- A simple and easy jQuery plugin for CSS animated page transitions.
- Share and discover the best programming tutorials and courses online.
- Color Safe
- Great site to generate proper text and background contrast ratios.
- Calculate contrast between two colors for accessibility.
- E.gg Timer
- Simple timer for more than just eggs.
Pilot G-Tec-C4 / Field Notes Northerly Edition
Just a couple of quick sketches from today.
- I have been researching sliders lately for work. I came across this one that seems to be solid.
- This is a very clean lightbox gallery. It also support touch gestures.
- A nice set of SVG icons ready to use.
- Subtle Hover Effects
- I really like how these look. Subtle is almost always better.
- For those who don’t have a Gibson guitar equipped with a Min-ETune. This is on my wish list.
- iOS Fonts
- A good reference for what fonts are available in iOS to use. You can view which version of the platform a certain font was installed.
Just a couple of things I carry with me. One should always carry a pocketknife. I use mine so many times throughout the day. This one is a CRKT Swindle. I also carry around this lighter sometimes. It is nearly not as useful, but I like it. Probably because I have a perfectly healthy intrigue of fire. It’s a plain matte gray Zippo lighter.
- Update Your Footer
- This is timely since 2014 is almost over. Update your footer’s copyright year to be dynamic.
- I really don’t know how they do it, but their compression algorithm is amazing. I have been using it on a lot of projects lately.
- This is a quick color theme generator. I like it because it is quick and the results are mostly good. It exports to PDF, CSS, SCSS, SVG or PNG.
- Hacker Typer
- This one is just hilarious. Now you can be just like the computer “hackers” you see on movies and TV shows.
I have been driving passed this view for over a year now and haven’t taken a photo of it until now. I think I like lettering on the building.
I spent an afternoon rewriting some old code for an animated pie chart that is part of a web app I am updating. The previous code was written by a contractor who may have taken a quick route to completion. This made it very difficult to change it and also it was a few hundred lines too long. So I scrapped it and looked for a new solution. I ended up using jQuery Knob as the base and building on top of that. Since I couldn’t find anything quite what I was looking for, I decided to put it together myself and to make it a modular as I can. Basically, the pie chart has illustrates a percentage value and it’ll animate to that. I also have a colored label in the center that has a title, a tagline and the percentage updated as the pie chart is animated. With SCSS, I made it easier to customize the size, color, fonts, etc. It’s still a work in progress, but I decided put what I have on GitHub.
Today’s Web Finds are things I have found that are immensely helpful in my blogging workflow. These are just the recent ones. I may put together a more detailed post about blogging with Jekyll.
- Facebook Object Debugger
- I use this to check my Open Graph meta data. It is comprehensive.
- Twitter Card Validator
- This is similar to the Facebook Object Debugger. It lets you preview your twitter summary card when you paste in a link. As someone running a website, you can set it up so that there is a title, summary and an image. If you want twitter to support cards with your website, you do have to set it up on twitter’s developer site.
- Most of the things that Brett Terpstra does are a little over my head, all of which tend to increase productivity in a magical way. There are a few projects that anyone can make use of. SearchLink is one of them. I just started using it. It makes generating markdown links so simple and quick. It is definitely worth checking out.
Happy Fountain Pen day! I don’t really have much to say about it beside how much I enjoy writing with fountain pens. I think I’m drawn towards the customization aspect of it. It’s the same with what I do with computers and guitars. I like to make it my own. I am relatively new to the fountain pen community even though I’ve been a pen/pencil lover for maybe over a decade. Today I inked up my Jinhao X450 with some Noodler’s Bernanke Blue. If you have any interest in getting into fountains, I have some links for you below. Also, if you have any questions or comments, post them below.
Be a Fountain Pen Nerd
- The Pen Addict Podcast
- It’s a podcast about pens, pencils and stationery. Sounds geeky and it is, but it will get you interested into fountain pens and pens in general.
- The Pen Addict
- This is the blog created by half of the Pen Addict podcast, Brad Dowdy. You’ll find a lot of info about fountain pens. You will also find a lot of resources for other fountain pen sites. There are a lot out there, but this is a good place to start.
- Lamy Safari
- I don’t have a definitive favorite fountain pen, at least not yet, but I do love the Lamy Safari and I use it regularly. I think it’s a solid fountain pen to start with.
- Goulet Pens
- There are a lot of places to purchase fountain pens, but I think one of the best places is Goulet Pens. They also have a great YouTube channel.
It’s been a couple of years, but I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again. This year, I’m writing a novel about creating a startup company in the Midwest. The working title is Minimum Viable Person. I have a rough outline of the story in my head and hopefully I can let it out. I’m trying to keep it light and humorous. I am a little behind, but I will try to make up some of that this week.