Planet Chris

Posts from people I like written today, yesterday, and the day before.

Yesterday — Sat, 30 Apr 2016

Respond to Prompt in Bash Script

David Walsh — 

I work on a project that requires I frequently build and destroy a virtual machine.  I don’t enjoy having to do so but virtual machines can be notoriously difficult to prop up, especially when you have a complex app living within it. Manually typing the same commands over and over can be mind-numbing so I’ve create a bash script to handle all of the work for me.  One hiccup to the process is needing to confirm removal of an existing virtual machine; usin...

Video Of The Week: The Nitty Gritty Podcast

Fred Wilson — 

Bond Street, a startup company that makes small business loans, has started a podcast to tell stories about small business entrepreneurs and the companies they create and run. They call it the Nitty Gritty Podcast. The first episode features an entrepreneur who is also a friend of ours, Gabe Stulman. Gabe is a restaurant operator in the west village of Manhattan, where we live. We started our relationship with Gabe as regulars at his first restaurant and we have gone on to be investors in al...

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2016

Smashing Magazine — 

  We always try to challenge your artistic abilities and create some interesting and inspiring artwork. As a matter of fact, we discovered the best source for inspiration: desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for eight years now and, like every month, artists and designers from across the globe got their creative juices flowing to produce desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in. The wallpapers all ...

The Day Before — Fri, 29 Apr 2016

Reading List

Bruce Lawson — 

Making the Switch Away from Icon Fonts to SVG: Converting Font Icons to SVG – by Sara Soueidan A Revised Subgrid Specification by Rachel Andrew Updating Our Prefixing Policy – No new -webkit-woo-shiny prefixes. New features will be behind a runtime flag. Yay! Payment Request API (Draft) “describes a web API to allow merchants (i.e. web sites selling physical or digital goods) to easily accept payments from different payment methods with minimal integration. User agents (e.g...

HTML components

Anne van Kesteren — 

Hayato left a rather flattering review comment to my pull request for integrating shadow tree event dispatch into the DOM Standard. It made me reflect upon all the effort that came before us with regards to adding components to DOM and HTML. It has been a nearly two-decade journey to get to a point where all browsers are willing to implement, and then ship. It is not quite a glacial pace, but you can see why folks say that about standards. What I think was the first proposal was simply title...

Four short links: 29 April 2016

Nat Torkington — 

OpenAI Gym — A toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms. It supports teaching agents everything from walking to playing games like Pong or Go. Open Xamarin — the Xamarin tools are now all MIT-licensed, after the Microsoft acquisition. And show no signs of being abandoned. Text-Mining the History of Medicine — In this article, we present our efforts to overcome the various challenges faced in the semantic analysis of published historical medical...

Funding Friday: Three Noteworthy Projects

Fred Wilson — 

It’s funding friday again. Here are three projects I thought you all should know about. Black Medicine Iced Coffee – This is an equity raise on CircleUp for a new iced coffee brand. Not only does the product look great but you can get a $1.3mm pre-money valuation for a product that did over $300k in sales last year and is growing rapidly. To learn more about this equity crowdfunding opportunity, visit the Black Medicine CircleUp page.   Blue Sky Lab – This i...

Web Development Reading List #135: Boxy SVG, How To Keep Up, CSS Frameworks

Smashing Magazine — 

  After spring has started marvelously, this week brought us some snow again. But today, the sun is shining, it’s getting warmer, and nature is flourishing. Inspired by the fresh green of spring, I’d like to announce The Evergreen List. This is a sub-part of my reading list, collecting important links that stay relevant over a longer time so that you can find them more easily. Give the page a try and if you have feedback, just email me.The post Web Development Readin...

Network effects affecting standards

Anne van Kesteren — 

In the context of another WebKit issue around URL parsing, Alexey pointed me to WebKit bug 116887. It handily demonstrates why the web needs the URL Standard. The server reacts differently to %7B than it does to {. It expects the latter, despite the IETF STD not even mentioning that code point. Partly to blame here are the browsers. In the early days code shipped without much quality assurance and many features got added in a short period of time. While standards evolved there was not much o...