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601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Trivia: How Many Can You Get? on: October 07, 2014, 06:41:19 PM
That's terrifying Stephen!

I have no idea what that even means!

602 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Ideas Wanted! on: October 07, 2014, 06:33:49 PM
Not saying it is what you want or hope but Link Collector is pretty simple and decent

As for ideas, the thing I need most these days is related to text, csv, mysql and conversions in such formats. If by chance anybody cares I will explain further but its probably impossible, impractical and/or solves my unique need only.

Hi Rgdot,

This will be a bit left field of a post, but it's hopefully a tip that could advise you sometime. Have you ever taken your desired software/goal to an outsourcing shop like oDesk? Sure there's a range on there of bad to good devs, but to my mind it at least gets some of the doubt out. Being purely ethical, you post your desired project, and when the replies come back, after you weed out a couple of "yes men", the first wave tells you if it is impractical, (little is impossible, only impractical to high degrees!!), and then they don't care if it solves your unique need only. Everyone has unique needs.

An idea I have vaguely pondered is tag-teaming DC guys with the outsource guys. I've talked a bit here and there about "coding lunches". NANY seems to be the once-a-year coding lunch here, bigger than the quick coding snacks. It's a bit of a risk, to commit to a NANY coding lunch.

But let's say you spin it once through a couple of those freelancers. You'll get info back if it's doable or not. Maybe only for a couple hundred bucks.

And here is a bit of where the koala (not as bad as an elephant and far cuter) in the room is. There's a weird part of Internet Culture that likes stuff for "free". (For varying interpretations of free.) I coined the metaphor about coding snacks vs lunches to help separate where someone's genius creating a script in x hours drifts over into a beautiful but time-chewing app.

And I think when people need custom tools do do whatever saves themselves tons of headache but is low reach, be ready to spend a "few" bucks. The way you phrase it is something like "give me feedback and a three hour mock-up". Across X devs, that should be enough to spot some of the worst pitfalls, then you go to your secret DC enclave armed with 3rd level questions, rather than the opener.

You get to say stuff like (made up gibberish coming) "So I posted my idea, two wanted to do it in C++, one wanted reg C, one wanted Python. Three of them said X, Y, and H are a problem. The fourth agreed H was a problem but he had A, B, and Q concerns. Here's three mockups, two in C++, the C guy bowed out, and one in Python. So what do you guys think?"

603 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Ideas Wanted! on: October 07, 2014, 01:11:04 PM

Hi Stephen.

This will be a bit of a silly post just to break the ice, but it has 20% truth behind it.

I have become fairly impressed with what people can get done in 2-3 days with Ludum Dare, so 1 man times lots of days should be even better!

I think a couple of hysterically funny political games about the corporations and Edward Snowden and the NSA and Facebook and all that jazz are really due soon now. Brutally re-paraphrased, "what tyrannies fear is mockeries and laughter". So there could be a couple of ways to take it -- play the NSA agent who has to survey stuff, play a company trying to keep market share, or play a lone hapless citizen trying to stay safe!

604  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind Mapping Software - What are the current top players now? on: October 07, 2014, 01:02:24 PM
There's a bunch of Thinkertoys out there. Beyond a pen and a blank sheet of paper, I haven't found anything that fits all use cases for ideation, project  planning, or info organizing. Not to say I haven't looked. But life is short and I have things to accomplish - so I abandoned the quest to find the perfect all-inclusive mind tool about 5 years ago. Now, I just use whatever I think fits best for what I'm up to.

Increasingly, pen and paper (or index card) seems to work best for what I do. YMMV. Cool Thmbsup

Yeah, for me too, the maps are def for personal use only, not to look pretty to publish.

Great shout out here about old school paper! When I go that route, I like a mechanical pencil to slowly fill in more and more info into a moderately complex chart, and then a blue pen becomes "bold".

I researched my tree system as the secondary replacement to stickies and index cards - I write those fast on the fly, then on various days I just type them up. My program allows you to "hide" stuff so on a good day I type up 20 of my notes and hide them, and it gets them off my desk.

