I Got a Job!

I finally found a job. I am quite pleased as I have been looking for months. I will be working as a Security Systems Technician (more casually: an alarm installer).

Always looking on the amusing side, I am amused that I now will be on an apprenticeship. This is not something I was ever expecting to happen, especially as I have a bachelor’s degree.

Odd Language #258: Misleading URL

This is the URL for a recent IT article: https://www.zdnet.com/article/cisco-critical-flaw-warning-these-1010-severity-bugs-need-patching-now/.

The issue: Just looking at the URL does not give an accurate idea of the content. Have a look at the title: “Cisco critical flaw warning: These 10/10 severity bugs need patching now”. The “1010” in the URL is actually “10/10” in the headline.

Puzzle #261: 261

And still another number puzzle. This is puzzle #261.

Using the digits 2, 6, and 1 exactly once and any of the operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and factorial, come up with expressions that evaluate to the integers 0 to 9.

(n! is the product of the integers from 1 to n. 0! = 1.)

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #259 Solution: Puzzle Groups

Spoiler Inside: Solution to Puzzle SelectShow

Odd Language #257: Karate and Other Words

The Japanese word “karate” is pronounced “kuh-rah-tee” in English.

The issue: That is not the Japanese pronunciation (which is “kah-rah-teh”) nor is it how an English word would normally be pronounced (which would be “kah-rayt”).

The Roman alphabet is so useful. Many languages use it, and it is handy to not have to learn another set of characters. Unfortunately, different languages have different pronunciations for characters. If you look at a word and do not know what language it is in, you may not know how to say it. Or you may have several possibilities.

Puzzle #260: 260

These number puzzles are fairly easy to create, and they are easy to work on. This is puzzle #260.

Using the digits 2, 6, and 0 exactly once and any of the operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and factorial, come up with expressions that evaluate to the integers 0 to 9.

(n! is the product of the integers from 1 to n. 0! = 1.)

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Odd Language #256: Effectively Alone

I recently wrote “I like solving problems. One can not do this effectively alone.”

The issue: After writing this, I noticed that it is ambiguous depending on whether “effectively” modifies “this” or “alone”. If “this” is being modified, the sentence means that one can not solve problems in an effective manner by oneself. If “alone” is being modified, the sentence means that one can not solve problems (effectively or not) when one is alone or that way in essence.