Reblogging this for my brother, Ben Bonner. You gotta like this.
Phase 1 of 3 complete. As happy as I may be with the result thus far, why does the magic have to fade so quickly?
A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.George Orwell (via nevver)
One update Apple Mail could use
So this may be a bit of an edge case, but bear with me. In the newest version of Mail there’s finally thread view. In this view, the messages all float on their own “sheet” of “paper” on top of a grey background, allowing you to select each message individually while browsing the whole thread. My problem, or suggestion rather, comes from trying to select two messages that aren’t concurrent and print them in one go.
I should to be able to either Command+click to singly select other messages, or even Shift+click to select multiple concurrent messages, then right click to Print. Yet Mail only allows a single message to be highlighted (the blue in the image above) at a time. The only real reason this is bothersome is that the messages have been designed to look like objects, and in my mind should behave like objects. Think layers palette in Photoshop. Here’s hoping for an update.
Step one in making Google Reader less awful in Chrome
I’ve been a big fan of reading blogs in their natural habitat, but at work I don’t have the time to track down all the sites I’d like to visit. Thus, I just started using Google Reader (yesterday, actually) to read RSS feeds. For an app presumably designed for reading, Google Reader falls woefully short. Some of the most glaring issues include the all over-the-place type (blockquote, looking at you), poor line height and cludgy hierarchy.
Fortunately, by using Chrome’s Extensions you can change this for the better. I’ve created an extension that includes what you’ll need to begin restyling Google Reader with a CSS override file. Currently it just restyles the type on the page into Times/New Roman, but with a little (a lot?) more effort you can have it however you like.
Below is the link for my starter extension. To install simply unzip the file, then open Chrome. In Chrome, navigate to the Options (PC) or Preferences (Mac) and select Extensions. You’ll have to check the box for Developer Mode, then select Load unpacked extension and open the folder you just unzipped. Then it’s time to fire up your favorite text editor and start writing your own styles! When editing your CSS, it helps to keep the Chrome Extensions tab open in order to Update the extension to reflect the changes you’ve made.