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16 JAN 2019 -- "1 MONTH AGO"
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Why do sites like YouTube, Reddit, etc. all list the dates that comments are posted as imprecise and relative times like "1 month ago" and "2 years ago"? Do they really think I need help doing date-stamp arithmetic in my head, or that I don't want to know the posting date more precisely than +/-50%? The genius who thought of this should be dragged by a heard of flatulant wildebeests and then neutered so that he or she cannot reproduce. Thank you to StackOverflow for not jumping on this bandwagon.
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16 JAN 2019 -- MAKE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
I'm a Christmas music junkie, and I got pretty excited about the Starbucks holiday song I heard this last Christmas, but I didn't find it until just now. That is partly because the lyrics have yet to be posted on the on the web (that I can find), so I'm posting them here to help people find the song since it's a common way I search for a song. I should have thought earlier to click through to (and read the comments on) the YouTube video of the commercial that I found on this unhelpful and misleading page.
Make Way for the Holidays, by Le Bon (Back story)

See the shining lights.
Feel the cold outside.
Looking forward to the winter.

We're busy making plans,
packing up our bags,
counting down the New Year.

And I just can't wait for the holidays
and all the happiness it brings.

Home with family,
Reliving memories,
Always filled with love and laughter.
A time when we surprise,
Give someone else some time,
Getting back to what matters.

And I just can't wait for the holidays
and all the happiness it brings.
So let's all make way for the holidays
and all the happiness it brings.

It's a season for giving
and for loving everyone.
And it's time to remember
everything you have and all you are grateful for.

See the shining lights.
Feel the cold outside.
Looking forward to the winter.

We're busy making plans,
packing up our bags,
counting down the New Year.

And I just can't wait for the holidays
and all the happiness it brings.
So let's all make way for the holidays
and all the happiness it brings.

And I just can't wait for the holidays
and all the happiness it brings.
So let's all make way for the holidays
and all the happiness it brings.

And all the happiness it brings.


9 JUN 2018 -- MADE UP PLOTS
I won't call out the company that put up this idiotic plot on their web site, but the dollars listed on the horizontal axis are supposed to be represented by the blue curve on the plot. See anything wrong?



That's right. The dollars are perfectly linear -- increasing by $336 every year, whereas the plotted blue curve is not (nor is the orange one). On a linear vertical scale, the correctly plotted dollar values should look like this:



I guess the company didn't think the correctly plotted curve looked elegant enough, but why on earth would they want you to think that their prices go up nonlinearly over time, increasing more and more every year? I was thinking of looking into this company's service, but if they can't get a simple plot right, they probably can't get their service right, either.


11 FEB 2018 -- PLAYBUZZ IS A SCAM
I decided I wanted to vent a bit about PlayBuzz and realized I had no real place to put such a vent, hence, my first ever general "blog" entry on willus.com after nearly 20 years of hosting the site. And I only wanted to vent because when I google "playbuzz is a scam," there are a surprisingly small number of relevant results. Are people really so oblivious? I'm a natural skeptic, so when I first got a perfect score on a PlayBuzz quiz, I immediately re-took it and intentially clicked on several wrong answers. The results: I got a perfect score again! Or I would get 9 of 10 or 14 of 15. "Empty Al" (see his comment here) had the exact same experience. Just try taking a Playbuzz quiz and intentionally getting several answers wrong. And do you really think you're a genius for knowing that a crocodile is different from a lion, tiger, and bear? Or that a triangle is different from a square, rectangle, and parallelogram? Come on. Playbuzz is feel-good click bait with completely bogus scoring and ridiculous claims. Which leads me to my main question:

Is everybody in on it and they're all okay with it--i.e. harmless feel-good fun? Or do people really not know?
 

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