Archive: November, 2013

Mad Men: “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”

Really cool to see The A.V. Club’s Todd VanDerWerff go way back and review the pilot episode of this great show. He’s following up with reviews of the whole first season in coming weeks.

Why we still need video stores

The Dissolve’s Matt Singer:

We live in a world where immediacy and instantaneous access is the fundamental driver of commerce. Convenience certainly has its place, but expertise should still have one too.

Agreed; and up to now, as Matt points out, Netflix’s automated algorithm is no match for a smart video clerk.

Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez explain the intersection of art and finance, and ‘Only God Forgives’

Really enjoyed listening to Martinez talk about his thought process behind the Only God Forgives soundtrack in this interview with Slashfilm:

So what ended up happening is kind of this hybrid of several different ideas, one of which was The Day the Earth Stood Still. My favorite score of all time, but even as well as I know it, I can’t imitate it, nor would it have been appropriate. But the idea of something fantastic and something that was otherworldly was the quality we wanted to take from that score. I think at one point we liked the idea of the retro and fifties, but I couldn’t really nail that. So once again I failed in an interesting way.


I put a lot of stock in work by the Filament group with their past work on the Picturefill polyfill; this small extension they recently created looks especially cool. It’s basically a super quick, jQuery based method to kill off the annoying delay you get by default when tapping links on a mobile device. Faster interactions make for a better user experience.

On power and responsibility

Other speakers from the Fronteers web conference were solid, but Robert Jan Verkade’s talk on work and the general future of the front end web industry was my favorite. Great work on some really unique slides as well.

Putting flexbox into practice

Nice talk at the Fronteers web developer conference all about the flexbox module by developer Zoe Gillenwater. Some of the talk got a bit too deep into coding syntax that was a bit difficult to follow in a single slide based presentation. But stick around to the end where Zoe talks about the practical benefits of using flexbox today. It’s the first time I’ve been encouraged to dip my toe into flexbox with production level work.

Critic’s perspective: A. O. Scott

Nice video feature where longtime critic A.O. Scott discusses his experiences reviewing and watching film. Always been a fan of his writing.

Bookmarklet to colorize text between 45 and 75 characters

Keeping to a reasonable line width adds significantly to a web page’s readability. But it’s easy when building a site to forget about this and hand counting characters on a screen is a drag. That’s why Chris Coyier’s simple bookmarklet here works great. Run it on any site and determine immediately how your lines are shaping up.

Nintendo is doing just fine and doesn’t need to make games for mobile, thank you very much

Kris Naudus, writing for gdgt:

Granted, if Nintendo started making games for mobile it’d still be making games, which isn’t a huge momentous change. But it does mean giving up on their commitment to hardware. And that leads us to the other reason it doesn’t make the switch:


Why Japanese web design is so different

From Randomwire, one reason why native Japanese sites often feel so cluttered, at least to more of a traditionally U.S. centric eye:

Logographic-based languages can contain a lot of meaning in just few characters. While these characters can look cluttered and confusing to the western eye, they actually allow Japanese speakers to become comfortable with processing a lot of information in short period of time / space (the same goes for Chinese).