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+'ed' is open/live and looking for tutors

The ed app is up-and-running. It seems desolate at the moment... because it is. The pages need intermediation (tutors and students) so we can kickstart this thing. If you're interested in tutoring, read the syllabi carefully. Remember that each sheet (chemistry, math, physics) is a live document in its own right; meaning that it is editable and self-contains a page history.

Ready. Set. Learn.

+still working on the camera (update 1)

Let's have some fun with the Google Daydream sdk.

+Goodbye to a hero, Stan Lee (dedication)

It's not everyday that you get to live-witness the career of someone who truly enriched the world, but that's exactly what I got to see with Stan Lee and his work.

I can only hope that Mr. Lee lived a fulfilling life. What he did for American culture and the entertainment industry in general is well-noted. His comic book creations and the hero of his imagination, I believe, forever changed the way humans think about themselves and our possibilities. I personally want to thank him for sharing what he could and did do in terms of characters, their stories, what it means to be misunderstood, how to persevere, and countless other attributes that escape me at this moment.

I usually don't pick favorites, but I have, on more than one occasion, found myself asking who would've won in certain hypothetical battles (Hulk vs. Superman is a good one that comes to mind, btw, X-Men would totally mop the floor with The Avengers๐Ÿ˜‰). The truth is, I really don't have to; just being able to be have that conversation should be an honor in itself. Letting yourself get lost in such ludicrous discussions just because is a great thing. We have the folks at Marvel Comics/Entertainment to thank for that, and Mr. Stan Lee, in particular.

One thing I'm really happy about is that he got to see his ideas brought to life on the big screen. It's one thing to flesh something out on paper with ink and lead. It's another thing to have talented animators, cinematographers, and a cast of professional actors portray your characters pretty much as you imagined -- decades prior. In my opinion, that's the equivalent of winning the Nobel Prize in your later years (something that I never agreed with. If you deserve it, the Committee should just give it. Why wait, you know?). I'm also really happy that he was honored with cameo slots in pretty much all of those movies. It goes without saying that Mr. Lee and his iconic creations have been - and likely will remain - a respected exponent in what it means to pursue your dreams and live up to your potential.

Thank you, sir,

+Paul Allen ... still computing (dedication)

Personal computing legend and software icon, Paul Allen, left us, but his work lives on.

I came up in the industry hearing loud whispers of the Microsoft story. Two very young men who were childhood friends from Seattle leave exceptional academic programs to build what at one point was the most successful company in the world (and still to this day, one of the most valuable technology companies on the market. Stock prices as of October 15, 2018 closed at $107.60๐Ÿ’น). That always spoke to me, telling me that with smart investments, good timing, and strong work ethic, America is a country (perhaps the only one) where if you really want to, just about anyone can achieve what they set out to do.

A favorite quote of his (head over to my quotes blog, if that kind of thing interests you) comes from the book, ๐Ÿ“–Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America, where he tried unsuccessfully (or successfully, depending on how you look at it) to prep a seventeen years-old Bill Gates on college life as an incoming freshman at Harvard. He says something to the effect of, "You know, Bill, you're going to meet people who are smarter than you (at Harvard).". To which Gates replied, "Smarter than me? No way, no way!". Those words stuck with me. I think it's because Bill refused to believe it, and decided that he wasn't going to let himself fail at the hands of someone else. He was all for taking control of his own destiny. (One bit of trivia: Paul Allen scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT, while Bill Gates got a 1590.)

Even though he left day-to-day operations at Microsoft for health and personal reasons in 1983, he helped lay down a company culture that defined an industry, change the world, and ultimately, helped people. I also respect what Paul Allen did with his extracurriculars. He was the owner of the Portland Trailblazers (NBA), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), and the Seattle Sounders FC (MLS). As a sports fanatic and Pacific Northwest (Montana) resident, I appreciate that bit of recreational lifestyle he nourished for the region.

Thank you, Paul.

+I was a Toys ''R'' Us kid (dedication)

I just want to take a moment or so to acknowledge and thank Charles Lazarus, the founder of Toys ''R'' Us, the retail chain of stores that sold (mostly) toys and other things marketed to kids.

Lazarus is one (1) of those people a person can go their entire lives not knowing who they are, but be familiar with their works. Walt Disney and Kiichiro Toyoda are two (2) others that comes to mind.

Mr. Lazarus passed today, in the midst of his founding company's legal battles with creditors and liquidation. It's sad and in a way ironic, yet it's also good to know that what he grew (it was the largest toy seller in the world at one point -- ".. the biggest toy store there is.") ended with him.

