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Technology and design patterns for x-platform app?

I'm going to take the plunge and build, frankly, an insane application. I won't get into the nitty gritty, but suffice it to say it's a "world builder" app. I am just starting to figure out what I'm going to need, tech-wise, to build this thing, and I'd like some feedback from people who may have some experience in interface building, database design, cartography/GIS, graph theory, star-maps, and other such things.... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on May 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Archduke Ferdinand and his LOVELY wife Sofie -- Origin, please?

The phrase "Archduke Ferdinand and his Lovely Wife Sofie" is a thing, somehow. Where did this originate? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Mar 2, 2014 - 26 answers

Help ID this dubstep track based on lyrics...

There's an old song I had favorited on last.fm, but I no longer see it in my favorites. It's got a bit of a dubstep (original twostep/garage style, not "brostep") feel. The lyrics are something sung through a vocoder or voxbox, or maybe even synthesized. Definitely through electronic effects. "Lo-ove you, need you, ho-old you, clo-oser... I .. need... you right now" Or something to that effect? on the first two beats of each line, I think there's a half-step or so glide up (i.e. where I have the '-' in the words) The song starts with this sort of vocal stuff with keyboards. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Radiography Jobs?

I'm looking into changing my life up a bit, and due to recent events, the idea of radiography came to the fore as an option. Our local tech school has an associate radiography degree, is this a good degree to have? Is there anything else one needs to be considered? I am wondering if anyone has any experiences as a radiographer (in particular MRI, but X-Ray or whatever other imaging out there is also nice to hear about as well)... What sort of hours is common? In terms of city, I currently live in a 200k+ city (500k+ metro), and there are a fair number of hospitals which are considered top-tier in the area. What sorts of workload does one have as a radiographer? Is there a lot of required overtime? What about competition for job openings? What sorts of skills are the most important? What are the difficult parts of being a radiographer? What about entry level vs top-tier (in terms of job responsibilities, skillsets and other things). In short... What is good to know about a radiography job if one wants to pursue it, and what are some pitfalls to avoid?
posted by symbioid on Jan 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Setting up online appointment system?

So, at my work, I'm thinking of setting up a simple online appointment system for the people we work with (citizens of a given municipality). There are a few questions I have if we go this route. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Nov 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Mod/Adventure game programming

I have been working on making a game. One of my friends in the industry says that with my current skillset, he thinks I would do best with level design (i.e. scripting). This is a two fold question ultimately. 1) One of the games I am thinking of is some form of an adventure game. Most of those seem to be point-n-click affairs. However, I am not sure a bitmap based point/click setup works best for the game I'm thinking of. I know there is Adventure Game Studio, and it seems fairly powerful, but it seems like it's primarily devoted to classic point/click gameplay... 2) Being that I feel my game might benefit from being more than point/click style, I am thinking actually doing a game-engine mod might be more fruitful. However, I am worried that this is more than what I am trying to do.... Ultimately I want to have a small portfolio of game demos of various styles that I can show if I ever apply for a game job somewhere. That means I want something small and fast and fairly simple. I feel like a mod might be too much in the other direction... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Sep 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Problems with Firefox fonts in Windows 7?

The past few days (beginning of this week?) I've been having a problem with fonts acting wonky in Firefox at work... They look like partially loaded progressive JPEGs. I'm using Windows 7 (a dell computer, nothing fancy). I feel like it's trying to render them progressively and then the cleartype isn't functioning properly, so only some of the colors load, leaving a sort of "blocky" look to it. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jun 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Gehstumpenflunked?

I am, quite frankly, gehstumpenflunked. What does this word mean, you may ask? Perhaps you (and by "you", I mean "me) tried to Google it to no avail. And yet, to me it's a word that exists and I used somewhere probably starting ca. 1990. It means, essentially something along the lines of: stumped, confused, bewildered, or disoriented. One friend asked if it was not in an episode of Golden Girls, and I'm not sure if he was joking or serious, so I wonder... Has anyone else heard this word? If so, where/when and do you know the origin. If not, well... I guess I'll have to assume it was just a made up word that somehow caught on with my local group of friends. The "s" in "stumpen" is more like "sh" and "eh" might be more like "ger" (or at least a minor 'r' sound, if not 100% explicit) sounding so it might be something like Gershtumpenflunked. in sound.
posted by symbioid on May 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Skinning The Old Reader?

So, I'm really trying to appreciate The Old Reader, but there are certain things I can't ignore. Primarily, the non-resizeable sidebar and the color scheme... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on May 12, 2013 - 3 answers

CompSci/Programming Social Network?

