Go See Gravity 

I mean it. Stop reading, set aside time, and go see Gravity in theaters before it’s too late. It’s a film best experienced with as little foreknowledge as possible. I’ve probably already said too much.

Should I See It In 3D Or 2D?

Regardless of your opinion of 3D technology, I encourage you to see this film in 3D. It takes place kilometers above the earth and to get even the slightest feeling for that distance adds so much weight to the story.

I don’t say this lightly, don’t wait for the Bluray or DVD. Gravity is a film best experienced in a cinema.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Xcode Beginners 

If, like me, you’re new to Xcode and working your way through iOS Programming The Big Nerd Ranch Guide1, a ton of handy shortcuts await you on the last page of the book.

My favourite is ^ + + , I it switches you between header and implementation files.2

Another great one is ^ + , it advances the cursor by subword and is great for those compound variable and class names.3 It conflicts with Mission Control’s default keyboard shortcuts but those are easily disabled in the Mission Control section in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.

Get the muscle memory in there as soon as possible. It’s helped me considerably this summer.


  1. 3rd Edition 

  2. control + command + up-arrow 

  3. control + right-arrow 

Signika 

Twitterific 5 is a beautiful looking app and its beauty is accentuated by a wonderful selection of font choices. My favourite of which is Signika because it comes across as professional but light and relaxed enough not to look dull. Amidst all my drooling over Twitterific 5 and Signika, it never occurred to me that it might be a viable font for this site.

Finally I searched around and found Signika in the typeface library of Google Web Fonts. Like Typekit, Google Web Fonts uses a small line of code to implement gorgeous looking typography on websites. I’ve used Typekit since the inception of the site but sadly Signika isn’t in their typeface library.

Google Web Fonts has its fair share of gaudy typefaces but it also has some beautiful gems too. Here are the fonts I’m using now:

Adding fonts to your site is easy. The code is generated for you, simply add it to the <head>…</head> of your site:

<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=PT+Sans+Narrow:400,700|Signika:400,300,600|Inconsolata" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

Then you can reference it in CSS like you would any other font. For example:

body, #masthead h1.title {
    font-family: Signika, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

header, article > h3 {
    font-family: 'PT Sans Narrow', Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

I store drafts of my articles in Dropbox where my CMS, Second Crack, takes them and creates HTML previews that are also stored in Dropbox. Out of necessity Typekit’s functionality is limited to pages on your domain and can’t add custom fonts to these preview files because they’re either local files or stored on Dropbox’s domain.

Unlike Typekit, Google’s fonts will load on any HTML page allowing my previews to look just like the published article will.

Since Google Reader has been scheduled for termination I don’t trust Google with any of their “products” that aren’t showing or helping to sell ads. Lets just say my yearly subscription to Typekit isn’t going anywhere at the moment.

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