It’s not all about the commit

You can learn so much just by trying to submit a patch. It’s is nice to get the commit but it isn’t a requirement to learn something about the issue.

The back story

You can’t put rgba inside of a placeholder property, for example:

::-webkit-input-placeholder {
   color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.30);
}

but you can do this:

::-webkit-input-placeholder {
   color:#e8e8e8;
}

Also Takashi Irie (author of Twenty Fourteen) after some research found out that Firefox 19 lowers the opacity of the placeholder to 0.54 by default. To get the correct color you need to reset it.

So to properly use the color and the opacity you want you would have to do this:

::-webkit-input-placeholder {
   color:#e8e8e8;
   opacity: 1;
}

What I though would be an easy open source hat trick.

  1. Trac Ticket
  2. Patch Submission
  3. Core Contribution

Turned into a learning something new and you know it’s not all about the commit…

Final Approach

The Final Approach into Vancouver with English Bay, Stanley Park, Downtown Vancouver and Burrard Inlet in view. Far off in the distance Mount Baker. Photo Copyright 2013 Robert Dall ~ All Rights Reserved

The Final Approach into Vancouver with English Bay, Stanley Park, Downtown Vancouver and Burrard Inlet in view. Far off in the distance Mount Baker. Photo Copyright 2013 Robert Dall ~ All Rights Reserved


Andrew Nacin sent out a tweet today about  how he never getting tired of the approach into Washington DC. The statement is so true… It’s a beautiful city. I hope to visit it one day.

I accidentally and for the first time in years missed the bus to the ferry for a meetup in Vancouver and luckily enough Harbour Air had a seat empty to Vancouver.

It was a beautiful flight and it gave me a chance to think about the view coming into Vancouver via float plane and I never get tired of it, the view never gets old. So on this day of Remembrance I think about a lot how lucky to live in such an awesome area of the world we live in.

Powell River Historic District Plaque from the Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada

Read the Plaque:
The Powell River Townsite

Dear Roman Mars

You would love the Powell River Townsite.

The Powell River Paper Mill established in 1909 (current owned by Catalyst Paper)  and was the bellwether for the establishment of the town.

The Powell River Paper Mill established in 1909 (current owned by Catalyst Paper) and was the bellwether for the establishment of the town.

Ever since the Concrete Furniture episode I have been a faithful listener of 99 percent invisible. It was in your podcasts that I learn about your Read The Plaque mantra along with Secret Staircases and loved every episode before, after and in between.

See Roman I am a lover of quirky info. My curiosity is only second to my love of photography. So when Wikimedia Commons had their photograph a monument drive in September I though hey let’s look around and find what’s available.

There was nothing on the lower Sunshine Coast which is Sechelt, Gibsons and Pender Harbour, but there was in the upper Sunshine Coast ; the historic townsite of Powell River and it had not been photographed for the project for the commons.

Then Joel showed up…

Joel looking at a map of Powell Rivers Historic Townsite during our photographic walking tour.

Joel proving guys do look at maps during our walking tour of the Powell River’s Historic Townsite.

Then Joel showed up. Who is Joel? He is my best friend and the guy who taught me about photography. He just moved back to Sechelt after 6 years in China.

I called Joel and said, “Want to go to photograph old building in Powell River for Wikipedia?”

In more words then less Joel said sure why not… He had not been there in years and we haven’t gone out shooting together in more then 10 years.

We researched about the Historic Townsite,  got up early and hit the road.

Own backyard

We arrived at the Powell River Townsite and parked at the The Old Courthouse Inn had a awesome breakfast at the Edie Rae’s Cafe. We met the owners Kelly Belanger and JP Brosseau who as it turned out were having breakfast right beside us.

They gave us the historical walking tour pamphlet provided by the Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River.

What we found through our walking tour was just short of amazing and I barely knew the history of something in my own backyard.

What I really liked about the Townsite of Powell River was how much of the town was in one way or another connected to an architectural ideas presented on 99 Percent Invisible.

A heron sits on a log in front the YOGN 82 which is one of the 12 ships floating concrete and steel ships that comprise a floating breakwater around the Powell River Mill.

A heron sits on a log in front the YOGN 82 which is one of the 12 ships floating concrete and steel ships that comprise a floating breakwater around the Powell River Mill.

1. The floating ships that comprised the breakwater of the mill were originally world war one and world war two era concrete ships reminded me of the Razzle Dazzle  (Episode 65). (although not painted as such) These type of concrete ships were made as such for the easy construction although they were heavy and not economical after the war effort to operate.