Growing up (and believe me, I wasn't in a rush to do so), Toys ''R'' Us was, to me and countless other American children, the go-to hub for instant happiness. I have so many memories of going to their stores in different cities, that it's hard to choose just one. I do recall, though, that Nintendo of America had a kiosk set up in those stores and that helped propel sales of their games and consoles, which are a whole bunch of other memories from my childhood in themselves.

We also can't forget the brand's mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, which in my opinion, epitomized a secondary image (behind the backwards 'R' on the logo) for marketing. Altogether, the retail chain packaged itself and its merchandise in such a way that it became indelible in the minds and hearts of generations of young people and their parents alike. When you consider that toys have been made, gifted, and sold across the world for ages, what Lazarus achieved has to be another one of those things that - as they say - probably only could have happened in America.

I got my start designing toys (puzzles and later character designs) with my portfolio, Egglepple. I became a performance artist (my words) when I was a teenager in an effort to have a domain in which I could 'play' with those toys. It was a totally selfish act back then. My parents were sometimes kind enough to take me to the toy store and let me hang out to my heart's delight. I didn't often get a toy to take home; it was mostly window shopping (holidays and birthdays aside), but the lessons I learned were sprouted in my imagination. Bright colors, childish play, what it meant to be a kid, all stemmed from my emotional connections to Toys ''R'' Us.

Thank you, Charles Lazarus.
A big Toys ''R'' Us kid,

+now among the stars (dedication)

Dr. Stephen Hawking is now no longer with us. I would normally qualify this as sad news, but I'm actually hoping that he's in a much better place where he doesn't have to suffer any longer, nor watch the Human species he so often chastised suffer either.

Stephen Hawking will be remembered for many things, one of which is as a brilliant theoretical physicist, which is what I'd rather focus on. His Hawking radiation formula accurately predicts the decay/evaporation of black holes (specifically, the entropic principles thereof). The Penrose-Hawking theorems are also very important mathematical tools.

He authored the book (as well as many others), A Brief History of Time, which became a bestseller for a record number of weeks, and introduced a new generation (myself included) of tinkerers to concepts of quanta, cosmology, and the like. The world owes a great deal to his humanity - disagreements about its course of direction aside, as we had no choice but to look at him as nothing more than a triumph.

You are appreciated.

+we ran together, Roger. (dedication)

So, just recently, Roger Bannister passed away. Notice that I didn't put a label in front of his name. He made his claim to fame as a track runner, the very first person to be clocked under four (4) minutes in a standard mile. He accomplished this ("The Miracle Mile") on 6 May 1954 while a student in medical school, taking up the course (neuroscience) that would later become his profession.

Running has lots of benefits, health and otherwise. The activity can be relieving; freeing your mind to think about nothing else but what is directly in front of you. I should know, I was a runner when I was a schoolboy. In fact, that's all I wanted to do with myself until I was about thirteen (13) years of age. Sprints were my thing; I was on my school's track team, specializing in the fifty-five (55) meter dash (indoors). I walk a lot now, but when I was really young, I did distance running. I never did come close to breaking the four-minute mark then, my best time was a little upwards (I mean, do we really need to delve into such things?๐Ÿค๐Ÿคฅ). I was a student of the sport (track and field) big time when I was a kid. Roger Bannister was one of those people that I read about, admired, and tried to emulate (the other was Carl Lewis).

What they tell you when you're an athlete is that natural talent should be exploited. What they don't tell you is that you can't actually coach work ethic. It can be trained, conditioned, isolated, and honed (and that all sounds like coaching), but not nary a person can bring out the drive that makes another reach beyond what they usually are content with. That last ingredient is something called determination. The individual is going to do what they are going to do. A lot of people want something, but wanting something is a whole other thing than actually doing whatever it takes to acquire it. Mr. Bannister taught me that. His official time of 3:59.4 minutes, was a slithering hair under the milestone (pun intended), but it was enough. He did it! He forced himself - focusing on one stride after the other - to push beyond his comfort zone to achieve something that no one else at any point in human history can claim. That's determination.

Sometimes, when these athletes pass, I feel compelled to share my sentiments because I, too, feel like an athlete. I call myself a mathlete, and that may be my way of attempting to hold on to some past long gone (or not), but I do feel that with juking, I've created a sport in the sense that it's a game that I (and anyone can) play and improve the (personal) condition. There's a camaraderie there; and to paraphrase Nelson Mandela, one that I think only sports can give.


Anyhoot, thank you, Roger.

+Easter 12/21

One (1) year to go until the theatrical debut (+libretto) of Easter:Die, Detective! on December 21, 2018. Let's make this time count in the interim.

+Discord server @ lnq#7586

Join the orchestra and converse on the Discord servers @ lnq#7586.

+20.5y

I've been in the game now for 20.5 years (since the end of February 1997). Wow!

