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Created by OrionBlastar 11 hours, 15 minutes ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11416]

Before the Slide-Rule or Calculator was invented, people had to do math in their head. They used algorithms and tables and charts and tricks they memorized.

My son grew up in a 21st century education system, that means they taught him to use a calculator and then an iPad to solve math problems.

Oh, of course, he is in college now, and College Algebra class won't allow the use of iPads or Calculators.

I never learned how to do Math in my head, I wrote my formulas and stuff on paper and did addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and fractions on paper as well. When I tried to teach my son to do it that way, he would get angry at me.

Colege Algebra has like an 80% fail rate on the first try a student takes. I wonder if they taught students how to do math in their head and on paper if they'd do better in math?

When I wrote a business intelligence program, the people using it didn't have to know how math works, just enter forms and press buttons. As a Programmer, I used formulas and algorithms in my code, but that part was hidden from the user. Was I just making them dumber as a result?


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Created by Mike_Crawford 11 hours, 8 minutes ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11417]

I honestly feel that computers are commonly used inappropriately.

But to answer your questions, I used to show off my ability to multiply - in my head - pairs of large, randomly chosen numbers. The challenger would work it out on paper as I contemplated.

This is the first time I've ever told anyone my secret: I visualized working out the problem on a chalkboard.

It's The Power Of Creative Visualization.

In other news, I've decided to treat my Schizoaffective Disorder with Crystal Healing.


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Created by OrionBlastar 21 hours, 36 minutes ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11410]

Welp I watched it on TV as I could not get those special glasses.

Even Trump watched the Eclipse, and everyone was together for a while.

Won't happen again until 2024.

Partial eclipse looks like Pacman eating dots.

I hope most of you saw it or something on TV at least.

The dragon ate the moon for you D&D and Warcraft types.


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7.00
Created by Mike_Crawford 15 hours, 20 minutes ago
[ 7.00 | 0.00 ] [#11414]

I saw it from a park in downtown Vancouver. Lots of people joined me.

The advice I got last night to use my phone camera to safely watch didn't work at all - it saturated the sensor. Happily my sensor doesn't seem to be damaged.

Some guy staying at the Hilton across the street got me a free pair from the hotel's front desk. I got a real good view that way.

The light grew dim but not dark. It's wasn't yellow light as twilight has - it was a gray darkness.

It also got quite cold.

I felt and still feel bad for all the fine upstanding citizens who were required to be at work this morning.

I took the whole day off to work on Warp Life. I'm making good progress now.


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Created by OrionBlastar 11 hours, 21 minutes ago
[ 2.00 | 0.00 ] [#11415]

I think everyone took off work to see the Eclipse.

My wife works in a nursing home and they gave out patients the ISO certified glasses and if you wanted to take a picture you had to hold the lens up to the smartphone camera to take a picture.

Since I am disabled and was helping out my mother and had no glasses or way to get them or drive somewhere, I stayed at home and watched it on TV.

Total Eclipse of the Heart sold like hotcakes today, that is one song they must have made millions off of today.


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Created by kr5dit 5 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11421]

Here's a view of the eclipse as seen from Australia.

Also something about not looking directly at kr5ddit during service eclipses...


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Created by Mike_Crawford 21 hours, 37 minutes ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11409]

It runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

If you're able to test, I need the UDIDs from each device you plan to test with. Say you have both an iPhone and an iPad - I'd need both of their UDIDs.

Follow the instructions at the link below to obtain your device's UDID. Mail it (or them) to mdcrawford@gmail.com.

http://www.warplife.com/beta-testing

You could really help a brother out by forwarding the above link to anyone you genuinely feel would be interested in or would benefit from it.


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8.00
Created by Mike_Crawford 3 days, 10 hours ago
[ 8.00 | 0.00 ] [#11383]

Today I made a new About screen.

Previously I had the URL as a static label, with a button that said Website. I got rid of the button and made the URL a clickable link.

I added the GNU GPLv3 license notice - "Warp Life is free software...". There is a clickable link that will bring up the full text of the license. I'll do that last part tomorrow.

I usually sleep round the clock on Saturday, sometimes Sunday too so I don't get to have much of a weekend. It's approaching 11:00 PM which is the time I go to bed on work nights. After I post this I'll go to bed, and will set my alarm clock.

Recall that I had a hard time getting the speed slider to work properly. I got that working the last time I worked on Warp Life. It uses a running average to count the number of generations. If a generation gets generated faster, extra delay will be added.

The action of the slider is still not right - it goes real fast until you slide the indicator most of the way down. I expect that people will want more precise control of the speed when it's slower, so I'm going to make the speed a curve - probably quadratic but maybe exponential.

There is a File menu that lets you open run length encoded files, and save them as RLE. Presently I prepopulate the app's Documents folder with RLE files from the LifeWiki.

But I plan to bundle all of the files - there are over 500. The user's documents will get lost in the crowd. So I'm going to put the Wiki's RLE files in the app's Library folder, with the Documents folder dedicated to the user's documents.

I've fixed some bugs.

There's lots of petty little things that must be done before I ship. I'm steadily knocking them down now.


