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Rendering, rendering

August 8, 2017


So! I’ve got to make fractions… thought I’d find a nice tutorial to cut and paste a mixed number. Found lots of stuff discussing what MathML and LaTeX are, most of which I don’t understand.  A consistent message is that if you want to write math, you want to use LaTex. Of course I can’t […]


October 1, 2016


Oh, I’ll paste that too long to read thing to a drive document and just say … I MISS CODING!!!!   It tastes good.    

a mystery solved – no, 2 of ’em!

May 29, 2016


So, I remembered from my brother’s grade school report on Pythagoras that root two being irrational might not have been  derived from  “can’t make ratio” (irr – not… rational — ratio), but that the little society fervently believed the deities made a beautiful universe that could always be reduced to integer ratios, and so since that […]

Oh, that larnin’ curve…

January 19, 2016


This is one of those days when I really wish I had a friend who was an expert at this.   I can’t call the last hour wasted — and maybe it was two hours, and that’s relatively cheap — but it could have been significantly shorter. Yes, I already knew that my layouts couldn’t […]

Geek trivia

January 16, 2016


To handle an individual key press, implement onKeyDown() or onKeyUp() as appropriate. Usually, you should use onKeyUp() if you want to be sure that you receive only one event. If the user presses and holds the button, then onKeyDown() is called multiple times. That’s from  and I just wouldn’t have thought of that… I’m trying […]

Back at it …

December 30, 2015


(really must spend a little more time with The HOuse, though…) It’s helpful in my teacher role to be spending this time in the learner role, which is a little bit like the student role except that one has the constraints of a classroom and teacher and syllabus and what have you. There is no […]

Magic, magic!

December 29, 2015


I was stuck (like, all-day-hours-and-nuthin-to-show) and went to the sink at 5:00 and said, “okay, I need some magic to get me unstuck.”  Magic answered, “Go back to your desk and give it another try.”   And I went back and got unstuck.   Except now I have to take the things that are unstuck […]

Wet cold and windy

December 28, 2015


I *hope* it’s still cold in front of my all new expensive windows because it’s blowing 40mph winds out there, not because well, they installed the windows and ended up compromising the old insulation. Note to self:   when I make *my* tutorial, when Shared Preferences happen, it will be with ONE THING the first […]

Pluggin’ along :)

December 22, 2015


Yay!   Just figured out a new Custom View so that I can show animation and leave the little bars showing the problem alone.   (I also posted my “runnable” that I figured out as a solution to my problem on StackOverflow, which I’m on day 53 consecutive, and where I *still* can’t answer questions […]

It’s all due tomorrow…

December 8, 2015


Yesterday evening I got inheritance to work w/ my question generator, so I have the “any old random number” version and something I can make into something else. Might just check out Stack Overflow (which *seems* to be less snarky and nasty these days) to see how people remember all the variables and things in […]