|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Easing the pain of being fresh out of votesby grinder (Bishop)
|on May 21, 2001 at 20:29 UTC||Need Help??|
Here's a thought. If you hit the CB at the right time, you'll find a crowd of junkies hanging around for their latest votes fix, whether it be European morning or US morning. Whatever.
I tend to log on at pretty much the same time each morning, but during the week, the time at which my votes come down the wire arrives later and later in the day, because I'm never here and the very minute the votes kick in. Things slowly drift out of phase, especially if I log in at a strange time on the weekend.
I wind up having to go cold turkey for 24 hours to get things straightened out. Are these the ravings of an addict or what?
Instead of having the votes renewed every twenty four hours, renew the votes at a rate of number of votes at given level divided by twenty four hours, until the maximum amount is attained.
For instance, a novice is allowed 5 votes per day. Thus, once a vote is cast, a new vote will be come available 24/5 hours later (i.e. 288 minutes, or 4 hours, 48 minutes). A monk, with 16 votes per day gets a new vote every 90 minutes.
If you know you have at most only thirty six minutes to wait (oh... to be a saint), the withdrawal symptoms aren't quite as severe, as opposed to wondering whether you should go to bed and hoping they're there in the morning or pulling an all-nighter.
g r i n d e r