Light Years Away by Oliver
I can’t stop listening to this groove.
Source: SoundCloud / weareoliver
The David Lynch remix of ‘Fuel To Fire’ is available on the deluxe edition of ‘Aventine’. Released October 6th.
“I loved doing this remix,” says Lynch. “I was turned onto Agnes’ music through my record label…I think she has a most beautiful voice and can do things with her voice that are unique and extraordinary”
amazing. love. love. love. i’ve been stuck on her music all day.
Source: SoundCloud / Agnes Obel
I’ve mentioned it in conversations, online, and promised it to the development team at Cord Media Company: IE8 support is on it’s way out with a quickness. Right now we’re working on building the new Cord Media Company website, it’s our flagship project where we’re not limited by client budgets and billable hour overages, design restrictions, branding constraints, client design modifications, etc. Basically- we are the client and we’re big spenders that want the most forward thinking methods in design and development.
Because it’s our site, you’ll hear us saying things like “we definitely need to get this on the new site,” and “I’ve never seen it done like that, let’s do it,” and “wait, what if it did this? Hell yeah. let’s do it” during the design and development conversation.
The first thing a developer does when this kind of excitement hits, or one of the first few things is, “where are we with browser compatibly on this?” because we’ve been trained by the industry and our clients to aim for pixel perfection across all browsers- including legacy browsers like IE8 because they don’t get it. We have to immediately start weighing out how it’s all actually going to happen in practice.
Most often our hands are forced by the analytics. The browser share of a site’s visitors. Who will we be leaving behind if we move too far forward?
Because it’s our site, we write more rules. We get to do things that we may not be able to consider on a client site. We’re going to implement an alert bar at the top of the screen that informs the visitor that their legacy browser does not support some of the advanced features that the site uses and gives a link to browsehappy.com.
This was implemented a while back in HTML5 Boilerplate under an IE8 conditional- but we always deleted it because it’s not our client’s job to tell visitors what browser to use or inform them of some of the decisions in life they could be making better. It’s worth mentioning that IE8 has a zero day vulnerability found last year by a third party company which was communicated to Microsoft October of 2013 and as of May 2014 when it was disclosed to the public they said that a patch was forthcoming but no timeline was given- as of September 2014 I’m not aware of a release by Microsoft. We’re not going for scare tactics here, so we’ll stick to the “upgrade so your internet isn’t ugly” message.
On top of all the client side considerations, let’s not forget that the technology and frameworks we use are running away from IE8 like it’s a zombie out to eat brains (an analogy with depth if you think about it). Google Apps walked away from IE8 in 2012 (and IE9 in 2013). The Foundation responsive framework kicked IE8 to the curb with Foundation 5 (yeah, we’re using that on cordmedia.com v3). jQuery set IE8 on fire and pushed it off a cliff with version 2.x in early 2013. We don’t even need to talk about CSS3.
In our humble opinion, it’s time to move away from making the internet pretty for a browser released in 2009 with 3 versions having been released since then.
The best thing of all is that it’s incredibly fun. We get to stretch our imaginations and implement things (within good taste, UI/UX considerations, and not abuse) that set us apart- and every advertising agency and web development firm wants that. We think that walking away from the past means walking towards the future and it can only beget an accelerated process of innovation on the web design side as well as the browser application development side.
Let’s get the party started, more so than before. Let’s start anticipating the day we don’t have to support IE9. Since I brought web design in-house to Cord Media Company, and since starting the full web department, we are on a schedule that makes yearly full redesigns, rebuilds, and launches of the de facto showcase of our talent and abilities: cordmedia.com and that site says we’re about the future of web.
…don’t ever forget that!
And don’t say "I’ll never be good". You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.
「Neil deGrasse Tyson」
This is what is important. Never stop learning. Never stop growing.
We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.
So I have Codeivate plugged into my code editor. Tracks hours spent and languages that you write- it seemed like a novelty when I signed up, then I realized how useful it is to track personal progress and understand your habits. It’s also pretty encouraging to watch your numbers add up and see what languages you really are writing in most of the time.
I found that it was useful enough that I suggested that the members on my team hook it up to their editors as well. It’s great to see them grow in their own talents- but more importantly can give insight into focus levels. Given that development and it’s complexities can be a little difficult to understand overall this tool is really insightful. I’ve been keeping an eye on focus levels as a method to measure the work environment.
I’ve actually played with their API so when we’re writing code, it shows an indicator on the Cord Media site showing that we’re coding now and in what language. Geeky? Yes. Awesome? Indeed.
The image? That’s me breaking the top 20 site-wide with a 4 hour 28 minute streak. A streak is when code is written without a break of longer than 3 minutes. No big deal.
This animation is about one of the most significant problems in the history of mathematics: the brachistochrone challenge.
If a ball is to roll down a ramp which connects two points, what must be the shape of the ramp’s curve be, such that the descent time is a minimum?
Intuition says that it should be a straight line. That would minimize the distance, but the minimum time happens when the ramp curve is the one shown: a cycloid.
Johann Bernoulli posed the problem to the mathematicians of Europe in 1696, and ultimately, several found the solution. However, a new branch of mathematics, calculus of variations, had to be invented to deal with such problems. Today, calculus of variations is vital in quantum mechanics and other fields.: Geek harder.
Not smart enough for this.
Sure I’m a purist. I tend to think that anything outside of .com, .net, .org, or a country code TLD is weird and a novelty. .info? .biz? Whatever. However with the glut of new TLDs being introduced, it’s not likely that they’re not going to get used- and in the case of the company that I work for it actually worked out to create a pretty strong vanity name. So, I purchased http://cord.media (nifty) There is a lot of marketing going out right now by domain registrars to push the new TLDs to boost sales and convince a public to ask their web professionals to secure and use these new vanity TLDs.
You’ve no doubt seen them. The public internet marketing machine that is GoDaddy is pushing them as hard as so many other of their products. They include greats like:
The list goes on…
All fine and great, until I went and actually typed it into an address bar as you would anything else. In Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer (at least in IE10) typing cord.media was recognized as an address and resolved.
Then there’s Apple’s Safari. Both Safari OS X, and iOS will not resolve as an address- they instead default to the search engine and search for cord.media. This renders the domain practically useless for marketing or real-world use. Unless you explicitly prefix http:// to cord.media it will not resolve. I found this to be pretty odd after confirming that Chrome, FF, IE on both Mac and Windows handled the .media TLD with no problem.
In a world we live in that requires us to test our sites and our code for cross-browser compatibility, that world now includes…
Cross-browser domain compatibility.
This could be fixed tomorrow, next week, or with the releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but in the meantime these new TLDs could be worthless. Just another example of technology keeping up with technology, or not.
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent upon science and technology, in which nobody understands science and technology…”
— Carl Sagan