I finally found time to sit down with Jonathan Snook’sScalable and Modular Architecture for CSS, or SMACSS (prounounced “smacks”), and really enjoyed it. It’s a short read, but I didn’t just want to read it, I wanted to study it. SMACSS is not a framework, per se, rather a style guide.
I had heard of Ellie Goulding from features on other artists’ songs and remixes, but it wasn’t until I got my hands on Halcyon Days that I really started to appreciate her as a solo artist. And, in fact, it wasn’t even the CD that got me into her—it was this video of her performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on October 16, 2012 that really got me hooked.
Consider Phlebas, Iain Banks’ first novel to feature the Culture, is described as a fast-paced space opera in which the story’s protagonist, Bora Horza Gobuchul, is enemy of the Culture. In Consider Phlebas, the Culture and the Idiran Empire are at war—a war that spans galaxies and has consumed too many lives and cost too much money to count—and the story follows the journey of one mercenary trying to figure out what is it all for.
I recently finished reading my first Culture novel, Iain Banks’ The Player of Games. I was recommended the Culture series by my dad, who is also a fan of science fiction literature. After thoroughly enjoying his last recommendation, Isaac Asimov’s The End of Eternity, I thought I’d give Iain Banks a try. Though I didn’t enjoy The Player of Games as much as The End of Eternity, I think it was a great starting point for my journey through the Culture series, and definitely has me interested in reading more about Iain Banks’ world of wonder.
Jay-Z’s an artist it seems like I’ve liked forever. Not hard to believe Magna Carta Holy Grail is his 12th studio album. But the thing I like about Jay-Z, maybe even more than his music, is how he handles his business.