Colin Devroe

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What I saw this week #49: August 25, 2017

Here are a few things that I think you should see.

What I saw this week #48: August 18, 2017

  • Adam Savage visits Third Man Records – I’m a huge fan of everything Jack White is involved in so this was an instant-watch for me. It also reminds me that I need to go through and prune some records from our collection to make room for some newly pressed ones.
  • Ready Player One trailer breakdownDo not watch this if you haven’t yet read the book and are planning to.
  • SVG can do THAT?! – Good presentation from Sarah Drasner.
  • Lattner goes to Google Brain – I hope he likes it there and can do good work. Part of me still wishes his code was driving me around.

These are links that didn’t make the cut for full posts. Here are more.

What I saw this week #47: August 9, 2017

I’ve been slacking off on these link lists since I’ve been posting a bit more. But here are a few stragglers that didn’t make the cut as their own posts.

The amount of things I see per day is way down due to my being off of social media. Way down. I’d say I see 25% of the stuff I did before. I consider this a positive thing.

What I saw this week #46: July 7, 2017

I don’t have a good list this week since I spent most of it staring at my toes in sand.

  • WSJ iPhone video interview – Similar to last week’s link is this video interview of key people behind the creation of the iPhone.
  • Yu’s Bullet Journal – Vibrant journal. Makes me want to add some flare to mine next time around.

What I saw this week #45: June 30, 2017

As the summer heat rises in our hemisphere it seems that the river of content online dries up to a slow trickle. I wonder if that means I should expect more from our friends Down Under during these months?

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

  • Mars on Google Maps – Google has a jump on helping you find the nearest Starbucks when Elon Musk settles the first Martian village.
  • Computer History Museum video – An interview with key people that created the iPhone 10 years ago including Scott Forstall. Fascinating interview and a laid back interview by Markoff.
  • US River Basins map – A colorful illustration of the various river basins of the US. Gorgeous and educational.
  • Interview with Maciej Cegłowski – The Verge interviews Pinboard’s Cegłowski. Main takeaway, as things grow or switch focus it will inevitably alienate some subset of its users. Finding those niches could earn you a nice living.


What I saw this week #44: June 21, 2017

First day of summer! I’m off my schedule. I know. Sorry.

  • Video: Mixed Reality – THEORIZ – RnD test 002 – Realtime AR used to create art. We’ll be seeing a lot more of this.
  • Rafter – A group of turkeys is called a rafter.
  • Putting the social in social media – A nice write-up of one of our investments at Condron Media.
  • Brian Voong – I’ve been utilizing Brian’s videos to help me build my first iOS app in Swift. More on this later.
  • Find your off switch – Good tips. I’ve turned literally everything off. Only using my blog. Plan on doing this for a few years.
  • Atom 1.18 – I’ve been using Atom daily for over a year now. I really like it. I recommend immediately installing any appropriate packages for your stack.
  • Reach Navigation – I’m referencing this article while I’m designing mobile app UIs.

Traditionally this series has been a paragraph for each item. But, this is a list! It should be marked up as such.


What I saw this week #43: June 9, 2017

I know, I know. I’ve missed a few. You’ll get over it.

Paleobiology Navigator – “PBDB Navigator allows users to explore the Paleobiology Database through space, time, and taxonomy.” If you know me at all you know that this literally burns hours and hours and hours of my time. In a good way.

The Stratolaunch – This thing is massive. More here and here.

Evergreen – An open source feed reader for the Mac. It is very, very early so I only recommend this for people that love to see software getting built in realtime.

The all-new Skype – A massive, massive update to Skype.

Video: Murder on the Orient Express – I read the Agatha Christie novel over a vacation break within the last few years. Strong cast.

Beren and Lúthien – Speaking of books, JRR Tolkien has a “new” release.

Fireflies – This is a really great teaching tool but also fun to play with.

Author’s note: This list, which I try to get out weekly, is far from exhaustive. My guess is that if I were to share every URL that I come across in a given week it wouldn’t be very fun to read through. Based on a cursory glance at my browsing history across multiple devices this list would easily be 100 URLs strong on light weeks. Also, due to a Chrome bug that I’ve found (which I’ve mentioned multiple weeks), I have had an unreliable browsing history to look through. This has caused me some frustration because I want to share more links in these posts. However, I think I’m starting to find the serendipity of this list to be part of the fun. If a URL makes the cut, through some random pattern of circumstance, then that’s cool. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. C’est la vie.

What I saw this week #42: May 19, 2017

Video: The Infinite NowArmand Dijcks, whom I met in Hawaii many years ago, released these hauntingly beautiful animated cinemagraphs from photos by Ray Collins scored by André Heuvelman and Jeroen van Vliet.

Photographs of Films – Jason Shulman does long exposure photography of entire films. Very cool.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Netflix is creating a 10-part prequel series to one of my most favorite Jim Henson classics.

