The Era of Newshammer by Dave Rupert

Uncle Dave redesigned his website and it’s looking great. I always find it fun to see how people approach building their personal sites. Often, we build these the way we wish we could build everything else. That “Git It Gurl” theme is 🔥.

Great job Dave.

Despite 26 From Wiggins, Wolves Fall To Spurs In Opener | Minnesota Timberwolves Blog

Kyle Ratke on the Minnesota Timberwolves Blog:

The Wolves kept it close and it looked like they were turning a corner in the fourth quarter, but they fell to the Spurs in Wednesday’s season opener in San Antonio.

This was a tough first game. Not only did the Wolves start their season being away from home—they were in an arena where most teams lose. The Spurs are an excellent team even without Kawhi and Tony Parker on the floor. LaMarcus Aldridge apparently showed up to play scoring 25 points.

Wiggins, Towns, Teague and Crawford definitely did their part. I’d like to see more points from Jimmy Butler, and I’m sure that’ll happen. But it’s the first game of the season. There’s a lot of games left, and plenty of time for the Wolves to iron out some of these kinks.

Microsoft Updates Edge with CSS Grid Support

This is excellent news. CSS Grid is now in Edge 16. Still no support in IE 11, and I don’t see that changing. This puts us in an excellent spot, and opens up the possibilities for a lot more sites. If you’ve been on the fence, get down from there and start gettin’ your toes wet with this stuff.

CSS Grid is ready for production, no matter what you’re working on. Remember, even if you need to support older browsers, you can do the following:

.your-class {
  display: flex;
  // other fallback CSS
  @supports (display: grid) {
    display: grid;
    // other Grid stuff

Happy Grid-ing!

Gordon Hayward Injury Casts Pall Over Opening Night Thriller |

Steve Aschburner on

Five Cavaliers players scattered like roaches bugging out over a light bulb. Several Boston players stood still, crouched low or leaned in, incredulous at what they were seeing. In that instant, the guys over on the Cleveland bench – with the nearest and clearest view of Gordon Hayward’s hideously twisted left leg and ankle – recoiled, turning away in unison as if choreographed.

It looked like the sort of Fred Sanford routine NBA players break out on All-Star Saturday, wincing and staggering in playful reaction to some dazzling dunk. Only this wasn’t theatrics, this was horrific. And their reactions were emotional, and real.

Five minutes into Gordon Hayward’s debut for the Celtics, and he suffered an injury that could possibly be season-ending. Injuries happen in sports, but it’s not everyday you see something like this. I’ve never suffered an injury on this scale, but I’m sure the first thing you think about is whether you’ll be able to ever play again. Thankfully the injury seems to have been a clean break, and he’ll recover just fine.

My heart goes out to Gordon Hayward, and I hope for a speedy recovery.

Movies Anywhere Now Goes Beyond Disney | Six Colors

Dan Moren on Six Colors:

Movies Anywhere promises a pretty sizable library, though there are still holdouts—Paramount being the largest, along with other significant players like Lionsgate. But the service is sweetening the pot by offering users a handful of free movies when you link an account.

… Dare I say, this seems like an indication that Hollywood is finally “getting it” where digital film purchases are concerned.

I love seeing stuff like this. I buy most of my movies on iTunes, but a service like this is the pathway to being platform-agnostic which I always think is a better bet. I love the movie experience Apple has created, but being able to buy in other places, then watching wherever I want is the way I want technology to work.

I’m really happy to see movie studios buy into this idea. I sincerely believe people want to buy movies, however when studios restrict where or how they view them, people are pushed into piracy.

I hope more studios jump onto this bandwagon.

U.S. Out of Excuses After Defeat in Trinidad Leaves It Out of World Cup | ESPN FC

Jeff Carlisle on ESPN FC:

Bruce Arena called it “disappointing.” Michael Bradley referred to it as “a perfect storm.” Omar Gonzalez said: “It’s the worst day of my career.”

No doubt, everyone associated with the U.S. national team is hurting in their own way, but Gonzalez’s comment seemed to crystallize the pain that was a byproduct of the 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago – a result that, when combined with scores from elsewhere, resulted in the U.S. being eliminated from World Cup qualifying for the first time since the 1986 cycle.

It’s a result that is difficult to process on many levels. But let’s be clear: It’s the most embarrassing defeat in U.S. soccer history and one that will be impossible for this group of players and coaches to live down.