But there's function issues floating around here too. I often run into the case when one main them I am working on gets mentally interrupted by secondary thoughts. So you have to put those somewhere else. So a good system needs to handle a bit of overflow.

605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 07, 2014, 12:52:42 PM
I think it's more we are constantly evolving individuals. And it's hard to maintain that sense of wonder we occasionally have when we experience something for the first time. Our tastes change over time. And every additional experience we have has a direct bearing on our personalities and tastes.

Yes this is here, but I think the broader evolution of SciFi is involved here too.

I remember as a child raiding a local chain of used book stores called "Annie's Bookstop" (I think) as a youth. Because their pricing was a bit sweetly-naively based on original cover prices divided by 2, as a youth I could get whole bags full of the "golden" and "silver" age story collections from the 40's-70's for twenty bucks. Harlan Ellison was my own personal holy grail, but the example I want to go into here is Isaac Asimov's story "Nightfall".

It's a fairly simple story, that relies on accurate wording to work. World has some 7 suns and bunches of moons, somehow not collapsing into chaos. (Astronomer PHD heaven!) But it just so happens every big bunch of years, say 400-700, you somehow get a total 7 sun eclipse and the entire world goes dark for a night. Chaos reigns. Civilization collapses in the chaos and looting.

It's a nice little story. But it somehow became its own SuperMeme and ended up being included in some thirty anthologies for thirty years.

We just don't do that anymore. As ______ (media/content/culture/lore) gets older, it feels like it really degrades far faster now.

606  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind Mapping Software - What are the current top players now? on: October 07, 2014, 12:41:31 PM
So why am I so high on Scapple?  In Scapple, there is no center.  You just put bubbles and text anywhere and connect them with lines.  No organization, no outline or hierarchy.  And it's and type.  The disadvantage compared to other mind map software is that it doesn't have any fancy features like linking to documents, or embedding stuff, sophisticated visual options. 

Again, I seem to have a personal confusion regarding the definition of mind map.  What is that?  A brainstorm?  It seems to imply a center, that's all i know.  the Brain is probably the most "mind map" thing I've found in the way it presents information (similar to how we think through connections).  But scapple is the same with a more simple format.  I like it better in that I can place things on the screen as i please, I don't have to fiddle around with the Brain's weird 3D space-universe.

mind map, brainstorm, flowchart, outline.
Hi Superboy.

I think these are fairly fuzzy related themes.

People extoll the features of what works for them. So forgive me that I just keep adapting the one I chose.

Just for discussion, you sound a bit concerned about hierarchy problems. It's a bit of a weird trade off. I disliked circles because to me they felt they were wasting space drawing circles, and it seemed above a certain amount of info, that model collapses entirely! (Let's just solve that, and call them rectangles, not to waste screen space on graphics.)

I think an aspect of this discussion depends on how good you are at meta-planning your layout. So let's say you're brainstorming/mindmapping ... say ... Ludum Dare stuff. So your first 20 rectangles are easy, you just sorta stick them somewhere. Then you discover you have stuff on the corners that all relates to each other. How do you get quasi-diagonal lines going without making a huge mess?

In choosing my text tree style, I just resorted to textual notes of "see also ___ ____ ___ ___". So you might have two copies of the info on main trees, and then those little links just have to be "see also" footnotes.

607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Rich kids of Teheran" on: October 07, 2014, 12:28:14 PM
Lesson Learned: Iranian women are mostly hot blondes & hot brunettes. cheesy

Hmm. One of my meta-hobbies is watching TV shows in tandem with Wikipedia and IMDB. So a small bell rang in my mind just now. If you'll forgive the technically official place of birth, I'll submit Sarah Shahi for consideration! : )

She's done a fair amount of stuff. I learned about her from Fairly Legal a while back.

608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 07, 2014, 12:25:00 PM
... beavis and butthead!!  totally forgot about that, lol, ...

