Profile

Cover photo
Matt Emery
23 followers|99,894 views
AboutPostsYouTubeReviews

Stream

Matt Emery and Matt Emery were tagged in Matt Emery's photos.

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
1

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
Tom Anderson originally shared:
 
"I would like to make you more insecure, more uncertain -- because that's how life is... When there is more insecurity and more danger, the only way to respond to it is by awareness. ... In your unintelligence you feel secure -- all idiots feel secure. In fact, only idiots feel secure. A really alive [person] will always feel insecure. What security can there be? Life is not a mechanical process; it cannot be certain, it is an unpredictable mystery. Nobody knows what is going to happen the next moment. ... a secure life will be worse than death. ... Life is full of uncertainties, full of surprises -- that is beauty! ... When you say you are certain, you simply declare your death; you have committed suicide ... an intelligent [person] always remains uncertain."

The quote above is from a book titled Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho (http://tinyurl.com/3pgqy2e). I'd never heard of him, and I haven't read the book, but I ordered it on Amazon and opened it this morning. I can tell I'm already going to like it from this little bit in the preface.

Though I'm pretty sure he wasn't thinking about business, I think these thoughts would be useful for CEOs as well. I'm always amazed at CEOs that pretend like they know everything. Did you know Steve Jobs said there would be no 3rd party apps on the iPhone when it launched? He changed his mind about six months later. :-)

PS: I took this photo in Oahu, Hawaii on the hike to Manoa falls. If you're like the image, try clicking on the photo to make it bigger, then mouse over "actions" in the bottom right and click "download photo" -- you can see a lot more detail with the larger size of the photo. :-)
135 comments on original post
1
talking stones's profile photo
 
not on audible yet - :(
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
CUPERTINO, CA—Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56.
1
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
Jake Archibald originally shared:
 
I was asked about base64 vs a sprite image in CSS...

Both techniques are better than multiple images as they reduce the number of http requests. A sprite image requires 1 additional request, base64 doesn't.

Some point out that base64 increases the file size of the image by 25% (slightly more if padding is needed). Base64 represents 6 bits of data as a character. Characters in utf8/ASCII are 8 bits, so that's where 25% comes from. However, gzip recovers a lot of that. I took a 411 byte image which base64'd to 548 bytes, but gzipped back to 469 bytes. In this case the increase is more like 10%, which is nothing to worry about at these sizes. Also, since gzip is BLACK MAGIC the increase may be less when it's in a css file.

With base64 the image data is in the css file, meaning it gets downloaded even if it isn't needed. Eg, if you're using media queries to optimise image usage for mobile, base64 doesn't help.

The browser has to download the full CSS file before it can render anything, having imagery in a separate request gets you progressive rendering, whereas with base64 the CSS and image data has to download before anything is displayed to the user.

WIth base64 you'll need to provide a url fallback for IE6/7 as they don't support base64 url, so experience there is particularly bad as they have to download all the image data twice & get hit by the separate http requests.

Aside from the delivery method, using base64 is the same as using separate image files. This means you can tile the image, which you can't do with a sprite yet. In the future we'll be able to use something like https://developer.mozilla.org/en/CSS/-moz-image-rect or http://www.w3.org/2008/WebVideo/Fragments/WD-media-fragments-spec/#naming-space (I much prefer the mozilla idea).

A sprite image is smaller than the sum of its parts as compression works across all the components of the sprite and you only have 1 set of PNG headers. A sprite image will be smaller than a set of base64 urls.

I'm an advocate of building sprite images manually, automated tools tend to create more images than needed and don't get the most out of compression. A major drawback of this is when working with others & version control. If 2 people are on feature branches and each add to the sprite, it won't merge. You don't get this problem with base64.

Personally, I use a sprite image except for images that need to tile. For tiling backgrounds that are only a few bytes I use base64 with a fallback url for IE6/7.

I strongly recommend running sprite images though http://pornel.net/imagealpha then http://imageoptim.pornel.net/ to get the most out of compression. And of course, use http://www.spritecow.com/ to get the positions and dimensions of the sprite components :)
12 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
23 people
Tapan Bhatt's profile photo
Gavin Helm-Smith's profile photo
Paul Hinderer's profile photo
Del JW's profile photo
Robert Baird's profile photo
Heidi Emery's profile photo
Brandon Ferguson's profile photo
Marwan Khanfar's profile photo
Katie Kummer's profile photo

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
Paul Irish originally shared:
 
If you want to stay up-to-date with frontend development or the fast-paced web browser world, I've curated two Google Reader bundles for you. (Also available as OPML)

* Frontend bundle. 258 feeds HTML/CSS/JS developer heaven. Lots of Javascript.
* Standards and browser dev bundle. 49 feeds
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
Mike Elgan originally shared:
 
Pixar lost a visionary CEO, too

Here's their good-bye image:
33 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
Tom Merritt originally shared:
 
"Here's to the Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.

Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world - are the ones who DO!"
36 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
RIP Steve Jobs.
We may never be able to measure his omniscient influence on not just technology, but culture itself.
1
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
This is a great interview for you to read if you want to get a strong feeling for the philosophy that drove the Panda algorithm, and the implications of that philosophy going forward.
1
Add a comment...

Matt Emery

Shared publicly  - 
 
Minimalist Movie Posters
1
1
talking stones's profile photo
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
Web Developer & Modern Hybrid Caveman
Introduction
Web Master & Caveman
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Looking for
Networking
Other names
Speedy, Caveman, Matt Hendrix
Wonderful authentic Thai food, made with a cultural flair. After visiting Thailand I thought I'd never taste Thai food that good again, but Sawan Thai proved me wrong. They're food is lovingly hand crafted by a a very special chef - who searches far and wide for the best ingredients - and then cooked and presented in stunning glory. The atmosphere is very "Thai", earthy and humble. You may not expect such great food to emanate from such an establishment because it looks deceivingly simple, but therein lies the charm. I'd recommend foodies and Thai food lovers visit this restaurant, and while you're there, say hello to the chef. Kob Kun Cup!
• • •
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
1 review
Map
Map
Map