The U.S. Men’s Soccer team is officially out of the World Cup. Now, I’m not going to pretend to know how this whole qualifying stuff works, but every four years this team manages to qualify just to make no impact whatsoever. But they at least qualify.

Interestingly the article calls this particular team “the most talented team in U.S. history,” which ironically serves as an indictment of U.S. Men’s Soccer. The U.S is in the CONCACAF region which is “a massively forgiving region from which to qualify,” and yet here we are. The worst part is it all points to a lack of effort. Qualifying for the World Cup was on the line, and the team couldn’t be bothered to put in work. Even worse, one of the Trinidad and Tobago goals came from a U.S player.

I have an idea: disband the Men’s Team, rename the Women’s Team to just U.S Soccer, and send them. That’s an actual talented team that can handle the big leagues.

Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

The day is finally here! The Last Jedi trailer just dropped and is two minutes and thirty-five seconds long. I have tickets for opening night and second viewing purchased.

My Thoughts On the New Trailer

  • We get updated versions of the AT-AT!
  • Luke accepts the lightsaber!
  • It seems we’ll get an explanation of how Rey is so powerful and what happened with Kylo Ren’s training.
  • Luke isn’t the naive kid from the original trilogy anymore. He’s “seen” stuff, ya know?
  • It insinuates that Kylo Ren kills Leia too. I doubt this will be the case since that would put his character beyond redemption.1
  • The way they continue to add to this universe with new aliens and creatures is so cool.
  • BB-8 is back! I mean, that was never in question, but still.
  • Finn vs. Phasma!!!
  • Phasma’s costume is just so cool. Really looking forward to seeing her more in this film.
  • Leia’s costumes look great.
  • First look at Snoke, and he’s just as ugly as we thought.
  • That last part of the trailer has got to be clever editing.
  • Kylo Ren’s scar gets smaller as the movie progresses. Smart move by Rian Johnson.
  • Just like The Empire Strikes Back this film looks like it’s going to get dark.

I usually only watch the first trailer of movies I’m really looking forward to, so this’ll have to hold me until December. I’m so excited!

  1. Kylo already killed Han, which already makes him irredeemble to many of us 

Kuzma Showing Lakers Have Another Rookie to Watch | ESPN

Ohm Youngmisuk:

The 6-foot-9 forward has looked like a potential steal in the draft for the Lakers, who picked him 27th overall with the first-rounder they acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in the D’Angelo Russell-Brook Lopez deal.

While Ball garnered all the attention and won MVP honors at Las Vegas Summer League, Kuzma was a major surprise, as he averaged 21.9 points. 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 steals and shot 48 percent from 3-point range.

Since Summer League, Kuzma keeps putting up great numbers. At this point, I’m honestly more excited about Kyle Kuzma than I am about Lonzo. That’s not a dig on Lonzo, it’s more about me loving to root for underdogs like this. Here’s a kid that not many had heard about, and now he’s the most talked about player on the Lakers roster. This could be his fifteen seconds of fame, or could be the start of a great career much like another Laker legend who wasn’t picked in the top 5.

Letter from the Wirecutter Team | Wirecutter

The Wirecutter Team:

Today we are relaunching our website to make it easier for our readers to find and buy the things they need. The new site is the result of months of research, design, coding, and—critically—dozens of conversations with readers to make sure we focused on what really matters.

Collectively (and with our own money) Wirecutter staffers have bought thousands of the same products we recommend to you, and we rely on them daily in our own lives and homes.

The new branding and design of Wirecutter has been executed very well. I loved the content of their previous site, but this is a beautiful marriage of form and function. Articles are now responsive, the type is great on the eyes, and finding a category you’re looking for is easier than before. I think they’ve made the site easier for discovery of new things as well.

All in all, hats off to the team. 👏🏽

Traded Stars CP3, Melo, George Make Debuts | ESPN

Tim MacMahon and Royce Young writing for ESPN:

A fresh era officially started for three of the NBA’s stars on Tuesday night at Tulsa’s BOK Center, as Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Chris Paul made their preseason debuts for their new teams following offseason trades.

Those three were the headliners in the Houston Rockets’ 104-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Rockets were dropping threes like they were going out of style. They’re going to be a difficult matchup for a lot of teams.1 One thing was for sure, Chris Paul and James Harden looked a lot more acquainted with each other than Paul George and Melo did. It’s obvious the Thunder need more time to build chemistry.

  1. Although it sometimes feels like everyone shoots from the three in the NBA nowadays.