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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Long day
So someone was supposed to come and interview yesterday about what I put in an f-locked (personal life) post a couple of days ago, and she was supposed to come last night and didn't show. Finally reached her on the phone and she said she'd fallen asleep after work, and would call today to reschedule, so I stick by my phone and stay offline enough and miss another day of working out waiting for the phone to ring, which of course it never does.

I'm getting ulcers here. Screw it. I hate having to count on other people.


More lighthearted. I've been entertaining myself with another issue of a logic puzzle magazine, which declares itself proudly to be "The best logic puzzles imported from England!!!"

Maybe it's me, but I never thought, "Wow, our American logic puzzles are fine, but I'll bet English logic puzzles must be really smashing!" I mean, logic puzzles are logic puzzles. But the magazine is pretty readily available at CVS, so I picked it because it was the only LP magazine there. It has a little page explaining Britishisms in the clues. But after doing these things all day, plus on commutes back and forth to work and at lunch during the week, I have this really skewed perception of an England in which people are always going on weird little holidays, sorted by obscure clues like "The Joneses went on the longest holiday, but it wasn't to Orkney, while the Smythe-Pierces didn't travel by boat." Asking directions is a cosmic enterprise, because it will all come out like an old man out in the country here. "You know, you got three roads. The first one, you got a silo on the corner, 'bout halfway down, and it used to belong to the Doobiddies until the Depression. The last one's the one that runs by the river. Used to have barges up there, back in the day. It runs nigh on fifty miles if you go far enough. You don't take either of those roads..."

You know, come to think of it, learning to understand those clues really might have practical applications.
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story645 From: story645 Date: September 18th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I wanna buy one of those books now. I so miss logic logic puzzles. And yeah, relying on people sucks.
danel4d From: danel4d Date: September 18th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I don't understand why you need to have logic puzzles imported from over here. But I do like to use those magazines now and again - they can be quite fun. The problem I had with 'em, tho, is that they can sometimes be kind of hard to understand, when the clues get into ridiculous detail and things like triple negatives.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2005 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed - but at the moment it seems the only puzzles worth doing over here are those (I'm going to get the title wrong, I know it) Soduku(?) ones that Carol Vodreman and other famous maths majors (again - ?) have brought out books about!
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: September 18th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Sudoku actually started in an American puzzle magazine (Dell - under the name Number Fill In) and then got to England via Japan. They require a certain amount of logic, but methodicalness will generally serve.

Get yourself some Dell puzzle magazines -- especially Math and Logic Problems which includes Sudokus under the original name and often has a sixteen variable super fill in as well. But what you'll really enjoy are the Figure Logics. I've been known to work on one for three or four days worth of commuting!
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess my brain isn't tracking things. What kind of interview was this? What I mean is, was this a something-that-could-cause-trouble-for-you kind of interview, something-good-could-come-of-this-if-it-ever-gets-done interview, or just a one-of-those-things-that-just-has-to-be-taken-care-of interview?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 19th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a one-of-those-things-that-has-to-be-taken-care-of interview. Which I desperately need someone to interview for, and which I had hoped to have a choice of several people, who I would have interviewed by now and chosen by Friday the 16, rather than having the only interview scheduled be on the 16th and be STOOD UP.

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