Evening sunlight streams through the row housing of Cedar street in Powell River. Row housing in the evening light on Cedar St. in Powell River, British is typical example of a residential area of a company built town from the early 20th century.

Evening sunlight streams through the row housing of Cedar street in Powell River. Row housing in the evening light on Cedar St. in Powell River, British Columbia is typical example of a residential area of a company built town from the early 20th century.

2. The towns preplanned layout has a number of housing designs for couples, family’s and the single mill worker and yet not a single Cul de Sac (Episode 29) was included in the design.

Hand painted signs on the utility box covers at the Patricia Theatre.

Hand painted signs on the utility box covers at the Patricia Theatre. The main power line and the organ motor had separate power boxes. The organ motor power box now runs the digital projector required by the motion picture studios in the theaters 2012 conversion.

3.  The Hand Painted Signs (Episode 74) of Patricia Theatre and the hand painted utility box covers. You just don’t see that much quality put into a utility box anymore something that Parks Canada noted on his visit and was pointed out to us on our tour of the theatre.

A walkways leads from the residential area of the Powell River Townsite down the the hill towards the Paper Mill.

A walkways leads from the residential area of the Powell River Townsite down the the hill towards the Paper Mill.

4. As we were walking down the hill from towards the mill. We came across a Secret Staircase ( Episode 75 ). I immediately stopped and said to Joel. I heard of these before. Roman talked about pathways and staircases between properties. This one of course was a shortcut to the paper mill. But it had all the hallmarks of a secret staircase built (I am sure) with the rest of the town in the 1930′s.

Picture of a sign infront of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in the Powell River Township

One of many signs and plaques around the townsite.

5. The plaques and signs  They are everywhere! The Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River has really done a great job on signs plaques and overall history of the townsite. So I implore you to Read the Plaque. Or better yet take a picture of it and submit it to the Read The Plaque website a collaboration between Roman Mars and Alexis Madrigal.

Every building a new story

Photo of the The former Bank of Montreal Building now called Studio 56. The build was being renovated in 2013 for use as an art space and community gathering spot.

The former Bank of Montreal Building now called Studio 56. The build was being renovated in 2013 for use as an art space and community gathering spot.

Every turn we took we encountered an new building and a new story behind it. The old Bank of Montreal building that is now an art studio called Studio 56.

Photo of Townsite Brewing location in the Powell River Townsite.

Townsite Brewing (named after the Powell River townsite) moved into the building in 2011 and selected this building for it’s beautiful brick work and industrial design.

The most fun we had was at Townsite Brewery which was originally build as the post office and customs house for the community. It has a beautiful brick art deco patterns and because of the brick and steel construction was the perfect location to house a craft brewery.  Also they make amazingly well crafted beer.

So… You should really check out the Powell River Historic Townsite if you ever have the chance Roman.

Regards

Robert Dall
Faithful listen and season 3 support of 99% invisible.

Epilogue: The larger picture

Although I knew Wiki Loves Monuments was happening world wide I never really thought about all the other people uploading photos. I just thought this would be something nice to do in my neck of the woods with a photo buddy I haven’t seen in a very long time. But viewing the stats for the month was impressive.

Worldwide Stats for the monument:

Canadian Stats:

*Although quantity doesn’t always equal quality in my mind

It was great to participate in such a worldwide altruistic movement. It was also great to enjoy a day in the sun exploring a part of the Sunshine Coast I knew very little about with a friend I hadn’t seen in years!

My adventures in the historic Powell River Townsite seeded Andy Clark’s photo story on the Patrica Theatre. He also wrote a wonderful post for the Reuters photo blog as well.

The Power of Colour

Both in web design and photography* colour  is key to design. Regardless of where it is flat, textured, gradient the design is usually heavily influenced by the colour.

A favourite CBC program of mine is called Ideas and they just replayed a three part series on colour. If your a graphic / web designer or photography and you like podcasts. I’d highly recommend you’d listen. If your a fan of documentaries  your should certainly subscribe to this awarding winning program in podcast format.

I have embedded the links to the SoundCloud version as they now auto embed in WordPress. yeah!

* With the exception of B&W which will always be awesome…

Spoilers…

In a world where you can consume media whenever you want on whatever device you want. All of that convenience can be compromised by social media if your not watching it with everybody else.

Social Media the spoilers of live entertainment and tv shows like Breaking Bad.

ps. Nothing was spoiled by my friends. Merely an observation on what I am seeing in my twitter stream.