MEK Studios tag:www.mekstudios.com,2013-02-10:/notional/20130210055031443 Critical thinking to start your day.<br>A blog of ideas, thoughts, and concepts for consideration. Copyright (c) 2013 Michael E. Kirkpatrick 2020-06-05T12:13:44-07:00 Michael E. Kirkpatrick http://www.mekstudios.com michael@mekstudios.com A Guide to the Responsive Images Syntax in HTML tag:mekstudios.com,2020-06-05:/2020/06/a-guide-to-the-responsive-images-syntax-in-html 2020-06-05T12:13:44-07:00 2020-06-05T12:13:44-07:00 Chris Coyier <p>&#8220;This guide is about the HTML syntax for responsive images (and a little bit of CSS for good measure). The responsive images syntax is about serving one image from multiple options based on rules and circumstances. There are two forms of responsive images, and they’re for two different things:</p> <p>&#8220;If your only goal is increased performance then what you need is…</p> <pre><code>&lt;img srcset="" src="" alt="" &gt; </code></pre> <p>&#8220;If you also need design control, then what you need is…</p> <pre><code>&lt;picture&gt; &lt;source srcset="" media=""&gt; &lt;source srcset="" media=""&gt; &lt;img src="" alt=""&gt; &lt;/picture&gt; </code></pre> Idea Generation tag:mekstudios.com,2020-06-05:/2020/06/idea-generation 2020-06-05T12:09:46-07:00 2020-06-05T12:09:46-07:00 Sam Altman <blockquote> <p>YC once tried an experiment of funding seemingly good founders with no ideas. I think every company in this no-idea track failed. It turns out that good founders have lots of ideas about everything, so if you want to be a founder and can’t get an idea for a company, you should probably work on getting good at idea generation first.</p> <p>How do you do that?</p> <p>It’s important to be in the right kind of environment, and around the right kind of people. You want to be around people who have a good feel for the future, will entertain improbable plans, are optimistic, are smart in a creative way, and have a very high idea flux. These sorts of people tend to think without the constraints most people have, not have a lot of filters, and not care too much what other people think. </p> </blockquote> <p>Something to look for when you&#8217;re evaluating a startup: do the founders and leaders have good ideas or did they have one idea that they keep banking on?</p> Reading in the dark tag:mekstudios.com,2020-06-05:/2020/06/reading-in-the-dark 2020-06-05T09:58:37-07:00 2020-06-05T09:58:37-07:00 Cassie <blockquote> <p>I&#8217;m writing this for two reasons.</p> <p>Firstly as a reminder to go easy on myself. Sometimes it&#8217;s going to be easy to read, sometimes it&#8217;s going to be harder. We can&#8217;t expect to always be as productive as our best days. Our productivity doesn&#8217;t define our worth.</p> <p>I&#8217;m also writing this for anyone that&#8217;s trying to read in dim light at the moment. If you&#8217;re battling please don&#8217;t be hard on yourself. It&#8217;s not your fault. Let yourself put the book down for a while, see if you can get that light on.</p> </blockquote> Type Specimens tag:mekstudios.com,2020-06-05:/2020/06/type-specimens 2020-06-05T09:54:37-07:00 2020-06-05T09:54:37-07:00 Mark Boulton <blockquote> <p>Hello! I&#8217;m Mark Boulton and this is a project about Type Specimens.</p> <p>Type specimens are curious objects. They aim to inspire designers. They are tools with which to make design decisions. They are also marketing material for foundries. This project will dig into specimens from these three perspectives: as artefacts made by and for font designers to evolve type culture; as tools for font users to make decisions about choosing and using type; and as effective marketing tools.</p> <p>Over the decades, typeface specimens have changed from being functional documents – of demonstrating the typeface in use at various different weights and sizes – to objects that primarily sell the typeface. They are designed to sell the typeface in an increasingly crowded marketplace.</p> <p>This project will bring together a curated stream of type specimens from around the world. Focussed on digital specimens, we&#8217;ll also be talking with the designers and users of these typefaces to bring you behind the scenes content on their creation. We&#8217;ll hear about the successes. Hopefully the horror stories, too. Everybody loves a good horror story.</p> </blockquote> Reflections on the Color of My Skin tag:mekstudios.com,2020-06-05:/2020/06/reflections-on-the-color-of-my-skin 2020-06-05T09:39:34-07:00 2020-06-05T09:39:34-07:00 Neil deGrasse Tyson <p>It&#8217;s hard to pull a quote from his essay; read it.</p> Inside Trump’s coronavirus meltdown tag:mekstudios.com,2020-05-16:/2020/05/inside-trumps-coronavirus-meltdown 2020-05-16T18:09:21-07:00 2020-05-16T18:09:21-07:00 Edward Luce <p>“When the history is written of how America handled the global era’s first real pandemic, March 6 will leap out of the timeline&#8230;“</p> <p>During a press conference that day, Donald Trump made “two comments…about the disease. There would be four million testing kits available within a week. ‘The tests are beautiful,’ he said. ‘Anybody that needs a test gets a test.’