The sunday after Thanksgiving is the final day of rest before the Christmas rush begins. The left-overs were consumed, Mum had taken off on her flight back to Blighty and the dinner guests who ate my first roast turkey were still upright and not considering legal action. Then WikiLeaks brought work back into focus.
This latest round of disclosures from WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange and his modern-day Merry Pranksters have not, so far, been the bombshell some were predicting, not least because the media outlets that published them had been in contact with the State Department months in advance to make sure lives weren't put at risk.
Instead, they were more of a series of embarrassing disclosures that have disillusioned some and delighted others.
Despite some of the more hysterical commentary about the leaks, there's nothing so far that's explosive in any sense of the word.
That hasn't stopped people ranting (Sarah Palin was a classic) but, from what we've seen, there's a definite air of ursine arboreal defecation about the contents.
Prince Andrew, with his dad's record, is snippy about the French and patronising to the Americans. Well knock me down with a feather.
For this week's Top 10 we were going to try and find the most interesting cable leaks for technologists, but with quarter of a million files it proved too big a challenge.
So instead we're going look at popular delusions about technology. Like any industry there's a certain amount of hype and disinformation in IT, so we thought we'd puncture some bubbles of received wisdom.
Mention: Computers don't matter in physical sports
Iain Thomson: Sport and computers might seem far removed, but there's a huge amount of IT in the background of many sports and it's giving some an unfair advantage.
The most obvious example of this is Formula One. Michael Schumacher is alleged by some to owe at least two world championships to illegal software which made his car easier to drive, and he's not alone. Modern sailing is nearly impossible without IT, be it atmospheric computers onboard or meteorological systems back home.
Even football has been affected. When FIFA introduces a new ball to the game some of the first recipients are lab technicians who start modelling the best way to kick it.
Sure, a good footballer can find this out themselves with enough practice, but such research data can give a head start. Similar systems are used in hockey and baseball. For all the talk of sporting folk being all about the physical, there's a lot of physics behind the best teams too.
Shaun Nichols: American readers might be familiar with a man named Bill James. The statistics expert helped to revolutionise professional baseball by introducing advanced statistical analysis into the game.
Eventually, the ideas James laid out became the foundation for a school of sports analysis known as Sabermetrics, and followers of the practice began to catch the ears of team executives. Author Michael Lewis examined the phenomenon in his book Moneyball.
These days, pretty much every professional baseball organisation employs one or more statistical analysts who comb through every move the team makes.
Baseball isn't the only sport seeing this type of revolution. Advanced statistical analysis is helping nearly every professional sports organisation rethink the way they choose players and manage finances.
Mention: Internet poker levels the playing field
Shaun Nichols: Gambling in general is a risky proposition. Every game is stacked in the house's favour and the odds are that you will lose your money.
Poker, on the other hand, is supposed to have a level playing field. If you're savvy and lucky enough, you can have the odds in your favour. Even more so with online poker, where you don't have to pay for a plane trip or hotel room and you can play at any time of the day.
The problem is that online poker games can offer anything but a level playing field. There are any number of tools which can help even a novice player to calculate the odds of winning and play accordingly.
If you want to go even further, malware has been found that specially targets online poker players and steals their account data.
Iain Thomson: I'm an avid poker player and enjoyed the game for many years. But I've become convinced that I'm the fish of the deal - the one to be skinned. I'm a decent player, but I ran into software.
Skilled poker playing is a percentages game; you take a guestimate at the odds of your hand winning based on probability and the behaviour of your opponents. As someone whose 'tell' is a shaky left hand when dealt a strong set of cards, internet poker offered a good way to play on a level playing field without having to be there in the flesh.
Now, there have been a lot of good internet poker players who have won world acclaim for their playing thanks to being good at anonymous poker tables. These are not the people I'm worried about: it's the sly bastards who run behavioural analysis software to skin new players that is a concern.
Online games reap huge money these days, but there's a subset of people who go after occasional players by using software that predicts betting strategies. They never win too big, but are a constant annoyance.
My online poker habit is reduced to non-money games these days because no-one wins like software when it comes to online gaming.
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