Grunticon

Grunticon – A Flexible SVG Workflow

Grunticon is a Grunt.js task that makes it easy to use SVGs for crisp, resolution independent icons, logos, illustrations and background images. SVGs aren’t supported everywhere so Grunticon auto-generates bitmap (PNG) fallback images and loads the right format for compatibility with pretty much any browser

If you’re just getting started with SVG’s, this may be a bit intense. Otherwise, this grunt task looks like it contains some useful options, such as auto-generating fallbacks for that sometimes-we-still-need-to-support IE8.

Safari iOS Bigger Than Firefox

Safari iOS bigger than Firefox; non-Google Chromia bigger than Safari Mac

  • Safari on iOS is now bigger than Firefox.
  • The non-Google Chromia are now bigger than Safari on Mac.
  • Mobile is at 31% of overall browser market share. That’s nearly one third.
  • The Blink rendering engine is now at 43% market share.

Non-Google Chromia is the open-source Chromium, which is often installed on mobile devices by default, for example, on Samsung phones.

Today, on This, a Friday

Criminal: Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
The title name alone may lead you to believe that this podcast started before the blockbuster Serial Podcast, but in fact it’s been around for quite some time. A great, quick listen.

A Chance to Salvage a Master’s Creation
A landmark in my hometown of Goshen, NY, faces demolition. It’d be a shame to not bring this unique building back to life.

Wild Cherry – Sublime / Zsh theme
This is so god damn colorful, I couldn’t help myself and am now using the color schemes in iTerm and Sublime Text. The nifty repository status emoji’s are for Zsh only.

Days Before Xmas

Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was ‘Always Whittling On Dynamite’
This story opens with a poignant look at racism from the 70’s which is incredibly relevant, still today.

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And ‘Too Far’
Chris Rock is fantastic.

How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of ‘New Puberty’
Super interesting, particularly if you’re raising a girl.

Delicious Tools Chrome Extension, Release notes V.1.7

Delicious Tools Chrome Extension: Version 1.7 (5/2/2014):

Finally fixes a serious issue where bookmarks were not being saved to your Delicious account unless you saved them twice, or were logged in to Delcious.com in a seperate tab. Such requirements are pretty counter-productive. Rather than taking the time to investigate, I chose to stop using the extension for quite some time and let the angry reviews pile up. Angry reviews be damned, the time for a fix has come! BTW, Pinboard.in is a great alternative, and I use ifttt.com to keep Pinboard and Delicious in sync. The bookmarklet works well, as does the Delicious bookmarklet, which I resorted to using. They’re not nearly as convenient as an extension though, am I right? With this fix, I can now return to the convenience of this delicious bookmarklet disguised as an extension provides.

On a technical note, the biggest change in this realease is I’ve updated the save URL, as per delicious.com that is used to save links. Using this new save URL, you’re now redirected to a page that confirms you’ve successfully saved a bookmark, and presumably, if link saving fails. This functions just like a Delicious.com bookmarklet would. Also updated was the security policy, which fixes any issues you may have seen with altering the keyboard shortcut.

Delicious Tools in the Chrome Web Store

On the web

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.

I’d like to say I’d like to post at least links, occasionally

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.

Mountain Lion Notification after SASS compiling

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. Install 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!

Chutzpam

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.