Star Wars fans, and especially those with young Star Wars fans, may enjoy this Millennium Falcon drone in flight. I know me and mine did.

Santana aims for another comeback. As much as I dislike locker rooms, I love this locker room welcoming:

Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana’s no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball career.

99% Invisible

There’s been some great podcasting going on at 99% Invisible. The recent Of Mice and Men episode covers the “keyset”, an alternative to the keyboard as an input device. If the keyset wasn’t so difficult to use we could have even greater control of our computer overlords.

Why shouldn’t we take the time learn, if the results are superior? Are we missing out by putting so much emphasis on ease-of-use?

Even Doug Engelbart realized that learning the keyset was difficult. But for Engelbart, ease of use wasn’t the top priority. He wanted the computer inputs to be as powerful possible, and that required some complexity. He imagined that consumers would learn how to use the mouse and keyset slowly over time, like how one learns to operate a car.

You may have caught Doug Engelbert on You Tube in the past. He’s the presenter of the Mother of All Demos. In this pioneering demonstration Engelbert has developed the 2015 computing status-quo, in the year 1968.

Some other recent 99% Invisible standouts include:
Octothorpe (the history of the # sign)
The Sizzle
Lights Out

Jihad and More!

From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria — What a fascinating story (with video!) of a young man who decides to join Isis.

There is no single path that leads to jihad, but in exploring Mr. Yaken’s life, signposts emerge. There are influences familiar and easy to discuss, like a lack of economic opportunity and a renewed sense of political alienation, especially among youths.

On a lighter note, Alto’s Adventure looks like a beautiful iOS game.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time – This movie should get made!

A Few

Apparently people have been using pinch-to-zoom on their desktop browsers? Which actually may not be that crazy, since those Apple laptops sell pretty well. Not surprisingly, Chrome’s pinch-to-zoom wasn’t as smooth as Safari’s. The latest Chrome Canary aims to fix that.

Also news to me, the Internet Archive has an entire Archived Software Library, which is pretty rad, if you’re into that sort of thing. It looks like now, those archived pieces of software (read: games) are now embeddable. Pretty rad, again, if you’re into that sort of thing. Note: The embedded games seem to have mixed results. But what a concept! Next on their list: Export a game as HTML5. Just kidding.

If you didn’t buy the in-app purchase of the full toolset in Paper, way back when, all the Paper tools are now available for free.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.