Tommy Cutter

Web, app and game developer.

What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared? – YouTube

So, this is a more scientific look at what the world would look like than what your average post-apocalyptic movie / show portrays. The world looks much more beautiful and happy without us.

https://youtu.be/Wy7Q6wazD_E

Trail Dog – Salomon Running TV Season 05 Episode 02 – YouTube

 

Thanks to Evan Perigo for the heads up on this video series. Such an awesome video!

Shakey Graves – To Cure What Ails… – YouTube

Ultimate chill

Styling Broken Images

It’s obviously best to avoid broken images at all costs as it hurts the user experience, SEO, layout, etc, but I found this CSS pseudo-element “loophole” interesting for those cases where you may have unpredictable missing images. For instance, when moving a site to a new server or for externally hosted images that are removed from the web.

Broken images are ugly. But they don’t always have to be. We can use CSS to apply styles to the element to provide a better experience than the default. Two Facts About The Element To understand how we can style broken images, there

Source: Styling Broken Images

Five Minute Friday – Jan 8, 2016

As I started to listen to podcasts more recently in my freelance career, I’ve noticed a trend. Some podcasts have a Five Minute Friday where they freestyle about some random topic or list a few cool things they discovered or learned that week. Well, I’m not about to start podcasting anytime soon, but thought it might be interesting to do a blog version of that. So here goes–here are five things I discovered or found interesting this week.

  • I listened to 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing on a run this week, which I would definitely recommend for anyone interested in anything. Here’s a nice summary of the 22 laws from Cris Kowalcyzk’s blog: https://blog.kowalczyk.info/articles/22-marketing-laws.html
  •  I’m teaching myself Unity game development with the goal of publishing an iOS game later this year and the book Unity in Action seems to be the best option for those just beginning as it covers the most current Unity version 5 and got good marks for being easy to follow and understand. It covers 3d pretty heavily, but has some good information on 2d game development as well.
  • In case you didn’t hear. Er, I guess I should say, in case you care…Fort4Fitness decided to host a full marathon this year. If you’re looking for a new challenge for the year, get yourself signed up. And find me at the starting line!
  • Another part of freelancing is ensuring your data is safe and backed up. As I tried to find the best solution, I came across Seagate’s Cloud Storage devices. It makes it incredibly easy to setup a drive that’s accessible remotely. Data is encrypted before being transferred over the network and then decrypted by Seagate’s software once it’s copied over. And if you use CrashPlan, you can backup NAS devices. So far, it’s been working great.
  • Did you know chewing and talking cleans the wax out of ears? Me either… But now we both do, thanks to the Stuff You Should Know podcast.

2015 in Numbers

I didn’t get a chance to put together any kind of top lists for 2015, but here are a few favorites and statistics relating to my life in 2015.

  • Songs played – 9,419
  • Most listened to album (some of my go-to working music)
    • Yo La Tengo – They Shoot, We Score
  • Most listened to song (don’t knock it ’till you try it)
    • Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean
  • Top five albums in no particular order
    • Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
    • American Wrestlers – Self Titled
    • Helios – Yume
    • The Japanese House – Clean
    • A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss
  • Top five movies in no particular order
    • It Follows
    • The Martian
    • The Big Short
    • Ex Machina
    • Me Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Top TV Series
    • Fargo
    • Better Call Saul
    • The Walking Dead
    • Silicon Valley
    • Limitless
  • Miles run – 1,916
  • Races run – 15
    • 5ks – 5
    • 4 Milers – 2
    • 5 Milers – 1
    • 10ks – 3
    • 20ks – 1
    • HMs – 2
    • Marathons – 1
  • Fastest Marathon – 3:16:02
  • Fastest Half Marathon – 1:30:35
  • Fastest 10k – 39:44
  • Fastest 5k – 18:54

The Zappos Experiment

Interesting, but long article about Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh attempting to revolutionize corporate structure and operations. I especially like the part about Lou Taylor Pucci filming a movie in his shanty town, er “Airstream Park”. I think he’s onto something with the idea of eliminating people managers, but I know it won’t work for everyone.

Read the Article Here

2014 Top Albums

2014 was an OK year for music. Seeing Sondre Lerche in Chicago was fun. I was left craving more catchy, sing-along pop music for some reason at the end of the year. There was lots of focus on textures and qualities of the music more so than its actual content. Looking forward to what 2015 has to offer.

  1. Sondre Lerche – Please
  2. Kevin Drew – Darlings
  3. Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield
  4. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent
  5. Purfume Genius – Too Bright
  6. Chad Vangaalen – Shrink Dust
  7. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon
  8. Slow Magic – How to Run Away
  9. Real Estate – Atlas
  10. D’angelo – Black Messiah

Runner Ups:
skaters – manhattan
vacationer – relief
blonde summer – high times
tycho – awake
warpaint – warpaint
the fresh and onlys – house of spirits
patrick park – love like swords
echo & the bunnymen – meteorites
lana del ray – ultraviolence
braid – no coast
kishi bishi – lighght
odesza – in return
hooray for earth – racy
bahamas – bahamas is afie
weezer – everything will be alright in the end
the jazz june – after the earthquake
gemma hayes – bones + longing
damien jurado – brothers and sisters of the eternal son
angel olsen – burn your fire for no witness

Interstellar

This new Christopher Nolan movie looks like it might be pretty great.

Black Magic 4K Camera

Interesting design on this new Blackmagic camera. Is equipped with interchangeable sensors so you can upgrade as newer and better ones are released, making it a little more future proof. Wish I had the time/interest to go out and shoot video these days with all of the great new stuff out there.

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http://nofilmschool.com/2014/04/blackmagics-new-4k-ursa-camera-interchangeable-lenses-sensors/

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