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#15533 What Now???

Posted by Smiley on 02 January 2017 - 09:28 PM

OK, we have a new sub-forum for Web Development.  We need Web Developers and those who always wanted to know about Web stuff but were afraid to ask to post their questions and answers here.  I'll start with off with a question.


Can anyone define Web Development in terms I can understand,  Are we talking building an html file for a home page or developing multi-player online role playing games or both of those things and everything in between?


Answers please ---



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#15469 Holiday Greetings

Posted by Smiley on 24 December 2016 - 12:18 AM

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#15264 November 5th, 2016: “The Suffragette’s Election” by J.S. Bangs

Posted by Smiley on 30 October 2016 - 08:18 PM

Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on November 5th, 2016 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), November 6th], for a discussion of the story The Suffragette’s Election by J. S. Bangs.  This is a recent speculative story about a time, not too very far in the future, where electronic voting provides every citizen, no matter how woefully ignorant (or even so apathetic that they use automated bots to vote on their behalf), with the opportunity to decide the merits of every proposed law.  Of course, any automated system is subject to hacking, and one then must then decide for themselves whether hacking of a corrupt or stupid system is right or wrong.  I personally have no experience with internet voting, and I refuse to vote "early" as some of my more liberal acquaintances prefer--I always thought there was something wrong with counting votes from people who had died prior to the actual election (even in Chicago where it has been going on for at least 60 years).


With the U.S. elections looming the Tuesday following our next chat, I thought a tale about the election process would provide a welcome relief from the drone of political commercials in the midst of the most unpleasant political campaigns by all candidates in the past 50 years.  The story is interesting, the chat about it should be great.


This story was published on line in the February 2013 on-line edition of Crossed Genres magazine. It's available at:



Webchat address:  http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner  


mIRC Users:  /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner


I hope you all enjoy the story as much as I did, and I look forward to discussing the story with you next Saturday evening.  Oh, don't forget to bring a friend.


Log attached:  Attached File  Readers Log 11-01-2016.txt   117.64KB   10 downloads

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#15238 October 29, 2016: "The Heart-Beat Escapement” by Rachael Acks

Posted by Smiley on 23 October 2016 - 03:25 PM

Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on October 29th, 2016 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), October 30th], for a discussion of the story The Heart-Beat Escapement by Rachael Acks.  I have had very little exposure to and have never quite understood the "Steampunk" phenomenon.  In retrospect, while doing my due diligence on this weeks selection, I learned that number of films which I have enjoyed fall into that category (most notably Hugo, a movie which I loved and of which this story reminds me).  While the story might fall into the genre of Science Fiction or perhaps Fantasy, the theme deals more with love, respect, and parental responsibilities.  


This story was published on line in the November 2016 on line edition of Crossed Genres magazine (unfortunately the magazine went out of business after its December 2016 edition.)  It's available at:  http://crossedgenres...eat-escapement/


Webchat address:  http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner  


mIRC Users:  /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner


I hope to see you all for the chat, and don't forget to bring a friend.


Log attached:  Attached File  Readers Log 10-29-2016.txt   88.18KB   9 downloads

#14615 Moving Text from web to Kindle by Stormy

Posted by Smiley on 13 January 2016 - 10:00 PM

Following info provided by Stormy:



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Posted Today, 01:52 AM

For those with both a Kindle and Google Chrome. Chrome has an extension you can add.

It places an icon on your top tool bar, when you find a story or web page you want to place on Kindle, just click the icon and choose 'Send to Kindle' or simply press 'CTRL+k'.

Link is below:





#14408 Why 7-11s don't get robbed in Israel

Posted by Smiley on 03 September 2015 - 04:01 PM

A well armed citizenry is a well behaved citizenry.

#14263 Happy Birthday, TV_Tech !

Posted by Smiley on 30 June 2015 - 08:26 PM

happy birthday TV_tech

and many many more!

#14251 4th of July

Posted by Smiley on 28 June 2015 - 09:03 PM

Because of all sorts of family picnics, commitments, travel plans, and other real life events, there will be no readers_corner chat of the 4th of July (aka Independence Day).  Watch this space for the story we will discuss on July 11th.

#14112 Happy Birthday Dash !

Posted by Smiley on 27 April 2015 - 02:57 PM

Happy B'Day Dash.

#14050 North Carolina Pollen

Posted by Smiley on 14 April 2015 - 06:09 PM

Took the attached photo of the surface of the lake behind my house to graphically show why many of us in the Sandhills of Carolina are under the weather with asthma type problems.

The dock in the picture is approximately 7 meters (22 feet) long, so you can judge the size of the pollen coating the surface.


