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another wacky thought
sam-n-max
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My Valentinr - evcelt
Get your own valentinr

I read a WIRED article a couple of months ago about "crowdsourcing"- essentially, divvying up a massive task into small units that individuals can easily complete, generally for little or no compensation.

So, my brain slipped a gear and I had a weird thought:



Clownsourcing- where you divvy up a massive task into silly bits that can be accomplished by wearing big shoes and red rubber noses, making balloon animals, and engaging in pratfalls. The results are all packed into a car that is much too small to contain all of them and delivered to the recipient.

Sorry... these things just happen... must be the goofballs...

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Task: Compute (n!/k!(n-k)!)*(p^k)(q^(n-k)) for large values of n and k; p = probability of clown doing a pratfall; q = probability clown causing a pratfall.

GI Joe says: "Math is hard!"

Explanation: That's the general binomial probability formula. Factorials in it are computationally hard to do, typically recursively. Hence, clowns within clowns.

Sort of a clownward spiral, then ;-)

Clownsourcing

Whoa, that's way too much like my job, except for the big shoes.

My Valentinr - stori_lundi

Dude, you just described the Bush administration.

Except that they are corrupt clowns.

Ohhh Nooooo!!! You've broken Robyn!

This is as close as anything that's caused me real hilarious amusement in the
past few weeks! Thank you!

When does Winter stop? I'd like to get off now..

Ohhh Nooooo!!! You've broken Robyn!

Then I win.

This is as close as anything that's caused me real hilarious amusement in the past few weeks! Thank you!

Most welcome!

When does Winter stop? I'd like to get off now..

Depends on your definition of Winter..

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