Virginia Convention of 1861 – Civil War Collections – University of Richmond »

“The project explores a topic of broad scholarly and public interest as the sesquicentennial of the Civil War approches: How did the decision to secede–and start the bloodiest conflict in US history–come about?

“Secession examines this question by bringing one important primary text, the Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia, 1861 alongside a wealth of contextual information, including timelines, maps, political and demographic data, with tools to allow the user to link them all together.”

ender-js/Ender »

“Ender is an open, powerful, micro-to-macro API for composing your own custom JavaScript library; it wraps up application agnostic, independent modules into a slick, intuitive, and familiar interface so you don’t have to.”

How To Scale a Development Team »

via @mrflip. This breakdown matches my experiences, both good and bad, perfectly. Anyone running a startup or thinking about it should read this fully. Those in a larger company could learn a lot as well – these principles work for small teams within a larger organization, which are often a business within a business.

A Players, B Players, Grinders and Losers

Hiring the right people is critically important in a quickly growing startup. Each new hire can significantly change the company in a good or bad way. There is a saying that A players hire A players and B players hire C players and I am a big believer in only hiring leaders, future leaders and key contributors. B players hire grinders and losers. The difference between a grinder and a loser is work ethic, grinders have it, losers don’t, but neither have ambition. That being said, anyone can change, but don’t hire them until they do.

Nick Ducoff, CEO and a co-founder of Infochimps on hiring the right people

Spot on.

On a side note, knowing some of the great people at Infochimps, I can attest to the fact that Nick and Flip walk the walk when it comes to recruiting talent. They’ve put together one hell of a team that anyone would be proud to be a part of.

Take a couple of minutes to read Nick’s full post as well as the other pieces on his site, it’s good stuff.

Tileables »

via @jasongraphix A “collection of free, seamless patterns and textures. That’s about it. They’re designed to be repeated as background images and they’re supplied in the .PAT format for Adobe Photoshop. The .PSD files are included for your own customisations and .PNG’s of the tiles are rendered in each pack so you can use them in other applications.”

The Age of the World… in Art »

via @sryder A 3D visualization of the population as segmented by age of countries around the world. It’s a very interesting view of recent history and of what’s to come given the shift in demographics and the implications therein.

A Toolset For Managing Screen Resolutions »

A great resource for designers and developers who need to work with multiple-resolutions and devices…wait, that’s all of us!

The package includes (taken form their site):
1. A collection of Photoshop® CS5 marquee-tool presets for common screen resolutions. These cover both fixed-screen resolution sizes and ratios for less common resolutions that fall within standard ratios.

2. A collection of layered Photoshop CS5 PSDs each providing common devices for comping and design presentations. These devices cover the standard ratios and device types (televisions, tablets, smartphones). The screen sizes are to scale to help put designs in accurate and realistic context.

3. A reference chart for resolutions and device landscape.

Support Details »

IS one of your clients running into issues with a site you built for them? Instead od asking them a bunch of questions, point them to this site and have them e-mail you quickly e-mail you key browser/platform information. I wish this existed when I was doing client work.

Showoff »

This is slick, and falls into the “I can’t believe it didn’t already exist” category. “Showoff is a service that allows a locally run server on any port to be accesible on the public Internet. It creates a public URL for a server on localhost that you can share with anyone. All requests to that url are tunneled to your workstation.”