Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

English: Thinking, bright idea.

Thinking, bright idea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When and where do I my best thinking? In the bathroom? Definitely not; being on the throne does not dispose me to be my most creative; and besides, I’d rather be #1 than #2 — sorry, couldn’t resist! ūüôā Scratch the bathtub/shower, too; Archimedes, I’m not; and I would never get so carried away with an idea, no matter how earthshaking, that I would involuntarily streak through the streets announcing to one and all the greatest thing since sliced bread or the wheel. Plus, if someone heard me and got the idea patented first, I’d never let myself hear the end of it.

While running? Nah. I would be thinking about the pounding my feet would be taking, the thinness of oxygen in my lungs, and how much time it would take for the stomach cramps to subside. (Funny how I can play a couple hours of tennis or badminton without complaint, but three minutes of jogging will have me gasping like a fish out of water).  Continue reading

A Leading Zero as the Hero: A Simple Solution to Confusing Date Formats

Receipt Scanning Challenge

photo credit: Wesley Fryer via flickr CC-BY-4.0

People fall under just three categories when it comes to date formats. You can’t sit on the fence or be dodgy with this one. You’re either of the¬†month-day-year,¬†year-month-day, day-month-year, or year-day-month persuasion.

Given how some store receipts and products with a limited shelf life¬†do not use anything but numerical equivalents for the month instead of the more intuitive three-letter abbreviation (some still¬†use two numbers each for month, day, and year), it’s downright annoying to figure out if 12/06/03 means that your partially consumed jar Continue reading