September 27th, 2002



I had to make some copies yesterday, my first time using the copier here. I was very pleased to see the "paper trolls" Dilbert taped up to the wall next to the copier.

I think the "book the conference room for every day of the year" Dilbert that I taped to the conference-room door at my former place of work is still there.

No, really, I'm not a stalker

Had my first copyediting class last night. The instructor has been in publishing for a long time and currently works as a freelance copyeditor. It looks like it's going to be a good class, and I think the instructor will be a good source of information about the business. I'm not sure how exciting the bits will be where she goes over grammar and punctuation, since I feel that I already have a decent grasp of those. I imagine she will be able to give some pointers on common pitfalls, though, so that might be useful.

I had found out that someone I know only in online form has a Thursday class at the same place starting 15 minutes after my class ends. Her email suggested that we might see each other there sometime. I suggested that we could meet just outside the building or posisbly for a quick cup of hot chocolate next door. I didn't hear back, but I figured I could stand around for 15 minutes just in case.

So I stood there under my umbrella after my class for 15 minutes, watching the people come in for classes. Every female that walked by, I asked myself "Could that be her?" I got looked at by just about every one of those females, so there were about 10 times that I was thinking it was her. And every time I was trying to come up with something to say that wouldn't soundy creepy or stalkerish. Anyway, no one stopped and said "Kevin?" to me.

I think I could make a good creepy stalker, if I were inclined that way. But, really, I'm not.


Through no hard work on my part, the new Grade 6 Student Edition has been sent to the printers. In celebration of this, I'm invited to go to lunch at Bertucci's on Tuesday. I only have to let them know if I'm not going. Well, twist my arm and make me eat free pizza. I guess I got on the invite list because I'm technically in Math Editorial. So, hey, who am I to argue with free food. Well, okay, my stomach will argue, but I won't.

Jotto puzzle update

I took the easy 5-letter list I had been using (the later puzzles use this list) to generate puzzles with secret words that everyone should know (with no words like 'ruche' in it), and I took out all of the words that have anagrams. The list went from around 3200 to around 1900. There is no possible way that a secret word that has anagrams can produce a Jotto puzzle, since there will never be one possibility left unless there has been at least one guess that scores 5. So, this should speed things up.

I also turned on output flushing, so it will spit each puzzle out as it finds it instead of waiting for a bunch to accumulate. The last one was running for quite a while without spitting anything out, but I didn't know if it just stopped finding any, or if was just finding them at a very slow rate. So, I killed the process. We'll set this one running (and not at 36,000 iterations like the last one) and see what happens.

Been discussing publishing ideas with bitty over email. We'll see where this thing goes.