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…

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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…

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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 th…

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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 No…

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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 lu…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Meet Axiron (aka Drugs with Funny Side Effects)

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If any of you have seen the commercial for Axiron, then you already know the answer to that question. If you haven't, here's a quick recap... Worlds Funniest Side Effects? Lets Give Axiron a Shot. So, to start with Axiron cures "Low-T" (which is a clever way to say low testosterone). Apparently Hyp…

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