Bookmarks for 25th October 2012

These are my saved Pinboard links for 25th October 2012:

  • api-spec/intents.md at master · appdotnet/api-spec · GitHub – Web intents are an easy way to integrate with App.net; you don't even need to use Javascript. Intents in their most basic form are just carefully constructed URLs. By clicking on an intent link, a user will be taken to a page on App.net with a prompt to carry out an action, such as creating a post. If the user is not logged in to App.net, she/he will first authenticate before being presented with the action dialog.
  • How to stand (at your desk) | The Wirecutter – You've heard about the risks of sitting down all day long. If not here, then here, here, here, or here. The studies are everywhere, and the verdict is in: we should not spend all day sitting down, even if you make the time for exercise. It's not how our bodies are supposed to operate.

     So, you want to take the plunge for a standing desk. Here's our advice on how to go about doing that.

  • Migrating from Kindle to iBooks – zacwe.st – I started off reading eBooks from the Amazon Kindle store. As time has progressed, I’ve found myself using my physical Kindle less and less. Partly because I forget to charge it, and partly because I can never get the lighting in my favorite reading locations quite right. And at night? Forget about it.

    So I’ve converted all of my Kindle purchases to ePubs for use in iBooks. I could use the Kindle app for iOS but I’ve found iBooks to be faster at syncing read position, and it feels a lot more natural to use.

    Since I went through the effort of converting all of my Kindle documents, I figured I’d write a mini guide to getting it done. I’m specifically focusing on the Mac since that’s all I know; other users will have to venture elsewhere.

  • Vegetable Dhal Curry » Fab Food 4 All – With the credit crunch snapping at our heals I decided to go on “frugal” shopping spree and as well as half price chicken I came home with 5kg of Basmati rice for £4 and 2kg of red lentils for £2 which is a huge saving on the usual smaller packs I buy! My husband is always saying how much he loves Dhal and I think I have only cooked it once for him so I decided that this situation had to be rectified. I didn’t want to cook just a side dish, I wanted this to be a vegetarian main course and so I researched several recipes. I decided to use Delia’s Dhal Curry as a starting point and took it further by tweaking the spices, using fresh ginger, adding more garlic, cumin seeds, sweetcorn and a coriander yogurt dressing. Her recipe stated that it served 2 so I doubled everything only to find that I made enough for us to eat the following night as well! Hence the photos will show more ingredients than you will have if you make this as below.
    I wasn’t sure if my daughter was going to like this dish as it’s the men of the house that like curry best, but after a few negative comments she started to help me cook so by the time it was served she’d completely come round and loved it! It is a mild curry so if you like yours hotter do add more Madras powder.
    I am entering my Vegetable Dhal Curry into Javelin Warrior’s “Made with Love Mondays” challenge as it fits with the theme of making everything from scratch.
  • ResponsiveSlides.js · Responsive jQuery Slider & Slideshow – ResponsiveSlides.js is a tiny jQuery plugin that creates a responsive slider using list items inside <ul>. It works with wide range of browsers including all IE versions from IE6 and up. It also adds css max-width support for IE6 and other browsers that don't natively support it. Only dependency is jQuery (1.4 and up supported) and that all the images are same size.

    Biggest difference to other responsive slider plugins is the file size (1kb minified and gzipped) + that this one doesn't try to do everything. Responsive Slides has basically only two different modes: Either it just automatically fades the images, or operates as a responsive image container with pagination and/or navigation to fade between slides.

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