From the Notebook

Issue 38

Week 50, 2014

UI development

  • Dalek.js is yet another one open source UI testing tool that does it all: launch & automate your browser, fill & submit forms, click & follow links, capture screenshots, run your functional tests. Recommended by Kirby folk, so must be good.
  • This saved me a few hours the other day: CSS3 transitions using visibility and delay.
  • Create aliases for stuff like simple Python server, to run it with say… $ s by running just $ alias s='open http://localhost:8000 && python -m SimpleHTTPServer'. Via this Gist.
  • MetricsGraphics.js is a library built on top of D3 that is optimized for visualizing and laying out time-series data. Looks decent.
  • A rough overview of how testing a site on Android can turn into a nightmare: The Android Browser.
  • Frameless, a transparent UI browser that gets out of your way, helpful for testing full-screen mobile apps.

Data visualization


  • Turns out Ukraine was the nastiest place to do journalism in, over the course of last year. This, some quite horrific numbers and more insight to be found in the latest 2014 Round-up of Violence Against Journalists by Reporters Without Borders.

Technology stuff

  • How the iPhone 6 Plus Impacts Where We Read & Watch reads that “The bigger your phone is, the less you’re going to use your iPad”—sounds legit to me. Now that I switched to iPhone 6, I’m consuming much more news and long reads too. Something to keep in mind.

Symmetry and Geometry

  • A cute little video tutorial on creating the base for my favorite geometric pattern of all, found in Alhambra, Granada.

Staying healthy

  • What’s wrong with what we eat by Mark Bittman has been around for a while, but hey it’s a brilliant talk.
    A few take-aways:

    1/5 of all greenhouse gas is generated by livestock production—more than transport. Add in land degradation, water pollution and shortages; 50% of US antibiotics is being administered to animals, not people; 30% of the Earth’s land surface is directly or indirectly devoted to raising the animals we eat; The world consumes 1bln cans or bottles of Coke a day; Food is now being produced industrially, as if it were plastic; A steak a week is enough to meet optimal protein level—you eat more plants, you eat less other stuff, you live longer.

Real world’s things

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