Around the Web 03-24-2013

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Around the Web 03-13-2013

​F​r​e​e​ ​W​e​b​s​i​t​e​ ​M​o​n​i​t​o​r​i​n​g​ ​T​o​o​l​ ​w​i​t​h​ ​U​n​l​i​m​i​t​e​d​ ​T​e​x​t​ ​a​n​d​ ​E​m​a​i​l​ ​A​l​e​r​


Always curious to see what the NY Times dev team finds as interesting and resourceful.

​M​o​r​e​ ​M​a​r​k​d​o​w​n​ ​f​o​r​ ​P​o​p​C​l​i​p​ ​-​ ​B​r​e​t​t​ ​T​e​r​p​s​t​r​a

I’ve mentioned Brett’s markdown services, here he’s made a few into handy Popclip extensions. If you’re not familiar with popclip, think the iOS popover when you select text on your desktop.

​O​T​L​:​ ​T​h​e​ ​e​n​d​u​r​i​n​g​ ​m​y​s​t​e​r​y​ ​o​f​ ​R​o​b​e​r​t​o​ ​C​l​e​m​e​n​t​e​’​s​ ​b​a​t​ ​-​ ​M​L​B​ ​-​ ​E​S​P​

If you love baseball anywhere near as much as I do, this is a must read.

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Around the Web 03-8-2013

​T​h​e​ ​M​i​d​-​C​e​n​t​u​r​y​ ​M​e​n​u​ ​—​ ​R​e​t​r​o​ ​R​e​c​i​p​e​s​ ​T​e​s​t​e​d​ ​H​e​r​e​!

I admit I too have a fascination with mid-century food stuffs. I have several boxes of those little recipe books put out by various companies pimping their products. I also have a hand-bound collection of recipes from magazines that I thrifted. Might need to dust off the scanner and start sharing some after seeing this site.

​​M​a​r​k​s​y​​ ​:​:​ ​w​h​a​t​’​s​ ​i​t​ ​a​l​l​ ​a​b​o​u​t​?

Looks like the perfect tool for those who want to help write documentation but are put off by a particular markup (read, Mediawiki).

​M​a​r​k​d​o​w​n​ ​S​e​r​v​i​c​e​ ​T​o​o​l​s​ ​2​.​0​ ​-​ ​B​r​e​t​t​ ​T​e​r​p​s​t​r​a

If you are on a Mac, use Markdown and don’t have these, get them now.

​T​o​d​a​y​’​s​ ​R​e​c​i​p​e​ ​o​f​ ​t​h​e​ ​D​a​y​:​ ​Z​i​p​l​o​c​ ​O​m​e​l​e​t​ ​|​ ​N​O​L​A​.​c​o​m

Another brilliant idea for over night guests. Or a brunch party. Just add pitchers of sangria and mimosas.

​4​ ​i​n​d​i​c​t​e​d​ ​o​v​e​r​ ​c​o​n​t​a​m​i​n​a​t​e​d​ ​p​e​a​n​u​t​ ​b​u​t​t​e​r​ ​l​i​n​k​e​d​ ​t​o​ ​9​ ​d​e​a​t​h​s​ ​|​

This is a pretty big deal. Finally the government is holding big business responsible for food safety via felony charges directed at those at the top of the, ehem, food chain.

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Around the Web 02-20-2013

​S​e​c​u​r​i​n​g​ ​y​o​u​r​ ​d​i​g​i​t​s​ ​—​ ​S​t​e​v​e​n​ ​G​.​ ​S​o​m​m​e​r

Handy little tip for a more secure passcode on your iOS device(s).

Some interesting combinations of artists on this one.

​M​a​r​k​d​o​w​n​.​c​s​s​ ​-​ ​m​a​k​e​ ​H​T​M​L​ ​l​o​o​k​ ​l​i​k​e​ ​p​l​a​i​n​-​t​e​x​t

Not sure of the practicality of this, but I do like the bookmarklet. Could be handy for taking info on a website and convert to markdown for plain text editing.

​G​r​o​u​n​d​w​o​r​k​ ​C​S​S​ ​♥​ ​S​a​y​ ​H​e​l​l​o​ ​t​o​ ​R​e​s​p​o​n​s​i​v​e​ ​D​e​s​i​g​n​ ​M​a​d​e​ ​E​a​s​y

another responsive framework. Mostly interested in the templates they share.

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Around the Web 02-11-2013

​C​o​n​f​i​g​u​r​i​n​g​ ​a​n​d​ ​O​p​t​i​m​i​z​i​n​g​ ​P​H​P​-​F​P​M​ ​a​n​d​ ​N​g​i​n​x​ ​o​n​ ​U​b​u​n​t​u​ ​(​o​r​ ​D​e​b​i​

Well written post demystifying running nginx with php-fpm. Wish this was around when I set up my server, but won’t be long until I take note and adjust my setup.

