Reading List #58


It’s been a while since I last published this list, so why not hit publish in the middle of the week this time. The last few weeks have been a bit all over the place with a lot going both at work as well as personally โ€“ birthdays of both kids only three weeks apart, kindergarden enrollment coming up in a few days for the older one, to name just a few.

We did a lot of progress on picu, in terms of development as well as on the marketing side, which I’m really excited about and looking forward to.

Frontend Development

๐Ÿ˜Ž Pause CSS animations

I didn’t know about animation-play-state to pause and resume CSS animations. This is nice.

Amit Merchant โ€“ Resume and pause animations in CSS

๐Ÿ“ธ Parvus โ€“ open-source image lightbox with no dependencies

I’m always up for a lightweight, simple and accessible lightbox. Especially if it’s open source. I haven’t had the time to play around with Parvus, but from the description it sounds like it checks a lot of the boxes that I am looking for in a lightbox script. Bookmarked.

Github โ€“ Parvus


๐Ÿช„ Beyond Block Styles

In this three-part series, Justin Tadlock takes a look at something I could have used quite a few times on client sites in the past: Adding block styles with slight variations. Usually I ended up adding multiple similar, but slightly different versions of the same block style to achieve this. But he shows a much better way to build this. He’s adding a custom block style for the separator block that displays an icon and let’s you choose which icon to show. Definitely something I will use in the future.

Beyond block styles, part 1: using the WordPress scripts package with themes
Beyond block styles, part 2: building a custom style for the Separator block
Beyond block styles, part 3: building custom design tools


๐Ÿ‘ The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn

Paul Graham wrote this essay back in 2006, back when MySpace was still a thing and the web hadn’t lost it’s innocence. It’s amazing how many things changed, and at the same time how much of it is still true to this day. It’s worth reading this essay from time to time.

Paul Graham โ€“ The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn

๐Ÿ’ก Ideas VS Execution

Another one I stumbled upon again recently is this table by Derek Sivers about the importance if ideas VS execution. It perfectly describes how I think of ideas: While they can have lots of potential, they’re pretty worthless in and of themselves, only with great execution they can become something great. It also reminded me of this video by Steve Jobs where he uses the metaphor of stones grinding together until they are polished, to explain how it takes a team and lots of friction to take something from idea to a product.

Derek Sivers โ€“ Ideas are just a multiplier of execution

Have a great (rest of the) week โœŒ๏ธ

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