1. We’ve Made Web Development Complicated

    When I first made my transition from front-end development into back-end development in ~2002, I had two things to learn: a server-side language how to talk to a database (SQL) on top of my knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. With these five basic things, I was able to build some useful stuff. I’m working…

  2. Re-structuring CSS and JS files so that external libraries and override files flow cleanly through Gulp.

    Sorry ladies, I’m taken.

  3. NBA announcers, do we have players that can really “score the football” on the basketball court? Do we need the “basketball” distinction?

  4. Sane Laravel 5 Mail Example

    For some reason, the example code in the Laravel docs for their Mail feature neglect to show how to pass defined variables into the closure. Here is something a little more useful. View the code on Gist.

  5. Seven Days With a Macbook →

    I agree with many of Steve’s points here, but I’ve had much better luck with my battery life. I’m getting 7-8+ hours easily on a charge – perhaps because he got the special order 1.3GHz model while I schlump along with the 1.2 model.

    My MacBook Pro is now my desk machine and I use it for my photography workflow. Just about everything else is done on my MacBook. I really like this little guy.

  6. Eric Flying Quadcopters

    This is a great video of my friend Eric showing off some of the latest DJI kit. I haven’t been following the drone stuff too closely, so this gave me a better idea of what he’s been up to. Nice work, Eric!

  7. Comparing Asics and Nike Running Shoe Sizes

    I have a wide foot so I order shoes online nearly all the time now. I take full advantage of the Zappos‘ “free shipping both ways” to order up a batch of sizes, figure out which ones work best for me, and send the others back. Recently I have learned that in running shoes, an…

  8. Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover →

    As my friend Shawn put it, “This is NPR, not the Onion.”

    Thankfully there is a voice of sanity among Texas Republicans:

    “Your letter pandering to idiots … has left me livid,” former State Rep. Todd Smith wrote Gov. Abbott. “I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”

  9. Tricking Myself into Improved Productivity

    I am wicked productive when I’m on an airplane (without wifi) and I don’t have incoming communications (email, Slack, Twitter, etc.) to distract me. In an attempt to let out of sight lead to out of mind, I’ve made a simple tweak to hide my dock in Mac OS X and turn on “do not…

  10. A Real Life “Who’s On First” Moment

    This exchange between my mother in law and our house painter is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a real life Who’s On First situation. MiL: What kind of paint do you use? Painter: I use Kwal. MiL: Koala? Painter: Yes, Kwal. MiL: Koala, like the bear? Painter: No, I never use Behr. It doesn’t…

  11. Apple Watch + iPhone Charging Station

    Since the Apple Watch: 1. needs to be charged every night, and 2. needs an iPhone to function every Apple Watch customer is a potential customer for an elegant solution that charges both their iPhone and Watch on their nightstand. The ones that I like best so far are: The Timber Catchall for Apple Watch…

  12. Related: trying to turn my wrist the right way to trigger the screen to come on is my biggest annoyance with the Apple Watch so far.