Fast Track to Sass

Steve Drucker from Fig Leaf Software recently published Fast Track to Sass. The book uses my CSS Zen Garden Apothecary Theme as the example site—transitioning it from CSS to Sass. Thanks, Steve!

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Mad Max: Fury Road First Draft

I loved Mad Max: Fury Road, and found this 1999 first draft from George Miller (via @mccrabb_will) to line up with the final product fairly closely. Seeing this graphic also reminded me that my favorite Fury Road review was written by Mandy Brown: The Vuvalini. Check it out.

Mad Max: Fury Road

New TW Mark

I recently set out to refresh my site (more on that later). Along with new type choices and layout tweaks, I wanted to update the TW mark that Reagan designed for me back in 2010. We recently had the privilege of working with Simon Walker on the DayTrip logo, and thought he’d be perfect for this. We were right:

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It’s been a privilege to get to know and work with Simon. His work is amazing.

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Get Me Back To Austin

Right now there’s a for-sale sign outside the house my wife and I spent the first 10 years of our marriage buying land for, building, and inhabiting. I never thought we’d leave Horseshoe Bay—it’s been idyllic to me since childhood when we spent summer weekends driving the 5 hours from Houston to enjoy Lake LBJ and the Texas Hill Country. And this house—we spent so many hours of our lives picking out paint and cabinet pulls. We’re proud of the home we built together.

But things change. We have 2 amazing kids whose friends are in Austin. Our friends are in Austin. In April, for many reasons, it became apparent it was time to make the move back to the town we lived in as newlyweds. It’s only a 50 mile move, but I’m thrilled to soon be officially calling Austin home again this summer. Also, this will be the closest I’ve been to the other two Amigos, and we’re really excited to all be in the same town.

My excitement, however, doesn’t make that for-sale sign any less surreal. Life doesn’t give two shits about how perfect your combination of paint and drawer pulls is. And now, I’m relieved to find that neither do I. When it’s time to move you move, and I couldn’t be happier.

Jake Archibald on Performance & Service Worker

I heard Jake give a fantastic talk similar to this at Smashing Conference in LA, but am thrilled to also see it in this mega-distilled version (losing none of his charm): 

Formula 1, Take My Money

I’m a major Formula 1 fan. I have Seat Licenses for the USGP at COTA, I listen to F1 podcasts (even in the off season), and my weekends revolve around practices, qualifying & races. But I have a gripe: it’s nigh on impossible to get F1 content. There’s no way to learn about F1 history by watching old seasons. If one’s DVR misses a race (outage, rain delay, etc.) one is out of luck. 

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This happened with the 2015 Monaco GP. I avoided spoilers all day and sat down to turn the TV on only to find the recording was incomplete due to an outage. I found myself in a position where I’d pay an (un)fair price because all I wanted to do was watch the race. I searched the Internet, credit card in hand, looking for a place to watch with no luck. All this is very similar to Matthew Inman’s experience with Game of Thrones

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Formula 1 currently has strategy groups dedicated to expanding the sport as well as the brand. In my opinion, a lot of what they come up with is gimmicky when they already have what they need: great content.

I want (read: will pay for)…
  • A way to watch practices, qualifying, races wherever and whenever I want
  • In-Depth coverage that isn’t limited by networks or broadcasting licensing
  • Access to older seasons so I can binge watch

With this type of content availability, they’d gain fans for life. F1 can have the sparkiest skid plates, the loudest engines, and the most immersive1 website, but if I can’t consume F1 content, how can I be fan? Please, F1, make this stuff readily available. These words from Karen McGrane ring true:

It is your mission to get your content out, on whichever platform, in whichever format your audience wants to consume it. Your users get to decide how, when, and where they want to read your content. It is your challenge and your responsibility to deliver a good experience to them.

P.S. F1, let us know if you’d like help2.

  1. I’d trade big marketing-y graphics, animations, and abstract UI for better content any day 
  2. Shameless, I know, but we all have dream jobs :)