What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for Medium and Twitter » Nieman Journalism Lab

I always love a good story about how new technologies allow for disrupting the traditional ways of doing things. Such is the case with the student newspaper at Mt. San Antonio College in California. They’ve dumped their print edition and website in favor of using Medium (see SAC.Media on Medium) and Twitter (see their hastags #SOSMtSac, #SOSLA, […]

Deck of Cards API

If you know how to code, it won’t take you long to grasp how handy this is: Deck of Cards API. It features an interface for:

  • shuffling the deck
  • drawing a card
  • reshuffling the cards
  • getting a brand new deck
  • getting a partial deck
  • adding to piles
  • drawing from piles

Think with Paper by FiftyThree

I’ve long been a fan of Paper by FiftyThree, grabbing the app when it was first released. Then I also bought their stylus, Pencil. Combine the app and the hardware, and you’ve got a really natural drawing interface on your iPad.

Now, FiftyThree has updated Paper with a new set of tools: Think. Given my inclination for precision, these are my favorite kind of drawing tools. Via its “intention engine”, the Think toolset lets you quickly draw all manner of shapes, fill them with color, and cut, copy, and move them around. That means I can create diagrams, charts, and mockups with just the right combination of polish and “hard-drawn” feel.

Think Kit’s Diagram, Fill, and Cut tools make it fast and easy to draw charts, diagrams, graphs, flows, wireframes, and models. Use them to sketch perfect shapes and connectors, and create presentation­-ready visual model. Anything you create can then be exported directly to PowerPoint, Keynote, or your favorite iPad apps, and shared with colleagues everywhere.

Source: Think with Paper by FiftyThree

Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your family  – TED.com

I was a little skeptical as I started watching Bruce Feiler’s talk Agile programming — for your family. However, I found that there is a lot of truth in what he says.

One good reminder: Children love a checklist as much as adults do. Note to self: Reinstitute our family’s morning checklists.

Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments.

Source: Agile Programming – for your family

Rebecca Litchfield – Photographer

I came across Rebecca Litchfield‘s work in a post last week. It was highlighting her photo series, Soviet Ghosts. These are pictures of abandoned buildings in the former Soviet Union and its satellite states.

Clicking through to her site, I enjoyed looking at her other photo series on all manner of old, decaying, abandoned buildings. Seeing all these works of men subcombing to the ravanges of time and neglect has a haunting, apocalyptic quality to it.

Vist her site: Rebecca Litchfield Photographer | London Fine Art Photography – Home