antenna girl
  • kengr

need equation

Dear LJ Genie

I need an equation I can easily plug into a BASIC program. I need to draw several sizes of ellipse, all with the same focal points but different major axis sizes.

Call the distance bettween the foci D.

So the foci would be on the X-axis at -0.5D and +0.5D. And the major axis would be expressed in terms of D.

I'm sure there's some simple way to work this, but I haven't had any luck finding it.
antenna girl
  • kengr

medical question

For something I'm writing, I need to know when doctors and other medical personnel not familiar with a patient would ask a female appearing patient questions like "when was your last period?", "when was your last gyno exam?" etc.

Patient is high school aged.

Basically any questions they wouldn't ask a male patient.

Also, I know that for some tests & drugs (and possibly other situations) they get rather insistent about "Is there any chance you may be pregnant?"

Y'see said character *isn't* female, so much "fun" is likely to ensue in such situations.

(I've got a trans friend who hasn't even begun to transition, but has been asked when the last time they had a pap smear was by a new doctor. But they are way past high school age, so I expect the questions and situations will be a lot different)

ps. This is fiction, but set in something resembling the real world.

If you are curious, the parts I've already written are here:

More iPod problems

Dear LJ Genie, who has answered many iPod questions for me:

I own an iPod Touch 5th generation. Over the holiday season I downloaded a lot of Christmas music on to it. I downloaded it directly from the iTunes store to the iPod rather than connecting the iPod to my computer and transferring the music that way.

Once December was over I tried to remove the music, but no matter what I do, I cannot remove any songs from the iPod. I've used two different computers. I've checked and unchecked songs. I've selected the option to manually manage music and videos. I've unselected the option. I've downloaded all the iPod and iTunes updates. I've Googled the problem and tried all the suggestions that I've found on various websites, but nothing changes.

In addition, I have found that I also cannot add music to the iPod when I connect it to the computer. I recently purchased a CD and added it to my iTunes library, but I cannot transfer the songs to my iPod even though iTunes claims they were transferred successfully. Yes, I bought an actual CD, because the music is not available in the iTunes store.

Other than completely wiping the iPod by restoring it to factory settings, is there anything that I can do to resolve this problem?
antenna girl
  • kengr

redirecting weir urls

Dear LJgenie
We've switched my domain o a new host and have an "interesting problem.

The old host (a Cobalt RaQ4) dealt with user subdomains like this:

UserX of domain would have his homepage at:

The new host uses more coneventional subdomains:

We'd like to be able to redirect requests for the old urls to the new ones, but can't figure out how.

Anybody know how? Or at leasty kno what the old style subdomain aer "officially" called so we can google for info?
antenna girl
  • kengr

Playing DLNA content *on* a PC

Dear LJ Genie
I've got a DLNA server on my LAN. I'm tryiong to figure out how a friend can play files from it on his Windows 7 laptop.

All my searches keep turning up stuff on configuring a PC *as* a DLNA srver, not playing content *from* a DLNA server on the PC.

xmas fluffy

Xylophone ringtone sound-alike

Dearest LJ Genie,

As a Christmas gift to my father, I hope someone might know what 70s era TV show theme is a sound alike for the iPhone ringtone "xylophone". For reference:

We've ruled out American Beauty (which is what it reminds me of) and Dad is sure it's much older than the last decade and is pretty sure about the TV part.

I've scoured Google and seen some agreement about the feeling that there is an answer, but no one could put their finger on the same thing my dad is thinking of.

Much appreciated!
antenna girl
  • kengr

Windows media player aggravations

Dear LJ Genie,

In older verions of WMP, "Now Playing" listed the name of the item and the time. InWMP 11, it only lists the time if I drag the now playing window much bigger and has this huge gap between the name and the time for "ratings".

I don't want the ratings, as they are completely bogus anyway. But I can't find a way to get rid of them. I've seen references to sorting the things displayed, but they all mention menu options that just plain aren't there.

Mae by igrab

Finding another well loved video game. :)

Oh wise and benevolent genie,

I am searching for another well loved American PC video game I had enjoyed in 1999. It features a redheaded girl ptotagonist on a skateboard who solves a cross word on artists throughout history (including French Impressionists and American artists like Man Ray).

The graphics are cartoon like. The game also features beautiful jazz music, and an 'evil scientist'villain. It has maths puzzles where you must rearrange wooden barrels by size (to escape from the room the scientist's minions trapped you in). You must fit together squashed cars in the shapes of triangles and squares to achieve certain shapes / silhouettes. What is the game called?

Thank you, LJ genie! :)

Edit: I found out I actually did make an earlier post in 2010 on trying to find this game. *headlaptop* I'd completely forgotten. Apologies for reposting!
antenna girl
  • kengr

Outlook Express filtering.

Dear Lj Genie

I'm trying to help someone who is using Outlook Express and is subscribed to a mailing list I host.

The problem is that apparently OE has to way to automatically move messages to a folder based on the Sender: line in the headers. Which is pretty much the *only* reliable way to seperate list messages from private replies to list messagae.

Anybody know of any trick that'd work (note that relying on list messages having a string such as [list name]" in the subject line does *not* work, as private replies can have that in the subject as well if the person replying didn't think to edit the subject).
I <3 God, sheepie

Lear or Carroll and Didactic Sources

Oh great learned LJ Genie,

I have a research paper that I need to write for my British Literature class.  It has to be an argumentative paper.  I would like to take the position saying that Edward Lear's nonsense writings are didactic.  However, I cannot find any peer reviewed articles for decent sources.

I have used Google and other search engines.  I've search the journal databases that I am allowed to search through my college's library.

If there is truly nothing on Edward Lear, I'll work with Lewis Carroll instead.  However, I've not been able to find anything for him, either.  Can you please help?