</p> <p>“Ten weeks later, that is still not close to being true. Fewer than 3 per cent of Americans had been tested by mid-May&#8230;”</p> Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under The Sea tag:mekstudios.com,2020-05-10:/2020/05/thirty-six-thousand-feet-under-the-sea 2020-05-10T12:02:13-07:00 2020-05-10T12:02:13-07:00 Ben Taub <p>&#8220;The explorers who set one of the last meaningful records on earth.&#8221;</p> <p>Oceanographers and explorers are a breed of human that I find fascinating. And being someone who loves the water, I find inspiring.</p> <p>Ben Taub&#8217;s account of Victor Vescovo&#8217;s &#8220;Five Deeps&#8221; &#8212; &#8220;an attempt to become the first person to reach the deepest point in each ocean&#8221;.</p> <p>Well worth the hour read. Inspiring. Gripping. With the little historical and mechanical details I love.</p> 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice tag:mekstudios.com,2020-05-09:/2020/05/68-bits-of-unsolicited-advice 2020-05-09T15:04:31-07:00 2020-05-09T15:04:31-07:00 Kevin Kelly <blockquote> <p>It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young ‘uns. Here are 68 pithy bits of unsolicited advice which I offer as my birthday present to all of you.</p> </blockquote> It’s Okay tag:mekstudios.com,2020-05-09:/2020/05/its-okay 2020-05-09T14:33:19-07:00 2020-05-09T14:33:19-07:00 Clearleft <p>From Clearleft:</p> <p>It hasn’t been easy, working in lockdown and juggling family life, client projects and everything else in between. So we wanted to say…</p> <p>It’s OK.</p> <p>&#8230;to turn your camera off if you want to. &#8230;to turn off Slack for a few hours. &#8230;not to respond to Slack messages immediately. &#8230;to use Slack calls over video calls. &#8230;if your pets/kids/partners are wandering around in the background. &#8230;to step away from a call if your delivery arrives. &#8230;to do excercise or go for a walk during the day. &#8230;to take a nap in the afternoon. &#8230;to feel like you&#8217;re not being as productive as normal. &#8230;to work asynchronously if your project can handle it. &#8230;to ask for a phone call instead of a video call. &#8230;to say you’ve had too many video calls and need a break. &#8230;to say you need some down-time. &#8230;to take a mental health day if you need one.</p> <p>&#8230;to say you’re not OK.</p> Employee-surveillance software is not welcome to integrate with Basecamp tag:mekstudios.com,2020-05-09:/2020/05/employee-surveillance-software-is-not-welcome-to-integrate-with-basecamp 2020-05-09T14:13:36-07:00 2020-05-09T14:13:36-07:00 David Heinemeier Hansson <blockquote> <p>Look, employers are always free to – and should! – evaluate the work product produced by employees. But they don’t have to surveil someone’s every move or screenshot their computer every five minutes to do so. That’s monitoring the inputs. Monitor the outputs instead, and you’ll have a much healthier, saner relationship.</p> <p>If you hire smart, capable people and trust them to do good work – surprise-surprise – people will return the sentiment deliver just that! The irony of setting up these invasive surveillance regimes is that they end up causing the motivation to goof off to beat the very systems that were setup to catch such behavior. It’s Hawthorne’s Effect on steroids.</p> </blockquote> Hiring programmers with a take-home test tag:mekstudios.com,2020-05-09:/2020/05/hiring-programmers-with-a-take-home-test 2020-05-09T14:03:29-07:00 2020-05-09T14:03:29-07:00 David Heinemeier Hansson <blockquote> <p>There’s no perfect process for hiring great programmers, but there are plenty of terrible ways to screw it up. We’ve rejected the industry stables of grilling candidates in front of a whiteboard or needling them with brain teasers since the start at Basecamp. But you’re not getting around showing real code when applying for a job here&#8230;</p> <p>So what we’ve started to do instead at Basecamp is level the playing field by asking late-stage candidates to complete a small programming assignment as part of the final evaluation process. I’m going to show you two examples of these projects, and the submissions from the candidates that ended up being hired.</p> </blockquote> Let Them Eat Steak tag:mekstudios.com,2020-04-29:/2020/04/let-them-eat-steak 2020-04-29T13:20:17-07:00 2020-04-29T13:20:17-07:00 Dave Pell <blockquote> <p>President Trump insisted he was being sarcastic about injecting disinfectant, so maybe he&#8217;s just ribbing us about keeping meat processing plants open. The administration has heard the calls of Where&#8217;s the beef? after being notably hesitant in its use of the Defense of Production act, but now it&#8217;s adding some meat to that bone by using it to classify meat plants as essential infrastructure that must remain open. It&#8217;s a risky place to put a steak in the ground; playing a game of chicken with workers&#8217; lives—one that could turn meat processing plants into slaughterhouses. </p> <p>No one has any beef with the need to address the breaking food supply chain, but in this case, the move could pit an essential service against the the essentiality of staying alive. 