Remembering Auschwitz: 70 Years After Liberation

Auschwitz I and nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau were the extermination camps where an estimated 1.1 million people—mostly Jews from across Europe, but also political opponents, prisoners of war, homosexuals, and Roma—were killed in gas chambers or by systematic starvation, forced labor, disease, or medical experiments. About 200,000 camp inmates survived the ordeal.

Pokemon Branding

Branding and logo design for companies named after Pokemon.

Want to Feel Small?

1.5 billion pixels compose the biggest image ever taken of the Andromeda Galaxy.

The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled

A great look at how a fantastic movie got made.

To ensure that the film’s twist was as surprising as possible, Bryan Singer persuaded several of the lead actors that their characters were really Keyzer Söze. ‘I remember when we screened it for the company of actors,’ recalled Kevin Spacey, ‘Gabriel Byrne was stunned that he wasn’t Keyser Söze. Went out into the parking lot and had an argument with Bryan Singer. For a half an hour.’

How to Fix a Monet After Somebody Punches It

The team tasked with repairing the artwork had their work cut out for them. The assailant had left a massive triangular tear in the middle of the canvas, and some of the paint had been so badly pulverized that it couldn’t be reattached. Over the course of two years, conservators worked carefully to repair the painting and restore it to its original condition. A true labor of love, the project was recently documented on the museum website and has been reproduced here with its permission. Take a look.

An Oral History of 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'

In honor of the film’s quarter-of-a-century milestone, we’ve asked the cast and creators to weigh in on the seasonal classic. From the intricate planning behind the film’s zany antics to freak snowstorms and cast freak-outs, this is the untold, no-holds-barred story of Christmas Vacation.

Under the Influence of Beer Foam

Have you ever noticed that it’s easier to walk without spilling a foamy beer versus walking around with regular cup of coffee? Have you ever wondered why? To solve this everyday physics phenomenon, a team of fluid mechanics researchers at Princeton University’s Complex Fluids Lab investigate the anti-sloshing abilities of foam.

ISS Astronauts Place Go Pro in a Bubble

I’d sure imagine it feels odd to operate in a world where this is daily life.

Clips for Mobile Publishing on iOS

Clips is an iOS clipboard widget that provides additional copy and paste options. Clips will allow a user to create templates to manipulate text to make life easier on iOS.

I wanted to create a little walkthrough of how I am using Clips to publish to my blog from iOS.

Follow these simple steps to setup a template.

  1. In Clips, go to Settings > Copy Templates > Add new .template
  2. Paste in the text below and add a title.

     layout: post
     title: "%title%"
     - link
     link: %source%
     > %body%
  3. Go to Safari and pick an article. Select a block of text and bring up the iOS share screen. Select Clips and chose your new template, in my case “GitHub Post”.

  4. Insert date and time for your post.

  5. Now simply copy your post, open Octopage (App Store Link) and add your post.

Adding the date to Clips

Clips does not have a way to automatically add the date in our template so I have created a TextExpander Touch shortcut to automatically insert the date.

When I bring up the TextExpander Touch keyboard, I simply type gdate to expand the date format I use for the site.

%B %e, %Y %H:%M:%S

Once your post is complete it might look something like this.

layout: post
title: "Clips Review: Actionable Clipboard Management for iOS - Macstories"
date: November 19, 2014 11:09:17
- link

> Clips is one of the most useful iOS 8 apps I’ve tried in the past couple of months, and it’s become a key piece of my iOS workflow. Rather than mimicking a desktop experience that still can’t happen on iPhones and iPads (even with iOS 8), Clips tries to go back to the underlying problem: how can you shift multiple pieces of information from Point A to Point B with fewer taps and less app-switching?

If you have an easier way of posting link items on iOS or have an idea for an improvement, please do let me know on Twitter.

Running on Jekyll and GitHub

I wanted to list the tools, links, and tutorials I used to get this site up and running. and a couple of helpful links I found along the way.

Required Tools

  • Jekyll1


Local Tools

Mobile Tools

Additional Tools

My Experience

I didn’t really want to write a tutorial because, truthfully, I’m surprised I got any of this working at all and don’t feel qualified. This Smashing Magazine tutorial was without a doubt the best guide I found.

I wanted to add several features in addition to the default Poole template. One of those features was an Archive page. I discovered Joshua Lande’s Poole Fork that already had an Archive page as well as Analytics so I forked from their and went to work.

The additional features I wanted to have were…

1. Linked List Posts

I wanted to be able to share links with a different post style than a regular blog post. I have categorized these two posts by ‘Link’ or by ‘Article’

2. Footnotes

Footnotes are cool and eliminate afterthoughts or clarification within parentheses that interrupt the reader. I used Bigfoot Footnotes to make this possible.

3. Navigation Bar

Simple html list with some css style.

4. Archive

Having an index of all my posts was necessary. I’d like to eventually have a regular ordered list with differentiating post types instead of separating Articles and Links.

  1. Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory […] and spits out a complete, static website suitable for serving with Apache or your favorite web server. This is also the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host your project’s page or blog right here from GitHub.