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Open Thread: How are you using Excel?

Yesterday, I mentioned I'd been talking with someone who's looking at interesting things people are doing with Microsoft Excel. I talked to her again yesterday, and with her official okey-dokey, I'll virtually introduce Tralee Pearce (*waves*), a reporter from Toronto's Globe & Mail whom you might remember from a very swell article about the Hipster PDA.

So, by request -- and to help Tralee with fleshing out her fun-sounding article -- I hope you all will jump in here: What kind of cool, novel, and non-obvious stuff are you doing with Excel? What's the wildest, most obsessive, most nerdy thing you ever saw someone do with our favorite spreadsheet program?

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A couple of my work...

A couple of my work friends had a bet on last year's college football championship game, based on predicting the final score with the winner to be based on the sum of the squares of the differences between their predictions and the final score (a fairly nerdy way to bet). I made up a grid with team A's score across the top (up to 50 or so) and team B down the left, and colored the grid according to who was winning the bet. I printed 2 copies in color and gave it to them to track score by score through the game. They both told me I was too nerdy and obsessive (not to mention wild). Afterwards, they both told me they used it throughout the game, and it added to their enjoyment. So there!




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