CSS and Scalability by Adam Morse

Adam Morse:

After countless implementations of css systems that broke down and became difficult to maintain as apps and teams grew larger…I’ve found I want little to no part of the cascade’s ‘features.’

If you write CSS, you need to read this. If you don’t like writing it, much more so. I can’t say I agree with adopting the full approach he’s suggesting, but I do agree with this:

Writing new css should be the exception, not the rule.

My Brief Review of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.

I specifically chose an image that had Wonder Woman in the center. She was my favorite character.

Is it good? The answer is underwhelming, and frankly I’m ambivalent. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either. Although the movie has some great moments, in the end, the story is all over the place. So many things are happening, and the Justice League setup takes precious time from this film standing on its own.

Ben Affleck as Batman is great. He’s tough, rugged, and jaded. I was very impressed. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman however, is the show stopper. She kicks serious butt, and is the character I can’t wait to see more of. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is downright terrible. At best he’s eccentric, and at worst incredibly corny and unbelievable.

The score is really good. Wonder Woman’s and Lex Luthor’s theme’s feel perfect. In fact, Luthor’s theme is so good that Eisenberg’s performance doesn’t come close to doing it justice. I was disappointed with Batman’s theme though. In fact, I couldn’t actually tell if he had one. To be fair, I was expecting Hans Zimmer to compose something similar to that of The Dark Knight trilogy.

All in all, I’d say to watch this once, and be done.

Rating: C-

Teaching the Order of Margins in CSS by Charlotte Jackson

Charlotte Jackson:

I was paired with a graphic designer who was just starting her HTML & CSS learning journey. I really enjoyed working with her because she wanted to understand everything, and because of this, I found a nice way to explain the order of margins in CSS.

If you’re just starting out—or even if you’ve done front-end work for a while—learning shorthands can save you tons of time.

Truth by Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher:

It’s been a few weeks since I was let go by the New York Knicks. In the time that’s passed, there’s been a lot written and said about me, most of it amounting to nothing more than rumors and gossip.

Derek had such a quiet yet successful career, that I’m socked how noisy its been post-retirement. I love how he played. Derek was a team player and a great leader for the younger guys. I was sure he’d do some great things as head coach, and I still feel that’s possible somewhere else. The Knicks have a lot of issues, and Fisher wasn’t going to fix them all.

If you were at all interested by why he was fired, or what happened with the whole Matt Barnes “situation,” it’s interesting to hear it straight from the person.

Two Weeks Notice Is for Sandwich Artists | Dear Design Student

Mike Monteiro on Dear Design Student:

There was a point in your life where giving two weeks notice was the right thing to do, and that moment passed the minute you got your first professional job. If you identify as a designer and you’re working as a designer then you have a professional job. Which means you have to quit like a professional. I’ll tell you how.

Mike gives some excellent advice. Not every boss will line up jobs like he seems to offer, but both sides should come to terms with how normal and healthy it is to move on. I’ve unfortunately done a terrible job of this, and in the process have lost great colleagues and friends. Sure, sometimes its impossible to burn a bridge, but it shouldn’t be the norm.

Apple, It’s Time to Move on From “OS X” by Pauli Olavi Ojala

Pauli Olavi Ojala:

… a whole generation of users have come to the Mac platform with no previous contact to Mac OS versions 1 through 9, and no idea that “X” means something else than what it looks like. Its pronounciation has become a kind of secret handshake: if you’re a “real” Mac user, you say “ten”.

That’s a terrible way to brand a consumer product. It turns a harmless product name into a mild form of hazing: a new Mac user is bound to feel stupid at some point when the mistake gets corrected. Humiliating newbies is not to anyone’s benefit.

It isn’t the first time this is suggested. I’ve read about it on at least two occasions, and every time it makes more sense. The current name alienates new people to the platform. I bought my first Mac in 2007, and remember the moment I was corrected, “it’s pronounced OS ten.”

Apple needs to drop the X. Rename the Mac’s OS whether that means following the pattern of its other operating systems, or finding another new-user-friendly alternative.

Front-end Performance Tuning My WordPress Site by Jon Bellah

Jon Bellah:

Back in September of last year, I got a chance to see Tim Kadlec give his talk, Reaching Everyone, Fast at From The Front. I walked away with a few pretty great tidbits from the talk that left me inspired. So after I got back home, I decided to spend some time improving the front-end performance of this site.

Web performance has been on my mind recently. While doing some research, I came across Jon’s post. Although the piece is WordPress-specific, the lessons can be applied to any site.