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Polyday was a storming, storming success, in every way that such a thing could be a success pretty much. I was ecstatic for about a week afterwards. There will be another!

The flat is weirdly clean, because we had a cleaner around yesterday; it had all got too much. Today the people with the carpet cleaners arrive. I'm enjoying the transformation.

I'm not going to Whitby, incidentally, though [ profile] ergotia and [ profile] lilithmagna are. I need a Whitby off. I wondered if I'd regret not going when you all started to post about it, but not so far.

I couldn't resist this simple, elegant meme. It's rather informative I think!

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Whitby picture goodness!

Lovely to see you all last night :-)
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Back from Whitby. Knackered with a capital K - OK, so it's at the beginning of the sentence so you can't really see it, but it's there.
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I had a lovely Whitby - a little more muted than usual, partly because of colds at our end and partly because of colds very sadly keeping [ profile] ergotia and [ profile] lilithmagna from joining us, but very nice all the same. My Friday night outfit was particularly well received, and will no doubt be reprised.

Now I'm obsessing with trying to get a paper ready by November 25 for FSE 2006. I have to keep a little quiet about what I'm doing until January 27th, since submissions are anonymous, but, it's cool.

Update with a geek puzzle: here's a simple game. I lay out a set of tiles that say Y or N; say I lay out


You lay the same number of tiles underneath:


The rules are: (1) if a tile is the same as the one above, you have to lay the same tile to the right. So you're not allowed to lay

-^- not allowed: because the first column is N N, you must lay N as your second tile.

(2) you get a point every time you lay a tile which is the same as the one above.

1010011 - four points

The least you can score is always zero: it's always a legal move to lay tiles which differ in every place from the ones above. What's the best you can score for NYYNYN, and how many ways can you do it? Can anyone give an algorithm which determines the highest you can score, or which generates all of the possibilities which give you a given score?
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I have successfully closed my suitcase! And so to Whitby, to dress up, get out of my head, admire clothing, gossip, and pull strange goths. And dance!

See some of you there!


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Paul Crowley

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