20 meat processing plants have closed, 17 workers have died of covid-19, and at least 5,000 have been directly affected by the scourge. Safely reopening would require a level of political chops not evidenced by this president, who has split his time between talking tripe, hot dogging it on Twitter, and roasting himself during press conferences. Can Trump, a man lean on accomplishments who has slathered us with a smorgasbord of hogwash, take a cold cut at actual leadership and beat the meat risk? Don&#8217;t count your chickens. It&#8217;s a long shot any way you slice it. His circle jerky butchering of the pandemic response thus far, which has put American exceptionalism through a meat grinder, hardly inspires confidence. </p> <p>Having a president who&#8217;s full of baloney doesn&#8217;t mean your grocery store will be. Boasting about playing hide the salami is not applicable to making sure it appears. While he brags about all that sweet-bread he&#8217;s made, this is a person who has turned businesses from airlines to casinos into mincemeat; and whose most applicable experience is his failed Trump Steaks business—how do you fail at selling red meat to Americans? Talk about killing the golden goose. I&#8217;m reminded of the classic Brady Bunch episode where Greg and Bobby locked themselves in Sam the Butcher&#8217;s meat freezer. That episode was well-done. I worry that this one will end with rabid Trump rally attendees chanting, Meat Locker Up, Meat Locker Up. </p> <p>The drive to keep a chicken in every pot is understandable. Doing so safely is a whole different animal. After bungling every program they&#8217;ve sunk their meat hooks into, one hopes administration meatheads will bone up on the facts, and beef up on expertise, so they don&#8217;t end up choking the chicken with one hand and waving off responsibility for more American food chain dead meat with the other. For this ham-fisted team to bring home the bacon would be rare indeed (even medium rare). After more than three years of mismanagement, we&#8217;ve seen how the sausage is made (and occasionally where it&#8217;s hidden). Maybe this time things will be different (either in a pig&#8217;s eye or when pigs fly). In the best of all worlds, we could keep the food supply chain going and still protect workers. But sometimes, one man&#8217;s meat is another man&#8217;s poison. And with this administration in charge, one wonders if, instead of risking more lives, we might be better off going cold turkey on meat.</p> </blockquote> The food supply chain is breaking tag:mekstudios.com,2020-04-27:/2020/04/the-food-supply-chain-is-breaking 2020-04-27T13:56:25-07:00 2020-04-27T13:56:25-07:00 John Tyson <p>&#8220;&#8230;government bodies&#8230;must unite in a comprehensive, thoughtful and productive way to allow our team members to work in safety without fear, panic or worry&#8230;</p> <p>&#8220;In addition to meat shortages, this is a serious food waste issue. Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation. Millions of animals - chickens, pigs and cattle &#8212; will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities. The food supply chain is breaking.&#8221;</p> <p>Messages:</p> <ol> <li>Public Health orders &#8212; Tyson needs coordination and effective guidance at the local, state, and national levels.</li> <li>Our business is in trouble, and as a result, so is the American meat supply chain.</li> </ol> <p>Via <a href="https://twitter.com/AnaSwanson">Ana Swanson</a></p> ‘Is this another death I’ll have to pronounce?’ tag:mekstudios.com,2020-04-26:/2020/04/is-this-another-death-ill-have-to-pronounce 2020-04-26T18:49:03-07:00 2020-04-26T18:49:03-07:00 Michael Fowler; Eli Saslow <p>From their series on Voices from the Pandemic, Eli Saslow shares a story from Michael Fowler, Dougherty County coroner, on the reopening of Georgia.</p> <blockquote> <p>I’m always driving, going back-and-forth between nursing homes, the hospital, and the morgue. All these roads should be empty if you ask me. But now I see people out running errands, rushing back into their lives, and it’s like: “Why? What reason could possibly be good enough?” Sometimes, I think about stopping and showing them one of the empty body bags I have in the trunk. “You might end up here. Is that worth it for a haircut or a hamburger?”</p> <p>You start to think that way as a coroner, especially now. I get fed up. I know the governor told us we could go ahead and reopen in Georgia. I understand businesses are hurting and people need to work. But I see these folks out and about and I wonder: “Is this another death I’ll have to pronounce?”</p> </blockquote>