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Ewan McGregor in Talks for an Obi-Wan Kenobi Series for Disney+ 

Borys Kit writing for The Hollywood Reporter:

The actor, who famously portrayed the masterful Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in three Star Wars movies, is in negotiations to reprise the role in a Kenobi-centered series for Disney+, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

I am so excited they decided to do a series instead of a film. Assuming they do ten episodes, there will be ten hours to explore Obi-Wan, how he learned to become a force ghost, and I’m hoping Darth Maul makes an appearance as well.

CSS Lists, Markers, And Counters 

Rachel Andrew writing for Smashing Magazine:

The ::marker pseudo-element allows you to target the list marker — separately from the content of the list item. This was not possible in previous versions of CSS, therefore, if you changed the color or font size of the ul or li, this would also change the color and font size of the markers. In order to do something as seemingly simple as having different color list bullets than text, would involve either wrapping the content of the list item in a span (or using an image for the marker).

Can I get a finally? It’s simple stuff like this that makes me empathize with people who complain about CSS. This is a perfect candidate for progressive enhancement, where it’ll fallback pretty gracefully on browsers that don’t support ::marker yet.

(via Piccalilli by Andy Bell)

Regal Cinemas Unlimited Ticket Subscription Program Set To Launch This Month 

Anthony D’Alessandro and Nancy Tartaglione reporting for Deadline:

There will be three tiers of pricing, which work out to $18, $21 and $24 per month, each granting access to unlimited tickets (really). While the monthly price of AMC Stubs A-List movie ticket subscription program varies by state, we hear that Regal’s is based on theater location.

After moving to Oceanside, we had to cancel our AMC Stubs A-List because the nearest AMC theater is thirty minutes away. However, there’s a Regal theater just down the street! There seems to be a catch, though.

…there’s buzz that Regal Unlimited subscribers will have to purchase an entire year in advance for the unlimited ticket program, hence the tier prices respectively would be $288, $252 and $216.

I’m hoping that turns out to be wrong. I understand the different pricing based on location, but paying a full year upfront sounds like a hard sell at those amounts. Also, there’s no mention of a family account, so I’m assuming that price would be doubled for us. I hope more theaters decide to offer a subscription. It led to us going to the theater more, and I have a feeling it’d motivate more Millenials that (according to the article) feel movie tickets are too expensive.

It’s High Time to Rewrite the Hiring Script 

DHH on Signal v. Noise:

At Basecamp, we have no illusions that we’re going to hire “the best”. In fact, even thinking about candidates in such absolute terms is nonsense. The world is full of people who are stuck doing mediocre work in a shitty environment or blessed to do stellar work by virtue of an elevating one. Most people are well capable of doing both!

This paragraph really spoke to me. People seem to think there’s a correlation between big names on a resume and that person’s work ethic or quality.

Marissa Fuchs’s Proposal Was Pitched to Brands 

Taylor Lorenz writing for The Atlantic:

Before the proposal scavenger hunt ever kicked off, marketers at various brands and agencies had received a PDF outlining the future engagement in the context of a potential sponsorship. The multiday stunt would be “a one-of-a-kind proposal experience for a one-of-a-kind female ambitionist,” the deck, which was obtained by The Atlantic, reads.

I realize people are trying to make a living, and there’s nothing fundamentally immoral about doing it this way. But I can’t help feeling disgusted as I read this. Jack Wagner, who’s cited later in the article points out how utterly ridiculous this is:

Jack Wagner, the creator of Like and Subscribe, an online show that skewers influencer culture, said that at this point, parodies like his own are often indistinguishable from reality. “What’s crazy to me is the nature of creating a pitch deck for your engagement,” he said. “What is the price where you’d brand your engagement and sell it away? It’s such a special moment in your life. What is that price that makes it worth it? It’s weird that we’re at a point right now in culture where that’s a question.”


The Instagram Alternative Is Kickstarted 

Jason McFadden:

The initial screenshots look very nice. It begins with a not-so-subtle-red theme, which is a stark yet welcome departure from the blues of Twitter and Facebook.

The name itself, Bokeh, leads me to think that the social site will focus more heavily on photography than on celebrity influencer status – cough, Instagram, cough.

Interestingly, that’s why I went with red. Blue is an overused color in social media apps, and I wanted a color as bright and bold as I am. Bokeh is me, and I want it to be a success or failure by representing my values and my vision of optimism for how the web can be better for all of us.

I’m grateful and excited to see others passionate about this vision too.

The Iconfactory Releases Twitterrific 6 for iOS

I was excited to be testing Iconfactory’s Twitterrific 6 for the last few days. Twitterrific’s whimsical design has long been appealing to me, and the crew at Iconfactory take it to a great new level with this version.

