely to be caused by chance alone and therefore caused by something else (HuSi users being, at least in part, cynical bastards)?

Read on for the answer.

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Print Story Can we conclude that HuSi users are cynical bastards?
By tmoertel (Thu Aug 05, 2004 at 04:08:54 PM EST) (all tags)
In my previous diary entry The Return of Jake, I shared the triumphant tale of Jake The Construction Worker. Also, I posted a poll in which I invited you, dear readers of HuSi, to vote on what you thought Jake would do with his winnings from the out-of-court settlement with his employer.

Of the twenty-two votes cast among the five options provided, a surprising eight votes were cast for the last option, which had been reserved "for cynical bastards only." If we consider the twenty-two votes to be representative of the population of HuSi users, can we reasonably say that the population has a significant cynical-bastard component? That is, can we say that the "cynical" votes are unlikely to be explained by chance alone?

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