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Teasing Stories from Numbers

What are you doing tonight?  (And I might add that it's Saturday night.)

Me?  My wife is away, working.  (Poor her, there's a full moon tonight, and that bodes ill for the hospital.)  The children will be sleeping.  Should I pop in a video?  Play a game?  Read a book or graphic novel?  Program for fun?

No, yes.  Yes!  I'm gonna be programming, but not on any of my personal projects.  There's some data (hundreds of thousands of numbers) at work, and I know there's a story in there.  And the challenge of teasing that story from the numbers is irresistible.

Tonight, here's my scenario:  A CPU and disk almost always at 100% (one or the other).  Excel, python, statistical math, and scads of regular expressions.  This is totally going to be fun.  Especially seeing if I can figure out how to make Excel show me what I'm thinking of, and seeing what the numbers have to show me.


 sjonsvenson on Jan 11th 2009 at 10:34 AM
Should I ... pop in a video? Play a game? Read a book or graphic novel? Program for fun? Silly question, the answers is known even before the question is asked. Off, you go, coding.

 dblume on Jan 11th 2009 at 10:41 AM
Yes, and I'm still up doing it. (Good morning to you, if it still morning there.)

 pastilla on Jan 12th 2009 at 12:14 AM
I spent the evening reading "how to reduce cholesterol" books, not for myself, but on behalf of another individual. It. Was. Riveting.

 dblume on Jan 12th 2009 at 12:30 AM
I applaud your prioritization. Let's hope that your newfound knowledge will bear some practical fruit.