Quoting on Squarespace

I've been wanting to be able to do quote posts like this since I started seeing them on MG Seigler's blog. I originally thought that he was creating images of white text against a black background and then posting the image as the body of his post. But upon closer inspection, I saw that the body was actually large white text against a black background. Which makes sense, since you don't want your quote text to be tiny on a small screen.

This post by Greg Sargent (great name) helped point me in the right right direction for creating a similar style on my blog. Apparently, I've been quoting incorrectly this entire time - using using quote blocks where I should have been using blockquotes (how embarrassing!). Luckily for me, I don't have a ton of content on my blog, so I was able to go back and fix all my past quotes so that I had a sturdy quote foundation going forward. 

So now when I want to quote a part of an article in order to comment on it, I use the quoteblock by selecting the quote style from the styles dropdown (using shift+return for line breaks that don't create new text blocks):



And when I want a quote to be the body of a post (because it's inspirational or badass), I use the quote block:



And for the sake of completeness, this is the custom css that i'm using on these quote blocks:

.sqs-block-quote blockquote  {
  border-width: 0;
  background-color: black;

Hopefully that helps somebody out.

Elastic Heart

People are always asking me what my favorite music video is. Well, here you go.

John Gruber's Review of the iPad Pro

I always look forward to hearing what John has to say about new Apple products. His review of the iPad Pro is really solid, and includes some good critical constructive criticism about having to reach his arm out to interact with the iPad's screen when he'd prefer to use the keyboard.

I don’t think it’s inherently problematic that iOS has no conceptual support for a mouse pointer, and thus can’t work with any sort of trackpad. But, given this constraint, good support for navigating as much of the UI as possible using the keyboard is more important on the iPad than it is on the Mac, but iOS’s support for navigating using the keyboard is worse.

Later in the review he makes a very keen suggestion, then walks it back:

For a few days, I sort of wished that I could use the arrow keys to navigate the home screen, with the selected app icon popping “up” like in the “focus” UI of the new Apple TV. But that idea, I suspect, is too far afield from the regular touchscreen-based UI of the iOS home screen.

I think it actually makes a lot of sense for Apple to bring the Focus engine over from the Apple TV and engage it on the iPad if there is a keyboard paired with the device. Doesn't seem to far afield to me at all. You could even imagine a world where you have a magic trackpad paired with the iPad and you navigate focus with that in the same way that you do on the Apple TV.

For me, I know that the iPad Pro isn't a device that fits into my current workflow. But I keep wondering how long it'll be until we see a version of Xcode written for iPad. Once that happens, I'll probably have to seriously consider using an one as my main development machine.

iPhone 6s Plus Camera Review: Switzerland

We’ve shot a lot on the 6s. In fact, we’ve already shot 2121 photos + 55 panoramas + 237 time-lapses + 1310 videos (including Live Photos)!

All along the way we’ve been carefully comparing the results to the iPhone 6.

There's all kinds of new technology packed into the 6s, so we set out to answer the same question as usual: How does this make my pictures (and videos) better than before?

Lots of fantastic examples of images and videos taken with both the 6s Plus and 6 Plus. I particularly like the photos where you can slide the adjuster and swap between the two versions of the same image.

Steve Jobs' Jobs

Incredible talk by Bob Sabiston involving Steve Jobs, NeXT, Pixar, A Scanner Darkly, and MTV.