Pants Points Report

Current score: 448/550 The system is going along pretty well.  There have been a few not-perfect days -- On one day I couldn't find a clean overshirt, on another I felt awful all day and never put on more than pajamas.

For version 2, I'm considering an update to the multipliers.  For some of the smaller items, which I am more likely to wear if they're not clean, (socks, underwear, t-shirts) I might increase the clean bonus to x3.  This would mean the max score would be 42, and the perfect day bonus would only be 8 points, rather than the current 13.

I will be sticking to the current score table for this whole trial, though.  I'm thinking I will implement a rules update in order to use the system for next semester at school.  (With one run per semester and one run per vacation, I can get 4 trials done a year, meaning I might be able to refine the system to the best possible implementation by next fall.)

Crappy capitalization rules

Okay, so I am going to complain about something today.  But don't worry, it's frivolous. A book by Larry D. Rosen, called iDisorder, is reported on in Businessweek.  The article is titled,

IPhone Obsession Brings No Relief for Imagined Vibrations

It's not called an IPhone.  It's an iPhone.  The "i" is lowercase.  Wikipedia has gotten over this: They used to have an incredibly annoying rule that required them to capitalize the first letter of articles.  They've gotten over this, to a certain extent.  In cases where it's not possible, they point out that it's currently not do-able, implying they intend to fix it, eventually.  Because, you know, these things have a correct spelling.

xkcd actually had to create a rule to get past this[1. and I realize the irony that the rule itself calls the issue pedantic.]:

For those of us pedantic enough to want a rule, here it is: The preferred form is "xkcd", all lower-case. In formal contexts where a lowercase word shouldn't start a sentence, "XKCD" is an okay alternative. "Xkcd" is frowned upon.

I know this isn't a super-important issue, but it bugs me that an obsession with outdated capitalization conventions result in articles deliberately mistyping information.  That sort of thing is all over journalism -- AP Style is pretty much designed to cause it.

Now, I'm going to go find something happy to write about for my last post of the week.