I grabbed a Calculus textbook off the bookshelf to try and look up anything it might have on algorithms, as I had it in my head that an algorithm was a purely mathematical exercise. I plowed through it, and in so doing accidentally taught myself about how to calculate logarithms.
In the meantime, it turns out the interwebs had my answer. Good ol' Wikipedia advised me an algorithm is a fancy word for a plan. Bob told me the same thing.
So...if you've got a wicked yummy cake algorithm, chances are you got it out of a cookbook filled with similar baking algorithms.
I'm going to find a way to use it awkwardly in conversation tomorrow because it seems fun. "I'm wondering if that particular tie fit in to your overall algorithm for morning preparation or if this was a side-trip to the 'clean pile'?"
Ya know, something like that. I'll be amused, anyway...