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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Probability Algorithms

The Husband and I - always late to the party - finally watched the Oscar winner The Social Network last week. And about 15 minutes into the film, some mind-numbing mathematical equation appeared on the screen. (It totally made my brain hurt.) I counted the seconds until the camera flashed to the next shot, but then the husband paused the movie and even rewound it.

He wanted to check out the - and I quote - ranking or probability algorithm.

It made my brain hurt and he wanted to follow the equation to its end.

But then it made me think about a ranking or probability algorithm for something I actually care about - when we're gonna get our referral. Not that I actually know what a ranking or probability algorithm is, but the word probability sounds a lot like probable. And I know this because I am smart like that.

So when do y'all think we will receive our referral? When? When? WHEN?

Probable dates anyone?

Rumor Queen thinks it will happen anytime between this Friday, March 18th, and Tuesday, April 12th, but what do y'all think?


Walking to China said...

I have no algorithm's but I hope and pray sooner rather than later!

3cmum said...

Go for the worst case scenario in your head as it'll make it easier. As they were so fast last time, bet it'll be slower this time...

But the day will come and that is the BEST news.

The Source said...

OK, I'm picking two dates...an earlier one in case things really do move along smoothly (April 4th) and a later date in case they don't (June 12th). I hope it's the first one. And yes, they're both significant dates.

Lindsay said...

I'm anything but a math genius, so I'm not even going to guess (besides, following timelines on RQ has almost drained my sanity), BUT we (SN) are hoping and praying that we leave for China the first week in May. Based on current projections, when would you travel? I'm so excited for you!

bbmomof2boys said...


Oh TM, I'm really excited for you and your family!! I can't even guess at a date as CCAA has been unpredictable lately.


Brazenlilly said...

Well, then, THIS FRIDAY, of course! Can't wait to hear your news. We're right there with you--been told to "probably" expect our referral sometime this month. Just posted on how the waiting is kind of consuming me! Best wishes to you, TM.

LBC said...

I think you'll be beaming by Palm Sunday!

Mahmee said...

I have no guess on when your referral will come but, I am totally excited over the options. This Friday to 4/12?! That is so freaking exciting. You must be thrilled.

Anonymous said...


For anyone remotely curious ... the equations used in the movie are used to rank players against each other ... most frequently by chess clubs ... shocking I know.

~ Tonggu Daddy

Holly said...

Sounds like some dirty words to me! ugh!
But as to your referral- holy cow batman! I mean finally, finally- you are just almost THERE!
Are you going to pace the house and keep the phone with you even in the bathroom?!!??!!?
I am so excited for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!

Cedar said...

Ummm, I've never heard of this movie, but my husband would probably stop the movie to look at the math also!

I think it will be around March 25th--give or take 1 1/2 weeks. :) So happy for you and the sooner the better in my opinion!

Next! How exciting is that?

The Byrd's Nest said...

I vote for THIS Friday!!! oh wait...you didn't ask for my vote..well voting would be more democratic don't you think? So there it is ......Friday!!!!! I will be praying...Our God can make anything happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

heather said...

I laughed SO HARD at this story as it sounds just like my house. So much so that I read it to my math-loving hubby and he was cracking up too! (and now I'll be forwarding the link from TD to him too).

I SO hope and pray that your referral comes asap!!!!!!!

Coley said...

I'm thinking March 30th. :-)

Debz said...

My guess is March 21st...great way to start spring!

Wanda said...

I don't know but I'm so thrilled that you actually asked that question. What I do know is - it'll be SOON!!!! So excited for you!

Anonymous said...

I don't know, but March 18th sounds a lot better than April 12th to me. Of course I'll still be waiting when you get yours.

Aus said...

You know I couldn't resist this....I've got to say it....and I'll apologize for it up front....

April 1st - no foolin!

hugs - aus and co.

Stefanie said...

Oh my goodness... SOOOOO exciting!! Does exciting even work here? Is there a BIGGER and BETTER word for exciting???
I am going to guess, with NO mathematical basis, that you'll get your referral on March 31st!!
Can't wait to hear about your little peanut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YoonSeon said...

Are you talking about an adoption referral?

Also, any sort of maths hurts my brain, too. Like, majorly. =P

The Gang's Momma! said...

Yeah, I have no idea. But I'm dying laughing at the impossible levels of geeky nerd-dom that must have been hovering in the air at that moment. Was it thick and heavy, replete with the humidity of knowledge? LOL - I should talk with my nerdy love for words like "replete!"

And I have to ask... when the levels of mind-numbing mathematical equations reach those levels, is it an aphrodisiac???