tmoertel's Diaries (page 2)
Print Story My plan for Doom 3
By tmoertel (Tue Aug 03, 2004 at 02:15:55 PM EST) (all tags)
Step by step:
  1. Ignore it
  2. Wait for the consensus on whether it sucks
  3. If it doesn't suck, wait a while and buy it when it's dirt cheap
Poll: What's your plan?

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Print Story The Return of Jake
By tmoertel (Fri Jul 30, 2004 at 09:19:12 AM EST) (all tags)
Recall the story from my previous diary, in which Jake is fired from his construction job for testing positive for heroin use. As it turns out, Jake's family hired an attorney and sued the construction company. Their case was persuasive, and in an out-of-court settlement, the company agreed to re-hire Jake and pay him the equivalent of two years' salary as compensation for wrongful termination and harm to reputation.

What was the argument that Jake's attorney used to demonstrate that Jake was falsely accused of heroin use and wrongfully terminated?

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Print Story Did Jake get a raw deal?
By tmoertel (Thu Jul 29, 2004 at 05:05:26 PM EST) (all tags)
Jake has been working construction for a decade and a half - since he was 18 years old. Today, while building forms for a concrete pour, his boss calls him to the crew trailer. Just before he gets there, his boss stops him and quietly explains that there is a woman from human resources in the trailer. He says she's there because Jake is being fired.

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Print Story Magic decoder ring for IMDB movie ratings
By tmoertel (Fri Jul 23, 2004 at 02:53:43 PM EST) (all tags)
Which piece of information is more useful?
  • Spider-Man 2 has an average rating of 8.0 on IMDB.
  • Spider-Man 2 is in the top 5 percent of movies ever made.
Keep reading, and I'll show you how to make a magic decoder ring that turns the first into the second.

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Print Story Google challenge task and computing the digits of e
By tmoertel (Thu Jul 22, 2004 at 10:35:49 AM EST) (all tags)
I found out via PerlMonks that Google had posted a challenge task to pre-screen job applicants. (I think it's actually more of a marketing and "mindshare" gimmick, but it's a clever one.) I thought the task would be fun to hack on for a while, and so I did.

I won't post any spoilers, but I will talk about a nifty algorithm to compute the digits of e one by one.

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Print Story More tomatoey goodness -- now in pixels!
By tmoertel (Thu Jul 15, 2004 at 10:42:58 AM EST) (all tags)
Because of the glorious outpouring of responses to my previous diary entry on my tomatoes, I decided to take some photos of my garden. Now you can all see (and perhaps pay homage to?) my tomatoes.

Big news: The first fruits of the Stupice are ripening!

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Print Story Tomato update!
By tmoertel (Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 04:22:41 PM EST) (all tags)
In a previous entry, Fear my tomatoes!, I reported that I had just planted my tomatoes. Now, about fifty days later, I report on my tomatoes' growth and harvesting potential.

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Print Story How was your day? (Ans: Better than mine.)
By tmoertel (Wed Jun 09, 2004 at 04:02:17 PM EST) (all tags)
A mulberry tree in the backyard managed to fall onto two neighbors' garages. Seems like the odds of that happening are pretty low, but for me the Fates were willing to pen it in, probably to avoid looking predictable. How nice of them.

Details, pix, poll.

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Print Story Fear my tomatoes!
By tmoertel (Mon May 24, 2004 at 09:56:31 AM EST) (all tags)
It is important to give you fair warning: My tomatoes are in, and when they come to fruition (hee hee) they will be angry, vengeful, and quite delicious. As a consequence, you should now begin preparations to fear them.

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Print Story Ask HuSi
By tmoertel (Wed May 12, 2004 at 04:29:20 AM EST) (all tags)
As you may know, I love french toast. In fact, I just finished eating a large, fresh batch of it, prepared by yours truly. When preparing the recipe, I added 1 cup of milk, as usual, but as I poured in the milk, I noticed that it was lumpy. Nevertheless, I was hungry and decided to continue on, having no other milk available.

Now, having eaten the deliciously toasty and custardy fruits of that decision, I have a question.

Am I a dead man?

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