Book Review: Web Development with Node and Express

Even among the bewilidering array of backend web languages and frameworks, Node.js stands alone. It isn't a language - it's just an implementation of Javascript, and is it isn't really a framework, either. At it's most basic level, it feels more like a Javascript API for configuring a server.


Where as once I was blind

Once, there was zealotry, and anger, and war. Once, humans were petty and closed-minded, unable to accept to accept that the world could be different from how they saw it.

No one knows where The Dress came from. No one knows who's Dress it was. No one knows who made it, or whether it was ever a real dress, or just a picture. But when we saw it, we truly saw for the first time.


Adding a custom Snazzy Map to WordPress

Designers are incurable perfectionists. They always seem to want things that push just beyond what the current tools we as developers have available.

Until recently, outside widgets like Google Maps gave us a line in the sand. So that blue that Google uses for water doesn't quite match the blue in the logo? Too bad. Either use what we've got, or scrap that map and make a JPG.


Not your father's prejudice

In our information overloaded age, censorship no longer works as well as it used to. From the NSA, to Ferguson, to DNLee, to attempts to muzzle reports on climate change, we see one theme recurring over and over again: people using channels previously inaccessible to them to tell their stories. Attempts to silence them have only made the story all the more compelling, made it spread faster and further, as it did for DNLee.


Nature gives everyone free beer

Most political movements are composed of individuals whose goals are similar enough to work towards a common outcome, but which are nevertheless distinct. The soundest way to defeat a movement is usually not through brute force, but to expose these distinctions in such a way that the individuals simply fragment, when they begin to believe their interests were not so common, after all.


Bookshelf: PHP Cookbook

Most negative reviews of programming books are written by people the book is not for. So let's get that out of the way, first.

  • This book is not an introduction to programming.
  • This book is not an introduction to PHP.
  • This book is not for people who hate PHP or think it's not a "real" programming language.
  • This book is not the PHP Manual.


I am not a scientist anymore (And so can you!)

I have had a half-baked post in my mind now about my new job (yay!) and about what it means for my self-identity (at least career-wise), but I never did manage to figure out the right angle for it. I haven't started at the job yet, and I tend not to be a person who looks back, so reflecting on my life in academia seemed a bit pointless, while I didn't have anything at all to write about the future.