Here’s an end-of-year roundup of all the data that Mozilla have gathered through their Firefox browser—very impressive!
The Hiding Place: Inside the World’s First Long-Term Storage Facility for Highly Radioactive Nuclear Waste - Pacific Standard
Robert McFarlane’s new book is an exploration of deep time. In this extract, he visits the Onkalo nuclear waste storage facility in Finland.
Sometimes we bury materials in order that they may be preserved for the future. Sometimes we bury materials in order to preserve the future from them.
A (possibly) Turing complete language:
As the validity and the semantics of a program depend on the structure of the London underground system, which is administered by London Underground Ltd, a subsidiary of Transport for London, who are likely unaware of the existence of this programming language, its future compatibility is uncertain. Programs may become invalid or subtly wrong as the transport company expands or retires some of the network, reroutes lines or renames stations. Features may be removed with no prior consultation with the programming community. For all we know, Mornington Crescent itself may at some point be closed, at which point this programming language will cease to exist.
A truly monstrous async web chat using no JS whatsoever on the frontend.
This is …I mean …yes, but …it …I …
Well, this looks like it could come in handy—no more tedious time in Photoshop trying to select turn a person into a separate layer by hand; this does it for you.
I’m going to have to read through this article by Jake a few times before I begin to wrap my head around this background fetch thing, but it looks like it would be perfect for something like the dConstruct Audio Archive, where fairly large files can be saved for offline listening.
A fun way to play around with the options in variable fonts.
Here’s a clever idea from Harry if you’re willing to play the long game in tracking down redundant CSS—add a transparent background image to the rule block and then sit back and watch your server logs for any sign of that sleeper agent ever getting activated.
If you do find entries for that particular image, you know that, somehow, the legacy feature is potentially still accessible—the number of entries should give you a clue as to how severe the problem might be.
Plague; zombie; nuclear …Anna’s got them all covered in her roundup of apocalyptic literature and games.
When I was in Porto a few weeks back, I took lots of pictures of the beautiful tiles. They reminded me of the ubiquitous repeating background images that were so popular on the early web. I was thinking about abstracting them into a collection of reusable patterns but now it looks like I’ve been beaten to it!
Send messages when you’re back online with Service Workers and Background Sync – Twilio Cloud Communications Blog
This example of using background sync looks like it’s specific to Twilio, but the breakdown of steps is broad enough to apply to many situations:
On the page we need to:
- Register a Service Worker
- Intercept the “submit” event for our message form
- Place the message details into IndexedDB, an in browser database
- Register the Service Worker to receive a “sync” event
Then, in the Service Worker we need to:
- Listen for sync events
- When a sync event is received, retrieve the messages from IndexedDB
- For each message, send a request to our server to send the message
- If the message is sent successfully, then remove the message from IndexedDB
And that’s it.
This is a truly fantastic example of progressive enhancement applied to a form.
What I love about this is that it shows how progressive enhancement isn’t a binary on/off choice: there are layers and layers of enhancements here, from simple inline validation all the way to service workers and background sync, with many options in between.
See, when I first heard about
background-repeat: round; I thought it was something to do with making things circular. But no, it’s about tiling a background image so that nothing gets cut off. The amount of tiling required is rounded to the nearest whole number.
Now I get it.
Yummy wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and phone, from NASA and ESA.
A nice introduction to using Service Workers to enable syncing in the background: when the user is offline, tasks get queued up and then when the user is back online, those tasks execute.
A list of known bugs (and workarounds) in flexbox implementations. This is going to be handy to refer back to.
Literally a library of patterns: y’know, for tiling background images. Old school!
A very hand tip from Ben on using SVG background images with a PNG fallback for IE8 and below.
This is how London looked on my birthday, as recorded by the stationary meatspace protrusion of James’s Ship Adrift.
If you’re adding some noise texture to your backgrounds, this little service might be handy. I usually base-64 encode these kinds of background images: it would be nice to see that added as an option here.