+In memoriam: Dick and Jerry (dedication)

These past forty-eight (48) hours have taken from us comedians Dick Gregory and the King of Comedy himself, Jerry Lewis.

If you are unfamiliar with these two (2) people, then please take it upon yourself to read about them, and more importantly, watch some of their works online.

Dick Gregory was the first Black comedian to be a steady performer at all-White (comedy) clubs in the United States back in his day. He started performing in Chicago in the 1950s, and, after being spotted and invited by Hugh Heffner, was soon earning steady pay for his stand-up routines. Those facts in themselves (pioneering entertainer plus earning relatively substantial cash from his act) were big deals back in those days (supposedly $50/night was a lot of money), primarily because the height of his popularity took place during the Civil Rights era, which was stocked with societal unrest, political assassinations, and conventional wars abroad. Gregory lent his voice and jokes of contemporary mockery where he could, which was enough to be entered into the annals of that tumultuous part of American history in a positive light.

He was before my time, but undoubtedly paved the way for a performer like me to do what I did in the genre in the 1990s, when I started touring stand-up in middle school and for a while thereafter. One difference of style was that I hardly told jokes during my routines, which were largely based off of my class clown sketches that admittedly sometimes translated poorly to adult audiences. I was more of a physical comedy guy, making silly faces and odd noises just to get a laugh where I could. Those days as a teenager felt to me that I was an original in the field; that no one else could have possibly done what I was doing. This was around the same time as the beginning of the meteoric rise of Jim Carrey (to whom I looked up), who also heavily relied on physical stunts in lieu of traditional storytelling. It was only later that I found out he had greatly admired the work of Jerry Lewis before him.

Very few people deserve their monikers, whether they are bestowed upon or self-imposed. To put it bluntly, Jerry Lewis earned the moniker 'King of Comedy' over the course of his career. His style and delivery is so hackneyed that, for an example, modern first and second dates in courtship would almost feel archaic and awkward if it weren't for those subtle yet obvious instances of raw humor, even if they are nothing more than ice breakers. We can attribute that to Mr. Lewis.

He also set new boundaries in comedic character acting with the likes of (the original) The Nutty Professor and The Ladies Man. Moreso, in a bit of what would qualify as trivia now, he taught a college course in filmmaking, where his students included Hollywood greats Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. This combination of talent, skill, and showmanship pedigree made him a true master of his craft and a guiding force for future generations.

The Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis that I grew up with were stage legends, yes, but mainly activists by then. Gregory never gave up on speaking on behalf of people that looked like him and our struggles which handicap us. Lewis was equally as revered for his work and dedication to persons suffering from muscular dystrophy. His many telethons raised awareness and financial assistance for the cause (and its research), which is greatly appreciated.

I want to thank both of these geniuses for indirectly and directly impacting the evolution of my work and dreams.

+LES at twenty

fyi, my proprietorship (Link Egglepple Starbureiy) celebrated twenty (20) years on February 28, 2017๐ŸŽ‚.

Whoo-hoo! I've been a professional for two (2) decades.

+Link Egglepple Starbureiy (Lnq) sticker

This election (2016), make it easier for you to cast your vote for me as a write-in candidate by pasting a sticker of my motif image to your ballot. Here is the image for you to grab:

- just get a sticker printer (my favorite at the moment: CafePress.com), upload the image, print the image, and voila!, out pops a stickie๐Ÿ™ƒ. Lastly, of course, you'll need to put it on the line where it reads: "Write-in". This is/would be in lieu of writing out my name 'Link Starbureiy'.

Thanks.

Note (+): I prefer that you actually write in my name ('Link Starbureiy'), either as a standalone, or beside the sticker. This ensures that the ballot readers know and understand (and tally!) who it is you are voting for.

+Pure Imagination - Gene Wilder (dedication)

..as my childhood slowly fades away. We learned of the sad news of the passing of the great character actor, Gene Wilder.


Wilder was one of my favorites, all the way back to early childhood (elementary school) when us students were made to watch one of the silver screen's all-time classics - Willy Wonka an the Chocolate Factory. Wilder played the title character, and he did so flawlessly. You can compare his performance with that of the Johnny Depp's version and see who made it work best.

Wilder was a comic actor, technically, and his humor and sense thereof shone through with each on-screen performance (I even caught him some years back on a television sitcom that made good use of his timing, even into his advanced age). That said, I always have and always will associate Wilder with Willy Wonka. Here's another inside tip: I placed high value on Gene Wilder's Wonka so much so that I actually aspire to be that type of otherwordly, live-life-on-your-own-terms character on some level in my business dealings (just not as eccentric).