So, I'm getting back into programming and am interested in comp-sci type stuff. I've been thinking about maybe rejoining G+ and socializing with various ubernerds who are into that kind of thing... I left over the nymwars, but it seems they still haven't fully fleshed out their policy yet, so I'm still hesitant to jump back onto it. Is there any other sort of social network for nerds? I mean, like, a social network, not just a question/answer site stackoverflow, but some place where you're really feel like you're interacting with others? I feel like G+ still probably has a solid set of users from the technical fields, though I could be wrong, since I haven't used it in over a year, but at the time it had plenty of geeky people. I subscribe to the /r/compsci and programming subreddits, but I'd like something more personal and less forum-y...
posted by symbioid on Sep 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Good Functional Language for a Noob?

I'm looking for a solid language to work with for learning functional programming. I think Python piqued my curiosity, as has working with ANTLR and trying to get a handle on that beast of a program... Understanding syntax trees and seeing how LISP expressions are like trees... It's all fascinating to me. What's the best language for a functional newbie? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Sep 17, 2012 - 21 answers

Milquetoast Kenny G Rock???

I'm looking for a specific artist, or a specific sound. I heard a motorcycle guy blasting music out of his speakers, and it was a sort of rock, not quite arena rock, but something like it. The main description I can think of is "Kenny G Rock" for it was utterly milquetoast and non-offensive and yet... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jul 27, 2012 - 36 answers

Firefox Tiny Printing

Recently when I print with Firefox, it tries to squeeze everything into 1 page. The text is TINY. I have tried "Print 100%", Scale to Fit, Print regular in preferences (HP Laserjet 4200). I have tried to print with different drivers. Nothing I do save "Print 200+%" works, and that's absolutely absurd to have to do each time. Chrome prints things fine, but I really don't want to have to use a different browser each time... Anybody have an idea? Any info I seem to find on the web comes up with old FF2 and FF3 printing issues. Nothing with a more current version on the mozilla forums.
posted by symbioid on Jun 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Turnaround time for detaching Blizzard authenticator from account?

I lost my Blizzard Authenticator after cleaning my room... THE DAY BEFORE DIABLO! I contacted them, but I haven't heard anything. I sent in a photo of my Driver's License through their contact form for detaching the authenticator from my account, but I haven't heard anything back and it's been over 12 hours (I know I should give it time)... Anybody have any idea how long this kind of thing usually takes? I'm worried that maybe it didn't go through and maybe I should try sending again. If I had a general idea my mind would be greatly eased.
posted by symbioid on May 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Slow printing of a specific PDF

We have a laserjet 4250 at work. I'm running into an issue with it printing one specific PDF very slowly (i.e. prints a page. pauses for half a second, prints the next, pause...) Normally it spits them out very rapidly. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Apr 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me help wordpress find my transferred media...

I'm in the process of transferring my Wordpress blog to a new host. So far everything is working just fine, except the media library. I copied /wp-content/uploads/* onto the new system. I see the folders and files on the new server via SFTP, but WP doesn't seem to notice them. Is there some sort of "cache refresh" trick? Do I actually have to manually go in and load all the individual images from the past year via the UI?
posted by symbioid on Mar 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Borderline Personality Boundary Setting Resources?

I have a sister w/Borderline Personality. My father has completely cut her off to protect himself. My mother tries to keep the door open as she can, but has learned to set limits. I haven't talked to her on the phone in like a year, though I try to be supportive and let her know I love her via facebook now and then, just so she doesn't feel too alone/sad. She's been mostly decent about respecting my boundaries. However, my nephew (her son), just posted "Some people in the family need to step up -- getting calls and emails about suicide from my mom every 6 hours is draining. Grandparents cut off contact with her (which is only partly true, it's that mom doesn't give as much attention as my sister who demands demands demands attention wants), and I can't keep doing this. Tips for me to talk to him? (i.e. resources for him to learn to set boundaries, ways to think about the manipulations, etc...) [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Feb 13, 2012 - 44 answers

Help finding a webhost...

Webhosting for ~$20 and not shared/has decent uptime? Cloud/VPS? What are my options and what services are competitive and have a good cost? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

kickstarter pricing?

I am working on a card game, and eventually want to put it up on kickstarter. I have a few questions regarding this... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Aug 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Malware - can't open some configuration dialogs/windows

Windows XP. I can't get my Date/Time dialog to popup when clicking the clock, nor the video card/monitor properties to pop up (when right clicking desktop and choosing "properties"). I also have auto updates not being allowed to be turned on (or rather, the service is on, but in the control panel it says it can't be turned on). I think i got hit w/something a while back, but everything I've done to fix it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jun 27, 2011 - 28 answers

Why won't vimeo embeds play?

How come Vimeo embeds never work for me? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jun 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Did boards of canada sample this from autechre?

Did Boards of Canada, in "An Eagle in Your Mind" sample Autechre's "bronchusevenmx24"? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on May 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Silencing a VSTi in Renoise?

How can I turn off a VSTi in Renoise? (perhaps using the MIDI controls?) [more inside]
posted by symbioid on May 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Differing values for LFO depth for Peak and Trough?

