Friday, December 31, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

I've been waiting 10 years for this. Noah's first snowboard ride.

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He did amazing. Got to join the Mazziottis in a day of riding, taking risks, and having fun. The boy learned on powder! I told him about learning to ride on the east coast, with ice.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Saint Nicholas ::: Who is St. Nicholas? - How come we don't hear these stories more

I had NO idea the story of St. Nicholas was this deep and this fascinating. He sold his entire inheritance to help the poor.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

The wife and I got a vacuum sealer

So we promptly started vacuum sealing the kid's toys.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Four Things I've Learned So Far in 5 Years of Application Design

I've been designing and building web applications for the past five years. They have included communities, aggregations, niche markets and complex deployments. And I seem to run into the same four problems every time. But in the last year, I feel like I've been able to relax a little and keep these things in mind.

There is a need to make sure everything is figured out. The scope is perfect, the pixels are all lined up. But really, you need to put something on paper, put it in front of users and let them tell you what you are supposed to be doing. Users always surprise me with how they can point out the obvious that YOU have missed. And you did miss it, you screwed up. Isn't it awesome that a USER will tell you what THEY want.

Talk About It
Build a network of people that you can talk to about what you are working on. I have key people in my life that I can go to with questions, to vent, or to just get out of my own head. The majority of the time, when I'm stressed, it's because I've lost perspective and I'm trapped in my head. There is nothing better than an evening talking to someone brighter than you about something you are working on. This will open your mind and you'll begin to see possibilities again. Being trapped in your own head sucks.

Hire REALLY Talented People
I'll gladly pay someone a top rate to have a problem solved. Be wary of discount rates. And be wary of people that apologize for their rates. The problems we are working on are really complex. They are problems that haven't been solved, or that require new ways to solve them, and that isn't easy. So why burden yourself with even MORE complexity by hiring a discount rate or using someone that doesn't really have the chops. It just adds to the aggravation. If your building an application, don't hire a company that doesn't develop applications. Just cause it's on the web, doesn't mean that an application is the same as a brochure site.

Stop Panicking
This is something I have to remind myself all the time. Stop Panicking. Focus, work hard, ask advice, get feedback. It'll be fine. I get to work on some awesome projects. They are meaningful and help people. But I'm not being shot at. I'm not running into burning buildings. I'm not starving. Perspective is really important. Work hard, do the best you possibly  can, but don't panic. That's when you make really dumb decisions.

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Apple - What's it gonna be?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

RSA: Changing education paradigms. [VIDEO] - Freaking Brilliant

First i love RSA. Second, this is a brilliant and well described vision.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

7 super useful ways to use Search Twitter to market - Holy Kaw! may seem like a simple, lone search bar, but when combined with an engine like Google, the power multiplies. John Jantsch, of Duct Tape Marketing, highlights seven ways the search can be leveraged for marketing. For instance:

Target by occupation

Let’s say you have a business that sells an awesome service to attorneys. A simple search on Twitter will turn up thousands of mentions of the word attorney, but many of them will be from people talking about this or that attorney or the need to hire or not hire one. That’s probably not very helpful for your purposes.

However, if you cruise over to Google and use a handful of operators from the Google shortcut library (more on that here) you can create a search that plows through Twitter and gives you a list of all the users that have the word “attorney” in their title (username and/or real name) – Click on this search phrase and see what happens – intitle:”attorney * on twitter” what you’ll find is a handy list of attorneys of one sort or another on Twitter.

Full story at Open Forum.

More Twitter tips and tricks.

