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Posted 2011.02.21 17.12 in Pointless Blather

Because when you’re feeling down, there’s nothing like a depressant to chase away the blues.

What’s your Scott Number?

Posted 2010.08.23 18.13 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather

If you drink beer, you have a Scott Number. It’s a mathematical constant. Or maybe it’s a variable? Everyone has their own Scott Number.

Your Scott Number is defined as the number of beers you drink before you get around to putting the new case in the fridge.

In other words: You know when you bring home a new case of beer? And you really want one? So instead of putting it right into the fridge, you set it on the kitchen table, or the kitchen counter, or the coffee table, or the floor next to the sofa, or on the sofa, or… you get the picture. And then you open it up and help yourself? And then you have another? Eventually the beers in the case will get warm, or you’ll have had enough, or whatever. Sooner or later you’ll put them in the fridge. But between bringing the case home, and putting the case in the fridge, you’ll have some beers. How many beers you have, is your Scott Number.

The Scott Number is named after a guy named Scott, who once said to me something along the lines of “Oh yeah, that case never made it into the fridge.”

Clearly, his Scott Number was 24. That is a magic number.

What’s yours?

Happy Victoria Day!

Posted 2009.05.18 9.07 in Pointless Blather

I always thought that Victoria Day was to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday.

However, if you believe everything you read on teh intertubes, appearantly it is also Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday too.

That is to say, that Victoria Day is to celebrate both Queen Victoria’s birthday, and the birthday of the current reigning monarch. Who is Queen Elizabeth II.

To make it more convenient, Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was changed to May 24th by an official vice-regal proclamation. According to teh interwebz.

After that it got more and more confusing. About the only other thing that really sounded plausible that the Victoria Day weekend is also known as the May-Two-Four weekend because part of the official Canadian celebrations include buying a 24 and, well, celebrating.

So, cheers, eh?

Free-as-in-What?

Posted 2006.07.18 0.00 in Pointless Blather

Lately I’ve been coming across discussions and questioning on what the word free means. Especially in the context of software, or other electronic media.

I kept coming across this phrase free-as-in-beer which I never understood – beer’s not free, at least not around these parts. (Almost $2 a bottle for gosh sake!) So I was having trouble understanding what they were trying to say.

Turns out the problem is really with the English language. The word free, like so many other words in this language, has many meanings. There’s free, like no charge, and then there’s free, like free in spirit. Better explained with words from another language: Gratis, and Libre. Gratis, for no charge, and Libre, for freedom or libration. I think.

Anyhow, there’s a Wiki page on the subject, because obviously I’m not the only one who didn’t get the free-as-in-beer reference. Although it makes more sense when you contrast it with free-as-in-speech rather than just on its own.

Wikipedia: Gratis versus Libre