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0.00
Created by Mike_Crawford 11 hours, 2 minutes ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11419]

Today I finally clued in to how to get Warp Life to use the full screen real-estate of my iPhone 7. My original UI was for the iPhone 4, which has a smaller screen.

The sizes available to the app are determined by the sizes of Launch Image that are included with the app bundle. My app was the size of an iPhone 4 at first, which resulted in "letter boxing".

I added a launch image for the full size of the iPhone 7 screen, with the result that warp life is now as big as the screen on my whizzy new phone.

I also studied up on Auto Layout, apple's constraint-based system for handling all the screen sizes, and possibly both landscape and portrait orientations, from just one Interface Builder layout.

Constraints are painful to figure out but the work really well once you've climbed up their steep learning curve.


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Created by Mike_Crawford 2 days, 14 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11390]

I haven't done the iPad About box yet because its power cord somehow got heavily damaged. I'll buy a new one on Monday, if the Apple Store still carries them.

https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20915531_1901998300051404_1762481017378883541_n.jpg?oh=d9f959c4c44eaa401b8e61355211a52e&oe=5A238D07


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Created by Mike_Crawford 1 day, 15 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11398]

Today I added the Help button that you see in the lower left of this screenshot. Clicking it takes you to the manual. <-- This one is on my website, but it's also built into the app.


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Created by Mike_Crawford 1 day, 15 hours ago
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Created by Mike_Crawford 11 hours, 1 minute ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11420]

Just above ---^ is a screenshot from my app when it was still letterboxed. The black band at the top was my unused real estate.


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3.00
Created by United_Fools 1 day, 12 hours ago
[ 3.00 | 0.00 ] [#11403]

There is now strong push to remove the statues of the Confederate heroes. Shouldn't the Republicans fight back, demanding the removal of the statues of the war criminals like Lincoln, Grant and Sherman, who invaded the South and did great atrocities to the white people, killing many whites who fought for the South, and burned down Southern properties and cities? Shouldn't the Republicans demand the removal of all statues of the three Yankee criminals nation-wide?


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4.00
Created by OrionBlastar 21 hours, 12 minutes ago
[ 4.00 | 0.00 ] [#11413]

Remember when this guy ruined Japan with his bad breath and clumsy dance moves?


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0.00
Created by United_Fools 11 hours, 7 minutes ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11418]

how about this statue of Drumpf?


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4.00
Created by OrionBlastar 1 day, 9 hours ago
[ 4.00 | 0.00 ] [#11405]

Dem evil Liberols they done took down anyother offensive statue:

All he wanted to do was make the best fried chicken in the world!

One of his friends tried to counter-protest the protestors, and got arrested by the police for being too white:

He was some sort of Nazi/KKK member that ran burger joints using slave labor. So his statues had to come down as well.


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5.00
Created by tdillo 21 hours, 35 minutes ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11411]

That one dude looks like a pedophile. Yeah you old buckethead pervert, I just bet it is 'finger-licken good'.

Als, you ever wonder why you don't see Ronald anymore? Little known fact: Michael Jackson actually played the role of the Big Mickey D. When the kids at the Ronald McDonald House sat in his lap he would scream out in high falsetto, "I'm lovin it!"


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5.00
Created by OrionBlastar 21 hours, 18 minutes ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11412]

When I was young, I had a nightmare about Ronald McDonald. He wears the clown makeup because he is a vampire and it protects him from the sun. The reason why he wants kids to get fat is that their blood tastes better. I tried to run away and Ronald sent his vampire kids after me, and the golden arches turned into a vampire bat. I got away in the dream and then woke up.

I was scared of going to McDonalds for a year or so, before I got over it. Burger King was better and my mother got coupons for it. I also went to Burger Chef before it became Hardee's or Carl Junior's.


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2.00
Created by tdillo 21 hours, 47 minutes ago
[ 2.00 | 0.00 ] [#11408]

I'm down with Penn Jillette's idea. he said on Bill Mahr's show that we should tear ALL the statues down. We don't recognise royalty or titles every citizen is an individual and no more nor less better than any other.

Of course no one heard thaty message because those who choose to be outraged have decided that he be pilloried on his remark about Newfies being stupid.


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Created by Mike_Crawford 1 day, 12 hours ago
[ 1.00 | 0.00 ] [#11404]

Grandpa Sherman is an ancestor of mine, and therefore historically notable.


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Created by OrionBlastar 1 day, 9 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11406]

We got a park near my mother's house that has a Sherman tank in it from WWII. Kids used to use the trap door in the bottom to get into the tank. They put bars on the hole in the floor but small kids could slip between the bars and get inside. As far as I know it is still there.

My son did a diagramme with Sherman burning down Atlanta. He used plastic army men from the dollar store, and used a few with flame throwers to burn down the farms and buildings to the dock. Back then they destroyed an enemy state or nation by taking away their economy, food sources, and burning down as much as they could to force them to surrender.


