"every nerve and every cell
has got to fight to stay alive and well"
Oh nothing much here. Ive been thinking about my own granduer again, naturally. Its always kind of the elephant in the room isn't it?
Just to show you how much of a geek I can be at times- well you know I engineer for a living. Found out lately that I like it. Im not half bad at what I do. It fits reasonably well. Sometimes I miss the physicality of doing construction, and I liked the social interaction with drunk people that I had at Hit and Run, but the $$ is definately better and at the other jobs, I was always had that feeling of being under used. Like Marvin the Paranoid android. Here I am, brain the size of a planet... That is much less so now.
where was I? Oh yeah let me tell you about my geekness. The other day I was slacking a wee bit at work- that is to say, I had other stuff on my mind and I found myself taking time out of my work day to... cue "white and nerdy"... solve a math problem. An infinite series problem from calculus. yeah. unrelated to work. Thats fairly geeky. But let me tell why I was working on that problem... you see I was imagining in my mind a Magic Tournament. And I was thinking about timed games. And how a timed game invites the winning player to stall. And I thought one way to prevent that would be to have a somewhat random time limit. Like rolling a d6 every 60 seconds after say 15 minutes and calling the game when a 6 came up. But the question then is how long on average are you then allowing the games to become? In theory they could go on for 100+ years- very unlikely- so what is the average number of rolls it takes a 6 to come up?
So I set up the infinite series problem to solve it:
average game length=(1/6)[15x(5/6)^0 +16x(5/6)^1+17x(5/6)^2+18x(5/6)^3.....etc forever]
(5/6)x average game length=(1/6)[15x1/6(5/6)^1 +16x(5/6)^2+17x(5/6)^3.....etc forever]
hence...well you dont want me to solve the problem here for you do you?
So I use the term geek and nerd to describe myself- but one must remember that I am a tall, goodlooking, muscular geek.