Solved by Flexbox — Cleaner, hack-free CSS.
Medium: The End of Global CSS.
A List Apart: Meta-Moments - Thoughtfulness by Design.
Funny; Inbox by Google encouraged my signup. Once allowed in, I looked at the page, and realized it was unsuitable for my general use, so I went back to plain Gmail. I didn’t even notice the ‘friction’ - it was another new service that I thought I should be familiar with, in order to give my clients better recommendations.
ALA will, hopefully, forgive my using this article as a lever for a larger beef.
There are a subset of triggers that generate predictable behaviors - psychological stimuli, perhaps - that we all share. Just about every sales and marketing professional uses them.
Example: Give a person an unsolicited gift, they’ll feel obligated to the gift-giver. The gift-giver can then ask for outrageous payback and it will very often elicit amazing results. Note that the gift-giver has all the control over that transaction. This works consistently even with total strangers.
Another: Realty companies keep a couple of overpriced horrors on their listing services. When you come in to purchase a house, they run you through the horrors in your price-range first, setting up a psychological state of desperation, and then take you to the inventory they actually want to move. Generally a couple will seek to purchase the first non-horror they encounter, priced strategically just above what they should be able to afford.
There are thousands upon thousands of books on these techniques. Carrot and stick. Pig in a poke (cat in a bag). More. You can put new names to them if you want; the same old psych manipulation. Seeing websites resort to these timeworn tactics just means the internet has matured to parity with ‘reality’. Pull the Mad Men era salesmen out of retirement - they’re relevant again, online.
HTML Arrows: HTML Symbols, Entities and Codes.
Handy. I believe I have a widget for this, but I never keep it loaded (save that RAM for bigger stuff).
fxguide: RenderMan: under the (new) varnish.
Always great results. When you know what you’re doing!
Airwalk: FiftyThree Releases New Think Kit For Paper.
Easier flowcharts and diagrams, exportable to PowerPoint, Keynote and PDF.
I think I’ve found the perfect cure for insomnia.
Watching reruns of MacMillan and Wife. The shock of the stripes, patchworks, leisure suits and double-breasted bathrobes against plaid furniture wears off after about 30 minutes, and I manage to fall asleep in the third act of each episode. Certainly a time capsule. Today’s “vintage” clothing trends have nothing whatsoever to do with the horrors we really wore ...
How to Center in CSS.
Collectors Weekly: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?
IBT: SSDs lose data if left without power for just 7 days.
There’s a tidbit of info SSD buyers should be aware of.
Pantone formula guides have gotten cheap.
Sandra’s just broke, after limited use. The plastic screw-hinge sheared off on the fifth open. A shame that one must, after a high $ purchase, seek third party help. The paper’s gotten thinner too. For shame, Pantone. For shame.
FashionBeans x Timex Watches: Weekender Collection.
Cute, affordable ... but loud. I blogged about buying one - many I encounter comment on the loud tick, and not in a complimentary fashion. I sprang for a Seiko self-winder, which adds day/date over the Weekender. The only negative is the small set knob; fiddly for my big fingers. Very accurate, good looking and almost silent. The Weekender has been relegated to solo weekend use.
If a jeweler came up with a low-cost way to quiet a Weekender, I imagine they’d make a mint pretty swiftly. Buy cheap b/w ads in the back of men’s fashion mags.
Yow, the home page for Atlantic ...
The Atlantic went full-on responsive, I suppose, sometime in past months. I’m SO GLAD I read it through RSS. My fingers would die of scrolling. The cacophany of images and text may be great for smartphones, but on desktop I can’t parse it to find linkable stories. I find it overloads my brainpan.
Medium/Burton: Modern minimalism in web design is the right choice.
Guardian.UK: If it flew 100 years ago, it will fly again - the 1916 warplane built from drawings.
If they need a test pilot, they can find a couple at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Anyone who can fly one of their original Bleriots, could handle the 1 1/2 Strutter. A Bleriot is a friggin’ nightmare to fly.
The Agile Alliance Blog: 8 Reasons Why Agile Projects Fail.
I find a whole lot of businesspeople talk about it, but few actually understand it. The stories I hear, some savvy businessfolks seem to use it to bleed investors dry, blaming the process.
A Continuous Lean.: The Originals.
Wallabees were part of the unofficial high school uniform when I grew up. Nothing quite like walking on gum soles.
The Atlantic: Dressing Up the Brain - Wearing a Suit Makes You Think Differently.
“Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world.” Indeed it does. But for me, it has to be a tailored item. Off-the-rack rarely bestows the same feeling. I have a double-breasted that kills; unfortunately, there’s not a single occasion for which it is appropriate to wear in Santa Fe.
c|net: Bezos’ space company tests suborbital rocket.
Watch the video; we’re used to seeing massive rockets ... many exhaust cones on Shuttles, for instance. This has a little tiny squirtgun-sized nozzle. Packs one hell of a punch.
Medium/@jkdegen: 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating.
“The very foundation of copyright is the insistence that if I create an artistic expression, I own that artistic expression. And if I own something, you best believe I will protect it from those who want to impose their restrictions on it.” Of note.
Common Fibers: Carbon-fiber wallets with RFID protection.
Thin and strong. I need a new wallet, and was going to go for a sturdy leather ... the thinness of this may convince me otherwise. I worry about the glossiness of the exterior. I’ve had a situation where my aging leather wallet has slid out of my back pocket recently, without my knowledge. Granted a little alcohol contributed, but I found it very disconcerting. When you’ve worked in NYC and ridden subways, you have a sixth sense about your wallet pocket ...
Colossal: Large Format Photographs Capture Ornate Opera Houses From Around the World.
ArtDaily: Last of its kind Vickers Supermarine Spitfire to be auctioned at Christie’s London.
“As part of a hugely generous gift, Spitfire P9374 will be sold at Christie’s to benefit the RAF Benevolent Fund and Panthera, a leading wildlife conservation charity. Spitfire N3200 will be going to the Imperial War Museum Duxford.” Both should stay in the UK, IMHO.
“Now cut down on your remotes.” Neat idea. Remotes seem to reproduce these days.
DrownedinSound: She’s in Fashion - “Festival” Is Not A Look.
“There’s something joyous about partaking in the 21st century equivalent of the “Feast Of Fools”, where all rules for what is, or isn’t, sartorially acceptable are temporarily suspended. Observing those bizarre outfits, those outré fashion statements – which are sported by women and men – is fun. My problem is that we’re allowing a sexist, racist, ageist, size-ist industry to undermine that, by turning a blind eye to them targeting just 50% of the population, and then shaming that 50% into conforming to their airbrushed ideal.” The approved uniforms. Fringe, check. Jean shorts, check. Etc. etc. And for equal time, the men’s selections.