Stars within 50LYRecent work suggests that the “kill zone” for supernova can be extended to 50LY from Earth. There are thousands of stars visible to the naked eye within that distance (and, very likely, thousands upon thousands more not visible). Each year there are 50 supernovae in the Milky Way. So. Sleep well.

What I saw this week #41: May 12, 2017

Minecraft: Microsoft is continuing to make good on their acquisition of Minecraft. Most recently they’ve created their own currency in the platform and launched an educational version.

/sessions: A bunch of videos on front-end development.

Artemis: Andy Weir, writer of The Martian (which I loved), has a new book coming out.

Tokio Myers: I like how this guy rolls.

Microsoft Build: Here are the videos from Build. I’ll have follow-up on this conference as soon as I have time to write it.

What I saw this week #40: April 28, 2017

This has been a week full of client meetings so I did less reading on the web than usual. But, here are a few things that come to me as I sit here writing this post on a warm, gorgeous Friday evening.

Amazon’s Quarterly report – Amazon is killing it on so many fronts. It makes me feel lazy.

Today at Apple – I think this is very, very big for Apple to be doing. I like it.

Video: Bowling 300 in 90 seconds – Incredible. The excitement he feels at the end shows how hard that was.

Washington Post cuts ad vendors – If an ad network isn’t fast enough they’ll cut them. Excellent. Now, they should add a policy that disallows tracking and we’ll have the Internet we want.

Video: Shin Lim – Amazing slight of hand.

Video search: I’m addicted to Jaja.

Painting with code – AirBNB made a React to Sketch conversion tool. Pretty sweet.

Deep Space Network – NASA has a public site wherein you can see how satellites are communicating with objects millions or billions of miles away.


What I saw this week #39: April 21, 2017

I missed last week. I have no excuse. – I already mentioned this but Andy Baio didn’t just return to blogging – he blew in with Hurricane force winds. – Speaking of .org blogs, Jason Kottke’s online property is being managed this week by Tim Carmody and he’s pulling an interesting yarn regarding the best of the web.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Part 1 – Richard Haw is covering Nikon’s anniversary with some background info.

Richard Feynman’s Notebook Technique – I’ve been fiddling with Bullet Journal (as I’ve mentioned) and Feynman looks like a good technique for specific subjects.

Video: Passengers, Rearranged – I would have liked this version of Passengers so much more.

Professor’s vlog – The Professor is starting to vlog. I hope he keeps it up.

Video: Hans Zimmer at Coachella – The Interstellar medley is awesome.

What I saw this week #38: April 7, 2017

Don’t forget, you can see all posts in this series by skimming through the what-i-saw tag. Now, onto this week’s links.

Video: Puffer fish artist – Absolutely incredible stuff from such a small little fish.

Andy Baio is back – Not only is he blogging again but Upcoming has re-launched.

Stripe Atlas – The program is being expanded to US-based companies.

TRAPPIST-1Not so fast. It may be a bit too hot. Don’t worry, there are trillions of other star systems.

Video: Kurt Quinn – The guy can talk backwards. Really.

Me, on Mastodon – A decentralized, Twitter-like, microblogging service. Very interesting to follow along and see if this one sticks or not.

Deep Space Gateway – Super-cool plans from NASA to take us to Mars and beyond.


What I saw this week #37: March 31, 2017

Chrome still won’t show me more than two days of browsing history. Unfortunately this week I relied on this bug being fixed. So, for next week I’ll keep better track of URLs with Simplenote.

Animation: Comet 41P – Just sliding in front of M108 like nothing.

Video playlist: Making Minimalism – Matt D’Avella is sharing how Minimalism was made.

50 Best Podcasts – Podcasting is, again, seeing a surge. I’m subscribed to and listening to more podcasts than ever.

Breaker – Speaking of podcasts, a new app from Leah Culver (who created Pownce), that is more episode centric than other podcast catchers. I’m still using Overcast day-to-day but I have Breaker installed and am keeping an eye on it.

S-Town – I’m on episode 3. Don’t tell me anything.

Planet Earth II – Last night I watched episode 1 of the new series on Blu-ray. Absolutely jaw-dropping.

What I saw this week #36: March 24, 2017

Chrome v57 is really cramping my style. It only shows me the last few days of browsing history. I hope they fix this issue soon. So, this week is a little light as a result. Sorry.

Bullet Journal – I’ve been meaning to try this for a few years and so starting on Monday I began using this method to keep track of notes and tasks and some events. It doesn’t replace my calendar.

Catching a real ball in VR – Disney Research is up to some cool things.

Cell division time-lapse – Watch a tadpole egg’s cells divide in this 23s time-lapse that spans 33 hours.

New particles – The Large Hadron Collider has been a super effective tool to-date. These most recently discovered particles just add to the collection of discoveries it is tallying.

Zach Lower on Instagram – Superb Instagram account. Watch for the transitions between scenes.

