Apropos the discussion of printer problems, Dilbert this morning seems pretty topical. Funny how often Dilbert can seem to reflect whatever you've already been thinking about, like a properly written horoscope.
Here at TOP, we just passed our 50,000th published reader comment since we moved to TypePad in June of 2007. I noticed this just after the magic number passed by, and I thought, just for fun, I'd count back and see what the actual 50,000th comment was, and maybe cobble together some sort of tongue-in-cheek prize. So I counted back, and...I was the 50,000th commenter. No fun at all. However, now that I know that, I can retroactively announce that the prize for the 50,000th comment is a new car.
And, in other news, if you put a dozen monkeys in a room with typewriters, sooner or later they'd write a Shakespeare play, but if you let me play golf for a billion years I'd never go eagle-eagle-birdie. I'm just sayin'.
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Featured Comment by Dennis Allshouse: "Okay, I'm being a spoil-sport. The monkey/typewriter story is a total myth. The probability of getting Hamlet is roughly 10^(–164345) i.e. 10 raised to the negative power shown. The probability of getting Hamlet in the lifetime of the current universe is 10^(–164316). Reference: Thermal Physics by Charles Kittel and Herbert Kroemer, p. 57. I'm not sure how to calculate the probability of the golf event described."
Mike replies: Dennis, I believe you about the first. The probability of the golf event as described is 100%, believe me.