I have to say, B&B is the single toon that annoyed me most in all of time. I barely get its like nihilistic humor, sorta Waiting for Godot for the 90's, but for me even horrifically badly written anything is better than that particular style of humor.

But I do get that you can't knock someone who gives people what they want. Mike Judge is certainly clever, and I liked King of the Hill a bit. I just didn't care for B&B. People get to be people.

609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 07, 2014, 03:57:28 AM
I had to do a page search to be sure.

Transformers hasn't made the list yet!?

3rd level runner up Voltron.

610  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind Mapping Software - What are the current top players now? on: October 07, 2014, 03:54:59 AM

It depends what you mean by "top players".

I think "Top Player" is a misdirecting red herring. I'd ponder exactly what is desired, and then maybe sometimes a lesser known app has a killer feature. Let's call it the "drool factor". "Blah Blah Blah, all those big guys do x and y, but this little thing does THAT!? Gimme the Pro copy now!!" That's how it went for me.

611  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind Mapping Software - What are the current top players now? on: October 07, 2014, 03:52:54 AM
"...looking for a way to diagram out my thoughts, and create relationships based on them or identify new trends or connections between various topics..."

I think a broad comment is to ponder a little "what do you want the software to do"? I think this is one of those strange topics where you can stare at software all day, but to use a chess analogy, if you get a supercomputer playing chess thinking 40 moves ahead and the first move is wrong, you'll end up with gorgeously proofed out garbage.

Do you want little circles you can write in, and then add circles and circles until you have a nice cluster of circles linking everywhere? Instead, it just so happens the method I went with was a topic-tree list program, and if the same thing shows up twice, just add it into the second tree. Like, if you're studying the effects of fruits on health, orange shows up say twice, on "list of fruits" and "sources of vitamin C." My particular program doesn't draw lines between them there, but at a certain info threshold, it's not so bad to manage.

612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 07, 2014, 03:41:40 AM
I guess that's part of the appeal of Tom Baker.  I had the feeling he was laughing at the chintzy props even as he was taping the show.

I think I liked Eccleston in the new show partly because with high production values the camp thing  doesn't work as well.  He played it more straight ahead beat the bad guys.

Maybe, but that feels just a bit dangerous to me - X of us genuinely "put aside" what we knew were cheesy props to get to the "sense of wonder".

I think if we start to drift into "yay, let's play, it's campy!", it becomes amusing, but only on a very light sugary level that doesn't have the power of inspiration I think a lot of us felt. Now when actors get handed a campy script that was supposed to be played straight, and they play it campy anyway signalling to the audience "Hey, I got handed this thing", sometimes they can get a brilliant one-time sendup like Galaxy Quest, but that doesn't change people's lives.

And with the rise of the net and modern video games, we don't get those old "nostalgic" pastimes like watching Rocky Horror 150 times.

613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 06, 2014, 05:39:31 PM
I just remembered! I had forgotten about them!

There's a band called Toehider that does modern covers of all the old cartoon theme songs, *terrifyingly well*.

He/they really respect the source, just like the spirit of this thread, instead of snootily looking down for a cheap "let's go kiddie retro for ad clicks".

Here's a couple links:
Ulysses 31
(Interesting take on "It's me Nono, small robot you know..." - he cranks the energy up even more!

M. A. S. K.

And lastly, the one that haunted my childhood forever - Spartakus
First, an unusual live version:

Elsewhere on his albums there's another version. I forget how it all worked this many years later, but some/most of them were free in whole/part for varying amounts of time. I'd have to search my comp and my email to unravel it all.

614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 06, 2014, 05:33:59 PM
One suggestion from that Washington Post article I'll disagree with is the "cartoons went away because of Quality Time". I still remember way more clearly than anything else from that period, that Sat AM cartoons came on *early*, sometimes as early as 6 AM. So though my Dad has always been an early bird, Sat AM cartoons were a great little thing to keep us amused to give Dad time to catch up on his chores or the bills while Mom slept until about 10.

