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2018.08.27 Vomit Comic Robot

Vomit Comic Robot

I love these types of projects, but have a not-so-secret reason as to why. My son desperately wants his own price scanner, and receipt printer - and it's not one of those passing desires of his. Honestly, I don't really know why, but I guess I don't really have to know. With that in mind, I'd love to create him his own, and yet I have no clue where to start. I have this smattering of links I hope to piece together and alter to make my own creation:

2018.08.27 3D Print a Fisher Price Record

3D Print a Fisher Price Record

Ever since Strong Bad tweeted about how to make your own, I've had grand dreams of making my own records, but with different children's songs (or potentially some non-children's songs). Regardless, I love that there are nerdy people in the world who take the time to come up with stuff like this. Very cool. #

2017.07.18 The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)

The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)

I've been working in Python 2 for a couple years at this point, and due to various issues I continued to come across, repeatedly found myself referenced to this article. I should have read it earlier. If you're a software developer, or a wannabe, or anywhere in between, it's time to buck up, and read this. Don't wait like I did. It's worth your 10 minutes. #

2016.03.06 Merging M4V files (with chapters) on a Mac

Merging M4V files (with chapters) on a Mac

I was in the middle of doing the exact same thing as this guy (copying all of my movies to my computer so they would be accessible via AppleTV... instead of having my kids scratch the discs), and I got to a movie he mentioned - Lord of the Rings (and Dances with Wolves... though my kids don't watch either of those movies). I love named chapters in movies, and wanted to have both a combined file, and have chapters. Simple walk-through right here. The added bonus is him pointing the way to iDentify, since MetaX has become abandonware. #

2016.03.06 Clayton Kershaw's No-Hitter in 1 GIF

Clayton Kershaw's No-Hitter in 1 GIF

Just to prove how long I've kept some tabs open in my browser, this one dates back to June of 2014. Every now and then, I re-watch this looping gif, and love how the ball ends up in so many different places, with (seemingly) the exact same beginning. As a Dodgers fan, I love watching Clayton Kershaw pitch. #

2015.09.02 One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my career

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my career

My own article about "one of the biggest mistakes I've made in my career" would be different, but I love Andrei's advice. I think it applies to more than just designers debating whether or not they should learn to code. I feel like everybody should learn a specialty, whether or not it becomes the thing you do every day. Additionally, I'm a big proponent of being able to take your ideas to the next level or step. If you can design, figure out how to make your product come alive (through code or prototyping). If you can build wood-only furniture, learn how upholster. If you can cook, learn how to plate. If you can plate, learn how to serve. Maybe it's better summarized as learning how to do the job of the person you hand your "finished" product to. There's a glorious energy, and collaboration point to be found when you're really familiar with the next person in line. Learning to code as a designer is one of those steps. #

2015.02.21 QLMarkdown

QLMarkdown

If you use OS X, and a lot of markdown files, you'll probably benefit from this handy quick look extension. Don't just see the markdown as a text file, but see it as the nicely formatted document your markdown turns into. I've had it on my computer for a couple years, but I never thought to link to it (and feared that I'd forget it if I ever changed computers). #

2014.07.07 Visualizing Algorithms

Visualizing Algorithms

Mike Bostock gives a thoroughly fascinating view into a few different types of algorithms. Some of it was way over my head, but I still really enjoyed the essay. I was particularly drawn to the organic feel of Bridson’s algorithm for Poisson-disc sampling, the innate story-telling nature of the colored thread visualization for sorting, and the creeper-like reaching of Wilson's Algorithm for maze generation. #

2014.04.18 Public-Key Cryptography for Non-Geeks

Public-Key Cryptography for Non-Geeks

I feel like I've tried to understand PGP and public-key cryptography multiple times, and each time I've failed. However, after reading this article, I feel like I perfectly understand it. Kudos to Panayotis Vryonis for such a clear explanation. #

2014.03.30 UserStyles.org with Twitter

UserStyles.org with Twitter

I forgot to say something about this last year when Twitter implemented their new obnoxious layout (of auto-showing all pictures and videos). Thankfully, I had largely forgotten it, thanks to this easily installed hack. Here you can somewhat see a before and after. #

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