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Mike Kitzman
Just a simple software developer who loves to write code and spend time with his family.
Just a simple software developer who loves to write code and spend time with his family.

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Awesome take-down of pseudo-science bullshit from incompetent morons who believe they're qualified professionals. The usual baseless assertions are here, from "Toxins", "GMO's", "Natural", "Organic", "Microwaves", to "Vaccines"


Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She's also written a bestselling book telling you that you can change your life in 21 days by "breaking free of the hidden toxins in your life." She and her army are out to change the world.

She's also utterly full of shit.

I am an analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology. Before working full-time as a science writer and public speaker, I worked as a chemistry professor, a toxicology chemist, and in research analyzing pesticides for safety.

The entire article is a monument to science and reason, full of gems like this one : "You're constantly "detoxing" just by living. Your kidneys and liver take care of cleaning out unnecessary things in the body fairly efficiently on their own. Proof? The toilet paper industry."

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JavaScript set back the state of the art in software engineering by at least 15 years, and it's not yet on track to get better. Even improvements such as TypeScript don't have necessary basic OO concepts like abstract methods. Key design patterns simply cannot be implemented.

We are creating a world of throwaway code, enabling and enabled by an inexhaustible supply of developers willing to create (and try) yet another JS framework ("But, see, my new JS framework is for JS ninjas, though..."). The very fact that JS can necessitate so many little frameworks with so little reuse across them is maximally damning. In other words, if the status quo didn't currently suck, there would be no appetite for the next JS framework. And the status quo continues to suck, creating a huge waste of human time and creativity.

P.S. I do get the worse-is-better thing, and of course there are situations in which quick-and-dirty is exactly the right thing. The problem is that there is nowhere to go when you're ready to move beyond quick-and-dirty, say, to "my software actually is reliable, performant, and comprehensible".

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Programming in movies (vs) real life ROFL

To be fair I know a few people who do program like that in the movies when they get an idea. ;)

via +Paulo Neves 

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Anyone wanting to stay in Grand Junction should do themselves a favor and check out this little place!  I used to live there and it is a fantastic little place in a quiet little neighborhood.  At $50 a night, that is way better than anything you could get at a hotel.

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From The Archives: New Apple Friend Bar Gives Customers Someone To Talk At About Mac Products 

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The open source software cycle:
1. Developer creates simple app
2. Since code is simple and easy to understand, people are eager to contribute
3. App grows more complex with all the new features and bugfixes
4. App's codebase now requires substantial time investment to understand and contribute
5. (Another) developer decides to make their own "simpler" app instead of understanding how the existing one works.
6. GOTO 2

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Simply amazing!  Where do they come up with this stuff?
Must watch video. Who would have thought that the humble (CSS) border-radius could do so much! Awesome presentation by +Lea Verou.


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Wow!  It always amazes me what people think of doing with the new CSS3 specs!
I found my new CSS God after +Chris Coyier.
It's +Lea Verou. Here is beautiful gallery of patterns made with CSS3 by her. Amazing what CSS3 can do.

Also check out her other projects here:

I love also design of all of them. Very pretty =))

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I completely agree!
Being a new parent is scary, especially if you really want to do a good job. It is a shame that +jenny mccarthy either knowingly capitalizes on that fact or is so criminally under-informed about basic science that she doesn't even realize how unwise her vehement public positions are. And it's a shame that Barbara Walters would cash in on the controversy.

New parents are vulnerable to her kind of shtick because, as the article puts it, "Parents are told that unless they buy a given product, their child will get sick, learn too slowly, fail to flourish, or even die. Being a parent requires so many leaps of faith on a day-to-day basis. We just hope and pray that we're getting it mostly right."
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