How to host speakers who also happen to be parents of young children link

My former boss Caroline gives some great advice on how to accomodate parents as speakers:

A tiny human shouldn’t get in the way of a great talk though. And it turns out that a lot of great speakers also become parents. As a conference organizer, what can you do to help make your event more accommodating for a speaker with a baby (and thus get a kick-ass presentation)?

Lisa Alma - Oh Darling link

Patrick - Under The Olives (Oh! Pears Cover) link

Dark Mode as iOS Accessibility Feature link

Grey (via Marco Arment):

I hoped in vain, for a system-wide dark mode.  Where the white background could go dark and the dark texts could go light.  

But alas, now with the official release of iOS 8, there is no dark mode.  I hoped Apple would implement it because dark mode isn’t just a feature for night time use.  For some of us  dark mode is an accessibility feature.

Technology needs to adapt to its users. If you don’t want to look at a bright, white app, then it should tone itself down – regardless of whether you have floaters or just want to read in bed.

The Cargo Cult of Game Mechanics link

Steve Wittens:

I’m posting the kind of opinion piece I wish I’d see on credible gaming sites, as someone who actually knows how the sausage is made.

If I go through an airlock in System Shock 2, it’s because I need what’s on the other side of it […].

If I go through an airlock in Mass Effect 3, it closes permanently because everything looks the same and too many players got turned around in testing.

XOXO'13-induced psychological damage link

Andy Matuschak, now at Khan Academy and previously working on UIKit:

I had a safe job. People enthused all the time about how lucky I was, what great work I was doing. No doubt: I held a wonderful position! So I felt like an asshole for suggesting anything else.

I’d bring up my real aspirations only occasionally, and whenever I did, I’d feel dissatisfaction grow within me. But then the conversation would end, and I’d anesthetize that dissatisfaction into “someday” with the grind of urgent tasks. Those tasks were much easier to think about than my thwarted ambitions, so my discontent conveniently settled beneath the hum of the day-to-day.

Tasty Imitation Keyboard link

Alexei Baboulevitch is reimplementing the iOS keyboard:

I’m working on a 3rd party keyboard for iOS8 and I want it to look and feel as close as possible to Apple’s keyboard. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to access the keyboard view through code, so this is my attempt to imitate it by hand.

The development of this keyboard is fully open-source, so the project may not work at all times. At the present moment, the baseline functionality is there. Left to implement are special characters, Shift, multitouch, and improved graphics (including translucenty and dark mode).