- Collection of very cool videos about people who make stuff with their hands.
- I’m not backing up KickStarter projects very often (few are quite interesting, but too pricey), but in this case it was a slam dunk. Kaffeologie launched a metal S-filter for the AeroPress. And AeroPress happens to be my favorite way of brewing coffee while I’m in the office away from other coffee-brewing toys. Marco Arment (who is a much bigger coffee snob than I am) also wrote a very positive review. And last, but not least those guys are local (to Seatlle) and these days the word “local” immediately adds +2 to Charisma to almost anything (at least in my book). They promise to ship it in September, so I guess I’ll try it pretty soon.
- My friend Erik wrote a long and interesting article about his preparations to summit Mt. Rainier. This is definitely on my bucket list too and I really admire Erik’s determination in executing this dream.
- David Sparks did a short screencast on the little app called Palua, which allows you to switch your functional keys between, well…, being functional keys or being keys with Apple-specific functions (like brightness or volume control etc.) In other words, if you’re using function keys a lot and you’re struggling with pressing Fn + function key (which on my Macbook Pro are respectively top and bottom rows of the keyboard), then you would love Palua . Personally, I think the best feature of the app is an ability to set the default mode for each individual app, so let’s say I want to use function keys in Vim and don’t want to press Fn each and every time, then I can make function keys mode to be default for Vim. Oh, and the best part - it’s just a buck.
- Really glad to see that Neal Stephenson’s Clang project on Kickstarter actually reached its goal of 500k, which means that it may actually happen now. I’m interested in the concept and though the fact that it’s going to be a PC game makes it less interesting for me (my gaming is now pretty much exclusively on iPad and Xbox (well, and on a Mac too)), still it’s an interesting project and I wish it well. Plus they’re here, in Seattle, which makes it infinitely cool.
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It will take some experimentation to get up to speed with the Octopress, but I like it so far