Campfire Stories: May 7-11

Monday, May 7

Mission: Small Business

LivingSocial launched a new initiative that lets small businesses apply for grants of $250,000. We built the app.

Tuesday, May 8

Interesting alternative to Skype or Google+ Hangout.

Wednesday, May 9


Fuzzy file finder for VIM.


Nice DSL for interacting with APIs in RubyMotion.

CSS arrow please!

Create boxes with arrows in CSS.

Thursday, May 10

Multiple Ruby version support on Heroku

Specify your Ruby version in your Gemfile on Heroku.


Create custom icon web fonts.



Anders T shows us his ninja skills.

Friday, May 11

Radio buttons

Ever wondered why HTML radio buttons are called that?

Radio buttons


Campfire Stories: April 30-May 4

Monday, April 30

Irish Apple conference bears fruit

Irish Apple conference bears fruit

I (CJ) attended Úll, a conference in Ireland about development for Apple platforms. During the conference I attended a reception with the Lord Mayor of Dublin together with the speakers and got a picture of me holding an iPad published in the Irish Times. Good times.

Brydge iPad keyboard

Very cool keyboard for the iPad.

Tuesday, May 1

Everyone had the day of for May Day, so no updates.

Wednesday, May 2

Spotify for iPad

Spotify on iPad

Spotify launched their iPad app. Congratulations to all our friends who worked on the project!

Sketch 2

The designer's toolbox.

Thursday, May 3

Voice & Tone

MailChimp's copywriting style guide.

Nordic Ruby banners

Nordic Ruby banners

Jimmy designed some very nice banners for attendees, speakers and sponsors of Nordic Ruby.

Friday, May 4



Write iOS applications in Ruby. Amazing stuff.

Star Wars Day

May the fourth be with you.

Pry 102: Advanced features


Power tips for working with Pry.


Campfire Stories: April 23-27

Better late than never, here's last week's edition of Campfire Stories.

Monday, April 23

dConstruct 2012

The new site for this year's dConstruct conference looks great.

VIM Adventures

Learning VIM while playing a game. Lots of fun!

Adobe CS6 launched

We didn't upgrade to CS5, so Jimmy and Johannes are very excited about getting a new version of Photoshop now. We'll probably sign up for Creative Cloud.

Nordic Ruby schedule

The schedule for our annual Ruby conference is now online. Lots of great sessions planned.

Tuesday, April 24

Turnip: a tasty Cucumber alternative?

Our friends at Thoughtbot wrote a blog post about Turnip, Jonas' acceptance testing framework.

Elabs stickers

Elabs stickers

We're getting new stickers and iPhone decals made.

Wednesday, April 25

Type Connection

A typographic dating game.

Simple Modal

JavaScript plugin to create modal windows.

Thursday, April 26

SDC speakers' dinner

CJ, Jonas, and Joseph Wilk

CJ and Jonas chatting with Joseph Wilk at the SDC speakers' dinner. Joseph will be giving a talk titled "Someone is wrong" at Nordic Ruby this year.

PHP: The Good Parts

PHP: The Good Parts

Tom Hudson wrote a book about PHP.!/TomNomNom/status/195304317601849344

Rdio's new site

Looks great. Wish they would launch their service in Sweden.

Friday, April 27

racing dog


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