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There we go.  this is prettier.  The original has colors and is much bigger, but I had to make it smaller in order to fit on G+, and removing the colors really helped make the file small enough for G+.  #Neural #Functions #brain #yourbrain
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D&D 4th editiin hack and slash right there.
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Rule #1: Save (As...) frequently.
Rule #2: Make copies of what you're doing with different file names in case you have to go backwards.  Embedding the Time/Date in the filename is very useful.
Rule #3: Ok, there's more but 1 + 2 cover a lot of territory.
-Ken's Rules of working on any project on a computer.
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I'm going to make this fit into something readable... I swear.  This is the functions of the human brain via the marvelous work done with brede.  I love the work they did; they have 3D VRML of where in the actual brains of many people these functions are likely found, but since I'm not going to be sticking pins in anybody's brain, I just wanted to know a decent official functional layout of brain functions.  Not easy to find.  I wanted to see it all in one place, all at once.  Not easy to find.  So, I had to make it myself.

Still too big but I'm working on it.  Learning Tulip was a breeze compared to getting XML into something that I could use, 'cause I hate working with XML. [sorry xml lovers].

[and actually, Tulip IS a breeze.  yEd didn't make any sense to me until I had something decent to feed it (ie - this monster).  Most of the large scale graphs I can do are trees and circles and organic looking things.  But honestly, I just wanted to be able to -read the labels.  and the paths.  So I'll keep trying different ways 'til I get one that has a chance of being zoomable here on G+.  
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ok - it zooms nicely enough, but I know I can do better.  
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After a brief fling with 2 dimensional languages (befunges - the code operates in 2 dimensions - there's even a 3 dimensional version of it), I went in the OPPOSITE extreme and I just downloaded Small Basic from Microsoft. http://smallbasic.com/
Why? Just 'cause.
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meh. I did the hello world. Good 'nuff.
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Want to make your own game?  This looks really cool.
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yeah it was so easy to get sucked into numbers and looking for patterns.  This was back in Oct 13.  I forget now but I was charting something with large numbers and greatest common denominators and squares and found this.  Anyway, don't get sucked into numbers.  They'll give you lots of pretty patterns and you'll think you're onto something significant only to stumble upon some guy named Euclid or Cantor or Lorenz or whoever that probably worked it out a long time ago :P
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Can't find the file but anyway, I had accidentally created https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulam_spiral - in Excel and was blown away at the patterns.  I just typed in 1, then 2 next to it, then I went up and typed 3 then left and type 5, and so on and so on.

I was so excited for a few minutes.  Then I looked it up "number spirals" and such 'til I came across the same pattern.
                                              
Oh well.. at least my brain was in good company.
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+Gianmario Scotti  Ah, well this isn't it but I drew this up when I was in my "OMG THE NUMBER SYSTEM IS CRACKED!" moments.  10/18/2013.

I was getting all obsessed with numbers and analyzing them and looking for patterns.  I found this pattern starting at 6401... something to do with greatest common denominator, I dunno.  (the formula GCD is all over an excel spreadsheet I did).

Anyway, it's easy to get sucked up into this stuff.  I realized that math doesn't = everything because it simply can't.  It's useful but even if we "cover all the BASEs) [this particular flaw is just a flaw in BASE 10] - it  still can't cover everything.

Useful but imperfect.  Keeps me from getting sucked into "The Universe = Math" things. 

I'm sure somebody much smarter than me already stumbled upon this pattern but even if they didn't, someone else eventually will, and really, there's no need for it to be me.  I don't want to be " math guy " just to get my name on some obscure database somewhere and I hate academic style writing.  Besides, I'm sure some guy found it 400 yrs ago or if someone else did, someone else will.  I'm not that smart to stumble upon something really novel.
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Did I post this?  Wait, I don't think I did.  There was a discussion in a Philosophy group about whether an empty room with Art where there's nothing there, and the piece is called Nothing - is really Art?

