I’m back with another calc() trick I stumbled upon. This sprung out of my desire to design with odd numbers. The trouble is, math-wise, odd numbers are often harder to use. I do a lot of designing and prototyping in the browser, and I often want to quickly create new rows or columns, and need to know how wide to make them. CSS’s calc() function makes dealing with this a whole lot easier.
With Marvel’s “Secret Wars” event, the all-new Ghost Rider returned in a weirdo alternate dimension storyline called Ghost Racers that pitted hero Robbie Reyes against other Ghost Riders in a Death Race-style arena called the Killiseum. It’s a crazy adventure story, but, because I’m a designer, the part that really fascinated me was the backmatter of the books. On the final page of the first three issues, artist Juan Gedeon talks a bit about how he came up with some of the Ghost Racers, and shows off some of the concept art. It’s a fascinating look at what goes through the mind of a creator, when they’re tasked with designing a world without limits.
One Christmas, when I was a child, my dad opened up a hand-held video camera. The gift was for him, but I think over the years, my brothers and I got more use out of it than he ever did. Mostly, we made goof-ball sketch comedies done on-the-fly with the other kids on the block. All of it was recorded on 8mm analog video cassettes. Some of it was committed to VHS. Very little of it survives today. One that does survive is our pinnacle achievement: The Many Faces Of An Irish Pub.