A handy plugin for Chrome that always you to inspect media query breakpoints and take screenshots at any of them.
The best review of The Hobbit.
Oh, dear. Adobe Shadow gets a new name and a hefty price tag. Yesterday it was free. Today it is $119.88 per year. It’s useful but it’s not that useful.
So, lazy web, who’s working on an open-source alternative?
This is a very in-depth look at how to become a power user of the Web Inspector in Webkit browsers. I’m sitting down with a nice cup of tea to go through all of this.
A beautiful reminder from Ben of the scale-free nature of the web.
We must recover our sanity where 100 million users does not represent the goal criteria of every new service. We must recover the mindset where a service used by 10,000 users, or 1,000 users, or 100 users is admired, respected, and praised for its actual success. All of those could be sustainable, profitable ventures. If TechCrunch doesn’t care to write about you, all the better.
If you are fortunate enough to work on your own product, with your own idea, and build it, and ship it, and reach enough people willing to sustain you financially for that immense amount of work, you should be applauded. You have poured in inordinate effort, and succeeded in making something that improved lives.
Add this one to your Instapaper/Readability queue: the behind-the-scenes story of the train wreck that was the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.
I should just have a recurring event in my calendar set for every week that says “Go watch this again to regain your sense of perspective.”
Now this is how you make progress on getting changes made to a spec: by documenting real-world use cases.
A superbly written piece of near-future legal-dystopian speculative fiction. Damn, that Paul Ford can write!
A handy bookmarklet that allows you to examine any piece of text on a website to determine what font it is set in.
An excellent zero-edit counter-proposal from Anne detailing why version numbers are unnecessary and undesirable for HTML.
A beautifully readable subset of the HTML spec, with an emphasis on writing web apps (and with information intended for browser makers has been removed). Very handy indeed!
Bobbie Johnson dot org : Ian Hickson on HTML5: “The W3C lost sight of the fact that they have no power”
Bobbie is publishing the interviews he conducted with various HTML5 bods when he was researching his Technology Review article. First up: Hixie.
This W3C document is done and dusted: proposed recommendation. Every one of the guidelines for optimising for mobile also holds true for "desktop" sites.
Douglas Trumbull reveals the secrets of the opening scene of Blade Runner.
Hixie is proposing a new addition to HTML but separate from HTML5, "to enable video conferencing from HTML applications."
A very handy interface for browsing the contents of the HTML5 spec.
The official word on that darned space.
Ted explains what all those HTML5 documents for authors are about.
A look into the future that never was. This stuff is right up my alley.
A single-serving blindingly obvious answer.
An even more speculative version of The Long Bet. Given a supposition (e.g. "What will the world be like when custom satellites are as easy to design and launch as your own website is today?"), you can add to a list of positive and negative outcomes.
Mike Smith has extracted all the parts of the HTML5 spec related to authoring (as opposed to error handling, DOM and other user-agent instructions) to create a pure markup spec. Very handy.
The selector of the beast does not exist.
Scientists want to get into your pants, museum unable to locate crab louse for collection (Shake Well Before Use)
Every time you wax, God kills a crab.
Here's the in-depth lowdown on the CSS Eleven supergroup announced by Andy at Web Directions South last week.
A gorgeous 1923 specimen book from the American Type Foundry.
An interesting re-evaluation of Star Wars: Episode IV in light of information from episodes I-III. Could R2D2 and Chewbacca, as secret agents of the fledging rebellion, be the most important characters?