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About this “statistics” thing

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The political party that apparently has no problem generalizing large groups of people apparently has problems with generalizing large groups of people:


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March 27, 2011 at 18:06

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Break stuff

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It’s just one of those days. When I overslept and then failed to make filter coffee twice this morning, it was clear the day was doomed. Doooooooooooooomed.

The other damage so far: an ethernet cable, a bottle of Club Mate, the feelings of a colleague and my productivity for the day.

Written by aristillus

March 23, 2011 at 17:20

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Geek herds

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I’m back home from another brilliant weekend in Brussels.

It’s a well-known fact that geeks share a lot of traits with cats. Neither of them work really well in groups and they can both be stubborn as hell.

One situation I encounter every single fucking time I attend some geek event with colleagues and/or friends is that we end up roaming the streets in search for food or drinks. While on our quest, we are joined by other attendees. Before long, the group has grown to twice the size, with some people actually looking to go dancing somewhere rather than to get dinner. And, with the exception of up to 2 or 3 people (0 is also perfectly possible), happily chatting about the exciting features of the new framebuffer API in the kernel and the awesomeness of kittens, rather than actually looking around for restaurants.

With a large enough group, there are only a few restaurants that will be able to fit everybody. So the group will stop at each restaurant, check out the menu – and then decide to move on after one person has protested (it’s too expensive, they don’t like Sushi, or perhaps they already had pizza yesterday). In the odd case that everybody does agree, somebody steps up and inquires about a table – to find out that there won’t be a free table for 30+ people in the near future.

Years of experimentation have made it clear that the best solution is to just grab a couple of people and go your own way.

Or you could reserve up front. Not that we could ever get everybody to sign up on say, a wiki page, beforehand to get the number of seats right. But I’ll leave that rant for another time.

Written by aristillus

March 11, 2011 at 13:56

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