my own private Spelling Bee
Wednesday, June 28 2023
The day started as one of my typical Wednesdays, beginning with a 150 mg dose of pseudophedrine. I had a software project unrelated to work that I wanted to complete today. It was such an interesting project that I decided (as I can!) that it was creative enough to grant me drinking privileges. The project was one I started back in May to produce a form of the New York Times Spelling Bee where I can play the latest game completely detached from the actual databases at the New York Times. This would solve the problem of the gameplay between Gretchen and me comingling. I'd gotten things to a point where I could configure the seven letters, but things were going to need to be more complex to do what I wanted, which was to provide a place to paste in the source code for the Spelling Bee's web page. Then I would have logic to parse out the letter arrangement and all the answer words (all of which is in plaintext for those who want to cheat!) and then start up a game that could be played in a web page completely offline. Since none of the data from game play would be sent anywhere, it would mean that Gretchen could play the real version at the New York Times website and in the app without any concern about my words spoiling things for her.
In the remote workplace, we had a very long group QA session this afternoon (it had to be bumped from its usual Tuesday schedule), and by the end of that, I felt like I'd had an unusually productive week. I then proceeded to make a small amount of bean-based chili, so as not to produce too many leftovers. After Jeopardy!, I was feeling like i wanted to watch more teevee with Gretchen, so I started playing a copy of the movie Harold and Maude that Gretchen had recently had me illegally download. I hadn't seen it since back in college, and it's possible Gretchen hadn't seen it since then either (though she said she's seen it many times). There is a lot about that movie that hasn't aged very well, such as the antiquated acting style of the actress playing Harold's mother. I also found Maude's personality more grating that I'd remembered it as someone in my early 20s.
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