July 18th, 2005

Cash-in novel

The following title occurred to me in the shower this morning, probably inspired by the enormous piles of the new Harry Potter sitting slightly forlornly in Blackwells / Borders / Tescos at the weekend. I hereby donate it to anyone wishing to write a cash-in novel and make their fortune....

... "The Sudoku Strangler"

If you are short of a plot idea, may I suggest an embittered crossword setter, or the setter of the Bridge or 'white to mate in three' puzzles that appear in papers, roaming the country strangling Sudoku setters in a fit of pique? Or someone, loosely based on mr_snips, wiping them out to prevent the tragic waste of time and effort by all the people solving them.

Sometimes I despair...

I am registering a compiler on the Intel website. One of the things you have to do to set up your account is to choose from a list of questions and give them the answer. The question I was going to use is 'What is your mother's maiden name?'. When I submit the form it complains that it is too short, it has to be at least 10 characters. In fact, the answers to an enormous number of the questions are shorter than 10 letters e.g. What is your spouse's middle name (treating 'partner' as spouse for this purpose), what is the name of the first school you attended, what is the name of the city you were born, what was your first phone number, what was your first teacher's name.
The 3 that probably would be long enough I don't know (in 2 cases) and one I have a faint aversion to using my anniversary date for something as crummy as an Intel compiler registration.

Oh well, I have just told them I was born in Ulan Bator and fortunately it does allow spaces.