Photo credit: Fotolia

Cool idea in here.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

jdriscoll / django-imagekit / wiki / Options – Bitbucket - I heart ImageKit

ImageKit Options

ImageKit is configured on a per-model basis using an inner class, similarly to Django's "Meta" class. This means that you can configure each model in your project or application separately. The following table lists the options available that can be overridden in your model's IKOptions class and their defaults.

admin_thumbnail_specString'admin_thumbnail'The accessor name of the image specification you want to use to display thumbnails in the Django admin. This is either the specification's class name in lowercase or it's 'access_as' property if set.
cache_dirString'cache'Relative path, from MEDIA_ROOT, where ImageKit will saved processed images.
cache_filename_formatString"%(filename)s_%(specname)s.%(extension)s"This option defines the format that ImageKit will use when saving processed files. It requires three placeholders;
filename : the original filename without the file extension,
extension: the extension of the original filename without preceding period and
specname: the name of the image specification
crop_horz_fieldString'crop_horz'The field name of an IntegerField or SmallIntegerField that specifies how this image should be cropped horizontally with 0 being from the left, 1 from the center and 2 from the right.
crop_vert_fieldString'crop_vert'The field name of an IntegerField or SmallIntegerField that specifies how this image should be cropped vertically with 0 being from the top, 1 from the center and 2 from the bottom.
image_fieldString'image'String name of the ImageField on the model you want processed.
preprocessor_specImageSpecNoneIf defined, your original image will be processed with this specification before being saved. Useful for implementing maximum image dimensions for example. NOTE: There are some issues with the current implementation of this feature and it will likely change in the future.
save_count_asStringNoneIf defined, this should be an IntegerField on your model that ImageKit will increment each time a image specification with increment_count=True is accessed. It is recommended that you use the editable=False keyword argument when defining this field.
spec_moduleString'imagekit.defaults'String path of the module where your image specifications are defined. Must be available on the current Python PATH.
storageDjango Storage ObjectDefaults to ImageField StorageSets the storage class ImageKit will use for generated images only. Original image will always use the storage class passed to the image field.

This revision is from 2010-08-26 01:05

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Great Weekend in the High Dessert.

Quads, dirt bikes and fly fishing for trout. Oh, and the Ducks beat Stanford. Amazing weekend.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Meet the new

Yup. That's awesome.

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Fighting The Wrong Fight « Elia Insider

We have been distracted by ridiculous arguments and fabricated “wars” for too long. We have been distracted by thinking that Google is Microsoft and Apple is Apple in a doomed fight already fought 20 years ago.

But that is not the fight we should be caring about at all. The fight we should be talking about, but aren’t, is the fight between mobile device makers and the carriers. This is the only real fight that matters.


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Monday, September 13, 2010

BackType - Awesome Tool for Tracking a Conversation #dmingml

The Web Is Changing We help you make sense of social media so you can make better marketing decisions.

Developers Our API helps power hundreds of products and services. See how we can help yours. Get started »

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Dave Merwin #dmingml @davemerwin | Digital Fingerprint I was blogged. Thanks @digitalfprint

Looks like everything is there.

One clarification. You email Posterous. Posterous doesn't email your services.

Learn more here:

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Danny & Annie on Vimeo. I love my wife.

This is astounding. Poetic in it's transparency.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

England 2010 - a set on Flickr #dmingml - More coming later this week

Fantastic trip.

More coming. I'll build a best of the trip later this week.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

HookUp 365247: New Text Messaging Service for California Youth - SMS Sex Ed. #dmingml

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2009

ISIS, Inc., has partnered with the California Family Health Council (CFHC), and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), STD Control Branch, to launch a statewide text messaging program for youth. The service, called Hookup 365247, provides young people with accurate and relevant sexual health information plus a geo-targeted search for free and low-cost STD testing and reproductive health clinics throughout the State.

"We are thrilled to expand ISIS' SexINFO program -- the first-ever text messaging service for youth -- beyond San Francisco to reach larger numbers of California youth. Hookup 365247 is an excellent example of a low-cost way to use health IT and mobile technology to help youth access the services they need," says Deb Levine, Executive Director of ISIS.

California is going to be the first state with a text-messaging program that connects high-risk teens and young adults to available sexual and reproductive health services. To use the service, youth text the word 'hookup' to the phone number 365247 and are signed up for weekly health tips. Each tip contains a prompt to text the word 'clinic' plus a zip code to get contact information for two local clinics.

All tips have been informed by California youth assure the answers provided are relevant to the issues on the minds of youth today. Maryjane Puffer, Director, Clinical and Community Health Programs at CFHC, points out that Hookup 365247 will be coordinated with -- CFHC's educational website for teens and young adults aged 13-24. The website offers in-depth information about how to make responsible sexual choices, to complement the SMS text messages and clinic referrals.

