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My parents send me the silliest things via email :)

It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was a major problem.
The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.
Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others.

The solution was a metal plate with 16 round dimples, called, for reasons unknown, "a Monkey". But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls quickly rusted to it.
The solution to the rusting problem was to make the plates of brass hence, Brass Monkeys.
Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts more, and more rapidly than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.

Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to *freeze the balls off a brass monkey*
And all this time, you thought that it was just a vulgar expression, didn't you?
Feel free to share this fabulous bit of historical knowledge with at least a few uneducated friends :)
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Hah, hadn't thought of that bit in season one a long time. Funny that Jaime Lannister now finds himself in a similar spot. I wonder if he'll get to keep his head.
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TLDR: Bootstrap sucks....terribly...Writing css from scratch, sooo much better.

Ok, so i might step on some toes with this one, but i gotta ask for some feedback.

For some time i've heard of frameworks, and just never needed one. This week i was pushed into trying one because the designer i work with was convinced it would speed up development. It seriously didn't...even after i figured out how it works and started getting things done, it just wasn't coming out exactly like his design, the customizations i had to make just made it feel like a total waste of time and the end result CSS looked terrible.

I spent the last two days picking it up. After getting over the LESS files convolution and realizing that for every little thing you want to do with an element there's some applicable class name, it left me with the same horrible taste Java left me with ten years ago. 

You essentially don't learn a language (CSS, or Proper naming conventions on HTML elements), you end up learning a long ass list of predefined class names to apply when you want to do something, but then STILL have to go and apply custom CSS because otherwise things just won't match your design, unless you've literally created a cookie-cutter layout that matches those "build-without-coding" examples you find strewn across the web.

It really feels like the "oh, need something more, throw in another div with another class name, that'll solve it" which is a total beginner thing to do when it comes to CSS.

So after puking a little because of all that, i come to find that with half a home page done, bootstrap was already generating a whopping 142KB css file....WTH....that's when i said screw it.  (to be fair, we had the full library because i wasn't sure what parts i would need, we got it down to like 25KB ish later in the day)

I took the only part i liked, which was the LESS setup, created one custom LESS file where my variables are defined at the top (cuz god forbid you put everything in one few-hundred-to-thousand line file instead of splitting it all into a myriad of unnecessary files)

So , besides using a few LESS variables, the rest of my CSS is written cleanly from the ground up like i normally do.  I have done the same amount of work that took two days (granted i was learning it) in about 3 hours, and my CSS file is 1.2KB versus the 25KB file generated when using bootstrap. 

I talked to another buddy dev, and we both felt that bootstrap was written for people who can't write their own CSS, because it really feels that it does nothing that makes it worth doing if you know how to write your own code. It doesn't save you any time, besides the LESS variables you can apply separately from bootstrap to your own stuff.

Is there ANY reason anyone uses bootstrap, as in, can you justify why bother with it when writing straight up CSS and reusing your own code means you learn more and actually know how to problem solve stuff better? A use-case scenario would be awesome.

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I think it's quite helpful if you work in a team...possibly on a lot of projects. Then you might just use it for the naming conventions. No matter in which project you drop in you know how the css works. If you want a button you always use the class "btn" and not sometimes "btn", other times "button" and sometimes something completely random.
You don't even have to include the actual bootstrap css but it helps if everybody is on the same page if that makes sense.
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Nothing like coming home after a long day to find the power is out and the dog took a dump on the rug...

Gapower's website said 8:30 fix so i played on my phone nicely until then, then the site said "reevaluating situation", but at least they're outside working on it... Sighs

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Rest In Peace. 
Blues legend's classics include "The Thrill Is Gone"; some controversy surrounded him at the end
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Florida Man strikes again
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this is awesome...

"He left his empty vodka bottles all over the kitchen... never picked up his empty cocaine baggies...He messed up my apartment to the point where I just couldn't get it clean...Before Hap started doing drugs and acting weird he was my BFF...We'd go dancing, play on the children's park equipment, both huge fans of doom metal – listened to it for hours with the lights turned off."
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6 hours left for these guys to reach their goal. I'm enjoying the stuff they've released so far, and i'm hoping they'll get the game done in the next year or two. Definitely looks like it could be a cool new world to venture in. 

Take a look at the +Saga of Lucimia  !

