1. 07:33 26th Jul 2014

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    Reblogged from luxuryon

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    I love architecture like this - though it’s pretty much the polar opposite of the log cabin I live in these days.

    I love architecture like this - though it’s pretty much the polar opposite of the log cabin I live in these days.

     
  2. Anonymous said: Shut the fuck up about vaccinations. Not everyone has to have them, not everyone believes in them. Uneducated fuck.

    aspiringdoctors:

    restless-wafarer:

    aspiringdoctors:

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    You know, my homie and secret best friend Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best….

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    This isn’t an issue of belief or should even be up for discussion. It’s not a debate- like gravity or that the Earth revolves around the Sun isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact, whether or not you like it. Sorry bro.

    And any ‘educated fuck’ knows that vaccines are necessary and everyone who can have them should have them.

    Have a lovely day, sugar. 

    Actually there’s a lot of research and knowledge supporting the fact that vaccines are NOT necessary. It is simply another thing that today’s health system is super big on, just like hospital births and c-sections. And a lot of people actually have long term and short term complications from getting vaccines. Ahem.

    Dang guys, you thought I didn’t check my activity log every now and then? Because I knew shit like this would pop up. And, I just finished my block exam and am feeling fiesty.

    Actually you’re wrong. That ‘research’ is either completely fabricated OR grossly misinterprets the data OR uses shitty research techniques to get the data they want- all which are grossly unethical, in case you’re curious. I’ve got slides from a recent lecture on vaccines (aka why I am so fired up about this nonsense). You can check out the citations on each slide if you don’t believe me… something unsurprisingly missing from literally every anti-vaccine comment I’ve gotten and website that I have visited. Show me your sources, honey, and if you do, I will blow them out of the water because not a single one stands up to current scientific research standards.

    There are however tomes and tomes of research for the safety end efficacy of vaccines. Don’t believe me? Look at a simple google scholar search.

    So! Here we go! 

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    Holy shit, it’s almost like vaccines SAVE SOCIETY MONEY. In fact, they give money back to society, along with the other programs indicated by red arrows. Which would be really weird for something that is just a healthcare fad like c-sections and hospital births.

    And most people have no complications for getting vaccines, and if they do, most of them are short term. In fact, it is devilishly hard to prove an adverse effect was because of a vaccine. Why? Because it’s how we’re wired. We falsely see connections and causes where there are none (called a type 1 error; you are rejecting a true null hypothesis). People are more likely to attribute an adverse health event to a shot- even if that shot is the placebo and the numbers are just the background rate for whatever health event in the population.

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    And here is a graph showing the sample sizes necessary to prove that an adverse event is caused or related to a vaccine.

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    You know what, it was a really good lecture and I’m going to share more more relevant slides in case any one else feels like contradicting me.

    These slides show the public health impact of vaccines. Note the differences between the historical peak and post-vaccine era deaths columns. Because saving literally thousands of lives is totally a conspiracy you should beware of.

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    And this is why herd immunity is so important! See how high it has to be for measles? Guess what we’re seeing outbreaks of thanks to anti-vaxxers? Don’t forget that one of the deadly complications of measles is SSPE.

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    Look how Hepatitis A infections in older adults when down after kids started getting immunized. Shocking! Could vaccines be… good for …. everyone????

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    Ahem.

    It amazes me how many people argue with gut feelings and not facts, and then when facts are presented, buff up an opinion and state that it’s actually a fact and not an opinion.

    Vaccinate your children, folks! It’s shameful that a few loud mouthed but misguided people are changing the public health for the worse.

     
  3. Walked out of the house to catch the train to work this morning, left my just-filled water bottle on the counter.  *sigh*

     
  4. clientsfromhell:

    Our development team was working on a content management system for a corporate client. It was a big system that administered units produced in a variety of languages and applications and, as a result, required careful user interface design and a lot of backend code.

    We were doing a show and tell with our partially working system for a couple of corporate VPs to get their feedback on the design. We took a lunch break, and when we got back, the two VPs said they had something they wanted to show us.

    They proudly presented a series of PowerPoint slides that showed where they wanted the buttons and pick lists placed.

    Client: There, see? This is the arrangement that makes the most sense to us. Can you do this?

    Me: Certainly.

    Client: You know, I really don’t understand why it takes your team so long to design these interfaces. We knocked this out in about an hour.

    The entire team sat stunned until the senior programmer—a man of very few words—pointed to a button on the PowerPoint screen.

    PROGRAMMER: What does this button do?

    Client: Well, clearly it administers the training and testing selected by the user.

    PROGRAMMER: If I click it right now, it will do that?