What I saw this week #35: March 17, 2017

I took two weeks off for travel/vacation (and didn’t read much online during that time) so this list will likely be a bit all over the place and sparse.

Dunbar’s Number – I’ve read about this a few times. Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and other things, reminded me of it in her TOI post this week. This principle keeps popping up up over and over for me and it something I’m seriously considering about acting against somehow. (such as limiting myself to 150 points of contact in my entire life across all media) More on this in the future perhaps.

Hacks many developers don’t know about – This is a great list of some relatively simplistic things that many developers may have overlooked. There is one item on this list that made my jaw drop; that for at least 5 years browsers automatically assign global JavaScript variables for all DOM elements that have an ID. This is a huge find.

Video: Ratchet Face w/ Orchestral AccompanimentLast week I linked to Tom Thum’s Ratchet Face. I dug around and found a performance he did with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Watch his face when the orchestra chimes in.

Pixel Dreams – Great pixel art on Twitter. Here is a recent piece I liked.

Video: The Professor – The Professor, the street basketball star, goes to Kazakstan to school a pro. The behind-the-back/between-opponents-legs is an amazing move.

Video: How Earth movies – A great explanation of so many things about how Earth moves from the always excellent VSauce.



What I saw this week #34: February 24, 2017

Video: Ratchet Face – From a longer performance by Tom Thum who you may remember from this TEDx presentation. Amazing stuff.

Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson on JRE – Joe Rogan had Tyson on his podcast. Two hours of nerding out and Rogan keeps up fairly well.

Developer Tea – I stumbled across this podcast this week and Huffduffed a few episodes.

Song Link – A service that gives you links to all sources for a song. Example.

Julia Evans – Her blog was shared to me this week. Insta-subscribe.

What I saw this week #33: February 17, 2017

Oristand – Want to try a standing desk? This is a pretty inexpensive and portable way to try it.

Houdiniopoly – A local Houdini Museum is creating a boardgame and kickstarted the idea. They’ve already met their goal.

Video: MSFT’s hardware testing center – Cool behind-the-scenes look at one of Microsoft’s facilities.

Drones over Dubai – (more like drone helicopters for people) I’m really glad to see something like this happening somewhere in the world. Of course, Dubai is ahead of the curve.

MSFT Aerial Platformer – Built ontop of the Unreal Engine, MSFT debuted a new way to simulate flying a drone and using machine learning as well.

Video: Nerdwriter covers Arrival – I got the Bluray this week. Watched the extras (they are great). Looking forward to rewatching the movie this weekend sometime.

What I saw this week #32: February 13, 2017

I missed publishing this on Friday so I’m publishing it today.

Roper Game Prototype – Mary Rose Cook showing off again.

Maja Kuczyńska wind freestyle – Humans shouldn’t be able to move like this.

VSauce – I scour YouTube daily for new subscriptions. I’m always amazed that I can stumble across a previously unknown channel (esp. one as good as VSauce) that already has 11+M subscribers. How aren’t TV execs wetting themselves? – Incredible API/service and technology. I’ve been watching them for a few years and they are finally hitting their stride.

The music for Stagehand – Cabel Sasser, as always, shares his creativity for the music behind Stagehand the game.

Character Map for The Iliad – The Iliad is on my nightstand right now. Looking forward to having this map for reference.

Geico’s pre-roll ads – Fantastic.

Progressive CSS – Cutting-edge browser versions are now able to load CSS progressively. This is long, long overdue.

GVFS – git virtual file system courtesy of MSFT. Again, MSFT is killing it.

What I saw this week #31: February 3, 2017

Short list this week.

Video: Apple Campus flyover – Getting closer to being complete every month.

Video: Matt D’Avella’s YouTube channel – Friend, former collaborator on many projects, and Director of Minimalists.

ASCII weather – You can also pull this in via curl.

Complete collection of Wii games – That’s a lot of Wii games.

YouTube app pro tip – Good tip from Marques.

Stuff in Space – A “simple” app that shows you what is out there currently.

What I saw this week #30: January 27, 2016

Flexbugs – Described as “A community-curated list of flexbox issues and cross-browser workarounds for them.”

Video: Hovering a helicopter is hard – I’ve been going back through Smarter Everyday’s archive.

An inverted aquarium – Mindblown fish.

Tips for new drone owners – I re-read my own piece since I just picked up a Phantom 4 Pro. (more on this soon)

The final trench run – In which direction was Luke flying in his final trench run? The answer may surprise you, though it was right in front of you all along.

Star Wars titles – Speaking of Star Wars, Episodes VII and VIII happen to form a sentence, will Episode IX as well? 🙂

Directly-imaged Exoplanets – I had no idea we were at this point. Amazing.

History of JavaScript – Interesting read.

Bridgy – I’ve been putting Bridgy through its paces this week. Haven’t figured it all out yet but I’m hoping I will be able to spend some time on it this weekend.