Nifty little game to teach the use of CSS Selectors, I learnt a few I haven’t seen before (admittedly I’m no css expert, I just know enough to learn + build + debug as I need)
Really cool visualisation of the vast distances between the planets that strikes home by making you scroll horizontally (as opposed to seeing the whole scale non-interactively on a poster, for example). As you scroll there’s some interesting and thought provoking bits of text to keep you company on your journey between the planets.
Interesting talk on “fragility” in systems (and how systems can become fragile over time) by Matt Provost, who’s the systems manager at Weta Digital (The visual effects company behind the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, various Marvel movies, etc.). Some good anecdotes in there about things that broke their systems during the rendering for the last Iron Man movie.
I’ve been building a render pipeline on AWS machines for work recently so I’m interested in learning more about how bigger / more experienced companies manage their render systems.
Interesting concept for an in-vehicle UI. Definitely an area that has lots of room for improvement. It often seems like a car company added more complex interactions with our cars (some features being useful), but in building the interactions, they simply made touchscreen ui’s like they would on a tablet. This results in ignoring the context of driving, where the user needs to perform interactions while taking very little attention away from the act of driving.
This UI certainly seems to have kept the context of the interaction in mind when building it. More info here: http://matthaeuskrenn.com/new-car-ui/
Bill Gates does another Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)
The Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Bill Gates was fascinating. Some interesting answers to the tougher world questions, but also some great reddit threads:
What is your best personal financial advice for people who make under $100,000 per year?
- Gates: Invest in your education.
— Someone else: And get off reddit.
—- But Mom! Bill Gates is on reddit and look how successful he is!
Interesting decision by 37Signals. I’m currently reading their book, Remote: Office Not Required, and they have some interesting insights from (somewhat) unusual business decisions they made. I’m keen to see what they learn from this step.
2013 was a big year at GitHub, thanks to you. Check out the State of the Octoverse.
Nice single page site by github showcasing their user behaviour metrics over 2013.