Web Excursions for October 16, 2015

Web Excursions are select bookmarks from my travels around the interwebs, because I'm always thinking about you while discovering other people's cool stuff. You mean that much to me. You can see all of my (public) bookmarks on Pinboard, and visit the bookmarks archive for curated lists across the last few years.

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I took this week off. I didn’t record a Systematic. I didn’t record an Overtired. I didn’t write any blog posts. I didn’t book any sponsors for the aforementioned reasons.

I did do some hiking, some coding, some movie watching, some playing with dogs, and some dealing with yet another change of my meds (more of this, sadly) that resulted in uncharacteristic depression.

I also managed to find some cool links.

Urthecast - See the planet. Open the world.
Images of Earth captured from the International Space Station, with a very intriguing API. I’ve requested access to the developer tools, and am looking forward to something potentially awesome here.
sift - a fast and powerful open source alternative to grep
“A fast and powerful open source alternative to grep.” I’m currently (still) a Silver Surfer (ag) fan, but this offers some enticing flexibility.
I mentioned Sheetsu recently (which is still a great solution for this. For a more ground-up approach, Tabletop.js makes JSON access to Google Spreadsheets via JavaScript simple. Integrates with Backbone.js, Handlebars, and other frameworks/tools.
Computing CSS matrix3d transforms
Some advanced tricks with CSS transforms. Between this and Franklin’s followup article on diffing images with CSS, I have a new rabbit hole.
Generate a frontend markup template from Sass variables.

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Brett Terpstra

Brett is a writer and developer living in Minnesota, USA. You can follow him as ttscoff on Twitter, GitHub, and Mastodon. Keep up with this blog by subscribing in your favorite news reader.

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