Sacrificial words in Wordle

Successful Wordle after sacrificial word

Yesterday’s Wordle provided an opportunity to use a sacrificial word. After Guess #2 I knew what the last four letters were, but there were many possibilities for the first letter. To narrow it down, for Guess #3 I picked a word that used as many valid first letters as possible. This word was 100% guaranteed not to be the solution, but it immediately made the solution clear. Guess #3 was: PLUMB.


The notion of creating virtuous habits seems to come into vogue every so often. The idea is to identify something beneficial, endeavor to make a habit of it, and then sit back and watch as the wins accrue.

It’s also possible to acquire bad habits, which in turn generate their losses if not recognized and stopped.

But all habits imply a kind of mindlessness. When we act out of habit we are asleep.

I say: stay awake! Make a habit of breaking habits.

Bullet-ahead technique for shared authoring

This post is about a workflow challenge when collaboratively editing an online document, say in Google Docs, and a fix for that challenge.

To set up the problem, imagine that Bob and Carol are editing a document containing an itemized list. Carol adds a bullet item and starts typing. Meanwhile, Bob gets an idea for a second item and places his cursor on the line Carol is typing:

Bob wants to add content while Carol is typing

While Carol continues to type, Bob hits Enter to add a new bullet item, breaking the line Carol is typing:

If Bob hits Enter to add a new list item, Carol’s sentence breaks but continues

Now Carol’s line is broken and Bob is no closer to being able to start typing. Frustrating right?

If Carol notices that Bob is waiting to jump in, there’s a simple step she can take to make space: hit Enter, type an ellipsis (…), repeat a few times, and then place her cursor back where we was working, and continue on:

Carol can make space for Bob by adding a few additional list items and then returning to typing

Now, Bob (and others!) can grab a list item and start typing. I call this the “bullet ahead” move. By the way, the ellipses are not strictly required, but Carol must type at least one non-whitespace character after each list item, in order to avoid breaking the list.

Yesterday was two, two, twenty two

I noticed a few references in my peoplescape/mediascape noting that yesterday’s date had a lot of twos in it.

At some point I realized that the date was a kind of spiritual continuation of the first lines of the Morphine song French Fries With Pepper.

On six, six, sixty-six, I was little, I didn’t know shit about

Seven, seven, seventy-seven, eleven years later still don’t know any better ’bout

Eight, eight, eighty-eight, it’s way too late for me to change, and by

Nine, nine, ninety-nine, I hope I’m sittin’ on the back porch drinkin’ red wine

French Fries With Pepper, Morphine

Given the un-mellifluousness of “aught, aught, double-aught” and “one, one, eleven”, it’s been a long time coming.