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In case you didn't know... I just found out that PHP has Traits.
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Me: You changed the buy one get one free deal to buy two get one free.
Cashier: It's a better deal now. You get three instead of two.
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As a social experiment, I asked people using a report generator I wrote last week to let me know, on average, how long the reports are taking to generate. I didn't tell them that I programmed it to tell me exactly how many seconds it takes from the start of the program (before it even sends the query to generate the report) to the end of the report save to hard drive. Real time average is between 2 and 3 minutes. Once it was almost 4 minutes, but 2-3 is what almost all times were. Response from the humans is between 5 and 20 minutes with a mean around 8 minutes. So, basically, humans are claiming that time runs about 3 times faster when waiting for a report to run.
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I have been asked by multiple people to make a subtraction page to go with the addition page. Here are both pages, designed to help kids (and adults) practice single-digit addition and subtraction:
 http://shaunwagner.com/add.html
 http://shaunwagner.com/subtract.html
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Why does this sort of thing seem to happen over and over...
 Him: Remember when I asked you to [fill in silly job here]?
 Me: Yes. I told you that I could do it but it would cause [fill in terrible problem] in the future, but you said to do it anyway.
 Him: Well, we are now experiencing [fill in terrible problem]. Can you fix it?
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If you use Verizon (and you don't pay any attention to the news), they cut the price of data plans, but they didn't update anyone's account. You have to go to Verizon and sign up for the plan you currently have to get the discount. Of course, you could sign up for a different plan, but the point is that is that if you don't do anything, you will continue paying the older, higher price for the plan you currently have.
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I've been reading many comments about how evil BBC is for refusing to release Dr. Who stuff in the United States (such as the new Doctor and the Dalek app that teaches kids the concepts of control structures in coding). I don' t think it is the BBC. When the original run ended, Fox stepped in to profit off it in the United States. So, on this side of the pond, Fox is in control. Does Fox play nice? Hmmm... Ever wonder why the Firefly movie made every attempt to avoid using the name Firefly? I think that Fox is the evil corporation that bans Dr. Who merchandise published by the BBC. They probably want a buttload of money to allow BBC to release a free game (and considering they produce Homer Simpson and Peter Griffen, they work in very large buttloads).
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BBC owns the classic series and the reboot. They also own the rights to the radio shows, comics, and about half the books. Fox owns half the rights to the movie (the other half is BBC) and the rights to the characters in the movie, which means they own the other half of the books. BBC didn't push books, so the Fox-owned McGann actually has more stories about him than the other doctors (perhaps more than all the other doctors combined). Further, it wasn't until BBC worked out a deal with Fox to let McGann feature in a preview for the 50th anniversary that Fox let BBC release the movie in the US. So, when it comes to someone being an ass about Doctor Who rights in the US, I quickly assume it is Fox and not BBC.
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My work today: A year ago we asked someone else for a number and we got 24%. Can you get us a better number? Oh, and we aren't sure what the question was or what the 24% meant, but that shouldn't matter.

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The first picture from Adaline's upcoming book: Doctor Who and the Space Worm. The black outlines are done by hand, but I let her use my computer to autofill the color. I figure that she is learning her letters now, so it is time for her to learn to use the computer.
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Any astronomers out there? Adaline is still working on her Dr. Who and the Space Worm book. The key feature will be Betelgeuse, a red giant. It also begins with Barnard's Start, a red dwarf. She is trying to figure out what order the stars would vanish in if all the stars around Barnard's Star began to vanish from furthest away to the closest. I have had a lot of trouble finding an interface that lets me see all the stars in a specific location and then lets me see how far away they are (and the name of the star). I'd prefer to not install a program to do it. I was hoping for a website. Does anyone know of a way to look it up or - better - does anyone have a list of which stars would vanish, in order, if a space worm was charging towards our Sun at warp speed, consuming the stars as it went?
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I just noticed that, once again, upgrading from Fedora 20 to Fedora 21 set all my spellchecker dictionaries to English/Zimbabwe. Why does it always do that? I deleted all the dictionaries except English/United States once, but then yum update reinstalled them a while alter.
