“Like”-able Content: Spread Your Message with Third-Party Metadata
Giving content proper structure is one of the most important things we can do—because the more structure we have in our content, the freer it becomes. Most of the time, structured content’s classifications and divisions allow for the content’s presentation on a multitude of platforms. By breaking content down into its natural components, we ensure current and future compatibility and display in a wide range of devices and environments. Third-party metadata schemas, like Facebook’s Open Graph protocol and Twitter Cards, build on this ideal. And they are quickly becoming part of what it means to have a modern and complete online presence. Facebook’s Open Graph protocol, or OG (not to be confused with rapper Ice-T’s 1991 album, “O.G.”), builds on the notion of compatibility by way of appropriately breaking down content into chunks, but from a platform-specific point of view. Twitter also rolled out a metadata scheme of its own , called Twitter Cards. These metadata protocols ...
Inside the Tech of SpaceX's Homegrown Rocket Engine
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from a look at the engine behind SpaceX's Falcon rocket, the Merlin: "The rockstar of SpaceX may be Elon Musk, but the lead man behind the fire power is Tom Mueller. He is the Vice President of Propulsion Development and founding employee at SpaceX. Musk sought Mueller out in 2001 when Musk decided to build his own rockets instead of buying some from the Russians. Musk caught wind of a rocket engine Mueller built in his garage and 'apparently had a religious experience' once he saw it. If you didn't know, Elon Musk used $100 million of his Paypal money to start SpaceX. That money was used to build the Merlin engine Mueller had designed. The Merlin engine is the first new American booster engine in ten years and only the second in the last 25 years."
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Responsive Comping: Obtaining Signoff without Mockups
If you’re making websites, chances are you’ve given some thought to what constitutes a responsive-friendly design process—and you’ve probably found that adding a mockup for every breakpoint isn’t a sustainable approach. At least, that’s what happened at my company, Bearded , where we had spent years creating websites in Photoshop or Illustrator, having those mockups approved by our clients, then recreating those designs with CSS. Until now. A few months ago, we stopped making static image-based mockups in favor of designing with code. This is not a new idea—heck, Andy Clarke was arguing for in-browser design in 2008 . But new or not, you may still be mystified at where to begin—or feel unmoored and disoriented at the prospect of giving up the approach you’ve long relied on. But fear not, gentle reader. Let’s take a look at our new mockup-less web design process and see just how easy it can be to get that Photoshop monkey off your back, and have a fresh new beginning with ...