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I wrote this two days ago when I was stuck in an airport. I'm sure each one of you has frequented an airport recently what with it being the summer holidays and all. In fact you might even be reading this in an airport. It's not a long one, I've been a bit out of touch with the travelling, but there's still some gems 💎

Adam's been doing some great writing recently, check out his blog if you don't already. This article about Web Components and progressive enhancements is especially cool.

Something also super helpful for me recently was this blog post from Daniel Mies about getting started with webpack. I was postCSS/cssnext-ing and not only was Daniel extremely helpful (super cool person to follow), but so was his post.

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Font Awesome SVGs

Doing a lot of prototyping in the past, having Font Awesome as part of my front end starter files was always really handy for quickly adding icons when I was building a UI.

Nowadays we are more aware that using a font to represent icons isn’t necessarily the most accessible thing to do for everyone, as Serend explains here.

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Phew, isn’t it warm 🌞🔥☀️*

Well then, I guess it’s time for another instalment of ‘Rumyra’s Cool Links’ (the time will come when this has it’s own space).

*For those viewing outside the UK it was 35 degrees yesterday and the country melted, we are currently trying to reanimate ourselves.

Easily and undoubtably top of my cool links this time is Jake Albaugh’s arpeggiator. I just can not get enough of this. What an inspired, solid, clever and useful piece of engineering. It basically sums up everything ever about ‘why do we have the audio api again?’.

This. That is all. Thanks Mr. Albaugh

There is also Superlooper from Univers Labs which not only contains beautiful loops but also visuals which are just simple but inspirational. (Very close to my own doodles around A/V so they’ll be more like this I’m sure).

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Moving On

Last week was my last official week at Telefonica (02). I had spent nearly exactly four years in their innovation department. So why move on now?

We all know the last year has been hard and even with all the treatment and with all my moving forward I still need a bigger break, a bigger change. Not working full time for a company for a while will help with this. The past few months have been seeing me feel a lot better, however I have some savings and am taking some time for a self imposed sabbatical.

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I know, everything is crazy today!

Everyone in the UK woke up and thought they were in some parallel evil universe. Europe are feeling a little betrayed/saddened and well, the rest of the world is confused by how they can afford to buy pounds now which is weird for everyone.

So here are my cool links to give you a few minutes of web mindfulness, which now appear at just random intervals, sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, sometimes monthly. Mostly when cool links happen.

Top of the weird day list is the weird and wonderful (ok stretching it a little here, just wonderful will do) Phil Nash who wrote a great article on a problem he had using body-parser with the formData object. Not only because of the subject matter and it makes a good read, but really because he openly and honestly shared a problem he had which I find a lot of us would be nervous in doing.

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I got a Physical Web Beacon!

Yay

Dan gave me a beacon! (Well Paul gave him some beacons and then he gave me one, so thanks both).

Super hyped about this. I managed to get one through work and then the wonderful Terence took it back and hacked a la Terence stylee (he found out some cool things, I’m not bitter).

But this one is my very own. However looking on the Google Physical website, or doing a search, there’s no simple instructions to just change a URL on a beacon, so here’s some things I found out whilst doing it:

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📢 Announcement Emoji: Weekly Cool Links!*

It's so nice of them - they just tweet me cool sh*t… along with the stuff I read or see and go all like 'wo', I think this is becoming a bit of a regular thing.

Luky VJ bought out a sass mixin library to help with all those nth child thing-a-mees - that looks cool.

I could not agree more with this article by Mr. Zeldman about needing a Front End Director, not only for his good points, but from a personal point of view hitting a glass ceiling a while a go and always working under either technical or creative directors, neither of whom specialise in my line of work. This would solve both frustrations in one.

Working with serial devices (like arduinos) and MIDI? Then this piece of software should help a nice bridge to help send and receive MIDI.

I attended Google I/O Extended in London last week and only really caught the keynote, so have been catching up a bit this week. There's loads of web stuff, so go take a look through the listings, progressive web apps are super hot. My personal pick though has to be Chris Wilsons What's Next For The Web tho, not only is it all the stuff I try to look at daily, but there's MIDI. It was on about midnight my time, but boy did I know about it, thanks to everyone for the tweets!

Typically here's some A/V

It's great to see some more people piping the audio from a mic into web visuals - here's some really gorgeous canvas ones from Olivier Audard

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The Colour Black

When I was studying art in college, one of the first things we were taught when painting, was not to use the colour black, to mix it instead. Straight, pure black that comes out of a tube of paint is extremely strong and when used as shadows or dark places within paintings and alongside other colours actually zaps away these colours or soaks them all up. Leaving a very dull colourless painting devoid of the levels and tones you get from, well, colour. By mixing a very dark shade, usually from a combination of other colours you are using, (dark blues, greens & reds combined make good faux blacks), you keep colours and avoid zapping the painting of tone.

An image of Rothkos black on maroon painting, black squares on maroon background
Rothko, Black on Maroon 3

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