Category Archives: Link Dump

Media plan for 2018, and what I’m reading/watching/playing now

For a wide variety of reasons in 2017, I really neglected my media consumption. Neglected in the “garden gone to seed” way, not in the sense that I didn’t do any. I finished a few books, but ended up doing more comfort rereading than anything else. Similarly the TV was mostly on when cleaning, cooking, etc., so that was mostly reruns. I hardly watched any movies. Music was selected by playlist or algorithm. So for this year I’m actively planning what I’m going to watch, read, and play. Music may be a part of it, but I haven’t figured that out yet. (For what it’s worth, I’m trying some of Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” playlists of artists and genres I’ve never tried before.) For January, here’s what I have teed up:

PC/Console: Night in the Woods
Book: Seveneves
Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
Comic: The Star Wars
Mobile Game: Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores and Monument Valley 2

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CSS Colours and Colors: A nicer color palette for the web

CSS Colours presents all the standard CSS colours in nice large swatches. Mouse over the swatch for hex and RGB values.

Colors provides much nicer versions of a subset of the default CSS colours. They’re a bit less saturated, the black isn’t pure; generally it’s more like something you’d actually use in a design. You can grab the values from the page itself, or grab the stylesheets and source files for a variety of CSS preprocessors from github.

9 Quick Wins for Halfway-Decent Design

David Kadavy writes up tips to point the less the aesthetically skilled on the road to an attractive app or web page. If you want more from David, he has a book and an email course called “Design for Hackers”.

Grid

Grid covers the absolute minimum you need to know to get started with creating responsive web pages. If you stopped here, you’d still be creating layouts that work great on a variety of devices.

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Hyperlapse

Put two pins on a map, click “Create”, and the site gives you a timelapse of travelling through that area generated with Google Streetview. Check out Confederation Bridge, The Old Man of Storr, and Victoria Embankment

AltStock

Alternatives to the stock apps with which your iPhone ships. I don’t necessarily agree with all their choices as the best alternatives, but they are definitely better alternatives.

Rammsified Wallpapers

Give your iPhone a classic Braun-inspired look.

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The Free Bundle

Not so much a bundle as a curated collection of games. This release includes a previously for-pay gamebook game that’s well reviewed. Great for those of us who’re dialling back the game spending!

One Day, You’re Going to Die. Here’s How to Prepare for It

I recently lost someone very close to me, and I’m helping that person’s surviving spouse sort through their financials. They’d done a great job of keeping their stuff organized, but it wasn’t perfect. This page, while somewhat US-specific, will really help you get your stuff in order.

Rock Hammer by Stuff & Nonsense

An opinionated starter library for projects managed with Hammer. Getting ever closer to that “Press button for web site” future. I jest.