Is there a way to change LFO depth so that it isn't one number that applies to both peak and trough, but that you can have the peak be one value and the trough at another? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Feb 25, 2011 - 6 answers

80s CGA Cat Breeding game?

There's this quasi-educatainment game that I had in the 80s. It was CGA graphics, on MS-DOS... The idea was breeding cats with dominant and recessive genes. The only cat game I can seem to find online is Alley Cat, but that's nothing like it. This game is a grid of something like 4 cats across, and 2 down. I don't remember what the exact point of the game was.
posted by symbioid on Feb 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Simple tutorial for 15 year old on electronic music tech?

My girlfriend's son is in a band, and he wants to start adding synth/electronic stuff to his music. I personally some stuff, and could write some stuff up, but I'm looking for a really good basic overview of the technology (not necessarily too detailed, but if it got into details later, it would be ok, perhaps). [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jan 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Hiring custom artist for a card game?

I'm designing a card game and I have most of my own art for prototyping, but eventually want *real* art. I have no place where to look for such a thing or how much it would cost. Does anyone have any ideas on what sort of going rate such a thing would cost? Do you pay by the hour? Any tips are greatly appreciated.
posted by symbioid on Jan 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Extent of "grope/enhanced patdown"???

I'm going to be flying next month, and I'm already annoyed/upset, etc... about the pornoscanners and groping issue, but I'm even more nervous now due to one article I read and am wondering if I'm misunderstanding the groping issue and it is actually WORSE than I already believe it to be: Is the "enhanced patdown" an actual under/inside the clothes grabbing of genitals? I can't find a clear statement on the TSA site (great PR, not so great information architecture) and one blog explicitly detailed the touching of her labia but other blog posts I've seen can be read either way (as underclothes contact or overclothes, they're not particularly clear). Help???
posted by symbioid on Nov 19, 2010 - 18 answers

Source for a blank bamboo wall scroll/hanging?

Does anybody have any idea where I may be able to purchase a blank bamboo scroll/wall hanging? My friend does Ukiyo-e style art, and I have a small collection of these hangings with ukiyo-e style art on it. I suggested he make one and I'd buy it, but ... I have no clue where to get a blank hanging. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Oct 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me kill this autoexecuting at start script!

Is there a way to trace down where a script is attempting to start from on Windows XP? I had a bit of a drive-by download happen, and I mostly removed the infestation with some antispyware tools. However I manually deleted one file before getting the tools to do their work, and so some remnant of the startup process is trying to start this 36525.js script [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Automatic Forced Exhalation/Bronchial spasm?

I've noticed the past couple days a sort of automatic forced exhalation. I don't know how to describe it. It's kind of like a cough, but not really. There's not throat clearing or anything of that nature. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Aug 27, 2010 - 10 answers

hexagon strategy game on 360?

There's some game on the 360 that exists or was in development at some point in the past year that is a strategy game using hexagon shaped "towers" of land as a board. I think it was turnbased and used words (but not sure about the words part - but I think it involved a scrabble like setup) Somehow you would "stomp" the hexagon shaped towers and they would slowly lower until a certain point then they would fall making the play area smaller. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
posted by symbioid on Jul 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Parallel Turn Strategy???

Does anybody know of a computer game that is what I would call "Parallel Strategy"? That is, it's not realtime in the sense that there are discrete turns, but it's not turn based, because plays are not sequential, but played in parallel (that is, all players make their moves in the alloted time for the turn/round). When the time is over for that round, conflict resolution rules happen...
posted by symbioid on Jul 7, 2010 - 19 answers

90s era new age cube puzzle game - what's the name?

Looking for a mid-90s PC puzzle game based on a cube. Holo or Light or something -- New age/tribal music... I don't remember exactly how it worked, but you try to get the marked side of the cube to land face down on a specific square on a grid (I think the location kept moving, though I'm not sure). Anyways, it might have come with my old IBM Pentium as a prepackaged thing. Any ideas?
posted by symbioid on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

large recent increase in airfare?

I last flew in September and the price was 300 bucks for one way non-stop flight. Now, in April, it's 600 dollars for the non-stop, and the cheapest flight has a layover, AND is 80 (380) dollars more. Is there a reason for the large increase in flying costs these past 6 months? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Apr 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Linguistic study of math/physics equation "language"

I was thinking the other day about "all Greek to me!" as I was reading a physics book w/equations (using the Greek symbols) And equations are a sort of language, of course. So I wondered if there's some sort of linguist who's ever looked at the grammar or syntax of math/physics equations and tried to derive, whatever the hell it is linguists derive! Does this sound like something anyone has heard of? If so, have any links?
posted by symbioid on Jan 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Amazing baroque skeletal art... Artist?

I saw this link from some blog. It's some baroque skeletal sculpture and it's amazing. The page's author doesn't seem to know much about it, but damn I would love to have a piece like this. Does anybody here know anything about this or this style? http://self-improvement.readigg.com/description/16213.html [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Apr 28, 2007 - 4 answers

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