Colin Devroe

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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.