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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Should be back at the end of the week.

Work is requiring that I work. I miss you, of course, but since I am having a rather torrid time of it with Excel, and discovering anew how strong and smart and handsome and dreamy he is, missing you has been bearable. When I think of it.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Peter said...

but since I am having a rather torrid time of it with Excel, and discovering anew how strong and smart and handsome and dreamy he is

Not only is that the first time I've heard anyone speak of Excel in human terms, it's one of the very very few times I've heard anyone speak of Excel (bloatware, anyone?) in positive terms.

11:21 AM  
Blogger jens said...

Get too cozy with the soft perversions, and soon you will find yourself wanting things harder and sleazier and more degrading.

Soon you will be doing Powerpoint...

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Trieu said...

I haven't ever figured out how to do peripheral (quaternary, quinary, etc.) sorting in Excel. The promise of its macros strikes me as a lure into the swamp.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

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10:42 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Dear imaginary friends,

I have a small favor to ask of y'all. (don't worry - I asked Megan if I could)

For my Psychology course's main assignment, I've created a web-based survey, and I need data! Badly.

I'd appreciate it very much if you could help me out by taking the survey. It's anonymous and usually takes about 10 minutes to do, and people have found it interesting.

Here's the link:
www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=629283697041

If people want me to, I'll tell you my results in a future comment.

Thanks tons!
- Dave
P.S. Sorry if this feels like hijacking the blog to solicit - I'm willing to do it only because I feel I'm among friends here.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Getting back on topic:

Peter: My medium-level Excel coding skills have made me roughly a zillion times more productive in school and 2 jobs. Without Excel, I'd probably be homeless right now. Or at least sad.

But I'm ignorant of alternatives. Which programs do you prefer for doing the things people do with Excel? If you've got something you love, I'd love to be convinced.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Marcus said...

Excel is a classic frog prince type. You get involved, you think it's just another ugly member of the Microsoft office suite, without deep modeling capacities. And then you gradually discover it has depth, insight, wit, sensitivity, charm.

But alas, you never do discover a real programming language.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Go take Dave's survey, y'all. It's interesting.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Francis said...

D_R's motion for reconsideration denied in the Trxcy case. the state is planning to appeal.

your employer is nuts. what is Lester thinking, that he can get legislation passed in 60 days exempting D_R from CESA? The judge was right and the state is wrong.

Us southern Californians enjoy the ability to flush our toilets, you know.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Francis!

I saw that! Well, the headline. I haven't read the water clippings for days. That judge is AWESOME. "I believe, Wtr Rsrcs, that the law applies to you too."

I don't think my boss is nuts, but I think he is out of options. I didn't even know about him (us) going to the legislature for an exemption 'til I read it here, but I'm guessing it is a Hail Mary. On the other hand, he can't get the incidental take permit in that time either. There'll be scrambling.

6:09 PM  
Blogger bobvis said...

Excel is awesome because spreadsheets are awesome. If we had multiple spreadsheet programs out there, I'm guessing Excel would be the lamest among them. (Can anyone name one thing you can do with Excel that you couldn't do ten years ago?)
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5:52 PM  

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