Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Reading (Read):

Cinnabon President Kat Cole: Hustling the Gut Bomb

Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago

Sexting, Shame and Suicide

My kids will not have phones and social networks are for stupid people. I’ll let Louis CK explain.

In a Breathtaking First, NASA’s Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System

As the solar system’s edge grew tantalizingly close, NASA asked the Voyager scientists to increase the amount of data collection. The problem: the 8-track data recorders from 1977 were not exactly bursting with extra space. Could Ms. Dodd even find anyone who specialized in that piece of technology and could coax it to record more?

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’

A must read for Apple fans.

Jobs wanted the demo phones he would use onstage to have their screens mirrored on the big screen behind him. To show a gadget on a big screen, most companies just point a video camera at it, but that was unacceptable to Jobs. The audience would see his finger on the iPhone screen, which would mar the look of his presentation. So he had Apple engineers spend weeks fitting extra circuit boards and video cables onto the backs of the iPhones he would have onstage.

How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts

SilkRoad.com’s long road to shutdown.

Reading (Read) > Nerd:

@import pie-clearfix;

I’ve only recently discovered Compass’ @import pie-clearfix; For those times you need a clearfix, but do not want your overflow: hidden.

Google’s Web Designer

It turns out, it’s true intentions are to litter the web with animated banner ads.

Pocket Casts 4, for iOS

Hand’s down, THE best podcast app on iOS. Also, this is one of the few crowning jewels on Android.

HTML5 Boilerplate Snippet for Sublime

Handy, if you remember that you have it installed.

instead

Good idea for an iPhone app. Kind of sort of in-line with my very very rough mobile based savings site, movetosavin.gs

Watching (Watched):

Tom Papa Live in New York City (Netflix Watch Instantly)

Tom Papa is hilarious. You’ll agree. Side note: I just now noticed that Rob Zombie directed this. Odd.

Uncategorized:

My house has eight smoke detectors. The backup 9volt batteries that they use all die around the same time, letting out a loud chirp every single minute. My solution, add an eight pack to Amazon Subscribe and Save, and change them all when they show up at your door. No more chirping. They’re a bit cheaper than in-store to boot.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Reading (Read):

I Am An Object Of Internet Ridicule, Ask Me Anything

For all the hateful words that were lobbed at me, it barely ever bubbled over from the world of online forums and websites. I received zero angry emails, only a few mean tweets. My Facebook was never broken into and vandalized—my typewriter remains unsmashed, no one has ever threatened violence towards me in real life. Instead, there are these pockets of the web that are small and ignorable, filled with hate for a picture of me, for this idea of a hipster—for the audacity of bringing a typewriter to a park.

RAISING THE DEAD

At the bottom of the biggest underwater cave in the world, diving deeper than almost anyone had ever gone, Dave Shaw found the body of a young man who had disappeared ten years earlier. What happened after Shaw promised to go back is nearly unbelievable—unless you believe in ghosts.

HOW CHRIS MCCANDLESS DIED

Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors.

A Death in Valdosta

Multisport athlete Kendrick Johnson was found dead in his Georgia high school’s gymnasium in January. Authorities ruled it an accident, but Johnson’s family believes something very different — and a second autopsy appears to support their suspicions.

Reading (Read) > Nerd:

Sprites, Semantics & Scalability: A Demo with Playing Cards

I finally understand percentage based background-size and background-position, as the opportunity to build a set of responsive, single-sprite playing cards, recently presented itself.

Semantic CSS With Intelligent Selectors

Ultimately, reading this piece has led me to take the HTML5 ROLE attribute seriously.

Effeckt.css

I have yet to put this library of pre-built CSS3 animations to use, but certainly, I must.

Watching (Watched):

Longmire, Season 1 (Netflix Watch Instantly)

Entertaining westernish, one crime per episode, usually ends in a shootout.

Broadchurch, Season 1

Greatly paced, no-frills, who-done-it murder mystery.

Derek (Netflix Watch Instantly)

Surely you’ve seen this already. I called my grandmother, just to say hello.

Monday, December 03, 2012

I was tired of hitting refresh on my browser only to find out Compass/SASS CSS files had not yet been compiled.

To add a notification in Mountain Lion when your files are compiled, do the following:

  1. Install the terminal-notifier ruby gem, as instructed on their Github page.
  2. Git clone Notifompass into your /Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8/gems/ directory.
  3. In Terminal, navigate to /Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8/gems/Notifompass
  4. run sudo gem build notifompass.gemspec , this builds Notifompass into an installable gem file.
  5. Insall the gem: sudo gem install --local notifompass-0.0.0.gem
  6. add the following in your Compass config.rb file, as instructed in the Notifompass read me file

EXCEPTIONS = [StandardError, ScriptError]

begin

require "notifompass"

rescue *EXCEPTIONS

puts "You don't have notifompass gem installed."

begin

require "compass-growl"

rescue *EXCEPTIONS

puts "You don't have compass-growl installed either!"

end

end

Now, whenever your Compass/SASS files have compiled, you’ll be notified. Exciting stuff!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chutzpam:

In other words, the estimable businessmen and women at

realinsurance.com.au have been paying SEO companies to spam the

comment sections of sites around the globe. But now Google’s new

search algorithms are making that legacy spam really damaging. So

now they’re sending out cease and desist notices to the victims of

their earlier spamming demanding that they search their archives

and remove their spam.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Ladder House near Dale, Norway. Submitted by Olga Gladykowska.

Ladder House near Dale, Norway. Submitted by Olga Gladykowska.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Stop Sucking and Be Awesome Instead: A Three Step Process

Click here to read Stop Sucking and Be Awesome Instead: A Three Step Process

Nobody wants to suck, but the truth is, before you can be great at anything, you’re going to suck. Coding Horror blogger and co-founder of Stack Overflow Jeff Atwood has three simple rules for going from the sucking to awesome. More »


Saturday, May 26, 2012

MIT students make Minority Report-style iPad control system Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have created a Minority Report-style glove and iPad input system for three-dimensional virtual object manipulation called T(ether). The system lets the team use motion tracking on gloves to create and alter virtual items with the iPads used as a point-of-view window to see what the users are manipulating. A demonstration video shows the system having multiple users simultaneously affecting the compter-generated world, both with and without the glove….

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