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Saw this silly graffiti on the way home on an abandoned (condemned??) Seattle Times building on John Street.  The author of it is not a fan of Donald Trump.
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Code re-use in the extreme, it's all dependencies all the way down ...
A man in Oakland, California, disrupted web development around the world last week by deleting 11 lines of code.
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My single biggest gripe with cloud services... illustrated.
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Drinking companion at the beer hall
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For some reason, the pain in my foot felt better after two of these !
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A Log Message No One Wants To See

Exiting due to SIGNAL 11 [ 11 /* segmentation violation */]

Think of it as all the bad things that happen when you color outside the lines.
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Today's Programming Random Quote

All you need is more boilerplate to make this work

Yes this rears its ugly head every so often ...
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+Paul Huber Boilerplate code is some piece of required and often repetitive code in your implementation when it interacts with some framework or API to accomplish its work.  Excessive amounts of such code adds incidental complexity to software and is generally frowned upon.  Most software engineers seek to minimize this incidental complexity and thus boilerplate.
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The real takeaway is in the second paragraph

Researchers at Princeton University compared test results of Americans with their peers in more than 20 advanced economies. The results pointed to an alarming trend, as young workers and students between the ages of 16 and 34 lagged far behind their peers in countries like Japan and Sweden in mathematical understanding and literacy. The report says that the results were even more surprising because millennials “have attained the most years of schooling of any cohort in American history.”

Read it again just to be sure.  More years of schooling but worse results, if that is not an indictment of our current schooling system I don't know what is.   It's overall efficiency in educating students and promoting skills development in its students is comparatively low.

h/t +Ron Lewenberg 
American millennials are among the least skilled workers in the world, raising red flags about their ability to compete against their peers in other countries, according to a new study. Researchers
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+Ondřej Čertík So am I, by the way.
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Driftwood on Whidbey Island.
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Wonder who built and lived (s) in that driftwood shack. Nice clear pic!
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Had a fun time visiting Vancouver B.C. with Melissa and Tom. Saw English Bay, many ships at anchor there. Snowcapped mountains in the background were spectacular. We then went to Granville Island visited the public market and had a bit to eat. We had a wonderfully pleasant day trip, and for that I blame Canada ... ;-)
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Afternoon on Elliot Bay.
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A bit to think about over the weekend

One of the great fictions we’ve perpetrated on ourselves is the belief that we ultimately face a choice between Ayn Rand and Thomas Hobbes: an atomistic, individualistic, capitalistic ethic that rejects the philanthropic impulse categorically vs. Leviathan, an almighty potentate to which we owe allegiance because the alternative is bellum omnium contra omnes, a life that is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. In fact, the opposite is closer to the truth: When you have a thriving free-market economy throwing off great gushing rivers of profit, the most successful people begin to look for satisfaction in something other than 22-bedroom beachfront estates. Donald Trump and his gold-plated bathroom fixtures are a relic of a dead culture — and good riddance to it.
Philanthropy is the conspicuous consumption of Silicon Valley's tech billionaires, showing that we can care for the poor if we have capitalism.
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