StackShare is a site for learning about the technologies that power all your favorite sites on the web. For example, via StackShare, I learned that the following comprises Twitter’s stack: Apache Mesos + Framer.js + HAProxy + Docker + Akamai So far, I’ve found it’s great for leveling up on your development knowledge and finding […]
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, […]
I love this idea: Facebook’s Little Red Book is a document they use internally to communicate their overall context as a company. As the company of Facebook grew, we faced a lot of challenges. One of them was explaining our company’s mission, history, and culture to new employees. Over the years, a lot of formative […]
Medium is not a publishing tool – Ev Williams – Medium’s CEO (he also headed Blogger and helped found Twitter) explains what Medium is: Medium is not a publishing tool. It’s a network. A network of ideas that build off each other. And people. [Read more…] By the way, if you’ve followed my posts for […]
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
This is one of the best stop-motion Lego animations I’ve seen in a while. It combines a child’s imagination with some very creative brick-work.
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
In his book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi tells the story of how he converted from Islam to Christianity. I found the book fascinating for the insight it provides into Muslim culture and thought. Nabeel’s story begins with his upbringing in a devoutly religious Muslim family. Along the way, he encounters Christians unable to […]
Ever wondered what that extra eyelet is for on your running shoes? Watch the video I’m including with this post.
HT: John McCully
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.
If you’re a fan of typography, you’ll like Keith Houston’s Shady Characters blog. Get the back story on your favorite marks of punctuation. Keith Houston’s blog about the unusual stories behind some well-known — and some rather more outlandish — marks of punctuation. Read a brief introduction, get started with the life and times of […]
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.
In my book, Elon Musk gives that Dos Equis guy a run for his money as the Most Interesting Man in the World. This week he announced his company’s new battery system that can power homes and businesses. See the press release, and reserve yours today. Tesla is not just an automotive company, it’s an […]