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Scandinavian Defense

“The Center Counter Defense is one of the oldest recorded openings, first recorded as being played between Francesc de Castellví and Narcís Vinyoles in Valencia in 1475 in what may be the first recorded game of modern chess, and being mentioned by Lucena in 1497.”

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Sicilian Defense

“The Sicilian Defense is the most popular defense against white’s opening 1.e4 and is used extensively at top level play. It is a very aggressive defense and immediately stakes claim at the center, denying white the double pawns on e4 and d4. Many chess champions actually prefer to start with 1.d4 because of how well the Sicilian Defense plays against 1.e4.”

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County Wage Growth (Map of the Week)

“While the macro outlook is more uncertain today, one item our office has tried to highlight is that current economic conditions are pretty good. The share of prime working-age Americans and Oregonians is relatively high and wages are rising.”

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Twitter

“If I am using icons that have more weight than the text, I typically make the icons slightly lighter than the text for inactive states ?? pic.twitter.”


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About Nika

“At Mozilla I often end up building my changes in a patch stack, and used git rebase -i1 to make changes to commits in response to review comments etc. Unfortunately, with a repository as large as mozilla-central2, git rebase -i has some downsides:”


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What Every Developer Should Learn Early On

“As a developer, you’ll hear a lot of crazy, unbelievable theories about what “lines of code” signify. Believe none of them. Lines of code is a ridiculous metric to base decisions on. In very rare cases it tells you something, in all the other cases, it tells you nothing.”


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Friday Beer Thoughts: Local Demand

“Many of the business discussions surrounding beer tend to focus on the number of breweries opening or closing. We use that as a barometer for the health of the sector, including our previous look at industry dynamism. Counting breweries is pretty easy, however it also provides an incomplete picture.”

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Fun Friday: Marginal Propensity to Consume

“One question our office gets quite frequently about the kicker is what sort of economic impact does it have. After all we are returning hundreds of millions, if not a billion, dollars to taxpayers who likely did not budget the kicker into their household finances.”

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What People Actually Say Before They Die

“Insights into the little-studied realm of last words. Mort Felix liked to say that his name, when read as two Latin words, meant “happy death.” When he was sick with the flu, he used to jokingly remind his wife, Susan, that he wanted Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” played at his deathbed.”

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What Replaces Timber?

“Between the mill closure in Coos Bay, downsizing in Forest Grove, and the lively cap and trade discussions, there has been a renewed interest and focus on the timber industry in Oregon.”

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Algebraic Effects for the Rest of Us

“Have you heard about algebraic effects? My first attempts to figure out what they are or why I should care about them were unsuccessful. I found a few pdfs but they only confused me more. (There’s something about academic pdfs that makes me sleepy.)”


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