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Here's a thought experiment. Say you have two apples. The first is local, organic, sustainable, grown on a family farm and delivered to your neighborhood farmer's market by a smiling Johnny Appleseed. The second was grown with GMO seeds and pesticides by the farm-industrial complex and sold to a big box supermarket.

However. Nutritionally, chemically, down to the atom, the apples are identical. They had identical impacts on the environment. All workers involved were paid the same living wage and treated equally. As far as their effects on the world, and on your body when you eat them, the apples are indistinguishable.

Is the organic apple still "better" somehow? If so, how?

Yes, I know this is impossible. It's a thought experiment. Not a politically correct one, granted, but humor me. I obviously have my own opinion, but I'm sincerely curious what you all think. Is there an inherent, ineffable righteousness to local-organic-sustainable? Or is it just the concrete differences to nutrition (if any), environment, and socioeconomics that matter? We're working toward eliminating those differences, but will that ever be enough?

Which apple would you choose, and why?
Say you have two apples. The first is local, organic, sustainable, grown on a family farm and delivered to your neighborhood farmer's market by a smiling Johnny Appleseed. The second was grown with...
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If identical chemically and environmentally, they are the same apple in my mind's eye.  Origin stories notwithstanding. 
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The best code I ever write is the code I avoid writing at all.

(https://snarfed.org/2014-04-17_9081)
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Fewer bugs that way.
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If you are tall, you know this is true!
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More pros of being tall: you don't have to see the undersides of peoples' noses, and you can always reach the highest kitchen cabinet. 
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2.4Mqps!!!
 
We process 6.3 trillion Cloud Datastore operations every month. That's 30 operations per person per day for every single person on earth.

#GCPLive
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Heard an amazing rumor from a trusted source yesterday: after 10+ years on PHP, +Automattic  is looking at porting +WordPress to Node.js. No joke. Whoa.

https://snarfed.org/2014-03-08_wordpress_node
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I'm sure there will be a seamless glue layer ha ha ha ha ha
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Pilgrimage to the holy land.

+Daniel Meredith, if we knew we'd end up here, we would have dragged you along. Next time!

(https://snarfed.org/lagunitas-brewing-co)
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Couldn't get a decent username. Guess I'm staying low tech. 
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A) Tech is good for government.
B) Tech is bad for government.
C) Tech gets us the government we want.
Choose one.
Stop me if you've heard this one. When the last presidential campaign rolled around, Barack Obama wasn't excited about business as usual. Instead, his campaign [hired a bunch of smart techies]( whi...
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http://brid.gy learned a new trick: publishing! Post, reply, like, retweet, even RSVP to events directly from your own web site. Try it out!

No +Google+ support yet, sadly, just Facebook and Twitter. If a G+ write API ever appears, I'm all over it!
It's been a while [since I](/2013-12-09_brid-gy-meet-webmentions) [mentioned it](/2013-12-23_bridgy-now-with-likes-and-retweets) here, but I've been plugging away on a major new [Bridgy]( feature. ...
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Wonderful dinner at Kinfolk last night. The crab falafel, duck, and desserts in particular were amazing. Thanks to +Greg Lutes for cooking for us, +Cynthia Johanson  for the recommendation, and +David Peterson and +Alexis Shoemate for joining us and being such great friends!
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My first hack from #IndieWebCamp SF: a userscript that shows a web site's contact info with standard icons and formatting.
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