Links:     ISIS, Inc:
    CFHC's Teensource website:
    California DHS STD Control Branch:


This is the service I referred to this morning.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

How Millennials' Sharing Habits Can Benefit Organizations - Andrew McAfee - Harvard Business Review #dmingml #resource

The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently asked a large group of experts if they thought Millennials would grow out of their currently strong penchant for online sharing and self-revelation. A strong majority of this group — 67% — said that this would not be the case, and that Generation Y would keep sharing as it aged.

I agree, and my favorite explanation for why came from Matt Gallivan, a senior research analyst for NPR, who said "Sharing is not 'the new black,' it is the new normal. There are too many benefits to living with a certain degree of openness for Digital Natives to 'grow out of it.' Job opportunities, new personal connections, professional collaboration, learning from others' experiences, etc., are all very powerful benefits to engaging openly with others online, and this is something that Gen Y understands intuitively."

Older generations of knowledge worker, including mine, don't share this intuition. We basically work in private, or in small groups of close colleagues, and only share our output — papers, reports, plans, presentations, analyses, and so on — once we consider it done.

Gen Y finds this approach somewhere between quaint and dumb. They inherently follow the advice of blog pioneer Dave Winer to "narrate your work" — to use 2.0 tools like blogs, microblogs, and social networking software to broadcast not only the finished products of knowledge work, but also the work in progress.

Millennials are more likely to talk publicly about the tasks and projects they're working on, the progress they're making, the resources they're finding particularly helpful, and the questions, roadblocks and challenges that come up. This narration becomes part of the digital record of the organization, which means that it becomes searchable, findable, and reference-able.

As this happens, two broad benefits materialize. First, people who narrate their work become helpful to the rest of the organization, because the digital trail they leave makes others more efficient. Second, by airing their questions and challenges work narrators open themselves up to good ideas and helpfulness from others, and so become more efficient themselves.

As Gallivan says, the Facebook generation understands these benefits, while other workers often do not. Older generations are more likely to see work narration as a narcissistic waste of time. Gen Y, meanwhile, knows that narrating their work, when done right, saves time, increases productivity, and knits the organization together more tightly. We should start following their lead and stop reflexively working in private.

This post has focused on the positive changes Millennials are bringing to the world of work. In my next one I'll turn into a curmudgeon and describe what I think Gen Y is getting wrong about the workplace, to their detriment.

In the meantime, I'd love to hear from you. Do you narrate your work? If so, what has the experience taught you? If not, why not?

If you are interested in social media and tech in relation to business, Andrew McAfee is THE man.

Check out his book:

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Introducing and Taggregator #dmingml

Introducing DMINGML.COM

Yesterday was the official beta release of the website. After more than a year of planning, and months of development and design work, we are very proud to announce

This is the 0.5 Beta release of a platform for story telling that will continue to grow and mature over the coming months and years. We're really looking forward to working to make it into an exceptionally useful tool.

Over the next few days we are going to be adding more users as they come in and releasing the official mobile version.

Please use our feedback tool located here: or by clicking the feedback link in the sidebar to let us know about bugs or ideas.

In a couple of weeks we'll release a project roadmap that will describe coming features. I'm hoping that your input into the feedback tool will help inform our decisions.

The website itself is built with a Django application we're calling Taggregator. We're very excited about what the possibilities are for Taggregator.

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How schools are putting the iPad to work | Business Center | Macworld - #dmingml Good on ya GFES. via: @robhudson

OWLE - The Super Duper iPhone Live Broadcaster - I WANT!

I will be buying this as soon as it comes out for iPhone 4.

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Goodsie - Looks like a nice store service. Anyone using it? Impressions?

Lemme know if your using this. I'd love to hear your impressions.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

ANTETYPE: The new prototyping and design application for user interface designers - by ERGOSIGN - Can't Wait To Try It

Check out this website I found at

I'm REALLY excited to try this out. Looks like something that I've been needing.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

She Love's to Ride.

