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Now that's some gypsy violin happening! Getting quite inspired!
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It just occurred to me today that in my most recent deployment, a brand new cloud service, we have encountered precisely zero bugs.  It's been running for a couple of weeks already.  We had a slight glitch with the BoneCP library, but it turns out it's a known issue so we had to code a small workaround that was causing disconnects maybe three times a day to throw exceptions.  Zaro Boogs.  Nil, nada, none.  Thank you Play/Scala for allowing us to write awesome code that doesn't break.  Like ever.
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I wrote a blog post to talk about a couple of what I feel are very common dialogues: why can't Joe Bloggs be a programmer, and what is programming anyway?
I frequently see posts by some folks talking about how software development is the realm of the elite and erudite, requiring much training and arcane knowledge. Somehow, these people seem to think this is a bad thing, or an odd thing that is in need of remediation. It doesn't.
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http://the-pastry-box-project.net/ed-finkler/2014-july-6

Saw a link to this on Slashdot, and I think it expresses sentiments a lot of 30 something and 40 something developers feel.  I think there's an element that much of the "new hotness" isn't really very innovative or new, and is just the same old dishes rewarmed, so it's just not worth the time.  Does it actually help me accomplish something, or teach me some lesson worth having?  Is it a step toward better mastery, or is it just change for the sake of it.  Variety for the sake of variety I think is one the greatest human trappings, and it's particularly virulent in the US.  I look at a framework like EmberJS and lament that it's making many of the same mistakes made in EJB 2.1.  Why on earth would I learn it when I know it's ultimately doomed to collapse?
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Slight issue with Global Settings in the Play Framework combined with Subcut.
Quick post on an issue with Filters when using the Subcut template from activator. If you use the Subcut template from TypeSafe Activator, and decide you want to use Filters on your Global object, you will likely run into this issue: java.lang.ClassCastException: Global cannot be cast to play.
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Okay - that's just frickin' cool.
 
Best commercial for a robotics company ever. I wonder if Andy Rubin is gearing up the M&A terms. :)
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It would be nice to see at least some of it in real time.
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This is beautiful, thank you for sharing this - it's truly inspirational.  Beautiful music also.
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So tired of two factor auth not working well.  Mac mail works for two days before giving me an invalid password error, and system preferences just plain freaks out now.  Le sigh.  @Google can you please fix 2fa for mac users so it doesn't suck?
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What a great shot!
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I feel like I've seen things like this for many years, and they generally allow some people with a lot of extra time on their hands to create mediocre brochureware web content.  Might dig into it a bit though - might be useful for ol' timers like me who can do the API back-end pieces well enough to get a leg up on the Javascript/Web bits ;)
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Using a little wrapping to help error handling be slightly more graceful
I've started using this pattern for dealing with situation where functions I'm working with may return an Option[T] for a given query, but the contextual meaning of returning None is really an error case. A good example of this is looking up an Item in a database by it's ID based on a shopping ...
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I've been learning with the speedball nibs, and they don't seem to function on end or partially pressed like this nib does.  I can't seem to get any flow from the edges at all.  Is it my ink, technique, or are the Brause nibs just better?
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When doing long, straight hairlines, you can do it using the nib edge perpendicular. Often, when dragging out the curved hairlines, you aren't actually using the corner of the nib like a pen, what you're doing is dragging some of the wet ink from the bolder stroke. Every broad nib family has its quirks (Mitchell flexible but can be hard to start, Brause firm but quite oblique, Speedball smooth but thicker hairlines, etc.) -- that's what practice is for. Of course, you can always finish with a pointed pen like Hamid does here with what looks like a blue pumpkin (don't quote me on that).

This does not apply to using the Pilot Parallel, which will draw using the corner.
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