Mourning Jake Brewer, Visionary Civic Tech and #RebelAlliance Leader | Civic Hall

The civic tech community and our Civic Hall/Personal Democracy family lost one of its giants yesterday. Jake Brewer was killed while on a charity bike ride outside of Washington, DC. He was 34 and leaves a spouse, Mary Katherine Hammer, a two-year-old daughter Georgia, and a child on the way.

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Reverse Engineering Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock… and Ourselves.

I have something in common with Ahmed Mohamed: as a youngster, I was also an electronics enthusiast. At his age and even earlier, I frequently took apart electronic devices – anything from my own toys, to broken things around the house, and even that dirty garbage-picked black and white TV my parents dragged home that they knew I’d have a blast playing with (I did.)

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We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don’t have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father’s, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it’s because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin’ most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we’ll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

“We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don’t have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was…”

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VW cheated on U.S. pollution tests for ‘clean diesels’

Volkswagen called them “clean diesels,” branding them as the fun-to-drive alternatives to hybrids as it dominated the U.S. market for the engine technology. Turns out the increasingly eco-conscious buyers of the sporty German cars have been unwittingly pumping smog into the air – because of software VW installed to cheat on U.S.

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Call for Sponsors

If you or your business have benefited from using WordPress, now is the perfect time to give something back. Sponsoring WordCamp is a great opportunity to demonstrate your support for the WordPress community. Our attendees include designers, developers, bloggers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and educators from throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country.

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Move Over Slack? Automattic Mulls Commercializing Its Own Internal Messaging Product

On Wednesday night, at an event in San Francisco, Automattic founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg answered a range of questions in a wide-ranging conversation with one of the earliest investors in the company, Tony Conrad of True Ventures. (Conrad is also the cofounder and CEO of the self-expression platform About.me.)

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‘The Ultimate Guide To The WordPress REST API’ An Ebook By Josh Pollock

Slated for inclusion in 4.4, the WordPress REST API makes development faster and easier by providing a new way to interact with WordPress posts, users, comments, and taxonomies using the popular RESTful API standard – which allows you to create, read, update, and delete the main WordPress objects and provides infrastructure for creating your own custom APIs.

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Refrain from querying all the comments on a post when paged

If a post has more than (comment_per_page) comments, we should query them specifically, not query all the comments and sort in PHP (doesn’t scale well). if threading is off, use a simple limit query elseif the page has equal or fewer comments than (comments_per_page), query them all else query (comments_per_page) parent comments, and keep doing queries for their children, up to the threading limit (10).

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Changeset 34269

Timestamp: 09/17/15 19:41:35 (6 hours ago) Author: westonruter Message: Customize: Reduce peak memory usage by JSON-encoding settings and controls individually. When there are hundreds of settings and controls (e.g. nav menu items and widget instances) the resulting object that is JSON-encoded can become very large, and wp_json_encode() can consume a lot of memory to serialize it.

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How to Make Your Work Retreat 100% Awesome – WDS

WDS Camp is almost OVER! If you follow any of our resident dorks on Twitter, you’ve probably already seen us going nuts with the #WDSCamp hashtag-so you already know. While I’d worked remotely before, I’d never been a part of a telecommuting team that prioritizes the face to face and certainly never worked for a company that insisted on having this particular kind of meet and greet.

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Awesome

I’m Awesome, your Slack sidekick. I highlight, organize, and summarize Slack activity, giving you better tools to stay in sync with your team. And I have a spaceship. *Awesome is currently in private alpha. Introducing yourself to Awesome gets you in line for a ride on the spaceship**.**There is no spaceship-that’s just a metaphor for the waitlist to use the product.

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Welcome to hell: Apple vs Google vs Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let’s talk about ad blocking. You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we’re really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of collateral damage.

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