I wasn't aware of the FCC angles though.

615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 06, 2014, 05:27:24 PM
I'm torn; Tom Baker was the Doctor, but I enjoyed the flamboyant exuberance of Jon Pertwee.
Perhaps that's rosy-tinted nostalgia, but it just isn't the same show that I used to enjoy so much.  Much more slick production, of course, but what use is that?  It looks much like any other slick modern made-for-TV film.  People used to snigger at the cheap production of classic Dr. Who, but maintaining any sort of willing suspense of disbelief of a big ask with a show of this kind.  I thought the rough and ready, make do and mend look of the cheap production actually helped by making things more like real life.  Now, things seem too bright and colourful; everybody is too well turned out in designer clothes, too clean and tidy; even the modern cybermen look like they're fresh from a cyber boy band.  The classic "big ears" versions were more scary because they were humanoid but a travesty of humans.

Unfortunately, I think there is some serious rosy-tinting affecting how we see SciFi, Fantasy, and some other genres, for all kinds of reasons. Because I'm not a Dr. Who guy, I'll use Star Trek, but I hope my points still hold.

- We were doing more dreaming then. I don't think it's an accident both Dr. Who and Trek started in the 60's. I'm not sure culturally what the British thought about the "American mission to the moon"; I'm guessing they said "well, we can't do this alone like they are, but we can lend them our scientists to help".

- Computing was more exciting. All those big flashing lights, and the things were huge, so you know only important projects got to have them. And maybe they even foresaw the miniturization push, but then if you add back the hardware you get something like IBM's Watson on turbo. So it would still be huge. And marketing wise, you had all those ENIACS and Mark IV's and stuff. Now we get Microsoft who decides to go from Windows 8 to Windows 10.

- Now we have grown used to a certain level of cinematic competence, it's harder to go back and really let disbelief go like we were kids in the old days. At least for me, subconsciously the contrast just stands out too much. It would be an interesting experiment if they used super-expensive cut-paste tech to "slice out" the actors of old Trek and CGI re-do the entire rest of the show like it would be today.

616 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Prelim NANY 2015 thread on: October 06, 2014, 12:04:27 PM

This will have to be moved, but I couldn't think of where else to put it.

It's October ... and I haven't seen any NANY 2015 chatter yet!

617  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a EXTREMELY basic Multi Clipboard software on: October 06, 2014, 11:58:07 AM
Please, for the love of god, thor, satan whatever, change your avatar. I can't look at the screen long enough to read your post, even though I'm always all ears for a light weight clipboard software.

Drifting off topic, but I had to respond - this is one of the subtle uses of AdBlock - it lets you hide pictures you don't like. There are a few people whose avatars annoy me too. Fine - just adblock them away and then they just vanish!

618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 06, 2014, 11:54:01 AM
Both Dr. Who and Star Trek have a slight problem where the big passage of time skews things - "you learn from those who came before you", and production budgets and standards have changed, favoring the new guys. So we giggle at some of the quirks of the older shows, but they are only there to giggle at because they made enough of a name not to be forgotten.

I tended not to follow Dr. Who much at all - just never really got into it. I did watch some of the new stuff idly a while ago in a marathon, but marathons are a bit of a disposable activity.

The only other Doctor I know anything about is Tom Baker, but it's hardly a "scientific" opinion - your favorite becomes the only one you know!
: )

619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 04, 2014, 07:16:23 AM

And for a different kind of silly humor:
I've been watching a lot of TV lately. Every now and then there's a baby in a scene or two. I know sometimes a very quick shot is a doll, but I think there are a couple of babies around too. (Prob protected to the max by laws.)

So ... do these people get IMDB credits at the age of 3 months old? (Made up name) "Travis Wilkinson is 26 years old and has been acting for 25 years."
620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 04, 2014, 06:36:31 AM
Just a reminder: The word 'free' is not part of Microsoft's vocabulary.  Wink

The word 'free' is not a part of any corporate entity's vocabulary.  People thought it was a part of Google's.  Look at where we are now.

