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August 3rd, 2015

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July 24th, 2015

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July 20th, 2015

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As you’ve likely heard, if you live in the United States (and possibly elsewhere), same sex marriage has now been legalized. And it’s legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland already. The trend to legalize same sex marriage started in 2001. And it’s been gaining popularity. At some point, it’s likely that same sex marriage will be universally legal. But when?

Let’s ask Excel, using polynomial trendlines. To get started, let’s look at how many countries have legalized same sex marriage. The below spreadsheet lays out how many countries have legalized same sex marriage to date, and when.

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To then see a trend line, we’ll add a chart element, selecting Add Chart Element and then select More Trendline Options…

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At the Format Trendline pane, click Polynomial and check the box for “Display equation on chart”

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Then copy the equation into your clipboard and pasties into the formula bar. Next, we’ll remove the y and convert the symbols into formula elements.

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This results in wrong numbers because we’ve got years instead of ascending numbers and we’ve got missing years when same sex marriage wasn’t legalized in any countries. So, we’ll convert the years into a number starting with 1 and going up (where 1 is 2001, etc).

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Keep adding rows and copying the formula into each new row and you’ll find that same sex marriage will be universally accepted in 2035, by summing up the numbers and looking for 206 countries.

 

 

July 3rd, 2015

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Charles corrupts all the admins (click for the animation – it’s beautiful).

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March 17th, 2015

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Funny how I’m so prominently featured in the bloopers of the first ever Mac Myriad Podcast!

February 17th, 2015

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Er, acts, bands, whatever…

January 8th, 2015

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If you haven’t seen Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then you’re in for a treat (if you’re me). No TV so I didn’t get to see it untill it showed up on Netflix. Then I binge watched it. A very joyous occasion.

January 3rd, 2015

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I’ve written lot of articles about computers. But none mattered. You see, I could have summed it all up in one simple, easy to digest piece of information: There are little men and women running around inside your computer. They take bits of data, in Bushels of 8 bits (a byte) from one place to another, doing maths and even run inside network cables to bring information from their homeworld, tehGoogle. These little men fly through the air so fast to bring you wireless that you can’t even see them. They’re really nice and you forgot about them for Christmas. That’s ok, they’re so little, they ate a crumb of Santa’s cookies and were all sick for a day from the sugar. They thought you left it for them. Proof: this jigsaw puzzle hanging in my home office.

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Happy New Year. Be safe. Be good. Put your Camera Roll on that breathalyzer app thing for the night so you don’t post any naked pics from on top of the Hollywood sign. Not that I’ve done that…

December 31st, 2014

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Wow, seems like just yesterday I took down the old static page that was just a bunch of links I used to find stuff and went with a full-on WordPress site and published my first article. Doesn’t seem like I’ve been writing that long. But when I look at the over 2,500 posts on this site and the fact that I hit over 210,000 uniques last month, I guess it must be true. I’m so thankful that people want to read this stuff. And I’m really glad that I’ve been able to help a few people over the years. I hope the next 10 years are even better than the last 10! And thank you for coming back here and there, when you need to.

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Oh, and Happy New Year!

 

December 30th, 2014

Posted In: Consulting, iPhone, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment, personal, public speaking, sites

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