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5.00
Created by OrionBlastar 1 day, 18 hours ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11396]

It reminds me of Silicon Valley when Gilfoyl converts his Botcoin rig into a video streaming server cluster. They had a video camera on top of a mountain of an eagle egg hatching and the guy who climbed up to remove the camera because they thought the egg was dead, fell down and got hurt and the camera went with him. Until a rescue team could get to him, they kept streaming it live to prove their compression software was better than Endframe or Hooli's.


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4.00
Created by anonymous 3 days, 16 hours ago
[ 4.00 | 0.00 ] [#11382]

to protest the firing of Steve Bannon, more White house officials have resigned. Here is their resignation letter:


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Created by anonymous 3 days, 10 hours ago
[ 2.23 | 0.00 ] [#11384]


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Created by United_Fools 2 days, 11 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11391]

Civl war? between who and who?


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Created by anonymous 2 days, 9 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11393]

Democrats vs. Republicans, left verses right, Communists vs. Nazis, criminals vs. police officers, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!


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3.59
Created by tdillo 5 days, 12 hours ago
[ 3.59 | 0.00 ] [#11380]

Natalee Holloway's Remains May Have Been Discovered in Aruba

I'm not even going to touch this one. But can we all agree that she did more for K5 than other kuron or kurona?
Still do we really want to be digging this up? She kinda past the sell by date if you know what I mean.
Okay, I'll lay it out for you straight. She DOESN'T PASS THE SMELL TEST. Alright? Ah fugedabowtit.


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0.21
Created by anonymous 3 days, 10 hours ago
[ 0.21 | 0.00 ] [#11386]

Even Alice Cooper would not tap that.

Van Der Sloot drugged her, raped her, and then killed her and dumped the body at sea. Everyone knows that but the Dutch government and Island of Aruba.


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Created by tdillo 2 days, 22 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11389]

and her dad.

I just want my Baby back!
baby back, baby back, baby back, baby back
Chili's baby back ribs
Barbecue sauce
Chili's baby back ribs


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3.00
Created by OrionBlastar 5 days, 22 hours ago
[ 3.00 | 0.00 ] [#11373]

http://blastar.org/gnu/

A place to hang out when Kr5ddit is down.

GNO Social is a free as in speech alternative to Twitter and other social networks.


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Created by anonymous 1 day, 21 hours ago
[ 2.00 | 0.00 ] [#11395]

http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-701361-1071921.html How do I buy an advertise on your alt-twitter? For New Zealand sushi lovers... a friend is opening a restaurant in a seaside town there..


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Created by OrionBlastar 1 day, 17 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11397]

Just post an update and a link in the update or post or whatever.

It is not designed for ads yet, I hope they fix it so it is soon.


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4.00
Created by tdillo 5 days, 12 hours ago
[ 4.00 | 0.00 ] [#11377]

Recieved the invite. You're to kind. My staff are vetting it as we speak. Predicated on satisfactory inspection I will take possession within five (5) business days of the date their report is filed.


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Created by anonymous 2 days, 9 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11394]

Looks like you already joined.

http://blastar.org/gnu/index.php/tdillo


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Created by anonymous 1 day, 15 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11400]

Somebody, I say, SOMEBODY done absconded with my identitee!
The person to whom you link is a charlatan of the first order! A scalliwag, a fraud, a conniving mountebank. I disavow any and all statements made by this person. Certainly no gentleman indeed an obvious byproduct of a union between beast and the lowest form of man. This is what happens to society when public flogging is banned!

theREALdealOftenImitatedNeverDuplicatedWomenWantMeMenWantoBEMeOriginalOGKushJackatallTradesMasterofONEWorldReknowedtDillo

I guess I should jump over there quick like before they register Coyote Brown or Ouroboros! Shit


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Created by OrionBlastar 1 day, 9 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11407]

If you want to, nobody has signed up as them yet. We got a mostly blank database that needs user names to fill it up.


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Created by United_Fools 5 days, 19 hours ago
[ 3.00 | 0.00 ] [#11374]

Wait. Not yet a full Twitter replacement. Real Donald Trump is not there.


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Created by OrionBlastar 5 days, 18 hours ago
[ 4.00 | 0.00 ] [#11375]

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Created by United_Fools 5 days, 17 hours ago
[ 0.00 | 0.00 ] [#11376]

oh, our God! God Emperor himself is there!


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5.00
Created by United_Fools 1 week ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11366]

We shall have hope, that humans by their nature are loving and brotherly beings


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Created by OrionBlastar 6 days, 14 hours ago
[ 5.00 | 0.00 ] [#11370]

Putin and Trump made a deal. Illegal Undocumented Immigrants who are arrested by ICE in the USA are shipped to Rusia to be trained to fight terrorists in the Middle East and South America, and they both share the oil rights!

North Korea, we made a deal with them. All of the Liberal losers who want to leave the USA, get sent to North Korea and live there in paradise.

Nazis and Racists get sent to Germany to fight the Syrian Refugees there that rape women, etc.


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2.00
Created by anonymous 3 days, 10 hours ago
[ 2.00 | 0.00 ] [#11385]

General Robert E. Lee came back to life and now leads an Army of Confederate Zombies to start the second Civil War as the South Rides again! You should write a book on that or something.


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