Here are the things that stuck out to me while I used it:

  • Great colorful themes
    I’m not a light theme user when it comes to browsing tweets, and Twitterrific 6 comes with five new themes my favorite being Puffin. Every theme is named after a bird, which is incredibly on brand and gives me a chuckle.
  • Unobtrusive Ads
    I’ve talked a lot about my distaste for ads, but it’s never been that I dislike all ads. I hate obtrusive and targeted ads. Twitterrific 6 has a beautiful and well-designed ad spot at the top of the timeline that doesn’t violate your privacy nor sours your experience. In fact, its placement, size, and supporting background colors is a masterclass of what an ad should be.
  • Customization
    The level of customization is fantastic. Don’t like the default icon? Don’t worry, there are seventeen to choose from. Sick of the system font? No problem, pick from a list of ten other typefaces. And these are just two examples, Twitterrific’s extensive customization is simply delightful.

All in all, Twitterrific 6 is an excellent Twitter experience. Twitter’s antagonistic behavior towards third-party developers hasn’t stopped Iconfactory from shipping a quality app, which speaks volumes to the creativity and thoughtfulness of their team.

You can download Twitterrific 6 on the App Store for free, and I wholeheartedly recommend you do so. If you enjoy the experience, be sure to support this great team by subscribing monthly, annually, or paying a one-time $30 to remove ads for the life of Twitterrific 6.

I hope this new version and pricing model helps support Iconfactory and the making of Twitterrific for many years to come.

Apple Is Listening 

Marco Arment:

Even more importantly than any hardware releases, macOS itself has also seen massive engineering effort recently. For the first time in a decade, the Mac was a major focus of WWDC, with great new APIs poised to usher in a huge wave of fresh software.

This is what was so exciting about this keynote. Not only did Apple need to announce pro-level hardware, but macOS need an injection of enthusiasm. They delivered. As I said previously on The Bright Pixels Podcast, there is a palpable excitement for the Mac again, and it’s insanely exciting to say that.

US Coffee Roasters 

By absolute coincidence, I noticed Alex Carpenter create this excellent site of coffee roasters on GitHub. The site breaks down roasters by state, gives you the physical address, and the roaster’s website. Turns out, there are some local roasters I wasn’t aware of and am now eager to try. If you find your favorite roaster is missing, open an issue and suggest it.

Unfortunately, US is baked into the name, so I’m not sure he’ll support international roasters at some point. But if you’re in the US, and you love buying coffee straight from the source, you’ll love this site.

Image Optimization In WordPress 

Adelina Țucă writing for Smashing Magazine:

Do not underestimate the impact of image optimization. Images are always one of the main reasons for a slow website. Google doesn’t like slow websites and nor do your visitors and clients.

This is the type of stuff that’s pretty awesome with WordPress. Most issues you could be having, there’s most likely someone already out there with a solution. I went ahead and installed Adelina’s suggestion of Optimole and saw immediate performance gains. If you use WordPress and love to blog with photos like I do, give this article a read.

How to Use the Web Share API 

Ayooluwa Isaiah writing for CSS-Tricks:

This approach provides a number of advantages over conventional methods:

  • The user is presented with a wide range of options for sharing content compared to the limited number you might have in your implementation.
  • You can improve your page load times by doing away with third-party scripts from individual social platforms.
  • You don’t need to add a series of buttons for different social media sites and email. A single button is sufficient to trigger the device’s native sharing options.
  • Users can customize their preferred share targets on their own device instead of being limited to just the predefined options.

The Web Share API looks insanely cool and doesn’t look too difficult to implement. I may give this a try sometime this week.

Some of My Favorite WWDC 2019 Perspectives

First up, Jim Dalrymple on The Loop:

If you’re like me, you noticed the similarity with the “cheese grater” Mac Pro of years ago, and for good reason. Both machines are similar in the exterior look, and why not, that was a pro machine that worked.

This is one of the things that both surprised and impressed me the most about Monday’s keynote. Apple chose to go with function over form, something they’ve unfortunately seemed to care little for in the past few years. I wonder if this move is the beginning of a shift in their product line where our MacBooks get thicker for better thermal performance and more ports. One can always hope.

Next up, Colin Devroe:

The Mac Pro isn’t for me, but I’m very glad it exists.

This is the point I made on the latest episode of The Bright Pixels Podcast. I’ve never been the target market for the Mac Pro, but I always felt that I needed those people. Furthermore, I needed Apple to care about them because that care always trickled down to me. So yes, this Mac Pro and the new Pro Display XDR is nowhere near a price I can afford, but there’s palpable excitement for the Mac again. That’s good for all Mac users.

Lastly, Mike Haynes on Robot Hive:

It’s nice to see Apple finally bring iTunes behind the shed and put it out of its misery. I couldn’t help but laugh when Craig Federighi said that “customers love iTunes”.

The best part is that even Apple knew this was overdue. It is proven by Craig Federighi’s self-deprecating humor when talking about it. I hope that by separating these different things into three different apps (Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV), it’ll allow their teams to better the experience of the three services.

We see that with how they explained machine learning indexing for podcasts, which will essentially allow for full-text search of podcasts. That’s so exciting! There’s also evidence that they care about Apple TV. But Apple Music has been a little stagnant, and the most significant feature we got this year was synced lyrics. I’m not saying it’s a bad feature, but it deserves more love than that.

It was a jam-packed keynote, and I feel a renewed excitement about being an Apple customer.