My Life As A Museum


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So, it is a little weird to have your past life turned into a museum.  This is a picture of me in 1991 proudly serving my country.  I am standing in the door of VAQ 136′s AT (Avionics Tech) shop on-board the USS Midway.  The Midway has now turned into a museum and is based in San Diego.  I have yet to visit.

Life can move very fast, and if you don’t take the time you will miss.  Looking at these two photos makes me think of everything that has happened over my life.  It also makes me think of the “what ifs”.

 


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It has been little less than a year since I posted my last blog. So, I should give a quick personal update. I have been doing professional ghost blogging for lawyers and law firms. Doing independent blogs has been good for my writing and blogging since I had to write on limited topics for other parties. It stretched my abilities. It has been a tough year, which has prevented me from posting to this blog. But, as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Interesting Sentence

Recently, on a Facebook post I saw the following graphic:
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The confusing sentence, “All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life,” is actually a grammatically correct sentence. There are two instances of “had had” both in the past perfect form. The first instance act as a modifier in the subject of the sentence, and the second instance is the main verb of the sentence.

The past perfect is a past action that happens before a second action. For example, think of the sentence, “When Bob asked me out to dinner, Jeff had asked me to the movies.” The past perfect “had asked” signals that this happened before past verb “asked.”

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I’m Back!!!

Another quick update!


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OK, I haven’t posted for several weeks. I have been very busy, which is a good thing. I am posting a quick update to keep a log and prevent any gaps in my postings. I will not be excluding any social media, and this will automatically post to all my social media outlets.

My Roof

I have been very busy dealing with roof issues. A severe storm pounded Boulder causing a 500 year flood. During the storm, it rained more than 18 inches in less than 24 hours. My roof had trouble holding up in the storm. I had a leak show up in my kitchen ceiling. Within hours, the leak had grown to a continual stream. My roof was sagging due to the amount of rain collecting on it, which create two inch deep puddles on my roof. I ran to Home Depot several times to get supplies for my roof. I eventually wrapped my house in large plastic sheets held together by “extreme weather” duct tape. The water was still finding a way into my kitchen. The insulation became soaked and heavey. Once the water weakened the gypsum in the ceiling tiles, a large chunk of my kitchen ceiling came down. Right now is really a bad time for home repairs. I am barely scrapping by financially. My insurance doesn’t cover the damage. Obama has set aside FEMA funds for the storm. I applied for FEMA funds, I hope I can get some help for the storm damage.

On a funny note, when Lisa came back from Japan, she started using my room to study. We decided three weeks ago to switch rooms; however, most of our stuff is still in the old rooms. When the FEMA inspector came to my house, I was showing him the damage and the house. I went to my old room and told him it was my daughter’s room. Then I showed him my new room. Now, I wasn’t thinking and it still had all of Lisa’s girly photos and posters, and the glitter letters on the door still spell, “LISA.” I said, “this is my room.” He turned to me and said, “You aren’t LISA.” From there it was me just trying to explain…”we just decided to change rooms, and [dig hole, dig hole].

Independent Consulting

I have my first *paid* independent consulting gig. I just turned in my first assignment this morning. It is a permanent contract with my first client assigment lasting 25 weeks. It isn’t much money, but will help, and, more importantly, I am able to build a good portfolio.

SQRL Browser

I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to work on SQRL Browser. I do think I have found the perfect cloud based data host. It is called Digital Ocean. It doesn’t have much memory but it fits all my other needs. I can SSH into the Unix server through windows. I only have one computer right now and I don’t want to partition it. It has several database formats including JSON and MySql. Once things calm down I will look into the Digital Ocean and point SQRL Browser to it. Hopefully, my beta testers and investors will stick around.

One thing nice about the Boulder Flood is that I have found lots of opportunities to help other people. I helped my church steam vac their carpets and then remove them. I also helped clean a basement of a stranger. It felt good to help someone else out and not think about my messed up life.

Anyways, I think that is everything for now. Hopefully, I will soon get back to my normal posts and normal life.



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An Update and Post by Email Test!


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I have been very busy lately and have been neglecting my blogging duties. I want to keep up with my blogging so I am going to write a quick personal update post. Nothing fun or interesting here. This blog post is an experiment with a new publishing technique that I am going to try. I will be posting it through email, so I apologize ahead of time for any glitches that may occur. I have been experimenting with posting to social media sites so this might go to places like Facebook and Twitter; hope I don’t bug my friends.  I have several projects that I have been working on.

As I stated, I will be sending this file through email. Normally, I write my posts in Notepad++ or Kompozer. I then copy and paste the code to this wordpress.com blog through the web form. This time I am going to email the code. WordPress.com should pick it up and post it. This will allow me to have a quick turn around when I am posting.

