Velocity is a jQuery plugin that re-implements $.animate() to produce 20 times the performance (making Velocity faster than CSS animations) while including several new features to improve animation workflow.
Plug Versus Pump — The Tesla Collection by Steven Berlin Johnson
“Even without a Supercharger network, EVs are actually much easier to refuel than gas-powered cars, precisely because the “scale and infrastructure” problems were solved by the electrical grid a hundred years ago. Once consumers get used to the charge-at-home ritual, the pilgrimage to the gas station will very quickly feel as inconvenient as rewinding the VHS tape and driving it back to Blockbuster.”
I agree with most of the points but I see one problem here: Yes, due to their ‘limited’ range EVs are especially interesting in cities. But the charge-at-home ritual is difficult to achieve in these areas as one has to own a garage. So therefore car sharing models (e.g. car2go) with charging stations seem like a better fit for big cities to me. They also address the more general problem of cars never being used to their full capacity in these places.
Anyway that certainly is not the kind of market that Tesla is targeting at and the new Supercharger Stations Concept by Tesla seems very impressive.
TheOnion: Disney Finds Dozens Of Unauthorized Characters Appearing Illegally Inside Theme Park
“There has never been a Disney film that has featured a possum, and we would like to make it abundantly clear to visitors that no licensed Disney character will ever chew tobacco…”
Creating 3D worlds with HTML and CSS
Very cool hack!
Simply amazing. This is the kind of open tinkerism that pushes the open web forward.
Quora: Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume?
Printing technology and cost.
In the early 1930’s and 40’s printing of comics came in two forms, black and white and 4 color, this is also where we get the term 4 color hero. In general comic books were intended to be as cheap as possible so they often used the lowest grades of paper and the fastest and cheapest printing methods. The color printing was usually only reserved for the cover page of a comic because it was a costly process that required the ink to be applied in 4 separate stages, one for each color. The problem became that when doing this the machines had to run at a very high rate of speed to produce enough comics and they would eventually become misaligned and need constant adjustment. This is why we see comics from this era onward with the colors bleeding outside of the lines.
Esthetics and the superhero persona.
Working within the limitations I described above, comic book artists took great strides to make powerful and lasting impressions. Right or wrong and consciously or not, this led to emphasizing hyper masculine or hyper feminine character traits to make the characters seem larger than life on such a simple format. We often see color changes or divisions at the waist, groin, feet, hands and chest. This allows the characters to have certain “attributes” stand out.
One of the many reasons why the Internet is such an amazing thing is the fact that you can get answers and discussions on these kind of questions on Quora.
True Innovation @ Bell Labs
“His fundamental belief was that an “institute of creative technology” like his own needed a “critical mass” of talented people to foster a busy exchange of ideas. But innovation required much more than that. Mr. Kelly was convinced that physical proximity was everything; phone calls alone wouldn’t do. Quite intentionally, Bell Labs housed thinkers and doers under one roof. Purposefully mixed together on the transistor project were physicists, metallurgists and electrical engineers; side by side were specialists in theory, experimentation and manufacturing. Like an able concert hall conductor, he sought a harmony, and sometimes a tension, between scientific disciplines; between researchers and developers; and between soloists and groups.”
“But he gave his researchers not only freedom but also time. Lots of time — years to pursue what they felt was essential. One might see this as impossible in today’s faster, more competitive world. Or one might contend it is irrelevant because Bell Labs (unlike today’s technology companies) had the luxury of serving a parent organization that had a large and dependable income ensured by its monopoly status. Nobody had to meet benchmarks to help with quarterly earnings; nobody had to rush a product to market before the competition did. “
“The conflation of these different kinds of innovations seems to be leading us toward a belief that small groups of profit-seeking entrepreneurs turning out innovative consumer products are as effective as our innovative forebears. History does not support this belief. The teams at Bell Labs that invented the laser, transistor and solar cell were not seeking profits. They were seeking understanding. Yet in the process they created not only new products but entirely new — and lucrative — industries.”
Jim Henson Pilots The Muppet Show with Adult Episode, “Sex and Violence”
“In the early 1970s, Jim Henson was worried that the Muppets were becoming typecast as children’s entertainment. So in December of 1974 he produced a pilot episode for The Muppet Show and gave it a name that was about as far away from Sesame Street as you could get: Sex and Violence.”
As always the performance of the Swedish Chef is awesome…
Recently, Apple open sourced the original encoder and decoder for the Apple Lossless audio codec which is written in C/C++. ALAC is, as its name implies, a lossless codec, which means that it is compressed but does not lose any quality. When decoded, ALAC audio files are bit-for-bit identical…
Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight
“So why do we talk about the Norden bombsight? Well because we live in an age where there are lots and lots of Norden bombsights. We live in a time where there are all kinds of really, really smart people running around, saying that they’ve invented gadgets that will forever change our world. They’ve invented websites that will allow people to be free. They’ve invented some kind of this thing, or this thing, or this thing that will make our world forever better.
And this is the problem with our infatuation with the things we make. We think the things we make can solve our problems, but our problems are much more complex than that. The issue isn’t the accuracy of the bombs you have, it’s how you use the bombs you have, and more importantly, whether you ought to use bombs at all.”
Great storytelling, great message.