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I'm too lazy to figure this out myself, so a fun problem for anyone who likes probabilities, related to the birthday paradox.

How many couples do you need to have at a party so that the probability of two couples having the same birthdays is >0.5?
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Do they need to change a light-bulb? ;-)
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If you're creating art or music functionally, please consider submitting something to #FARM2016 The scope is quite wide so you might not even realize yet that you could submit your work.

Here's the official description:

FARM encourages submissions from across art, craft and design, including textiles, visual art, music, 3D sculpture, animation, GUIs, video games, 3D printing and architectural models, choreography, poetry, and even VLSI layouts, GPU configurations, or mechanical engineering designs. Theoretical foundations, language design, implementation issues, and applications in industry or the arts are all within the scope of the workshop. The language used need not be purely functional (“mostly functional” is fine), and may be manifested as a domain specific language or tool. Moreover, submissions focusing on questions or issues about the use of functional programming are within the scope.

http://functional-art.org/2016/
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Ron has decided that he likes the sleep sack.
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My little Ron Ron 😍
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I bought some chicken breasts at the store today. When I got home, I noticed they're just under 1 pound each. These are split breasts, not whole.

First, these must come from some crazy mutant birds. Chickens aren't meant to be that big. I've seen smaller turkeys at the store.

Second, this is just a flat-out ridiculous cut of meat. Who wants to deal with something so unwieldy? You can't really sautee it or grill it, because it's too think and lean. Various immersion methods or baking would work, but you'd still need to cut it up unless you're cooking for the Hulk.

Why is this a thing? What's the demand for it? 
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+Brenda Gilsrud​ I guess I should ask her. I forgot she has birds too.
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Will you play with me?
But thou must!
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We got our cats some grass for Christmas. It was a big hit.
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Dear lazyweb,

I'm in the market for a new vacuum cleaner. I'm considering the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball, but have some concerns about its longevity and that it doesn't actually perform any better than cheaper alternatives.

I'm primarily looking for an upright that is good for pet hair and dust particles, and hopefully that will perform almost as well in 3-4 years time as now. Any recommendations?

Thanks!
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I've heard good things about Sebo, but haven't ever known an owner. I also thought they were much more expensive than that.

You highlight one of my concerns. I have little confidence that product quality from 10 years ago is any indication of product quality today. Maybe I'm just too cynical.

Ended up buying a Dyson. Got a great deal on it after doing a number of searches. Guess that's how the internet works. So far happy with it, but of course I don't know how long it'll last.
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My flight today was cancelled and I can't go home for a few more days. TBH I'm probably happier with this outcome.
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A few days ago I had a realization. What if the bailout terms were supposed to be an offer Tsipras couldn't accept? Nobody wants to take responsibility for breaking up the Eurozone, so it's a standoff to see who blinks first?

Unfortunately nobody blinked, so now the Greek economy is going to deteriorate even more, and in a few years time they're be wrangling to create yet another short-term patch. 
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It seems like there was, after all, some sort of study of a contingency plan for leaving the eurozone:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/business/greece-debt-varoufakis-recording.html
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Just saw this guy outside. Guess I'd better keep the kitchen windows closed at night. 
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Yeah, we see one or two hanging around our house. They will drop down into the street drains when seen! 
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Achievement unlocked: commuting by bicycle! 
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Musician and programmer.  Composer (acoustic and electroacoustic).  Novice of the Haskellite order.  SEAMUS email list manager
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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Music Composition, 2001 - 2009
  • St. Olaf College
    Music, 1997 - 2001
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