I am working on another video at my youtube channel. I am doing an English lesson with cartoon characters. It may take some time because I am creating one chapter at a time. I have two chapters already created. As time is limited, it might take awhile, but I want to create a full cartoon instruction video.

Also, I am still working on the SQRL Browser. This is a program that I have mentioned before. It is an idea that I had where individuals searching the internet can create minute tasks for others. It is an internet work collaboration tool that uses data and machine learning. I have the protocol built and a video showing the protocol, but haven’t released it for public consumption, yet. If you want to see the video email me with your email address at mcgowee@gmail.com. I will give you access to the video.

I really want to do another statistical analysis blog or database concept blog. Hopefully, I will find the time soon. I haven’t done either for some time.

Well, I hope you enjoy this post even though there isn’t much substance.

Addendum: the email post didn’t work as expected.



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Sentence Diagram


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It has been several weeks since I have done a sentence diagram. I have been very busy and a lot of good things have been happening. I felt it was time for another sentence diagram. After looking up important events on this day in history, I found that today was Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday.

Alfred Hitchcock was born on this date in 1899. He entered the world in Essex, England. Hitchcock was best known for bringing psychological thrillers to the movie screen, including Psycho in 1960. My favorite Hitchcock movie is Vertigo. I have a fear of heights.

Psycho is best known for the famous shower scene. There is no CGI and the knife stabbing the character in the shower is never shown piercing the body. Despite that, many viewers recalled seeing red blood swirl down the shower drain. It was in fact chocolate syrup, and the whole movie was filmed in black and white. With out modern special effects the directors had to rely on the imagination of the crowds.

In 1899, the year of Hitchcock’s birth, Cuba was liberated from Spain; the first Sherlock Holmes story was published; the first known use of the word automobile was seen in the New York Times; and the Boers declared
war on England.

I hope you enjoy the sentence diagram.


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The introduction of the SQRL Browser


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This weekend, I was playing around with Visual Basic express, and I created a new web browser. Several year ago, I had this idea to create a web browser that allows people to collaborate on micro internet tasks. This is the beginning of what I had envisioned.

There is a login page, a web browser page, and a dialog to update the database. The data is hosted to an external cloud. It is a fairly simple browser, and it is currently in rudimentary form. Currently, a user can record there actions on Google and an external comment site. Most search engines have an algorithm that ranks a site. The algorithm excludes or lowers the number of hits from the same computer and IP address. This allows many people to trade clicks to increase their optimization. If multiple users want to increase their search results or the number of likes they get on a site, they can trade that internet clicks with other users.

You can download the browser from the link below. Once you open the browser, a login page will appear. At this level, there is no worry about security…yet, so I’ve allowed for the quick creation of an account. Once a user logs in the can set the Google search they want other to click. This is the clickee mode and there are two modes. Then the user can go to the clicker mode. I haven’t built in a tracking of clicks, but the goal is to give the user the ability to build up clicks for others to hit their link. Give it a try!!

Download SQRL Browser from here!

WInk Tutorial


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This morning I was trying to find a plugin for Wax 2.0 and I found Wink. This is an open source tutorial creation software. I’ve been wanting to embed Flash into my blog postings, and Wink creates flash demos.  I have been using ActivePresenter.  However, ActivePresenter puts their advertisement on the presentation.

I quickly created the beginning of a demo for posting data to Reddit via Python. I have been using Python to post to Reddit and, like all my projects, I like to document how I created them.  Wink provided the perfect solution.  So, I thought I would try it out.

I’ve only created the rudimentary parts of the demo. However, I have a lot of other things to get to today. This was only an experimental tutorial.  It only took me about half an hour to create this much, which is fast for tutorial creation software. The link to the demo is below.

Click here to view my quick and dirty demos at earlmcgowen.info.

Famous Quotations About Action


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The weather today has been wet, and this morning it rained fairly hard. On a day like today, it can be a little nice to sit back and relax. On this cloudy Sunday afternoon, I have created another quotation video. I am using Wax 2.0 to edit the video.

The theme of the quotations are taking action since I need dose of motivaiton lately. The quotes are from Dante, Jefferson, Mark Twain, and Einstein. I choose the quotes more for the speaker than the content of the quote. I will not be diagramming these. I hope you enjoy!



Below, I’ve linked a Wax tutorial that I have previously made. A little boring, but I wanted to try Vimeo. I have never linked a Vimeo video.

Notepad++ and some of my favorite features


In this video I discuss some of my favorite features of Notepad++

  • Brackets Plugin
  • NPPFTP Plugin
  • NPPSnippet Plugin
  • Defining languages

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