Derek J Bender

Kittie Writes a Song

The corn city central
is where we play
corn city central
fructose all day
run that ball, plow that field
all the sugars is what we yield

This hymnal of corn, brought to you by

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April 18, 2012

How Not to Sort by Average Rating

How Not To Sort By Average Rating

PROBLEM: You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of “score” to sort by.

The solution:

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Algorithm . . .

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April 03, 2012

Unsecured Mass Assignment Is Bad

A slew of github gists. I don’t understand why people don’t make these blog posts, I can only imagine the traffic they’re getting. Embedding gists is easy.

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March 07, 2012

The 10 Rules of a Zen Programmer

Seriously Zen. Topics include:

  1. Focus
  2. Keep your mind clean
  3. Beginners mind
  4. No ego
  5. There is no career goal
  6. Shut up
  7. Mindfulness. Care. Awareness
  8. There is no boss
  9. Do something else
  10. There is nothing special

I already see myself improving from some of these values.

. . .

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March 02, 2012

Links #1

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February 24, 2012


Side-by-Side Markdown Editor and Previewer

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If you use Markdown, stop what you’re doing and check out Mou.

Biggest features is as you type preview window, but it’s full of awesome features like custom color themes, fullscreen mode, and exporting to html.

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November 08, 2011

Converting flac to alac using ffmpeg

In my last post I showed how to convert flac to mp3 using the lame encoder. In this post, I’ll show how to convert your flac audio files to ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec). The main reason to convert flac to alac is to preserve lossless audio files in iTunes and even play them on your iPod/iPhone, natively. All that you need is to install . . .

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November 07, 2011


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