The LIGO/Virgo announcement earlier this year will end up proving to be a watershed moment in astrophysics. I knew it was big, but I don’t think I realized how far reaching this will end up being. Very exciting.
In August, we released a major redesign of slack.com, and we want to give you a peek behind-the-scenes.
She goes on to show tons of details on their latest redesign. There are several bits I found interesting such as their attention to accessibility, how they handle fall backs for IE11, and how they made responsive illustrations.
/via Brad Frost.
Mac users can use the native Micro.blog for Mac app. It’s a free download and supports most of the same features as the iOS version.
You can see a short video of it on Manton’s blog. You’ll even notice a rather handsome avatar make an appearance.
Unfortunately I cannot give this a spin yet since I haven’t upgraded my Mac to High Sierra. And it doesn’t appear I’ll be doing so for at least a month or two since I haven’t seen any updates from Apple on that front. High Sierra just seems far too unstable to switch to on my main work computer at the moment.
Colin Walker, though, seems to like this new app:
Manton has repeatedly said that this is just a version 1.0 app but, I have to say, it’s been rock solid. Browsing, replying and posting to the blog have all been a breeze and I’ve not had a single issue or error.
What they’ve found is that while the public may most fear a marauding vehicle without a driver behind the wheel, the reality is that the vehicles are overly cautious. They creep out from stop signs after coming to a complete stop and mostly obey the letter of the law — unlike humans.
So bots drive too well. Go figure.
Humans are terrible drivers. This middle phase of some driverless and some human drivers on the road can’t end soon enough.
ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger — long-predicted events called kilonovae — disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma-ray bursts are caused by mergers of neutron stars.
Just two neutron stars makin’ it rain.
What an incredible observation. Well done ESO.
Update: Here is the timelapse.
IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, Mexico – September 2017
Finished Star Wars: Aftermath – Empires End. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – My immediate reaction isn’t good. I liked the first two but expected so much more from this one.
iOS 11.1 Beta 2 doesn’t seem to be identifying people in photos. But the OS has no indication of this process that I know of.
Smartify is a free app that allows you to scan and identify artworks, access rich interpretation and build a personal art collection in some of the world’s best museums and galleries.
Gunseli Yalcinkaya, writing for Dezeen, calls it “a Shazam for the art world”.
This is cool. Can’t wait to try it out.
/via Dave Mark at The Loop.
Lens-flare – September 2017
Dare I say, this seems like an indication that Hollywood is finally “getting it” where digital film purchases are concerned. Then again, with the continued encroachment of streaming, digital rentals, and peak TV, maybe they just got desperate.
Six Colors being a publication that knows how to use the internet and links to their subjects. See also.
This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them. It’s a custom mixtape of 30 songs they’ve never listened to before but will probably love. It’s called Discover Weekly, and it’s pretty much magic.
I’ve mentioned Spotify’s playlists before. They are incredible. They are magic.
Side note: While I was enjoying the synergy of Apple Music we’ve decided to switch back to Spotify today. It is just way, way too good at surfacing music. Also, it is much much faster and syncs better across devices.