Using the ESV API

I mentioned last week that my Bible study set up using Ulysses was published over at The Sweet Setup earlier this month. This resulted in a handful of people asking about my reference to using the ESV API to populate Ulysses with Scripture. I was (obviously) not quite clear in the article. It was my intention to start that a person could use the API. But I have not been doing that myself. Instead, I manually copy and paste 10 chapters at a time from the Bible Study app into Ulysses when needed. I do this for a couple reasons:…

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Entropy crushers

It’s hard to know where to start with this piece. It’s classic Rands. But it also hits close to home after discussing the validity of product managers recently. There are so many quotable bits from this essay, but let me share those that caught my attention. Image courtesy of the Wildbit blog. First, he wisely takes the time to frame the discussion. What is the difference between project, product, and program managers? A project manager is responsible for shipping a product, whereas a product manager is responsible for making sure the right product is shipped. A program manager…

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Are product managers a burden to productive teams?

The fine folks at Help Scout asked that question. And co-founder Nick Francis seems to indicate that the answer is yes. I quite enjoy the Help Scout blog, specifically the writing of Gregory Ciotti. But this particular piece didn’t sit well. It starts with a somewhat inflammatory opening statement. The one in big bold text: To build a great product, you need design and you need engineering. Somewhere along the way, and especially as companies grow, another mysterious role enters the fray: the Product Manager.Take the work that someone does and add a drop of condescension and you're…

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Building a typographic foundation with style sheets

Jason Tselentis makes the case for designing “type first”, then outlines a process for doing just that. His premise is good: Today, mobile first has become second nature, but in order to ensure the design works well on small to medium to large screens, you have to think “type first.”My own habits have changed slightly over the years, but as I don't tend to design large scale sites or applications, a robust process has not been necessary. But if I were to create one, I can't see myself using Markdown or the preview modes in various Markdown editors as…

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The basics of Safari's Web Inspector

When I first became interested in web design, Firefox was the browser pushing web standards forward. And as a Windows user, I was very happy to take advantage of something new and fresh. And one of the best parts of using Firefox was Firebug. This article covers basic functionality and is targeted to the novice designer/developer. This was an add-on that enhanced the browser, allowing the user to monitor and tweak the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that was used for a given web page. It was a fantastic tool to testing your designs, or learning from the designs of…

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