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If you've got kids learning addition (like I do), this might help. I wrote it to help Julian memorize single-digit addition. Your grand score goes up with more correct answers and with less time spent per answer. http://shaunwagner.com/add.html
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I have only visited this restaurant once. I went with my daughter. She loves nearly all food. There was an odd smell when we walked in. The place looked clean. It wasn't a musty or moldy smell. So, I assumed it was some sort of food or spice I couldn't recognize. The staff was nice. We ordered off the menu, a standard Americanized Mexican selection. The food looked nice and nearly tasted good. Everything had a flavor that matched the odd smell that I couldn't place. My daughter only took a couple bites of her burrito and tried to eat a little rice. We haven't returned. Whatever the smell and taste is that permeates the restaurant doesn't sit well with us, but I can say that I see many others going there regularly and a coworker loves the place.
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I have been to Bova twice. Overall, it is a clean restaurant with a nice staff. The first time, I went with my kids. My son ordered macaroni and cheese. I ordered pizza. I smelled garlic before the food left the kitchen. It became more powerful as the food reached our table. I assumed they used a lot of garlic in the pizza sauce. My son said that he couldn't eat his macaroni and cheese. I took a bite and it was like eating a raw clove of garlic with a hint of cheese. It made no sense at all why they would put so much garlic in macaroni and cheese for a child. The second time was just me and my wife. We enjoyed the meal but, again, everything had garlic in it. My wife joked that her sweet tea had a garlic taste as well. If you don't like garlic added to everything, I do not suggest ordering anything on the menu as I personally found it in the pizza, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, and chicken. If you love garlic, then the rest of the food is good.
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Outback is a chain restaurant. I stopped going to Outback in the early 90's because they had no concept of what a "non-smoking" section was. Now that there is no smoking in the restaurants, I've begun visiting again. This particular location is good. It is in a strip mall. It is obvious that the other stores in the strip mall are fighting over parking because many spaces have "Reserved for XXXXX" signs to keep Outback customers from parking there. I've taken my family to this location three times in the last year. Each time, there was no waiting (we don't go on Friday or Saturday nights). The restaurant was nearly full, showing that the place is popular. The food is the same quality you will receive at any other Outback. As with most chains, I assume there is a corporate distributor that packages and sends the same food to all Outback restaurants. The restaurants are clean and the staff is friendly. Someone purposely tried to make the restroom a mess on my last visit. An employee walked in while I was there and saw the mess. He used the restroom and then immediately began cleaning up the mess. I recognize that as attentive employees. I'm sure he had a specific job to do, but he sees the entire restaurant as his job. If it was more affordable, we would likely visit more often.
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I have had this location do everything from changing oil to repairing a water pump. The staff is polite and helpful. The end result is acceptable. They gave us a bad tire and replaced it with a good one. They incorrectly diagnosed a cracked fuel line as a bad gas cap and charged us for a new cap - only to eventually have the Ford dealer properly diagnose and fix the problem. They fixed a water pump, but didn't want to fix the AC compressor. I have used them less and less because the cost is high. I can get the same work done at many other locations.
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Most strip malls have a small Chinese food restaurant. We purposely drive past three (or more) Chinese food restaurants to go to Hunan K. The owners provide the best customer service you will find. The food is highly Americanized Chinese food - as expected. It is good quality, prepared as ordered. The price is good. You can order delivery, pick-up, or eat in the restaurant. They have 12 tables and do not charge for refills on the fountain drinks. Our fondness for the restaurant increased when the owner was talking to my son and he explained that he liked wonton soup, but didn't like the wontons. She offered him the broth with tofu instead of wontons. He loved it. So, even though it isn't on the menu, she makes "tofu soup" just for him.
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Steak n Shake is a chain. I've been some really bad Steak n Shake restaurants. This is one of the better ones. It is at the halfway point on a road trip I often take. The staff has always been nice and attentive. The restaurant has always been clean. The food is good. My kids really like the half n half shakes. Over the years, this has become our official halfway pit stop.
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