Happy week-leading-up-to-Thanksgiving, everyone. It’s a special, yet nondescript limbo, as the laid-back innocence of the “non-holiday” season has now all but faded away. It is almost that time to dig-in our heels and embrace the inevitable, impending frenzy of gifts, family time and bad movies. But before that, we all get to engorge ourselves in a giant calorie-free feast featuring this week’s Spry Hive.
Spry Digital was thrilled to be a part of StartUp Connection this week, where some of the best early stage startup ventures in the St. Louis region were showcased. As always, Spry Digital was well-represented in the event’s resource fair, where we showcased examples of our work for startups, that included everything from branding to design and building and marketing web applications. We were all truly encouraged by the diversity of companies we heard from at the event.
At the end of the evening we awarded $1,500 in-kind to Arvegenix, a startup that is revolutionizing agriculture with the development of pennycress. Pennycress is a crop that will grow over winter between the corn-soy rotation thereby providing growers with an additional revenue crop which does not compete for food crop acres. We think you’ll be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. Congrats guys!
Speaking of startups, according to new research, St. Louis, Missouri is actually the fastest growing city in the world for tech startup funding. Dollar growth in the city grew by an impressive 1,221 percent between November 2013 and October 2014. This put St. Louis well ahead of Munich, Germany where funding grew at 728 percent.
The entrepreneurial footprint of St. Louis continues to grow, and as always, we’re honored to help some of the companies that are helping to shape our new economy.
Dutch designer Christian Boer believes he has come-up with a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for people suffering from the disorder. Unlike traditional fonts, his font called “Dyslexie” uses heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, and larger openings. These things give each character a more recognizable form, which is already being utilized by several large corporations. He’s also made it downloadable for free.
We’re getting such a kick out of these imagined posters for movie sequels. Who wouldn’t want to see Beetlejuice 2, or Bigger Trouble in Little China? It’s just fun. Worth noting and appreciating: the absence of Police Academy 8.
Now, this is no small feet. Rather, very tiny ones. High-concept artist Jonty Hurwitz has created the smallest human sculptures ever assembled – too small, in fact, to be seen with the naked eye. Some of these sculptures can be seen standing tall inside the eye of a needle, or even on a human hair. You’ll definitely want to read on to learn just how he does it.
Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, and others, SSL certificates will be free and easy to install, starting summer of next year. At that time, a new initiative called “Let’s Encrypt” will start providing free certificates for any website in need. This, coupled with Google’s recent announcement that using HTTPS will give your site a slight SEO boost, leaves little reason for not securing your website.
After 10 years together, Firefox is breaking-up with Google as it’s default search engine. The browser is leaving Google for a 5-year partnership with Yahoo which will begin this December. Yahoo greatly hopes this marriage will benefit them in their mission to reclaim their former prominence in Web search.
Hard drives aren’t much different from any closet, basement or attic in the sense that they all fill-up with storage of things we no longer use or need. If you have these issues (that is, being human), take a look at DaisyDisk. We appreciate the visual map that provides a detailed overview of all your Mac’s files and folders.
Having “fake” friends has an entirely different meaning in the social media era than it did 20 years ago. In fact, a recent article in the New York Times outlines that many celebrities, politicians and companies often buy fake followers to enhance their perceived popularity online. What’s even more surprising is that many of these fake accounts can even be programmed to retweet certain topics, favorite a tweet or follow anyone who follows them.
Contributing to an open source project can be a struggle. So we love this write-up about on how to contribute to open source without being a [jerk]. A note that the language in the article is a little blue, but the line of thinking is more than noteworthy.
Take a look at RemoteIE, which allows you to test the latest Internet Explorer on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android. It’s a free service from Microsoft, and the key is you’re able to run the latest version of IE on the Windows 10 Technical Preview without the need to run a new OS or heavyweight virtual machine on your device. According to IE’s Program Manager, “We know that developers on Windows 7 want a way to test on the latest builds of IE and that the broader development community is eager to have the latest Internet Explorer available on other platforms”
Could you use another GIT cheatsheet? The people at CodeKarate.com have you covered with this one, which we think fits the bill rather nicely.
Sticking with the imaginary front, humor us and check out these Superheroes and supervillains reimagined as 16th century aristocrats. You might be taken aback just to how well some of them make the transition. Batman and Wonder Woman somehow appear as if they could fit seamlessly into Game of Thrones. As for The Hulk, well…Um. Hmmm.
We all know it isn’t Thanksgiving until we see tiny hamsters eating a traditional meal. Luckily the crew at Denizen has us covered with this year’s installment. There aren’t any surprising plot twists, which is perfect, as it delivers exactly what we all continue to crave: tiny hamsters eating tiny intricately-prepared meals.
Well, that concludes our big “pre-holiday” meal for this week. Time to stretch-out on that couch and passively watch that football game while passively listening to that uncle of yours talk politics. But we do hope you save-up some room for our next edition. Like the holidays, it will be here sooner than you think.