Saturday, November 21, 2015

Laid-Back Admin: What Kind of Order by Guest Bloggers?

Dr. Beagle C. Cranium
Stroke Survivors Tattler

What Kind of Order by Guest Bloggers?

What is the kind of order is Guest Bloggers in SSTattler - it seem like arbitrary or random? Well it is random but it is pseudo-random generate by my computer; this is a definition by Wikipedia: A pseudorandom process is a process that appears to be random but is not. Pseudo-random sequences typically exhibit statistical randomness while being generated by an entirely deterministic causal process. Such a process is easier to produce than a "genuinely random"... (read details if you want).

Hmmm, pseudo is good enough for me. I use Textmate to generate pseudo-random numbers-for-each-line. Step 1 to step 3 below (about 5 seconds+/-):

Step 1) The start is based alphabetic order i.e. .Amy, .Andre,..., .zeitgeist.  (Weekly Columnists i.e. .Dean, .JoMurphey,..., .SSTattler is fixed (non-random) and at the end).

Step 2) Invoke: Bundles --> Text --> Sorting --> Randomize Lines In Selection 
                   (or in my iMac enter F5 or ⌃⌥⌘')

3) Enter the articles Weekly Columnists i.e. .SSTattler, .Beagle,..., .Dean, then  enter the articles pseudorandom order with 1) Headlines Blog label or 2) Eclectic Stuff label.  Note - you can enter with top-down or bottom-up because it is pseudorandom - it is easiest top-down for me but pick your choice - it doesn't matter. 

.... and, except actually enter the articles, that is it - about 5 seconds+/- !!!


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