Statistics Saturday: Why I’m Always Running Late. Plus: Apartment 3-G News?


Before the big funny picture of the day: it appears that Mark Trail cartoonist James Allen has confirmed that Apartment 3-G is cancelled. I can’t tell you exactly what he found, or how desperately final the cancellation is. Posts on his Facebook account require a Facebook account in turn to read, and I haven’t got one. But https://www.facebook.com/groups/228474710549025/permalink/990545454341943/ has the news, if I understand the commenting about this correctly. I am saddened, not merely because it’ll hurt my readership to have fewer people coming here trying to figure out what is going on in the strip.


Well. On to my report on measuring something or other for the week, then.

Why I’m Always Running Late, And Sad

The enormous block of time I figure it'll take. About 95 percent of it is time spent evading whatever it is I need to do. About two percent is the time it actually takes. The rest of the time is spent in shame and regret.
Not depicted: the time I spend thinking I could probably draw better-looking rectangles and shade them so they look a little more artistic if I really, really tried.

To Explain The Situation


I was going to be away from any computer most of this weekend, because I was busy with stuff that was’t the computer. And so I set a couple of posts to appear automatically, on schedule, which is why on Saturday night my time both the Statistics Saturday thermostats thing and then the S J Perelman “Nothing But The Tooth” article came up at once. When I found the mistake I rescheduled the Perelman piece, of course, and it disappeared and then reappeared a day later. That second time around didn’t get announced on Twitter.

And I just knew that the “Insights” statistics panel that WordPress posts, which sows how many posts were put up each day, would conclude Saturday was a two-posts thing and Sunday a zero-posts day. I was wrong; Insights figures it was all one-day posts, except for this time back in March which was nothing of the sort. I have no explanation for this.

However, I do want to explain the misdated posting of the Perelman piece. I choose to lay blame on AT&T. Their DSL service may not have anything to do with my entering the wrong date on when these posts should have been scheduled, but their DSL service is pretty awful, and if they’re not going to be ashamed of that, they should be ashamed of something, anything.