​M​a​k​i​n​g​ ​a​ ​m​i​c​r​o​w​a​v​e​ ​r​o​u​x​ ​w​i​t​h​ ​C​o​l​l​e​t​t​e​ ​W​e​a​v​e​r​ ​-​ ​V​i​d​e​o​ ​|​ ​N​O​L​A​.​c​o​m

Just fucking brilliant. I also learned when I first started cooking that you can cook a roux in the oven at 325° and it will never burn. Restaurants in New Orleans that serve massive amounts of gumbos and étouffée use the technique over night.

​E​m​m​e​t​ ​D​o​c​u​m​e​n​t​a​t​i​o​n

The evolution of Zen Coding. Looking forward to running this through some paces this weekend.

​R​e​c​i​p​e​:​ ​Q​u​i​c​k​ ​C​i​n​n​a​m​o​n​ ​R​o​l​l​s​ ​-​ ​S​a​n​ ​J​o​s​e​ ​M​e​r​c​u​r​y​ ​N​e​w​s

I like the idea of being able to make the dough the night before and bake fresh in the morning. Not sure can be as good as yeast version, but definitely will try it soon.

​i​O​S​ ​A​u​t​o​m​a​t​i​o​n​ ​a​n​d​ ​W​o​r​k​f​l​o​w​s​ ​w​i​t​h​ ​D​r​a​f​t​s

I am totally in love with the Dropbox actions in the latest version of Drafts. This is the best overview I’ve seen so far outlining the workflow.


Nifty looking utility to let you switch your default browser in OS X.

​H​o​w​ ​t​o​ ​m​a​k​e​ ​s​p​a​e​t​z​l​e​ ​-​ ​c​h​i​c​a​g​o​t​r​i​b​u​n​e​.​c​o​m

More recipes should be written like this. Less about the specific amounts, more about the why and how.

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Around the Web 02-3-2013

​G​e​t​t​i​n​g​ ​S​t​a​r​t​e​d​ ​o​r​ ​J​u​s​t​ ​G​e​t​t​i​n​g​ ​B​e​t​t​e​r​ ​W​i​t​h​ ​O​m​n​i​F​o​c​u​s

I’m tempted to test out Omni Focus since they are offering a free license until 2.0 is released. Seems like a nice starting point for jumping into the system. Just not sure ready for the outlay of cash for iOS versions and desktop since I’ve bought Things already…

​R​e​s​p​o​n​s​i​v​e​ ​D​e​s​i​g​n​ ​B​o​o​k​m​a​r​k​l​e​t

Nice little bookmarklet for testing your design in common resolutions. Provides a handy toolbar to click between layouts or add your own custom size.

​R​e​c​i​p​e​s​ ​f​o​r​ ​u​n​d​e​r​ ​£​5​:​ ​b​a​k​e​d​ ​m​a​c​k​e​r​e​l​ ​w​i​t​h​ ​p​o​t​a​t​o​e​s​,​ ​t​h​y​m​e​ ​a​n​d​ ​o

Always nice to have a couple of mackerel recipes. This one reminds me of Lyonnaise Potatoes, which I learned to brush the potatoes with a little dijon mustard. I think it would be a nice touch to brush the mackerel with the mustard in this recipe.

​T​h​e​ ​S​e​c​o​n​d​ ​A​m​e​n​d​m​e​n​t​ ​w​a​s​ ​R​a​t​i​f​i​e​d​ ​t​o​ ​P​r​e​s​e​r​v​e​ ​S​l​a​v​e​r​y

why am I not surprised?

​M​y​ ​n​v​A​L​T​ ​S​e​t​u​p​ ​—​ ​R​o​c​k​e​t​I​N​K

Always interesting to see how others are using nvAlt. Not sure where I’d be without it.

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Image Links and Hover Background Colors

I did a google search for the solution to a problem I had with some CSS and image links, and didn’t find a good solution, so I’m throwing this out there for anyone who might stumble upon it.
The problem I was having was that I was creating a site with a black ground. There was a global setting for all a:hover links to have a background color and different font color, a common effect. However, any image links that I had were also getting a small box of the same color at the bottom when I moused over it, not at all good looking. I tried setting the selector a:hover img to a black backgroud, but the color still showed up. After closer inspection of my style sheet, I had set a global marign and padding on all images. When I set those to zero, the color didn’t show up. However, I didn’t want to sacrifice all images to not have to margin or padding, or force the end user to add a special class to images, so I tried setting the a:hover img margins and padding to zero. The problem there was that the image would “jerk” when moused over, as the margin and padding shifted. So I simply set a img to zero margins and padding, and my problem was solved. The only down fall is if someone wants to post an image in a blog post that’s a link, the text will butt right up against it. However, if that problem arises, I can then set a class for that image, and should be able to give the image room.
Anyway, like I said, I didn’t find a solution in the first few pages of google, not that this will make those pages neccessarily, but it’s worth throwing out there.