# OM*

I have to admit that people who use tabs are pretty shocking.

# XKCD’s Law of USB Cables

This is painfully true.

It’s also why, when we go anywhere, I always take all of the cables. Otherwise I can guarantee that the cable I didn’t bring will be the one cable that actually works.

# Observation of the Day: All of the fun parts of life are optional

It comes from XKCD: Forgot Algebra. Click through and mouse over.

# A meme in the making

Not long ago, the XKCD Cartoon, So It Has Come To This started a trend, on Identi.ca if nowhere else, of people following the cartoon’s protip.

With today’s XKCD, I see another meme in the making…

… dot tumblr dot com

# Extreme Waiting

Following on from yesterday’s XKCD inspired post, I have now knocked together an extreme waiting application in Python.

You can find the source for XKComplete on GitHub. It’s pretty basic, but it works well enough to provide dates (or years) right back to the beginning of the universe.

# Maximum task completeness in Excel: 72.0857%

Today’s XKCD comic is an inspiration. Click on the image to see the full size cartoon and then come back here to wallow in nerdiness.

Of course, I had to see whether the formula would actually work so, I plugged it into Excel and it looks like this:
`=A2-(POWER(EXP(1),(20.3444*POWER(B2,3)+3))-POWER(EXP(1), 3))`

Hopefully it is obvious that cell A2 contains the current date and cell B2 is the percentage completion expressed as a fraction.

It works, after a fashion, although the date acceleration is nothing like that suggested by the cartoon. More amusingly, though, is the fact that the Excel date function breaks when I exceed 72.0857% completed. This is obviously because nothing can ever be more than 72.0857% complete when Microsoft are involved.

# What is your time worth

Today’s XKCD makes an excellent point, and one that is widely applicable.