Sunday Seven #2

Welcome to the Sunday Seven issue number two. Every week I bring seven interesting links that I think are worth checking out.

Beer drinking and writing release notes with the Medium team →

How a tweet turned into an invite to see the inner workings of the way release notes come about. Of course this is all fun and games until everyone starts doing it, then it becomes annoying.

Why Does Pessimism Sound So Smart? →

Despite the record of things getting better for most people most of the time, pessimism isn’t just more common than optimism, it also sounds smarter. It’s intellectually captivating, and paid more attention to than the optimist who is often viewed as an oblivious sucker.

The Useless Agony of Going Offline →

At the end of the experiment, I wasn’t dying to get my phone back or to access Facebook. I just wanted to get back to being better informed. My devices and the Internet, as much as they are sometimes annoying and frustrating and overflowing with knuckleheads, help me to do that.

Sneaker Wars: Inside the Battle Between Nike and Adidas →

Besides being an interesting battle I found this crazy – The Jordan brand alone has more than 20 times Adidas’s share of the American basketball-shoe market.

Zoolander 2: Joyless and Offensively Stupid →

You don’t need to go to the theater to get the full experience of Zoolander 2. Simply get your hands on a copy of the original, watch it, and then yell a bunch of unfunny topical lines every time somebody tells a joke. [..] It’s a film that has no real reason to exist, and it spends its entire running time reaffirming that fact.

NOOOO! Please say it isn’t so.

Migrate notes from Evernote to Apple Notes →

This method seems much more user friendly then the way I had to do it. If you are looking to move from Evernote give this a go.

The Old People’s Guide to DJ Khaled →

After reading about Snapchat last week I decided to give it a try. A few hours later I had three friends, no messages, and no idea what I was doing. Thankfully Ian told me to follow this guy who made no sense. Now at least I know how to translate. 🔑

A $50K Russian Truck

Would you like to go wherever the hell you want? Using its self-inflated tires, Russia’s SHERP ATV can give you that pleasure. It will climb over obstacles as tall as 27.5 inches, swim with ease, turn like a tank and look awesome in any situation for only $49,000 worth of Rubles.

I have nothing in my life I could use this for but I want it anyway.

via [TruckYeah]

Taskwarrior – Learning From Open Source

Taskwarrior has a short list of advice and quotes for open source maintainers. Some of my favorites:

Every change will ruin someone’s day. They will be sure to tell you about it. The same change will improve someone’s day. You will not hear of this.

People will threaten to not use open source software because it lacks a feature, thereby mistaking themselves for paying customers.

Many new users will submit feature requests, just to show that they are knowledgeable and clever. They don’t really want that feature, it’s a form of positive feedback.

via Taskwarrior – What Have We Learned From This Open Source Project?.

PhpStorm Material + Peacock Theme

Dayle Rees launched a new PhpStorm theme that combines the Material UI theme with his Peacock color scheme.

Back when I used Sublime, Peacock was my favorite theme and I’m happy to see this being integrated with PhpStorm. You can get this theme from the Github repo and it includes all the instructions for getting set up.

Install ALL Google fonts on your Mac

Lately, I’ve been designing a lot of blog post images and finding a good font from the list of defaults is sometimes hard. I came across the Web Font Load project by Quinton Pike that allows you to install all of the Google Web Fonts onto your local machine.

The only downside is it’s a ton of fonts, 1660+. Wading through all of them in a graphics app can be time-consuming, however, since many blog posts have been written on font pairings and you can easily find the best ones by doing a quick web search.