A recent XKCD:
As always, make sure to mouseover the comic for the extra punchline.
This discovered as the computer nears the end of its second week of churning through self-comparisons of 2.3M quotation strings from OED2. At last check it had reached string #878,745, so about 37.4467539286% of the way home. It turns out 2.3M squared is a fairly big number for this sort of thing.
Having done a bunch of code writing, debugging, and rethinking of this thing in the first three or four days, I’m hoping that when it finishes up at the end of this week, there won’t be very much ongoing development and I can settle into working through the results. That’s the theory, anyway.