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Brandon Dees
I nerd out a lot. I'm into computers and programming and design and whatnot.
I nerd out a lot. I'm into computers and programming and design and whatnot.

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+Frank Rietta  and I are working on a blog post / newsletter covering our experience at the hackathon and I was thinking of re-capping the various teams and projects, but I don't see much info on them here on G+. We'd love to get some of that re-cap / summary information to share with our followers. Project homepage URLs would be ideal.

I found the Heflins' project page but am coming up with nothing for the rest of the projects.

+Chris Armas do you have some notes or something we could reference?

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Highly relevant to our typical client. Well worth taking a few minutes to read.

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This sounds excellent.
Web Platform Docs: An Awesome New Open Web Standards Documentation Site

In case you missed it: today Google, Mozilla, Opera, Microsoft, Facebook, the W3C and others announced the launch of a critical step towards better education of open web standards on the web - a new documentation site called The effort (which has been a while in the making) will try to ensure developers can easily find accurate information about HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

I'm really glad the site is finally out, but am even more excited to see how the web development community reacts to it. A documentation site which harnesses the combined efforts of both browser vendors and others involved in the standards process could spell the end of fragmented, sometimes outdated content about web standards. I for one will be looking forward to contributing some hours into the site over the next few weeks.

The site already boasts content from the MSDN IE docs, quite a few HTML5 Rocks articles (with more to come) and Opera's great web standards curriculum. Remember, as long as you comply with the licensing agreements, copying over some MDN content will also be of big help!.

If you'd like to join me in contributing to, please see the getting started guide For anyone wondering what the site means for the MDN, check out for more information.


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Might be too little too late for the broad market, but this is still a really good platform.

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Affection and a calm mind are important to us. A calm mind is good for our physical health, but it also enables us to use our intelligence properly and to see things more realistically. Affection too is important because it counters anger, hatred and suspicion that can prevent our minds from functioning clearly.

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A good book will create ripples in your thinking that remain long after you've forgotten its specific content.

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Yes. Games with a purpose. This is what I'm talking about.

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Remember when I got pissed that I had to turn my Kindle off for takeoff and landing, because the reasons are constantly changing and aren't based on science?


>Gadgets are tested by monitoring the number of volts per meter coming off a device. The F.A.A. requires that before a plane can be approved as safe, it must be able to withstand up to 100 volts per meter of electrical interference.

>When EMT Labs put an Amazon Kindle through a number of tests, the company consistently found that this e-reader emitted less than 30 microvolts per meter when in use. That’s only 0.00003 of a volt.

>“The power coming off a Kindle is completely minuscule and can’t do anything to interfere with a plane,” said Jay Gandhi, chief executive of EMT Labs, after going over the results of the test. “It’s so low that it just isn’t sending out any real interference.”

>But one Kindle isn’t sending out a lot of electrical emissions. But surely a plane’s cabin with dozens or even hundreds will? That’s what both the F.A.A. and American Airlines asserted when I asked why pilots in the cockpit could use iPads, but the people back in coach could not. Yet that’s not right either.

>“Electromagnetic energy doesn’t add up like that. Five Kindles will not put off five times the energy that one Kindle would,” explained Kevin Bothmann, EMT Labs testing manager. “If it added up like that, people wouldn’t be able to go into offices, where there are dozens of computers, without wearing protective gear.”

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