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  1. Don't stand so close to me ...

    I was battered.
    Quote Originally Posted by www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battery
    1b law : an offensive touching or use of force on a person without the person's consent.
    Honestly, I was not physically harmed. But harm isn't in that definition. Consent is. Touch is. And I was touched without my consent.

    Here's what happened: My husband and I purchased a pre-owned car from a dealership near my dentist. We did the paperwork for the purchase at the Internet department but we financed the purchase and handled that through the dealership's finance department, ...
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  2. It's a quarter after one ...

    It's a quarter after something, depending on your time zone. I've been doing a storm of writing but for my class in creative writing and not for here. It's just not suitable. So far I have:
    • An introduction: This is supposed to be fresh and so I started with a recipe for kluski and milk and talked about how I hate Windows 10.
    • A take on "write what you know": in which I basically said it wasn't literal and that understanding and empathy informed our creation of characters. We
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  3. I'm a winner, I'm a sinner, do you want my autograph?

    I've written a couple PMs now about "How does it feel to win the first WF Grand Invitational Poetry Challenge?" I figure I can maybe try to write about it here and get it sorted. First, the memory I'm going to carry with me is that poems I voted for in the People's Choice were award-winners. To me, that is more valuable than my win. Second, I want to say that my main feeling is one of relief. And lastly, I want to express my profound gratitude for all the folks who made it happen. ...
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  4. ... nothing to do and all day to do it

    Not only is the project done, it is turned in. Now, it just has to be graded.

    Quote Originally Posted by INEW 2332 Syllabus - Spring 2016
    Final Grade Determination:

    • 100 Points (10 report 1 /week each 10 point, due date midnight of every Monday)
    • 50 Points (time log, for all activities)
    • 50 Points (Project description an explanation due date at the end of 4th week)
    • 50 Points (Final presentation for the project)
    • 150 Points (Course project documentations, source code, pseudocode, etc.)
    Okay, breaking this ...
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  5. Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Heaven's Door ...

    The software project is done. Anyone want a throw-back, two-deck solitaire game they don't know how to play? (It does have a help screen.) It runs under Windows. By "throw-back" I mean it looks like a DOS game or a Unix command shell game. If you're interested, PM me and I'll PM you the Dropbox link.

    Also, my final presentation for Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry is done. The presentation part. I have to come up with handouts. And two or three true-false ...
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  6. ... there are unsmiling faces in fetters and chains ...

    So, I don't get to graduate after all.

    Course A could not be subbed for Course B. Course C could, but was being subbed for Course D. Course B is offered only in the spring semester. It was recommended I sub Course C for Course B. So now I get to take Course D, which will be offered in the fall. In a nutshell, it is the theory and practice of Microsoft Access. Can I barf now? I suppose it will help me with something, but the deities alone know what. Maybe my GPA. And I graduate in ...
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  7. ... when your whole world depends on the turn of a friendly card.

    It plays! My solitaire game actually plays. It doesn't do everything a full-blown game should do--if you press the wrong key it just ignores you. Help is not displayed when you type "?" and there is no victory screen when you win. That is okay. Those things are frills. For right now, I'm where I need to be.

    I will be learning Qt, which is pronounced "cute" (like baby ducks). Qt will do the heavy-lifting graphics part of my game. In C++. There is a tutorial ...
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  8. Don't wait for answers, just take your chances ...

    The cavalry didn't exactly arrive, but tt turns out all I needed was a quiver of arrows. By replacing the foo. expressions with foo-> I got it working. Now my game can do all of these (new stuff in red:)
    • make a new deck (which is really a double deck)
    • shuffle that double deck
    • show the deck (shuffled or un-)
    • display a card (I was gonna say "draw" but that's not what people would think I meant)
    • display a place where there would be a card if there were one
    • display
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  9. Here they come, and they know everything we must learn ...

    Dealing cards is tough. Especially when you're me, trying to do it in C++ with a limited grasp of vectors and what happens when you stack them. (A pile is a vector of cards, a tableau is a vector of piles.)

    Anyway, I'm stalled until the cavalry arrives. Dunno when that will be because I'm not sure who or what it will look like. I know some people, and I'm on some fora and I'll get the issue resolved. Of course, this next class isn't till Tuesday--even so, it's not actually meeting ...
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  10. Every day I'm shufflin'

    So, my card game can now do the following:
    • make a new deck (which is really a double deck)
    • shuffle that double deck
    • show the deck (shuffled or un)
    • display a card (I was gonna say "draw" but that's not what people would think I meant)
    • display a place where there would be a card if there were one
    • display a face-down card

    This sounds really simple, but I discovered that C++ allows programmers to make many and creative errors--everything from mistyping to miscounting ...
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  11. You may be right, I may be crazy

    It's Tuesday. So I took my troubles to class (the project is mandatory but attendance is optional). After loading all my goodies onto the classroom PC, I showed the instructor the errors and he suggested I simplify my expression. So I separated the parts of what I was doing (or trying to do) in one line into two lines. And both parts worked. So I kept it that way.

    In other news, my husband broke my recipe database in an unrecoverable fashion yesterday. Who am I kidding? He broke ...
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  12. I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life ...

    So today I worked on my project. I discovered that I don't know enough about the STL to use vectors effectively and so my programming is on hold till Tuesday ... class is optional, but it's where you go when you're stuck. Of course, this took multiple hours -- realizations take a fraction of a second, but the buildup is always long and laborious. And if you don't know what I'm talking about you are so not alone.

    So, not working on the programming project, I started my song charting. ...
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