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Bowling gutter ball

With needing to get our first release out fast, it seemed like a good use of our money to outsource the web development, so that all of the user account management and subscription payments would be taken care of in parallel with my building the app. I still think it was a good idea, but as "my"...

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Orlando Conference Center

I don't know how long it had been since I had spent an entire day working for the start-up without writing a line of code. But it happened last Monday, while preparing the various necessities for two conferences in which we will be exhibiting in two and three weeks: Florida Music Teacher's Associa...

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MusicScore

Amongst all of my business today, it was nice to take a step into the imaginary world of this little piece composed about 11 years ago when I was still in Pensacola, and a bit of a predecessor to Symphony No. 1. Maybe you'll find it a nice little excursion as well. But be forewarned of early-200...

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George Foreman R2D2 Have you ever worked on one thing day and night for several weeks straight? Maybe 60 or 70 hours per week at work? Do you get more work done? I think for a time. But what happened after about a month? You don't have to tell me because the studies from way back in the '30s, '40s, and '50s showed us...

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Max Headroom

In AI search algorithms, one of the biggest challenges is creating an algorithm that reduces the amount of time spent searching. Search algorithms are navigating a search space that is too large for brute force search (...else we wouldn't need the AI). By nature, in order to accomplish this, we mu...

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It's been six months working full-time as "CTO" and sole programmer for the start-up. Soon, by the way, I'll be able to finally unveil (to my billions of readers) what we're all about, and all the features of the program! While I'll always want to be able to accomplish more than I can faster than...

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"Huh? Wait, isn't that the thing that basically just does stuff with files and opens dialogs?" OK so I have this tradition that whenever I learn a new computer language, I have to write a game with it. BASIC on Apple II and Commodore Amiga 1000, QBasic, C, HTML, etc. Once I had a Casio graphing calc...

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This is my only symphony so far. It was written and recorded in 2006, primarily as a soundtrack for a planetarium show at Pensacola Christian College entitled "Stair Steps to Space." It was, of course then, written primarily to support the content of the show, and strictly conforms to the show's f...

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