If you’ve ever had to dig down into specific columns of a spreadsheet with > Z columns you probably know how annoying it is to try to convert something like ‘AQ’ to the appropriate index (e.g. row). Here’s a quick one-liner to convert a spreadsheet letter-based column to the equivalent zero-based index.
col2num(‘A’) -> 0
col2num(‘Z’) -> 25
col2num(‘BC’) -> 54
To get this new blog started I’m poaching an old post I made about scrambling words while retaining legibility. In the time since I originally posted this I found the source.
I was recently reading the Lucky Basartd page on the Stone Brewery website and I remembered an (unverified) study claiming “scrambled words are legible as long as first and last letters are in place.” For grins, I whipped up a Python script to scramble a word/sentence.