More Silly Hotel Stuff

I stayed at the Towne Place hotel in Irving, Texas in May. This one is amusing rather than ridiculous (c.f., my post on the Westin O’Hare). The hotel’s monthly newsletter has various bits about pop culture. I put a couple bits of content through my unique way-too-much-time-on-his-hands™ analysis and report the results.

Resume Re-Do

The first item is the “Resume Re-Do.” An article only slightly longer than the “review” I’m giving it here. 🙂 It gives advice to people who just crawled out from under a rock on things they can do to make their resume better. It’s all motherhood and apple pie stuff, but as far as the tips themselves go, they’re alright. It’s the run-up that I find a bit over the top. It says “Fashion changes, car models evolve and even resumes have a different look each job hunting season”” Really? I heard that animal prints were all the rage last job hunting season, but pastels are the in thing now. I wouldn’t want an employer to say “gosh, Paco’s resume is SO 2006.”

What would modern generic value-added content be without the obligatory Sudoku puzzle? But wait, there’s more. There’s also a word search, reprinted here without permission.

R E H C A E T F R O C F D O R
N O Y R H R G D E R B G E A Y
M T G S O C C U H L L E R O A
E B L O N W Y A T Y I O B T M
M Y P A R A D W O L L E Y I E
O S R O L F R N M E M I S A M
G R A D U A T I O N O O L T O
O C C I N C H C A E T M A C R
M E M Y B R E T S P H O N L I
A S R A R L D R E O B I U Y A
S R N E O I O O N E C O R H L
R U C P J L E O A C E C O S N
P N Y I H T R P M L R Y E L L
X A K E R F Y I O W K P L R O
M O M G R A D P A R A D E Y T

Words to Find

  • FROG
  • YELLOW
  • LILY
  • BLOOM
  • MAYPOLE
  • PARADE
  • DERBY
  • MEMORIAL
  • HONOR
  • TROOPS
  • MOTHER
  • TEACHER
  • NURSE
  • CINCO
  • SOCCER
  • GRADUATION

Now, what amuses me so much about this word search is that it (a) was created by a computer and (b) shows signs of bugs in the software. I think the software, in an effort to be clever, doesn’t just pick random letters as filler around the goal words. I think it actively uses substrings of the goal words. That’s a neat idea, but look at how many different words you can get from substrings in the above words. Things like: yell, memo, moth, teach, grad, and loom. And that’s ignoring obvious silly things like the, nor, and oops. So, we end up with some amusing artifacts like these:

  • The bottom row (and what prompted this whole review) is “mom” “grad”and “parade.” After I noticed that, I was surprised to notice that neither mom nor grad are goal words.
  • There are quite a few significant substrings: parad, socc, yell, memo, and cinc. That last one actually is next to the letter H, making “cinch.”
  • In all, there’s probably about 30 legitimate words in this word search. Not just the 16 that they mention. That is if you include things like ‘toe’ and ‘loon’ and ‘one’

I guess I figure there’s no way a person would sit down and do a word search the way this one was done. Who would put so many words in and then not list them as goal words? Who would put—in forward, horizontal letters—one of the goal words minus its final letter (e.g., “parad”)? Only a computer would do that. Only a computer programmed to be clever.

Wow that was a lot of time spent analyzing a pretty trivial and pointless little game.