A Deep Dive on Z-Index Usage

07 July 2019

How do you make sure your annoying popup is shown on top of every other element in the page, when you don’t know how many there are, who wrote them, and how bad they wanted their elements to be on top? That’s when you set your z-index to 100, or maybe 999, or maybe, just […]

THE ROAD TO MAGNASANTI

10 June 2019

Catnip for the doomed gamer generation: In 2010, an obsessed gamer designed the perfect game of Sim City. Achieved through a repeating pattern of clustered high rises, “Magnasanti” exposes the hellish consequences of top-down civic design. In his new documentary, John Wilson explores how New York City is creeping closer and closer to realizing this […]

Rassler Release 12 is now available

30 August 2018

Release 12 brings a snazzy new launch screen, and an new territory select/generation screen. We’re getting closer to have a fully tracked career, with persistent opponents and all. More details are in the release notes. You can download it, or even buy it (if you can afford to do so) on the Rassler site.

Galencia

17 July 2018

Galencia, the 2017 Commodore 64 Game of the Year, is now available on Steam. That’s right, a brand-new honest-to-goodness Commodore 64 game in all its 1980s glory ported to your PC (Mac coming soon). Full disclosure: Developer is a friend of my co-worker.

Rough.js – A “Hand-drawn” Javascript Vector Library

19 June 2018

Neat tool for drawing cutesy vector shapes: Rough.js is a light weight (~9kB gzipped) graphics library that lets you draw in a sketchy, hand-drawn-like, style. The library defines primitives to draw lines, curves, arcs, polygons, circles, and ellipses. It also supports drawing SVG paths. There’s a lot of nuance to this, too. For example, there […]

Universal Mega Dumper

18 June 2018

Unnaturally tempted by this project, which has created a common platform for cartridge dumping w/ standard adapters for the major consoles. It auto-recognizes which type of cart you connect, too! The Universal Mega Dumper (UMD) is a game catridge read/writer project designed around a Teensy++ microcontroller. The universality comes from the UMD’s ability to support […]

Metafilter needs help. Let’s help Metafilter.

14 June 2018

In a post on MetaTalk, cortex lays it out for us. The site is currently running at about an $8,000/mo. The vast majority of their operating costs go to pay for kind, thoughtful, moderators and the folks who keep the servers running. If you can afford to support Metafilter, do it. The internet needs independent […]

CSS Sans

12 April 2018

A font constructed entirely by CSS. It is, essentially, a programmatic realtime typeface. I love how it degrades for older versions of IE: It’s not what I’d consider practical for production use. Still, CSS Sans is a hell of a demonstration of how far CSS has come since Microsoft shipped Internet Explorer 3 in 1996, […]

Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook

11 April 2018

Zeynep Tufekci with some strong medicine, for Wired: In 2003, one year before Facebook was founded, a website called Facemash began nonconsensually scraping pictures of students at Harvard from the school’s intranet and asking users to rate their hotness. Obviously, it caused an outcry. The website’s developer quickly proffered an apology. “I hope you understand, […]

Crunch, an impressive new PNG compression tool for macOS

27 March 2018

Crunch is a macOS tool for lossy PNG image file optimization. It combines selective bit depth, color type, and color palette reduction with zopfli DEFLATE compression algorithm encoding using embedded versions of the pngquant and zopflipng PNG optimization tools. The example images are impressive. Obviously, you won’t want to use this on your archival or […]

Vice Sports: The Forgotten Story of the First Black Female Wrestlers

23 March 2018

An excellent, necessary, article: Women’s wrestling was still riding high in the early 1950s and women across the country saw Burke, and no doubt her income, and wanted to follow suit—including a trio of sisters living in Columbus, Ohio. Babs Wingo was the first of the three to start training as a professional wrestler, followed […]

GrayKey: The little box that unlocks iPhones

21 March 2018

Thomas Reed, for MalwareBytes: Two iPhones can be connected at one time, and are connected for about two minutes. After that, they are disconnected from the device, but are not yet cracked. Some time later, the phones will display a black screen with the passcode, among other information. The exact length of time varies, taking […]

Facebook’s Surveillance Machine

19 March 2018

Zeynep Tufekc, for the New York Times: Mr. Grewal is right: This wasn’t a breach in the technical sense. It is something even more troubling: an all-too-natural consequence of Facebook’s business model, which involves having people go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. The […]

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