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February 24th, 2015
09:44 am
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Stupid web designer tricks
Livejournal just destroyed my friends feed. Their stupid change to multiple files and whatever HTML 5 tricks has made it no longer load in a reasonable time, and it looks like I am locked in and can't go back to the old style which actually worked.

That is stupid web designer trick #1: developing on a LAN and not testing on a limited -or even remote - connection. A site experience is completely different on a gigabit ethernet with a 1 ms ping than over a 1MBaud DSL with a 100ms ping. It is shoddy workmanship to roll out before testing a mediocre link user experience.

The next worst Stupid web design is locking the font size. People choose their default font size because it is what they want. ALL font sizes in a document for the web should be relative, not absolute. Deal with it.

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August 7th, 2016
09:03 pm
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Steemit - a new blockchain based blogging site
Steemit is a site unlike any other - by leveraging the blockchain technology of chared trust built by Bitcoin, it prevents anyone from censoring or controlling the discourse. By using upvotes for funding and trending, it prevents advertising or despicable content from taking over. We'll see how it goes.

In any can, I'd suggest making an account and seeing what's going on there.

https://steemit.com/anarchy/@wizwom/a-bit-of-an-introducion

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July 1st, 2016
03:48 am
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Bought a Townhouse
Laura's Trust bought a townhouse in South county St. Louis. We are moving in this weekend.

This is back to being a suburbanite for the first time in 8 years. I have mixed feelings: glad we found a home Laura is happy with; somewhat scared to be back in a city with all the stress that entails. Glad that Laura will be able to get by without me if needed, since there is bus service and Uber and so on. Glad that we can get better food, and better cultural events, and there are lots of things for Kenneth to do that can help him learn and grow.

Very glad that we are near Laura's parents. It will help immensely if I am out of town. But also, It will let Kenneth be very close to his grandparents, who I respect highly.

Current Location: United States, Missouri, Saint Louis
Current Mood: happyhappy

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March 3rd, 2016
12:02 pm
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My son was born
On this date, Kenneth Steven Schattke was born, after 26 hours of labor. He was 7 lb 8 oz and 20.5" long. His head measured 12.5"
Laura and the baby are fine.

Current Location: PCRMC, Rolla, Mo
Current Mood: happyhappy
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July 9th, 2015
04:10 am
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I got Married
On June 21st, 2015, I married a beautiful woman I met here at college, Laura Michelle Warren.
She is now Laura Warren Schattke, and we are still living in Rolla, MO as I finish my Thesis.

Current Location: Cedar Lake Cellars, Wright City, MO
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Enjoy the Silence, Depeche Mode
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February 24th, 2015
09:26 am
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living happily
I am using my ProScan 9500 tablet to update while soaking in my bath. For $40 its cheap enough to not care. Since it came with a full keyboard in the carrying folio, its even nice to use.
For the last few years, I have been updating Facebook, instead of here. Especially since that is where my Fiance, Laura Warren, does her social networking. We have an event for our wedding in June there.
I looked at the requirements for a PhD, and it would require another 3 semesters here, so I won't be doing that. I am going to just finish the Master's in Nuclear Engineering and get a job. I expect to work 1-2 years, pay off my student loans and build a prototype of the continuous plasma accelerator. That is the key component of my design and the one needing the most engineering.

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February 5th, 2015
07:03 am
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PhD Qaulifying exam
Today I sit for the first part of the PhD qualifying Exam, for Nuclear Engineering.
I expect it will all be stuff I've seen before; microscopic and Macroscopic cross sections, Diffusion theory, point reactor kinetics, and so on. Using 19th centruy math to analyze a system in a way described in the 1940s.

Tomorrow is fluid mechanics, heat transfer and power systems... again, straightforward.

Saturday - which distresses me a little - is radiation measurement and shielding.

If I pass, I then have to get through the paperwork to apply for a PhD and apply for graduation by the 16th; I don't expect any resistance to switching to a PhD for a Master's program.

Then, the next task is finishing my Dissertation, preparing it, and defending it.

I could be Dr. Jonathan Mark Schattke, PhD by May.

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October 27th, 2014
06:23 am
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How the Global Warming Scare Began

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June 15th, 2013
12:19 am
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Birthday Party
There might be someone following this who doesn't do Facebook, so...
I'm having an actual Birthday Party - first time in many, many years.
Friends, family and all the assorted weirdos I know are invited.
It will be in Naperville, IL at 6 PM on June 21, 2013.
If you'd like to come, email me and I'll let you know where.

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March 2nd, 2013
09:14 am
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A Path Back to Monetary Stability
The world is engaged in a currency war. Its a race to the bottom as the US, UK, Japan, China and many, many other countries print furiously, trying to lower foreign cost for their goods. The only solution to avoid loss of cash is to convert to metal, then convert back at the future date, taking a vigorish loss on each side.

But there is a way to bring instant stability. The US could pass a new coinage act, setting a dollar as, say, 1.3365 grams of silver. This would make old 90% silver dollars instantly exchangeable for modern $20 coins, silver Quarters for $5 coins, silver dimes for $2 coins. They could mint gold by weight... and exchange at the London ratio, not a fixed ratio. They would have to accommodate the vast amount of paper money - so they would have to take away the Fed money making ability, putting it at only a clearing house function.

But, really... we all know that is NOT going to happen.

But lets say you are a merchant and you don't live in a State that has instituted a gold and silver tender law, and don't want to take Federal reserve notes? There is still something you can do, right now. Price all of your items in grams of silver. At the checkout, accept only silver, but as a convenience for the customer, handle a concurrent US dollar silver purchase. The receipt for the goods is in silver, and if they pay for it in currency, they get another receipt for the silver purchase (with the vigorish you have to pay). Customers would transact as they wished, and since no debt is incurred, there is no need to accept the federal reserve notes. The business has removed currency inflation from their shelf cost immediately.

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