Campfire Stories: April 16-21

Monday, April 16


CSS3 scroll effects.

Big Beards

Big beards

Most of the guys in the office envy the beard growing prowess of Anders T, but not even he can match the impressive beards of these men.

Tuesday, April 17

Integrated Design & Development

Integrated design & development: caring

CJ talking about the secret ingredient of integrated design and development, in his talk at Scandinavian Developers Conference.

Wednesday, April 18

Mailgun: Programmable Mail Servers

APIs that allow you to send, receive, track and store email. Nice site too.

The 10 Most Underused ActiveRecord::Relation Methods

Lots of great tips for working with ActiveRecord relations.

IKEA Uppleva

IKEA Uppleva

The beloved Swedish institution IKEA releases a TV. Pretty cool.

20,000 Years Ago…

20,000 years ago people who didn't believe in barefoot running got eaten.

Thursday, April 19


Rack-based A/B testing framework.


Pancake recipe


JavaScript plugin that makes select boxes more user-friendly. Developed by the people at Harvest.

Friday, April 20

Web service for letting your users upload files to your app directly from their Dropbox, Facebook, or their computer.

Saturday, April 21

Valve's "Handbook for New Employees"

The big news last week. Amazing insight into Valve's unique company culture. Very inspiring. More about this later.


Campfire Stories: April 9-13

Monday, April 9

Everyone had the day off, so no Campfire activity.

Tuesday, April 10

Penn Jillette About Nerdy Kids

Penn Jillette about nerdy kids

You know, when I was 15, 16, 17-years-old, I spent five hours a day juggling, and I probably spent six hours a day seriously listening to music.

And if I were 16 now, I would put that time into playing video games. The thing that old people don’t understand is – you know if you’ve never heard Bob Dylan, and someone listened to him for 15 minutes, you’re not going to get it. You are just not going to understand. You have to put in hours and hours to start to understand the form, and the same thing is true for gaming. You’re not going to just look at a first-person shooter where you are killing zombies and understand the nuances. There is this tremendous amount of arrogance and hubris, where somebody can look at something for five minutes and dismiss it. Whether you talk about gaming or 20th century classical music, you can’t do it in five minutes. You can’t listen to The Rite of Spring once and understand what Stravinsky was all about. It seems like you should at least have the grace to say you don’t know, instead of saying that what other people are doing is wrong.

The cliché of the nerdy kid who doesn’t go outside and just plays games is completely untrue. And it’s also true for the nerdy kid who studies comic books and turns into this genius, and it is also true for the nerdy kid who listens to every nerdy thing that Led Zeppelin put out. That kind of obsession in a 16-year-old is not ugly. It’s beautiful. That kind of obsession is going to lead to a sophisticated 30-year-old who has a background in that artform.

It just seems so simple, and yet I’m constantly in these big arguments with people on the computer who are talking about, “I would never let my kid do this and this in a video game.” And these are adults who when they were children were dropping acid and going to see the Grateful Dead.

I mean, the Grateful Dead is provably shitty music. It’s impossible – it’s theoretically impossible to make a video game as bad as the Grateful Dead. I throw that out there as a challenge.

Wednesday, April 11

Get Productive. Get tmux.

Get productive. Get tmux.

App Scrolls

Our friend Dr Nic has released a new way to bootstrap new Rails projects.

Anders' Ping Pong Pose

Anders' ping pong pose

Toward a Simpler, More Beautiful Google

Google blog post on their upcoming design direction.


Very interesting new JavaScript framework. Lots of similar ideas to Serenade.js, but with way more magic.

500px Terms of Service

500px has a simple narrative running alongside their Terms of Service, explaining what the legalese means.

Thursday, April 12

Testing Like the TSA

DHH writes about testing too much.

Just Enough Testing

Bryan Liles' response to DHH's post.

Friday, April 13


Free PSD full of iPad GUI elements.

Capybaras That Look Like Rafael Nadal

Capybara that looks like Rafael Nadal 1

Capybara that looks like Rafael Nadal 2

Capybara that looks like Rafael Nadal 3


Campfire Stories: April 2-5

Monday, April 2

Customise Bootstrap v2.


Cool JavaScript plugin for creating interactive timelines.

The FontShop Plugin

Try FontShop fonts in Photoshop.

SimpleBits / A Typographic Refresh

Dan Cederholm has updated the typography on his site with beautiful fonts from Hoefler & Frere-Jones.

Tuesday, April 3

Instantly Beautiful Project Pages

GitHub has released an Automatic Page Generator for creating theme based project pages.

Startups, This Is How Design Works

A primer on "good design".

Layer Cake

Tool for extracting image assets from PSDs.

Wednesday, April 4

The Best Way to Be More Web 2.0

What's the best way to be more web 2.0?

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

Thursday, April 5

RailsCasts Episode #338 - Globalize3

Screencast about the new version of the I18n library Globalize.

Figure by Propellerhead


Fun new app for creating music, with a great interface.


Campfire Stories: March 26-29

Monday, March 26

Nothing to report.

Tuesday, March 27

Waging War on Whitespace (Using TextMate)

Getting rid of annoying diff cruft.

Wednesday, March 28


No comment.

Thursday, March 29

CSS3 Gradient Buttons the Right Way

CSS buttons

Guide to creating nice buttons with just CSS.


Lovely new sketching app for the iPad.

Friday, March 30

Bang methods; or, Danger, Will Rubyist!

Don't overuse the bang!


Beautiful web app template with lots and lots of features.

Our logo

Our logo

We finally have our logo over the entrance to our office.

Trusted Keys

Anders T released a new open source library for dealing with mass assignment of attributes.


Campfire Stories: March 19-23

Monday, March 19

CarrierWave Direct

Add-on to Jonas' file upload library CarrierWave for direct uploads to S3 and background processing of the files.

Tuesday, March 20

Working with time zones in Ruby on Rails

Nicklas wrote a blog post with some guidelines for dealing with timezone issues in Ruby on Rails.

hubot, mustache me cjkihlbom

hubot, mustache me cjkihlbom

No comment.

Sonos for Mac

Sonos for Mac

The new version of the Sonos controller app for Mac OS X is a huge improvement.

Wednesday, March 21

Browser you love(d) to hate

Microsoft is doing a big marketing campaign for IE9. Not bad.

Thursday, March 22


More resilient test doubles for RSpec, from Xavier Shay.

Photoshop CS6 Beta

The new version of Photoshop is out in beta. Jimmy and Johannes are very excited about this.



Tesseract is a JavaScript library for filtering large multivariate datasets in the browser. Tesseract supports extremely fast (under 30ms) interaction with coordinated views, even with datasets containing a million or more records; we built it to power analytics for Square Register, allowing merchants to slice and dice their payment history fluidly.

GitHub's Ruby style guide

Pair programming really helps everyone keep a consistent coding style, but GitHub's style guide was an interesting read nonetheless.

Friday, March 23


Actors and futures in Ruby, wrapped in a nice API.

How to write a bug report

Having a problem with an open source library? Here are Jonas' tips on writing a good bug report that will increase your chance of getting help from the library author.

CSS 3D Clouds

Check out the Michael Bay preset.

Baldur's Gate for iPad

Baldur's Gate on iPad

Baldur's Gate is coming to the iPad! Forget Google Maps, iBooks or iPhoto. This is the killer app.