We’re packing our bags and heading to Atlanta. See you at NICAR next week?
What we're reading this week
Adam: For new users of CSS preprocessors the allure of nesting is strong, but if you have to maintain the CSS you write for some time to come, it can really come back to bite you. I have felt this bite this week as we’ve been refactoring some of the navigation elements in Largo and it’s gotten pretty ugly, at times. Don’t let this happen to you.
Denise: I am in love with this new tool — and it’s acronym. LMGTDFY (Let Me Get That Data For You) is a free, open-source tool from U.S. Open Data that returns a machine-readable inventory of all the data files found on a website. Fun, huh?
Kaeti: Too often it feels like we have to choose between excellence or getting things done. Clair Byrd recently shared some thoughtful ideas about how we can make striving for excellence a daily practice.
Meredith: I share an interest in gaining a better understanding of code and how it impacts journalism (keeping up to my thoughtful teammates), I found a journalist based in the Czech Republic, David Bauer, who shares the story of his year spent learning code.
Ryan: A little computer science history for you this week: read about Grace Hopper — WWII veteran, early computer scientist and developer of the programming language that eventually became COBOL. Also, watch her 1986 interview with David Letterman.
Will: If you like computer science, and you like considering “what if,” check out this Reddit thread that asks r/compsci, “How different would Computer Science be if we were to reinvent it?” Maybe we’d live in a world where Java didn’t exist and PHP wasn’t so terrible.
Bert: Helpful robot is helpful.
In the beginning were computers, and women programmed them. A lot of women. So what happened? Turns out, computer programming isn't the first activity to shift from being relatively gender-neutral to being full of bros, broads and beer. Maybe it's time tech learned some lessons from skater culture (and I don't just mean how to look wicked cool in a hoodie).
Each week we ask someone from outside our team to contribute a link, tool or idea. Are you our next guest star? We think you might be. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Made A Thing
Our projects, manifest
Also, don't forget — the INN Nerds Book Club will meet during NICAR in Atlanta. We're reading and discussing The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. Join us!
Transformicons: A beautiful and useful library of animated icons, symbols, and buttons using SVG and CSS.
Some Other Stuff
Gather ye rosebuds
LISTEN: February 26 is Johnny Cash's birthday. Celebrate with Big River live at the Opry, 1962.
COOK: ICYMI: The scientific approach to seasoning your cast iron.
WATCH: Custom Buffalo-mobile.
GIF: I think we've all spent quite enough time on the internet this week.
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