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#14017 Fish cost a fortune

Posted by Smiley on 23 March 2015 - 08:59 PM

Rednecks don't pay anything for fish.  they steal the dynamite.

#13955 Happy Birthday, Crysta !!

Posted by Smiley on 21 February 2015 - 08:15 PM

Best Wishes and happy b-day

#13954 Snow back to Egypt

Posted by Smiley on 21 February 2015 - 08:14 PM

Damned Global Warming :(

#13761 Holiday Wishes

Posted by Smiley on 23 December 2014 - 12:04 PM

May the Good Lord bless and keep you during this holiday season and through the New Year!


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#13719 Possible Discussion Topic--feedback requested

Posted by Smiley on 15 December 2014 - 03:54 PM

Bowing to your desires, I have prepared a tentative outline of the general direction I would expect the chat to take, to include a rough outline of the general kinds of opinions which might be espoused by various chatters.  Here is that tentative outline...please feel free to comment on it (gently and politely of course--I have very tender sensibilities).


Proposed Protocol for December 27th Chat  (I just love that word "protocol", it sounds so darned officious.  It's more ambiguous than "agenda" so it gives us a lot of wiggle room.)

TOPIC:  Pen Names, Ghost Writing, and Plagarism 
I hope that the chat will consider three things (and we won't have any experts on copyright laws or publishing house/newspaper guidelines to their contributors--so we will be using our own consciences and our common sense to guide our judgement):
1:  The ethical considerations of publication of written works attributed to deceased authors or to famous persons other than the writer.
     Considerations:  Books continue to be published under the names of respected writers long after their death, some of those works being edited / rewritten versions of drafts or outlines written by the deceased before their demise, some being reprints of works published by the deceased writer under a pseudonym or pen name before they became established as a professional writer, and some based solely on a situation or set of characters initially invented by the deceased author.
     Dead Authors whose names are being (or have been) used on newly published works include: J.R.R.Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Robert Ludlum, Douglas Adams, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, and Louis L'Amour.  (Can you think of any others?)
     Often the purchasers of those works are unaware that they were written by some other writer than the one listed on the cover.
          A variety of labeling techniques are used in attibution to include for example:
                 Robert Ludlum's The Borne Redundancy  (actual author's name appearing in very small print somewhere on the copyright page)
                 The Silmarillion by J.R.R.Tolkien as edited by his son
                 My Favorite Short Stories by Isaac Asimov as selected by .....
                 Tom Clancy's Ops Center--Terror in the Desert by .......
(Have you ever purchased a book then been disappointed when it turns out to be inferior to what you would expect by the famous author?)
     Our Opinions:  for example, should there be a standardized method for labelling such works so that the reader knows it was not written by the named author? Does the use of a dead writer's settings, characters, or series name entail plagarism?  Does the use of the dead writer's characters make it easier on us to get into and enjoy the plot without having to learn a whole list of new characters?
2.  The ethical questions involved in the use of "ghost writers"
     Considerations:  Many works are attributed to famous (or notorious) persons when they are actually written by someone else.  It gives the reader reason to suspect that at least some of the autobiographical or philosophical works attributed to those persons are in fact well written stories for which the famous author takes credit.
          Examples include:  Speaches made by politicians which are written by professional writers, autobiographies penned by someone other than the subject of the bio, and stories, books, novels, attributed to famous persons.  (Can we trust that Hillary Clinton is the actual author of It Takes a Village ?)
          Often the Autobiographies include the disclaimer, "...as told to <name of the ghost writer>
           What about the recent spate of books attributed to <Famous Author and not-so-famous author>.  James Patterson and Clive Custler seem to have an inordinate number of co-authors.  How much input work does the famous named writer actually contribute to the collaboration?
Again, Our Opinions:
3.  And lastly, what about the series books which use a house name (generic pen name) for a group of writers, or writers using multiple pen names?  
     Examples of house names:  Elery Queen (mysteries),  Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew mystery books), Franklin W. Dixon (The Hardy Boys mystery books), and  Laura Lee Hope (The Bopsy Twins series).  I hesitate to mention (and must admit to complete ignorance) of the various house names used in the various series books involving romance -- gothic or otherwise.
     Examples of multiple pen names:  Nora Roberts ( J.D. Robb) and Harry Turtledove (H. Turtletaub)
In all the above, does it make any real difference to the reader?  Does it make any difference to the serious scholar studying the works of a specific author or literary movement?  Have we personally read any books written by now established authors that were written under other names  (usually early in their career) then republished under their current name--if so, was the work as polished and interesting as we expected from the famous named author?

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