On math-averse programmers and their untapped potential for creativity and utility

Over the years, I’ve met a surprising number of programmers who, by their own admission, just don’t do math. They think they’re bad at math, they feel intimidated by it, or they just don’t like it.

Now, maybe that isn’t all that surprising. Tons of programmers have entered the field in the last decade or two who don’t conform to the old stereotype of a programmer: geeky, socially awkward, male — and with a strong math background. …


Quit Acting Like Christ Was Accepting of Everyone and Everything
Greg Trimble, www.gregtrimble.com

Deputizing Jesus into the argument

I totally understand Mr. Trimble’s frustration. I, too, get frustrated by people deputizing Jesus onto their side of an argument.

There’s definitely an impulse to only focus on the things that are comforting to us, but much of what Jesus preached isn’t particularly comforting. Let’s not forget, this was an olive-skinned radical Jew. His ideas were so provocative that the religious authorities of the day convinced the government to brand Him an enemy of the state and execute Him for it.

You’re right, Mr. Trimble, Jesus said…


How fixing Universal iOS app bloat could give you your storage space back

“There’s an app for that”

One of the biggest selling points for Apple’s iOS ecosystem is the apps. As an older ad campaign proclaimed, just about anything you might want your phone to do — there’s an app for that. The variety, quality, and security of Apple’s App Store is still a huge selling point for the platform.


Why your casual dismissal of the “acceptance” of gay people troubles me so much.

Several weeks ago, a close childhood friend of mine “liked” a story on Facebook, which landed it in my feed — a story highlighting a commentary by a young woman, raised by two lesbian women, who now feels deprived by the absence of her absentee father. That story has been bouncing around my head ever since. Now, the rhetoric of the piece is intriguing in its own right: the use of a single anecdote from a young woman — regretting the lack of her biological father’s presence — to argue against marriage equality. Examining this rhetoric in the context of…


Kindly get that mobile prefix out of my URL, thanks

I hate seeing mobile prefixes in URLs.

What on earth am I talking about, you ask?

Well, a URL is that text in your browser that shows exactly where you are. It’s actually an acronym — it stands for ‘Uniform Resource Locator.’ (At this point, if you want to tell me that I actually mean URI, I will refer you here.)

And those prefixes? As smartphones became ubiquitous (2008–2012, give or take), mobile versions of sites became increasingly important — web developers realized that the…


Does Netflix’s original programming strategy do a disservice to both their content and their audience?

I’m incredibly excited about Daredevil.

It’s become an easy thing to be a nerd these days. Starting with the X-Men and Spider-Man films, through Lord of the Rings and into the present popularity of Game of Thrones and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so-called ‘nerd culture’ has taken over pop culture. I’m absolutely spoiled by it, but some events make me count my lucky stars as a nerd; the announcement of the Netflix/Marvel series was one of those moments.

However, there is one thing I’m not looking forward to: dodging spoilers on Twitter and blogs.

You…

Adam Luptak

Web/app developer. Athlete. Nerd.

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