GitHub Archive Program

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21TB of GitHub’s public repositories have been printed in film and buried in the Arctic, so they can last a thousand years. And you know what? Since this blog is hosted in GitHub, it has been included too! I guess now I don’t have to worry about backups for a while…

my arctic code contributor badge

WFH

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In 2010 I was living in an apartment in Valencia and working from home, something not that common back then. But I didn’t like it, at all. My work day wouldn’t end until 6 or 7 or 8 pm, and I decided that working from home wasn’t for me because I needed to put some boundaries between my job and my personal life.

And here we are now, in 2020, in the middle of this horrific pandemic. I’ve been working from home since mid March and I have the feeling this is going to last a long time. Do I love this? Well, not really, but I’m doing a lot better. I have a 9 to 5 schedule that I follow strictly and my productivity has been more than acceptable. The first days were more difficult because I didn’t have a dedicated office room at home, but I ended up with a pretty decent setup… in the laundry room. Let me show you.

my laundry room setup

I borrowed an LG 34” ultrawide monitor and a Herman Miller Sayl chair from work, and after a bit of tinkering I managed to install a wired internet connection. I also use my Sony MDR-V6 headphones and a cheap webcam that I bought on Amazon because all the Logitech ones are currently sold out. It’s a comfortable spot and that laundry room has great natural lighting. My only issue is having the washing machine and dryer in the background of my zoom calls!

Race For The Prize

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A whole industry trying to figure out how to make live entertainment work, and here comes Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips with this thing he’s been doing for 20 years. Genius!

Online Book Summaries

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Have you ever read a reference book and thought “Welp, this could have been a Medium article”? If that’s the case, some new online services offer a solution for this: book summaries that promise to give you the take-aways and nothing else. I tried getAbstract and I found it pretty useful, but of course sometimes you will want to read the full book.

Bustamante Perkins

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Bustamante Perkins, el documental sobre la vida del músico valenciano Julio Bustamante, está disponible en Vimeo gratis. Julio, además de ser una figura fundamental de la música popular valenciana de los 70-80, es un personaje muy singular. Recomendable.

The Friends of Rachel Worth

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The Friends of Rachel Worth was the second Go-Betweens album I bought back in 2000. A year before, I discovered this Australian band thanks to a compilation CD called Bellavista Terrace, and they immediately became one of my favorite bands ever.

Last week I was listening to this album for the first time in a long time while at work, and after doing some quick online research, I discovered it was recorded in Portland, only a few blocks away from my office, and Forster and McLennan were joined in the studio by Sleater-Kinney! Then I thought of how random it is that so many of the albums I loved in the early 2000s were produced in the Pacific Northwest and how I ended up living here almost 20 years later.

50 years of frog design

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frog 50 exhibit

Frog Design is turning 50 and they have put together an exhibit of iconic designs. If you’re not in the Bay Area (I’m not), you can always take a look at this online gallery.

webhint

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This is an all-in-one linting tool that checks your site’s accessibility, speed, security and more. You can use it online or customize it and run it locally. By the way, I got a couple of embarrassing errors for this site that I’ll have to fix soon…

Unapp

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A directory of minimal and useful single-purpose apps.

I found some gems for macOS in this list of little apps that only do one thing, but they do it right. My favorite so far is Muzzle. If you regularly share your screen during videoconferences, download it now! You’ll thank me later.

Building a component library in Sketch

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Component library in Sketch

At Goldstar, we’ve been developing our own design system for the last few months and I can tell you it’s been a lot of fun. A design system is a collection of reusable UI components, guided by some rules, that can be assembled together in order to build new interfaces. We use a set of component libraries for Sketch in order to create, store and reuse this system, and I’ve been involved in creating the first one of these libraries. Note: Sketch calls its reusable componentes “Symbols”.

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