Steve Lovelace Blog

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Playing GORILLA.BAS With My Family

One of my favorite old video games was GORILLA.BAS. It was actually a demo that came with MS-DOS. I spent a lot of time knocking around in QBasic, and while I never became an...

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Programming in QBasic

Early computers almost always came with BASIC. As the name implies, it was a basic programming language that allowed you to make all kinds of simple programs. Though they didn’t invent BASIC, it was...

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Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers

I don’t like hand dryers in public restrooms. They’re loud; they’re slow; and they make me feel like my just-cleaned hands are dirty all over again. Supposedly hand dryers are better for the environment,...

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Breaking My Facebook Addiction

I have a long-term Facebook addiction. I signed up for the service back in the early days, when you needed a .edu email address to register. I’ve logged in just about every day since....

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Getting in Shape with Pokémon Go

“That’s so last summer,” said one of my friends when I mentioned Pokémon Go. “I can’t believe you’re still playing that.” That seems to be a lot of people’s reaction, in fact. When the...

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The Matrix Rebooted

Back at the turn of the century, The Matrix was the coolest thing in sci-fi. I was a fan of the movie, like so many others. But 16 years later, the movie and its...

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The Oatmeal on Inspiration

I’m a big fan of The Oatmeal, an online webcomic/blog by artist Matthew Inman. It’s a hilarious website with original comics. It’s not a regular webcomic like xkcd, but more of a random assortment...

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Suburban Coffee Shops

Why are there so many good suburban coffee shops? I found myself wondering this one afternoon after work. I was going to a happy hour out in Grapevine, and it didn’t make sense to...