    Client: Well … no. Actually, it doesn’t do anything yet.

    PROGRAMMER: That’s why it only took you an hour. 

    Once upon a time, we were designing one of the first websites to conduct online business transactions (almost 20 years ago - eons ago in the technology world), we threw together a demo that looked fantastic but was held up with fishing wire and scotch tape, and then somehow we were conned into making the entire system “work” and able to go live to support real customers in a super short amount of time.

    I’m sure you’re shocked that it took well longer than the allotted time and a considerably larger amount of effort than the sales/marketing team had promised to the customer.  But then, a lot of people seem to think that once you have a demo you must be almost done with the product, right?  

    After all, how much more complicated is putting together a functional application than putting some text into a powerpoint slide?

     
  5. 21:47 19th Jul 2014

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    Reblogged from aeriryaduem

    Tags: funnyharry potterLOL

     
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    brucesterling:

http://pando.com/2014/07/17/new-san-francisco-billboard-warns-workers-theyll-be-replaced-by-ipads-if-they-demand-a-fair-wage/

I’m not sure that I oppose things like order-taking being done by screen, personally - they tried something like this in Atlanta at Taco Bell about 20 years ago, but it did not take off.  It DID increase the accuracy of special orders, but people preferred the interaction with a real person.  We called it Cyber Bell back then.
I honestly doubt that it would take hold now, either.

    brucesterling:

    http://pando.com/2014/07/17/new-san-francisco-billboard-warns-workers-theyll-be-replaced-by-ipads-if-they-demand-a-fair-wage/

    I’m not sure that I oppose things like order-taking being done by screen, personally - they tried something like this in Atlanta at Taco Bell about 20 years ago, but it did not take off.  It DID increase the accuracy of special orders, but people preferred the interaction with a real person.  We called it Cyber Bell back then.

    I honestly doubt that it would take hold now, either.

     
  7. 18:25 15th Jul 2014

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    Reblogged from brucesterling

    brucesterling:

    designculturemind:

    Tangible Media

    MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,

    "Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."

    *The tie-in with the projection-mapping is especially good.

    This is amazing!

     
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    Every ad for technology I see on the internet.
Which is probably why every arch diagram looks like this in people’s diagrams, too.

    Every ad for technology I see on the internet.

    Which is probably why every arch diagram looks like this in people’s diagrams, too.

     
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    because tumblr does terrible things to images when I upload them.

    because tumblr does terrible things to images when I upload them.

     
  10. DB Monitor 1.0.3, Log Tail, vacation, etc

    I took the last week off of work to relax and get a few things done.  I meant to do a lot of things that I just honestly didn’t even try that hard to do, but I did get quite a few things accomplished:

    1. Cleaned out a lot of the house - where my mother in law used to live we have been half-planning on doing something with for over a year now, and we finally got started on that project.  Still a long way to go but I think we have it all planned out now.
    2. Tore down the screen house! (RIP) This was a great place to sit outside and throw parties / enjoy the spring / summer / fall - but two years ago there was a nasty storm that took down 9 trees in our yard.  One of the casualties was our front porch, which we had to rebuild - the other major casualty was the screen house in the back…  which was a mangled pile of metal attached to a permanent trex foundation.  the trex still looks great, and I think we may end up rebuilding it, but I finally ripped up the metal corpse of the screen house and threw it in the dumpster.
    3. Hammock!  Only took 9 years for me to set that up.
    4. Mt Boxmore is no more!  I’ve had a horrible tendency to throw boxes into the garage to “get rid of them” instead of breaking them down and sending them for recycling.  This problem is now gone!
    5. Got a lot of work done on an application called LogTail which I may talk about more in the future.  I’ve stubbed out several new applications for the mac after discovering a fantastic framework called NMSSH.  Short version, LogTail (work in progress, not quite ready for consumption yet) is a utility that uses ssh and your ssh agent to hop onto a machine/machines and watch log files for you…  and helps you write some expressions to make it easier to monitor them, looking for significant events, and filtering the events it sees into digestible / investigable chunks.  Signal / noise ratio watching spammy log files can be rough, this makes it easier.
    6. Updated DB Monitor to 1.0.3 - FINALLY found and fixed a significant memory leak that has been plaguing the app for the last year.  Uploaded to the app store, hope it should be out on Tuesday or Wednesday of this coming week.

    Speaking of DB Monitor - here’s a graph of all of the downloads of the application since it went free on the app store.  It’s now the #86 most popular free developer tool on the apple app store (with just under 1000 downloads so far).  If you have downloaded it and like it, please rate it! ;)