Monthly Archives: November 2017

It’s On Our Website

“It’s on our Website.”

Ever heard this?

For me, too many times. My usual question is where?

My credit union allows one to look up information about branches. What would be most useful for you? For me, it is the hours. In particular, the hours for and around holidays.

Unfortunately, the hours listed are the usual hours. I already know those. Apparently, holiday hours are put elsewhere on the Website. Where? I do not know.

What is on a Website might not be what is needed. See this xkcd comic for an example for a university. (My alma mater’s Website really is about this bad.)

Puzzle #234: Different Birthdays

Two people have different birthdays. With each expressed as MM-DD, all eight digits are different. If this is possible, what are the two birthdays? If not, prove that it is not possible.

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, November 29, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #232 Solution: Hugs and Kisses

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Convenience of Use of Tools

Tools are sometimes not nearly as convenient to use as they should be.

I have to deal with some back taxes and have to submit some supporting data. I could just scan it in and send the files. Right?

Unfortunately, setting up an account with Canada Revenue Agency is not that easy. I start off in restricted mode where I can not send files. Sending files is why I wanted to set up the account.

There is more. Apparently, even after getting full access, I have to send the files one at a time. I have about thirty files to send. No, they do not accept .zip files.

So I am having to print out my scans and mail the works. A bother to print out each file, and then, I ran out of printer ink. Being smart, I have a spare. At this point, I found that I had been sold the wrong cartridge, and not being so smart, I had not noticed at the time.

Should we have maybe stopped at fire and the wheel?

Odd Language #230: Selling Out

A SoraNew24 article has this as its last paragraph: “As for the taste of this meaty monstrosity? It has all the classic taste of Cup Noodle but with more in the way of chunky goodness and meat sweats, although that may just have been us. Finally, there’s a Cup Noodle that contains two of the main food groups, bird and mammal. Cup Noodle and questionable meat lovers rejoice! Unless they sell out, like last time.”

The issue: “sell out” can means sold all of something and have no more or to compromise one’s ethics. Either might fit.

Puzzle #233: Friends’ Block

Five friends (Allison, Beth, Bob, Sue, and Tom) live in consecutive houses on the same side of one block of an east-west street. There are only the five houses on that side of the block. From the clues, determine who lives where.

Bob does not live at either end of the block.

Exactly one girl and one boy live next to Sue.

Tom lives west of Beth.

Bob lives east of Allison.

Usually, the friends meet at Sue’s because the total distance everyone has to travel to get there is lower than that for any other of the five friends.

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, November 22, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #231 Solution: Zombies

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Pain and Attention

I hurt my arm recently. It is one of those cases where moving it can be jarring or even painful, and so can not moving it. And which did it kept changing.

I really did not need a reminder—or several or many, actually—that pain is a real attention-grabber. Waking out of a sound sleep early in the morning to pain is not my idea of “Rise and shine!”

May you not get any such reminders.