I agree, but there's still a crazy difference between "qualitative data" and keylogging. Keylogging is very dangerous for anyone else to have, especially for silly reasons like "improving spell check".

621  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 03, 2014, 09:34:25 PM
Just a reminder: The word 'free' is not part of Microsoft's vocabulary.  Wink


This just popped up from the Inquirer. It relates to potential keylogging hardwired into at least the prelim versions of Win 10, and we can only "wait and see" if in this cyber-security-crazed world if they release it without it being a secret backdoor still there for the Feds to play with.

"...or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features."

The previous part of the statement was saying things like "app type and how long you use it" ... to me, ho hum. But "collecting typed characters" to "improve spellcheck features" ... that sounds pretty dangerous! I'm sure lots of Co's proprietary info policies and maybe even a few laws like Hipaa would get grouchy about that!

We've all learned that "data doesn't die, except when it's useful for it to do so.".

622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win10 Navigation Pane scrambled on: October 03, 2014, 08:54:54 PM
Either you give them what they ask for... or accept that they might wash their hands of the situation.
If you read my original post to will see that I was asking for "ideas". I was hoping for a response from someone that had the same or similar problem which would indicate a flaw or a bug in the Win10 media. Instead I received a ridiculous request for a picture of the problem. That's when the hand washing started. Mine! I already knew the answer was worthless and washed my hands of it.
If you don't know the answer: don't reply  embarassed
Thanks anyway  cheesy

That's a bit of a fierce response.

"Been associated with computers since 1958 or '59. Bought my first one in 1981 then decided to build one in 1992 ...
Since 1992 I've built a few, installed an O/S or two, spent a few minutes troubleshooting, and never, in all that time, do I recall a screenshot being of any value"

So that means you are at least 65-70 depending how much of a prodigy you were.

And we all joke about off shore people telling you to reboot, but there's clever people here, but before they run wild on a hunch, they have prelim questions first that sound annoying. Sounds like you are there.

But I still like my "TV theory" - maybe they haven't seen the problem, but if they get enough otherwise boring looking data, some bunch of them go on fire and wheel off ______ ___________ ____________ ____________ and then solve it.

So don't give up on them now! Suffer through a couple of seemingly tedious steps. Then I guarantee one of the steps in the middle is tricky, because that's why the weird thing happened. Then a couple more steps to fix it if possible, or just log it as "bug in pretest version".

623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 03, 2014, 06:12:08 PM
Just glancing at all this, there seems to be a bit of scare-monger language going here.

"The bottle is enough to kill X adults".

Uh ... well ... you're supposed to take a couple tea/tablespoons or 2 pills at a time, not whole bottles of stuff. We sorta know better than taking whole bottles of stuff in other categories, so why is this one so different?

I'd think the right answer is "Got it. Take at most 2 at a time, 30 servings, so it lasts me a month". You don't take the whole bottle. That's the stuff of B TV shows. Put another way, the whole point of GNC is they sell huge cans of stuff ... but it's supposed to last you. They're the BJ/Costco of health stuff. So saying anything about the whole container is meaningless.

624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 03, 2014, 06:03:05 PM
Sure it will be FREE BUT what is Windows 9? Grin

Windows 9 is where secrets live. Upon order of the Dept of Homeland Security, Microsoft was ordered to create a second OS and call it Win 10, and for their nefarious purposes, only the Govt gets to have the secret copy of Win 9 for special testing!

625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win10 Navigation Pane scrambled on: October 03, 2014, 06:00:10 PM
I've been watching too many middle-road dramas, but it sounds like we're 6 minutes into a 45 minute episode. When you're faced with something bizarre, you have to slow down and do "silly seeming things" just to get a bit of raw data and your bearings before the solution shows up at min 38.  : )

So it's just a screen shot, it can't hurt ... maybe not help, but maybe it's that step where you rule out random impossible things.

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