Emma is hooked on riding dirt bikes. She sings the whole time, happily chattering away.

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Paint. Working on Backgrounds for a Web App

I've been working on backgrounds for a web app. This one is too busy, but I thought is was a beautiful image.

I've tried a couple of different js libraries for scaling background images, but I ended up with backstretch.js. Simple and straighforward.

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Noah's First Trout on a Fly Rod - a set on Flickr

What can I say? I'm proud, and his future wife will curse me.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Great ride at Brice Creek. Beautiful weather, slick trails and tons of rocks. #headcam #video

Awesome day riding on Brice Creek. I haven't ridden on that trail for years. It was good to go back and see that the trial is just as fun as it always has been.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Emma's First Ride - Takes the jump and peddles away

My sweet Emma finally rides her two wheeler. She's been holding off for a long time.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Power-Line Demo - Local utility demonstrates what a tent pole near a power-line does

This was a fun shoot. A local utility company demonstrates to Cub Scouts what happens when you get a tent pole close to a power-line. Bzzzzpt.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Apple passes Microsoft in valuation | Beyond Binary - CNET News

Apple has long been the little guy in the Mac vs. PC debate, but that's no longer the case.

As of trading near the end of the day on Wednesday, Apple has passed Microsoft in terms of market capitalization, with a value of roughly $222 billion--about $3 billion ahead of Microsoft. Apple had been flirting with the milestone for days and had already passed Microsoft by another measure--a valuation known as enterprise value, which adds in debt and other factors.

The fact that Apple, not Microsoft, is the more valuable franchise represents a remarkable turn of events in the history of computing.

Consider this: In 1997, Michael Dell suggested that Apple should just close up shop and return the money to shareholders. Today, Dell is worth barely a tenth as much as the Mac maker.

That same year, Apple had to accept a $150 million investment from Microsoft. Bill Gates famously appeared at Macworld via satellite, dwarfing the on-stage Steve Jobs as he announced the company's commitment to the Mac.

Of course, all that was before Mac OS X, the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad. The Cube and Apple TV aside, Apple has had an incredible run of products over the last decade.

Macs still account for fewer than one in 10 computers sold, but its market share has increased significantly in recent years and the company has built a consumer juggernaut that extends well beyond the computer.

As for Microsoft, the company remains highly profitable, but investors and analysts alike are concerned that Microsoft remains dependent on its Office and Windows franchises for the lion's share of its profits. The company has poured billions into its cell phone, online advertising and other new businesses that have yet to really help the company's balance sheet.

Even its desktop franchises are seen as vulnerable in the longer term, particularly as Google aims to deliver many of the same capabilities through the browser.

So where will things go from here? Will Microsoft be able to transform itself into a company whose cloud computing and search efforts someday produce returns on the scale of Windows and Office? Will Apple's remarkable run continue? Sound off below.

Updated 1:10 p.m. to reflect the fact that Apple had passed up Microsoft as regular trading drew to a close.

A happy day indeed.

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ComScore Is Now Free For Startups

ComScore Is Now Free For Startups

So awesome! I'll be adding to some sites this evening.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Oil spill response out of control - Editorial by David Gergen - Thoughts?

I agree here. Why are we waiting for a foreign corporation to fix this?

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AddThis - The #1 Bookmarking & Sharing Service - Lemme know what you think of service. #feedback

Features You'll Love

Smart Sharing
Every menu is personalized for your users.

Faster Performance
Every pixel has been designed to maximize sharing.

Powerful Analytics
Track and measure your content around the world.

View all features

Lemme know what you think of this service.

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We’re getting word that a monkey has been spotted

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June 4, 1974 by Biff Afterburn

Great CSS3 examples. Very nice.

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Hendricks Park: Three kids, and lot's of flowers

The kids didn't sop running the entire time, and they were SO happy. Attribute that to lots of sleep and a little bit of sunshine. My lovelies.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Typekit and Google Announce Open Source Collaboration « The Typekit Blog

Here at Typekit, we believe good typography is good for the web. We’re working towards a world where all websites have both rich visual communication and content that is searchable, accessible, translatable and delivered as quickly as possible. This is why @font-face is important, and why we originally built our service.