Roald Dahl is/was a great storyteller; Wonka, Peach, BFG .. are some of the greatest stories ever told. I saw The BFG this Summer (well done, Spielberg), and it's very hard to not be smitten with the storytelling alone. Gene Wilder was one of the greatest character actors I've ever seen. His works alongside Richard Pryor are fan-favorites, but his Oscar Wilde-meets Henry Ford-meets Walt Disney portrayal as Willy Wonka is simply magic. "If you want to see Paradise, simply tag along and you will.."๐Ÿ˜Œ

Thank you, Gene.

+new slogan - "Get walking."

'Get walking.' is a new slogan for UUe. The 'walking' portion is indicative of random walks, the so-called (programming) language of juking.

+seeking campaign personnel

Now hiring: 👀

- political campaign staffers with professional experience in event management
- active duty and former military personnel for project management
- multimedia animators
- technologists (i.e., software/hardware engineers)

Must be local (in Missoula, Montana and/or Washington, D.C. metropolitan area - namely, Tysons Corner district). Job will last throughout the remainder of 2016.

E-mail me at hello@uuelco.me, use the hashtag: #campaignstaffing in the Subject line. Be sure to note in your body that you are inquiring about the 2016 campaign. Please include a hyperlink to your Linkedin page, or submit a recent resume (with salary requirements) as an attachment.

+UUelcome gameshow casting call

This is a (first) casting call for UUelcome.

E-mail me at hello@uuelco.me, use the hashtag: #gameshowcasting in the Subject line. Be sure to note in your body that you are inquiring about the gameshow. Please include a hyperlink to an about.me page and/or a YouTube video with a specific mention (eg., a response to this call).

I'm looking for: lots of extras (actors) to portray audience members (more) and participants (less), digital set designers (versed in Sketchup, AutoCAD, programs like these, etc.), and an early-stage producer.

This will all happen this Summer in Missoula, MT, so be local.

+no-go for Missoula Foodbank

The MFB ED made the decision today not to participate in a case study because juking feels like gambling.😔 I'm afraid this sentiment might be shared by other social programs and their respective organizations who interface with underprivileged persons.


This (that 'feeling' of gambling) is something that I have to address more directly. From my point of view, I'm informing everyone that improvisation is what distinguishes juking from gaming; the ability to tweak the outcome so that it must conform to the handicap, thus, always allowing for a juker to earn/profit. For some reason, this hasn't always come across cleanly to some people, even some really smart people.

I do, however, respect the ED's choice of it also being a matter of not bringing a non-profit organization to house a commercial product. Licensure aside, it could be misconstrued as a conflict of interest. Thanks, anyway.

There's got to be a reasonable way to get huge numbers of people involved so that I can exploit their (mobile) processors. Back to the drawing board.

+cementing Clay in Ali (dedication)

Muhammad Ali has passed. His legend lives on.

It wasn't until fairly recently (as in the past 24 months) that I came to appreciate Ali for the entertainer that he was. His boxing skills were well-known, but that was a sideshow compared to his personality, which was larger-than-life. I got his jokes, his insights. I can totally relate to his self-cleansing. He was living proof that the ego must shine in order for success to follow. Believing in yourself, and sticking up for others.. these are the intangibles of a life well-lived.

After becoming world champion, he switched his identity; discarding his 'slave name'. A lot of people don't outright get that a person's name is arguably the biggest part of who they are. It's the very thing that you tell yourself everyday. As a big believer in the power and effect words have, I know that your name can singlehandedly shape your ethos. I must confess that I love the name 'Cassius Clay', but I also admire those that make adjustments to live a more fulfilling life. Doing so takes courage, and that's not something everyone has in abundance.

If I reflect on my journey, thus far, I can see that I've picked up a lot of traits from well-known individuals. Ali was one in particular. He had a big mouth, talked a lot of trash (does that remind you of anyone?, ..ahem!😇), and was always game. Competitive sports will do that to you. In Life, there can only be one winner. If everyone is equally talented and hardworking, then the only way to outclass your opponent is psychologically; win the mind game, and you've won half the battle. Ali knew this, but he also understood the power of words. He admitted that he believed that if he said he was 'The Greatest' loud and long enough, then eventually people would believe it, and we did.

The other part of identity is perception. Although appearances at times can be deceiving, the image one projects is rarely inflective. I've learned the hard way that you must show people exactly what you want them to know about you, or else they begin to fill in the blanks themselves. Ali showed us that he was a fighter. Boxing was his craft, but his mouth and humor were the tools he used to get the message across that the world is unfair. If you want it to work for you, then you better be ready to fight it. Words are powerful, but when action is necessary, talk is cheap. You are who you've always been. People see what they want to to see. Be you. Do right. Win.

Thank you, Brother.
Link Starbureiy

+emoji-happy

I'm loving this emoji stuff!😍

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