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Friday Finds for March 16th

Web Design

Driver – very nice looking javascript library to created guided tours of interfaces.

Firefox 59 for developers – Mozilla | MDN – Firefox is getting better.

CSS Text Decoration Module Level 4 – I love some of the options in here.

Notched Boxes | CSS-Tricks – sweetness!

Animating Elements Along SVG Paths: Introducing PathSlider ― Scotch – animation is something I need to do more of.

Going Gutenberg: Chapter III – The Events Calendar – Gutenberg will be nice once we get over the adoption hump.

Set Up Amazon SES for Your WordPress Site – getting around hosting issues with SMTP and sending email is a valuable thing for me to look into for some clients.

Tech

Bezos Says He’ll Spend ‘Amazon Lottery Winnings’ on Space Travel – Bloomberg – good to know that slightly cheaper space travel will come only at the cost of every retail business in America.

Misc

Schwarzenegger Orchestrated a Legendary Hollywood Troll – Hollywood feuds are hilarious, but I don’t remember “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” as being that bad. Then again, I was ten.

 

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Friday Finds for March 9th

Each week I lazily gather up a bunch of links to stuff that I found amusing enough to take the trouble to paste into a blog so all three of my readers can know what I’ve been reading and find themselves mildly amused by the wasted effort.  Here are this week’s links.

Tech

Amazon admits Alexa is creepily laughing at people and is working on a fix – The Verge – JESUS CHRIST WHAT? How does a smart speaker assistant thing develop a bug where it RANDOMLY starts laughing at people.  How is this even possible?  Also, why did they program Alexa to laugh?  I’m positive this is just a bug and not an AI achieving sentience and finding our pathetic little lives amusing.  I’m positive.

Comcast Found ‘Accidentally’ Blocking Legitimate Sites — Including PayPal and Steam – I am shocked, SHOCKED to learn there is illegal gambling, etc etc.

Maker Pro News: Open Source Startup Mycroft Takes on Amazon Alexa | Make: – interesting.  I’ll keep my eye on this.

Web Design

Chrome Music Lab – Song Maker – stuff like this makes me feel like such an amateur.

Introducing the Gutenberg Plugin Compatibility Database – Make WordPress Core – The fact that this needs to exist means Gutenberg is being rushed and should not be in core.  By putting this in core, it’s going to break millions of websites. It’s going to do unbelievable amounts of damage to WordPress’s reputation.

GDPR For WordPress And WooCommerce Business Owners – A Starter Guide – GDPR is a huge pain in the ass.  But probably a good step for consumers.

Design

7 Design Principles That Are Not up for Debate | NOUPE – That’s debatable.

Misc

Long exposure photo of drones circling mountains makes them look like sci-fi landscapes : woahdude – beautiful and eerie.

Ruptured Subway Tiles Reveal Emerging Figures by Graziano Locatelli | Colossal – gorgeous.

That Time a Wheat Field Grew in Downtown New York – you have to see these images to believe it. Astounding installation artwork.  Really speaks to the Kansas in me.

“Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits” – this reminds me that I would like to take a no-nonsense yoga class at some point.  After losing 50-60 pounds.

 

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Friday Finds for February 23rd

Here are some assorted finds and articles that turned up this week that are of interest to me, and possibly of interest to you.

Science

Science Fiction

Web Design / WordPress

Tech

  • INTEL MADE SMART GLASSES THAT LOOK NORMAL – like everyone else, I was skeptical yet covetous of Google Glass.  The exclusion of a camera in this model seems very helpful in insuring there isn’t an enormous public backlash. I could really use these when driving in Kansas City, which despite having lived around here for five years, I still have no geographic sense of.
  • Kylie Jenner Tanks $1.3 Billion of Snapchat Parent’s Market Value – Bloomberg – this is fine.  Everything is fine.
  • I ordered an iPhone 8 case and the wide angle lens from Moment this week.  I’m hoping to avoid taking my big, bulky, and expensive digital SLR to France this summer, and in order to do that, I’d like a little more lens versatility.  I’ll post a review here after I’ve received this and had some time to try it out. I’m giving some serious thought into picking up a microphone and engaging in some videoblogging.  Why am I all of a sudden interested in plaguing the world with my inanity? Who knows.

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March Link Roundup

What follows is a list of links I’ve collected this month in regards to projects by friends that I think are interesting and worthy of your attention.

Haikasoru is giving away a copy of ORBITAL CLOUD, the second book by Taiyo Fujii.  I’ve got GENE MAPPER on my to read list, and this sounds another really fun book.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about your favorite hard SF novel on the link.  Haikasoru

My pal and sometimes co-worker at Clockpunk Orrin Grey has a novel coming out with Privateer Press.  Orrin’s a great writer, and even if you’re not a fan of Warmachine, this is worth checking out.

Tobias Buckell, author of many fine SF novels, has a Patreon now.  He’s close to reaching the threshold where he’ll write a story a month.  I love most everything I’ve ever read by Tobias, so if you’re a fan, this is a way to directly support him writing more fiction.

Excellent designer and also sometimes co-worker at Clockpunk Jenn Reese as set up a shop on TeePublic selling her designs.  Jenn’s work is simply lovely, and has a strong feminist bent. If you’re looking for an awesome design with which to hide the shame of your meat form, you could do a lot worse than her shirts.

That wraps it up for now! If you ever want to suggest a link for me to share, you know how to reach me.

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