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The Hydroponics Experiment (Part 7 – Day Zero)

AeroGarden - Tomatoes GerminatingFrom October 24 to November 13, Costco Wholesales is having a sale on the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED. At $159.99 – with the cherry tomato kit – it’s $40 off the usual price. Still feeling badly from my failed hydroponics experiment, I decided to try yet again. After squishy lettuce and slimy tomatoes, picking a different hobby seems like a reasonable decision. Yet, I can be relentlessly stubborn. With all the time I spend in front of the computer, the idea of growing vegetables seems relaxing.

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New DuckDuckGo Bang – !photics

DuckDuckGo LogoYou’re not seeing double. This is another DuckDuckGo article. In the previous post, it was announced that the “!pho” bang was available. While “pho” is short for “Photics”, it’s also a vietnamese noodle soup. That might get confusing. Fortunately, this site now has more than one DuckDuckGo bang. Now you can use “!photics” or “!pho” to quickly search Photics.com from the DuckDuckGo website or from a DuckDuckGo powered search bar.

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Hurricane Hermine Inspired Game Development

Hurricane Hermine - Labor Day Weekend ForecastLabor Day weekend is when people across the United States enjoy the last few days of Summer. While Fall doesn’t start until September 22, most people go back to work or school after the holiday weekend. Celebrations usually involve backyard barbecues or long days at the beach. But with Hurricane Hermine looming up the East Coast, it’s looking like a wet and windy mess for much of the break. So, I decided to turn it into a super-nerdy weekend. I decided this was the perfect moment to work on B.R.O.O.M.

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Free Template Tuesday #8 – Tumult Hype “FPS” (Part II)

FPS (Part II) – Thumbnail ImageThe previous FPS project used a significant amount of CPU power. On my Mac mini, approximately 12.5% CPU power was used for the FPS gauge and text display. That drain on the processor significantly skews the performance numbers. The original project was intentionally left flawed and unfinished. The idea was to encourage Hype users to improve their programming skills. But since no one seems to have taken on the challenge, I decided to improve the template by myself.

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Free Template Tuesday #7 – Tumult Hype “Capitals”

United States of America FlagWhile perusing the Tumult Forums, someone was having trouble with animated buttons. The idea was to animate the active button, then return to the previous state when not active. Hype can do that! To show how that’s done, I started working on another free Hype template. The end result is a project that grew larger than expected. If you’re looking for a way to create quizzes, the “United States Capitals Quiz” template could be a great starting point. It tackles complex issues, such as working with arrays and randomizing the display of that data.

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