Well, there was a long drawn out debate. My point that "yes it is" wasn't getting across.  So, after pointing out how people contribute big money for Art in order to have experiences and almost getting somewhere, I drew up this illustration for one of the members, who then understood what I was saying.

The best side effect?  A very powerful Logician who was debating suddenly says, "I agree with Kenneth" and wrote four or five paragraphs in almost the exact same style that I might have.

Even if he hadn't said, "I agree with Kenneth", I would still have been impressed; that was just the cherry on top.  And the shift in attitude happened all after I drew this up and posted it.

So here, this is how Art called "Nothing" is really something.
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You always remember your first.
This list of common paths people have taken when learning programming languages is very interesting.  This, of course, is a list of an older generation, as most of these "first languages" are considered obsolete in today's programming environments and today's "firsts" are going to be different. [I expect a future website like this to have things like LUA, Javascript, Python, PHP, Perl, HTML (ok not a real language but whatever), etc)

Still though, it's amazing when one goes backwards-in-time from the language they first learned, to see where its roots are.  As BASIC for my Tandy Color Computer 2 was "My first", I was surprised to realize that it was originally a replacement for FORTRAN; and looking at the way FORTRAN does formulas, explains why Microsoft Excel came so darned easily to me.  it's nearly the same.  #mindblown  


I've learned other languages than the ones in this family but honestly, until today, I didn't even realize these particular three are in the same family.  [probably because Excel spreadsheets aren't considered programming]
What was the first programming language you learned? How do you believe that this has affected you? (BrainDamage). Add your anecdote and update the tally, please. REMEMBER: THIS ONLY A SURVEY! Be honest. Don't hedge by saying, "My first RealProgrammingLanguage was..." If you typed it in, ...
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+KENNETH UDUT You are still light years ahead of me, the only thing I have programmed was a simple english gematria calculator in python, and it used no GUI, nor did it save it's results. Before that as a teen I tried to program in BASIC a program for our cricket matches with my foster brother, but I couldn't make it work because at the time I didn't fully understand data types.

Lazy can be good, it is the seed for German efficiency. No point inventing something thousands of times.
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Oh this is even more.
Programming language (a turing tar-pit - complete yes, but more of a mental exercise) that is based on a theoretical wheel spinning at a constant rate, with the various operations taking place on certain spots on the wheel :P Love it!
Fortuna is an esoteric programming language inspired by Brainfuck. Its mechanisms are based around the idea of a wheel, making Fortuna a turning tarpit. Fortuna is a language in which there is a theoretical wheel, spinning at a constant speed of 1, that manipulates a set of bits.
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Downloaded Visual Brainf*ck - a turing complete language.  Been meaning to check out #brainfuck for years now but I like a decent programming environment and this seems perfect.
Visual brainfuck, Integrated Development Environment
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I don't have anything against BASIC or its syntax. But FORTH's (ummm... did you mix it up with Fortran? It's very different) simplicity always appealed to me. And also, the fact that it's one of the simplest languages to write a compiler/interpreter for. I wrote a very simple interpreter for LOGO in high school. I wrote it in Pascal ;) but I do know some assembler. I've programed for the Z-80 and the Atmel line of RISC 8-bit microcontrollers. Fun stuff.
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+Gianmario Scotti  Ok, this is close enough - it's still not the spiral I was thinking of, but it's pretty.   It's in an excel file I named "double_mersenne_primes.xls", and it's filled with all sorts of calculations.  Of course I wasn't trying to solve the next double mersenne prime - it's Excel, it can't do that, especially with a 32Bit version [on my 64bit macine, which still wouldn't be big enough].

 But I was looking for patterns 'nearby' and anyway, this chart jumped up and surprised me.  I don't remember what it means. It's from Oct 2013 when I was all into this stuff.     Yeah, I was sure I found something new.  Hard not to get excited when you see pretty charts pop up. But the more I researched at the time, everything I thought was 'new', some other guy already did.  I'm looking to do something 'new' and the world of pure number theory has enough entrants; they didn't need me.
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+KENNETH UDUT Yeah, I've seen this before. :P
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