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-saga-of-lucimia-indiegogo-campaign/x/10909337#/story
 
34 hours left on our +Indiegogo campaign. If you plan on joining us this summer for the +Saga of Lucimia MMORPG alpha testing, this is the only way to get early access. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-saga-of-lucimia-indiegogo-campaign

Built in +Unity 5. 

#sagaoflucimia   #mmo   #rpg   #mmorpg   #gaming   #gamers   #games   #videogames   #art   #fantasy   #fantasyart   #worldbuilding   #gamedevelopment   #indiegogo   #crowdfunding   #unity   #unity3d   #unity5   #prealpha  
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if you want to nitpick, yea. They are merely focusing on the multi-player aspect of those old games where so many dungeons were not doable without a group. where levelling meant putting in time, not money, so someone with high gear/skills had actually earned it. That kinda stuff. Of course every game has some single player functionality, as will this one, but any adventures you go on,you'll need to go with a party, though who knows, maybe when you're geared out the ass you'll be able to solo some stuff. Anyway, if you don't like the concept, you don't have to back em. 
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This seems like a pretty good list of books for beginners and experienced devs and designers alike. 

And they're free!

http://speckyboy.com/2015/01/12/free-web-design-ebooks-2014/
We've collected 50 of our favorite FREE web design and development books. Topics include CSS, HTML, JS, WordPress, UX, Git, and much more.
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Great resources for web developers! 
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If you're gonna read an article about self-driving cars, read this one: http://www.skepticink.com/incredulous/2015/05/14/googlecars-1-million-miles-with-0-accidents-upsets-media/
This is terrible journalism designed to upset you. Google's program and the data we have are cause for great optimism, and at this point, only optimism.
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Great article which adds a balancing view to others in the media... 
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This was a pretty cool read
 
Good read.

In the end over the course of The Dark Knight The Joker does more to eliminate crime and corruption in Gotham than Batman ever comes close to.

I've always thought Batman was terribly ineffectual hero.
When you really examine The Dark Knight The Joker might have been the real hero.
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A good talk about hiring developers
 
Wow.
How to Find, Hire, and Retain Developers – Interview with Cal Evans
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In america's gaming communities, everyone's screaming "feminism!" ","equal treatment!!" "actual armor for female characters!"....meanwhile in Japan:
http://www.vg247.com/2015/05/11/metal-gear-solid-5-quiet-figure-playartskai/
Hideo Kojima has shown off some of the detail on the Quiet doll currently being modelled by PlayArts, which will feature breasts that can be “pushed” and “lifted”. The AWOL game designer took time out of his busy schedule to show a…
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Japan keeps it real. Or at least, real plastic.
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Web Developer II at ShopVisible.com, Coding, Problem Solving, Solution Finding.
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  • Web Developer II at ShopVisible LLC, Your friendly neighbourhood code creator
    Web Developer II, 2011 - present
  • Project Manager at Innovative Care Solutions,
    Project Manager, 2007 - 2011
  • Florida Institute of Technology
    Web Developer, 2006 - 2006
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Disclaimer: I'm not politically correct all the time. This is because i have a heartbeat and am human. If you don't like it, don't follow me. Since some people like to cause unnecessary drama (some Craig guy) I want to point out that my Opinions DO NOT necessarily reflect the point of view of the company i work for and that my business relationships have little to do with my personal opinions. 

I like to think I can build anything on the web if given enough time and resources. :)

I'm a web developer based in the greater Atlanta area and willing to teach or help any developer who needs it, as long as you're willing to put in the time and effort. :)

My mad skillz include but are not limited to:
  • PHP
  • MySql
  • Javascript/JQuery
  • HTML/HTML5/XML
  • CSS/CSS3
  • ASP
  • Writing Specification Documents
  • Creating Wireframes
  • Setup Project Timelines
  • Feedback Integration
  • and of course Quoting Project Cost

I spend a fair amount of time networking online and learning about new developments on the web. 
I seem to work too much i'm told, but is it really work when you love what you do?
I'm also an avid gamer. From MMO's to RTS to FPS. :)
I also read up on tech/science/sci fi news. I love learning continuously and teaching anyone who wants to learn from me as well.
Bragging rights
I was born on a tropical island ;)
Education
  • Florida Institute of Technology
    B.S. Biochemistry, 2000 - 2004
  • Florida Institute of Technology
    M.S. Computer Information Systems, 2005 - 2007
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