We are not the only ones who believe this. We’re happy to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to make webfonts ubiquitous and more accessible. Starting today, we’re making our Typekit font events an open source project called WebFont Loader. Now you can have complete control over how fonts are loaded and what happens when they’re rendered. You can download the code and use it however you like, or link directly to the latest version via the Google Ajax APIs.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked very closely with developers from Google to ensure the code is as broadly usable as possible. You can use WebFont Loader with fonts on your own server, links to the just-announced Google Webfont API, or any Typekit account. We’ve also made sure the code is modular, so other font hosting services can add to it in the future. You’ll find full documentation, examples, and information on how you can contribute at our GitHub repository.

Additionally, we’ll be supporting Google’s new collection of open source webfonts. We’ve just added these fonts to the Typekit library for all account levels, so switching between either service is as easy swapping a couple lines of code. Our goal is shared with Google: to make it as easy as possible for anyone to start using webfonts.

Using real fonts on the web is no longer something to look forward to – the technology is ready, the industry has responded, and designers are building sites with them every day. We are excited to be part of this shift in how the web works, and we’re happy to be able to give back to the community through open source.

Awesomeness times two!

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Just asked my wife if she wanted to ride dirtbikes tonight. My wife is awesome.

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull - May 1st and 2nd, 2010 - thanks @joshuacreative

AMAZING - and all shot with the 5D.

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Second Story | Team - Great staff page layout. Clean and elegant.


Second Story’s team of innovative individuals each bring specialized expertise and diverse, cross-over capabilities to the studio’s collaborative organizational structure. The administrative team provides the operational framework for the studio comprised of three core creative groups: design, technology, and production.

I love this layout as a staff page.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CSS3 Gradient Generator

-webkit-gradient( linear, left bottom, left top, color-stop(0, rgb(156,201,255)), color-stop(0.63, rgb(78,101,128)) ) -moz-linear-gradient( center bottom, rgb(156,201,255) 0%, rgb(78,101,128) 63% )

Awesome CSS3 Gradient generator. I always get confused with the syntax... this really helps.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

My Homemade Steadicam

I took one look at that video and knew that is what I wanted to do. I have a 7D (best dslr EVER. IMHO) and knew I could do that capture. So I took a look at the Glidecam 2000. I didn't want to pay $300+ for something I wasn't positive about yet. And I had seen that folks make there own all the time. So I hunted around a bit and found this tutorial:

It took me a week to build, but only cause I'm anal about paint.

So far so good. I'm pleased with the result and can't wait to try more.

Here's my first shoot with it.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Typekit now supports fonts on the iPhone « The Typekit Blog

In our never-ending quest to provide fonts for all platforms and devices, we’ve rolled out support for Typekit fonts on the iPhone. This means you can now use @font-face across all supporting desktop browsers, as well as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

To start using fonts on these devices, open up the Kit Editor and choose Experimental Features in the kit settings. We’ve launched this as an optional setting like we did for the iPad due to the somewhat buggy behavior in Mobile Safari. Also, note that the fonts only work on iPhone OS 3.1 or higher. We’ve written up our notes on what works and doesn’t in a previous post, so be sure to read up about the implications of using these features and test carefully with your website.

We’re rapidly expanding our mobile support as we learn more about what works and doesn’t in a wide variety of devices. We’ll keep updating you here and on our Twitter feed as we launch more devices. It’s still very much the Wild West out there with @font-face, but look on the bright side: Your Typekit-enabled website will always represent the best practices and latest support for fonts on the web. We’ll keep sweating the details so you don’t have to.

Looking forward to using this!

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Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War - PowerPoint

While I do not agree with the first three paragraphs, the rest of the article is spot on.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Weekend Project - Foam Swords. Now the kids can hit dad as hard as they want!

A really fun afternoon project. And cheap! $24 is enough material to create 3 swords. You can see our step by step process in our Flickr set.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 » Blog Archive » A successful Git branching model via @robhudson - my new development model

This is it. Makes COMPLETE sense for application development. I love this approach and will be adopting it for my projects starting now.

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