Deep Thought Sounds: How Music Aids Focus & the Best Albums to Listen to While Working

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Some people doubt the intertwined human connection to music, but those people are generally idiots. While music clearly means different things to different people, ignoring that a connection exists is naive. The proper music sets the mood, triggers memories, and can boost your brainpower if managed correctly. Connecting two highly variable concepts like musi…

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Preventing S3 + Cloudfront Hotlinking w/ a WAF Firewall

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Hotlinking is obnoxious. Hotlinking is theft. Hotlinking is getting harder and harder to prevent. Any web developer worth their salt has run into this problem - What do you do when shady people are willing to steal your work? Keep in mind, we're not talking about open source projects or contributing to a cause - we're basically talking about a jack move. Whi…

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The Top Benefits of Google Fiber

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Excitement around the Triangle is palatable. This is one improvement that even our embarrassingly regressive politicians won't be able to exploit or undermine. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel-Hill are on the vanguard of a nationwide change. Not quite as early as the lucky folks of Kansas City, but on the second wave nonetheless. As Google's infrastructure begins…

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Hunting the Pea Island Outer Banks Coast Guard Station

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After spending the week in a tiny beach town called Duck, Kaeli and I decided to adventure out on the fourth to find some incredible ruins I'd stumbled on a few months back. A friend of mine from college had posted an article on Facebook under the title "The 11 Strangest Abandoned Places in North Carolina" [1]. After falling for the obvious click…

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New Favorite Thing… Smart Car Body Kits

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It’s not a Micro-Machine. It’s not a Golf Cart w/ a grill. It’s a Smart Car, with a Body Kit, and it's kinda amazing. Smart car body kits are a clever way to make those eco-friendly cars (that we all love) look just a bit cooler. The upside of smart cars has always been obvious, but the drawbacks lurk right beneath the surface. The largest drag on the potent…

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Random Awesome Pictures

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Like everyone else with a iPhone, I've started to collect a few pictures that may not be suited for a social media site... but that I love nonetheless. To avoid the potential buildup of random awesome pictures sent to me from friends and family, I've decided to drop a few of them off here. They may seem dumb, but I'd just point out that you did visit a page…

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Dear America – Letters to America

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Like a lot of people who work remotely, I keep the news on in the background when working most of the time. Although the freedom is always appreciated, by the end of the day I often find myself making a fair amount of snarky comments towards the tv. Since that really doesn't accomplish much, I think I'll start making “Dear America” pictures when I get annoye…

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Fred Rogers is My Hero - Amazing Fred Rogers Quotes (Mr Rogers Show)

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When growing up I only really recall three people who seemed genuinely at peace. Not folks who had everything they wanted or enough money to support any cause they wanted, I mean people who seemed content with themselves. These people loomed especially large in mind because of the sharp contrast of all the wealth-worship of the 80's & 90's. To begin with…

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Meet Axiron (aka Drugs with Funny Side Effects)

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With the nonstop growth of pharma in the US, the side effects have reached comical proportions... but which drug has the absolute funniest side effects? If you've have seen the latest commercial for Axiron, you already know the answer to that question. If you haven't, let me give you a quick recap. Funniest Side Effects? Lets Give Axiron a Shot. So, to star…

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Data Visualization Births / Deaths

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Dealing with large scale data is one aspect of web development that has seen a meteoric rise lately. It leaves devs with a problem they rarely encounter - having too much content. Most designers and developers I know spend quite a bit of time prying information out of clients and utilizing a few layout tricks to make it look good. Dealing with "big data" lea…

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Fresh off the Boat to Huangs World - aka Who is Eddie Huang?

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Some characters both embody and spit in the face of the American ideal. They come in many forms, but always end up drawing attention. There's no professional or educational requirement either, it really just requires authenticity, some humor, and the ability to look beyond convention. Huge figures in America have embodied these traits, names like Frank Lloyd…

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Risk Board Game. Best Board Game Ever.

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Any kid who grew up in the 80's - 90's has know the classics. Operation, Shoots and Ladders, Perfection, Battleship... but above them all - the Risk board game. The Risk Board Game If you can play the game of Risk, I may not want to play you in Chess. And really - That's the highest praise you can bestow on a board-gamer. That's not even an opinion, that's j…

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