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


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 music and learning may seem tricky to connect, but if we break it down it's fairly scientific. The best place to start in this case would be with the toughest aspect to prove, is their a definitive scientific link between music and productivity. Establishing a Scientific Link Between Your Brain & Music For me, several often overlooked tangential connections began to hint towards the connection between humans…

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Preventing S3 + Cloudfront Hotlinking w/ a WAF Firewall


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. While most developers have decent options with htaccess or server config files, when it comes to using a CDN options are pretty limited. Since Cloudfront hotlinking is a battle I've put some time into, I'll let you guys know the preventative options I've come up with so hopefully you can avoid this annoyance on your future projects.Cloudfront…

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


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, Bob Ross and Shel Silverstein we're absolute game changers in my childhood. Their sheer talent and the way they made it accessible was an artistic inspiration that I'm still effected by to this day. The other huge inspiration did stress the importance of imagination, but in the big picture he just seemed like a great person. That man was…

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


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 Wright and Mark Twain spring to mind quickly. It's line of thinking that brings me to Huang's World. While he hasn't yet reached "household name" status, he's quickly approaching and the wide swaths of people he's met will vouch for his unique spirit. You may have already seen him on Vice or Fresh of the Boat, but let's start at the top... Who…

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Why I Like Obama in a Picture & Moment aka Obama's Coolest Moments


Good photography can evoke plenty of emotion and candid images can sometimes do the difficult job of conveying who a person really is. Major politicians make so many appearances that it's hard to think any picture is unplanned, but when you see a candid picture you know. The picture and clip I've included below didn't get a ton of airplay, but to me they're some of Obama's coolest moments. They show why I like Obama, but they also convey very well that when a genuine moment is captured it's easy to see.Why I Like Obama In One PictureWhen it comes to President Barack Obama, I must say I'm a little torn. I certainly don't agree with all his decisions,…

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Too Hot for TED??


Since TED is supposed to be a home for intelligent conversation, it's a little disturbing sometimes when they recall their support of a speaker. If they approved both the speaker and the topic, it seems a little punitive to disown a hard thought out speech. That's why I decided banned TED talks should have a home here... and now they do. Currently Banned TED Talks... --> Nick Hanauer on Inequality - The Debate --> Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion - The Debate --> Graham Hancock - The War on Consciousness - The Debate --> Sarah Silverman: A new perspective on the number 3000 - The Debate Know Of Any Other Banned TED Talks? If you run across any new…

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Favorite Links: Favorite Web Resources from the Favorite Links Folder


Working in the web development industry forces you to cover quite a lot of internet "ground", my favorite links folder piles up pretty quickly. While most of the space online is useless space filler, there are some amazing resources out there if you know where to look. I've compiled a few of my favorite links and web resources on this post and I'm fairly sure any curious mind will find some intriguing links scattered among them. So with the intro out of the way, here are a few of my favorite links roughly categorized. Interesting Links Clients From Hell Detroit Tigers – MLB FFFound! Independent Weekly ProPublica.org Raleigh News Goodnight Raleigh Independent Weekly NC NAACP Chamber of Commerce AIGA | Raleigh…

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The Top Benefits of Google Fiber


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 to take form, it's a great opportunity for residents to do a little spring cleaning and become familiar with all the benefits that Google Fiber allows and the competitive advantages it will bring to our region. Advantages Of A Fiber Optic LifeGoogle Fiber Map - SE United StatesFor those rock dwellers, lets start by quickly familiarizing you with the concept. In the macro view,…

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Hunting the Pea Island Outer Banks Coast Guard Station


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 bait, I found a gem which is never seen before - an Outer Banks building just drowning in sand. Sand so high you needed to dig like a dog on a fence to pass through the doorways. I had a little trouble chasing down the original link, but after a little feed stalking we found our target.…

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New Favorite Thing… Smart Car Body Kits


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 potential growth of smart cars is their look. Not all of these are real, obviously - Forced perspective, a little photoshop cropping, a motion blur, etc. The point to me is that this is an idea with demand, that could be done, and should be done. A few killer…

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