Raheem Sterling and Lionel Messi
Raheem Sterling and Lionel Messi

The grand-opening/grand-closing of the European Super League made me ask: how could this be done better? Enter The Regional.

The Regional is a cross-country league competition that aims to preserve the underlying goals of the European Super League:

  • More guaranteed games between “big” teams — Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan & Juventus.
  • Increased competition in perceived “dead” leagues — where long-term competition had died away and with it interest; Bayern Munich heading to 9 titles, Juventus winning 9 titles in a row, Paris Saint Germain’s domestic domination.

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I’m desperately cheap, so my appetite for a $90 / month Cloudinary account is low. Cloudinary’s best features are…

  1. Passing parameters through the URL to dynamically resize imagery
  2. A fast CDN to serve our images from
  3. Dynamic image formats based on a browser’s capabilities (e.g. to serve webp)

… and fortunately, we can recreate all of this using low cost tools from the Google Cloud Platform. Yes, a do-it-yourself option will be frustrating to maintain and denser to explain to others, but it does satisfy our primary goal:

I’m desperately cheap

What we’re going to build

Our Cloud Function resizing imagery on request

On our client website we will have an img


The 2018 NFL season has brought with it a barrage of awkward and out of place #NFLPartner #NFLGamePass sponsored tweets from prominent members of the football media. Pre-kickoff feeds have been flooded with tweets extolling the virtues of NFL GamePass — the NFL’s on-demand video service. They’re ham-fisted, to say the least, and look like this if you haven’t seen them:

Bill Barnwell, ESPN & ex-Grantland
Dan Orlovsky, that guy who ran out the back of the endzone that one time

People writing on the internet who hate the NFL and are suspicious of the media are normally water brained…


Google Tag Manager, vanilla Google Analytics goals and AdWords conversions are a messy three headed villain. They each overlap considerably but also have distinct value. Here’s how and why I finally dumped AdWords conversions and focused on Tag Manager and Google Analytics events (plus a little Facebook) for all goal tracking.

Defining some terms and recent updates

Google Tag Manger is not a thing unto itself, it’s a tool to enable others. It’s the quarterback for all other Google products (Analytics, Optimize, AdWords) and lots of non-Googley things (Twitter, Facebook marketing). It’s one of the biggest steps forwards in both web development and marketing of the…


Pre-programming note: Max thinks about the internet a lot on Twitter at @mxbrry

I’ve been to a dark place, but I’ve returned with a recipe for making React, Webpack, and BrowserSync hot reload. I’ve also wrapped it all inside of a Gulp script responsible for wider asset compilation.

All of the following will be formalised in an upcoming release, Jumpstart-React; a new flavour of my modern Yeoman boilerplate project Jumpstart-Static.

What we’re trying to achieve

I’m toes in with Webpack. I like what it can do for JavaScript bundling, but I’m not ready to run my HTML, images, CSS, and fonts through it. Webpack is…


I released recently a new way to manage website content using Google Drive. Admins can edit and add content to a Google Spreadsheet, and then push the spreadsheet’s content to their site’s API endpoint. My Google Spreadsheet template can be found at drivecms.xyz, as can documentation explaining how it all works.

drivecms.xyz

The Spreadsheet template lets you push content to an API, but what if you wanted to populate a site without needing to create an endpoint capable of handling the data you’re sending its way? …


An unhealthy interest in true crime can be a badge of being someone to avoid, but we’re in the midst of a golden age so I will wear it unashamedly.

Smart writers, reporters and investigators have given us 18–24 months of fantastic true crime, and it shows no sign of relenting. My wish was to write a neat 2015 retrospective, but the tendrils of this renaissance can be mapped beyond 12 calendar months.

Instead, I have 5 pieces of media from 2014 and 2015, that embody this resurgence. But first, consider the master of the genre.

0. The Thin Blue Line (documentary film, 1988, Errol Morris)

If I take any…


We've heard a lot about how websites are getting heavy, and heavy = slow, and that big shiny images are deserved of a flack for this. Let’s talk about how we can load images a little bit smarter, and a workflow to make some tiny file sized, blurry placeholders to prevent our layout being screwed too badly.

Performance

The answer to performance problems tends to be a two prong strategy: optimize and asynchronize.

Optimization is a bit outside of what I want to talk about. There are plenty of frontend pipelines that can make stuff small, like Imagemin for images, Webpack


Cool stuff on the web is happening. Makers of low-level web tech handed out end of 2015 webdev Christmas gifts recently, with the arrival of HTTP/2 in NGINX and the public beta of Let’s Encrypt. This is how I embraced both in about 25 minutes.

A Primer

If you’re not familiar with HTTP/2 or Let’s Encrypt, then I suggest reading up on them from a more informed source than I. But if you wanted the TL;DR, the following might suffice…

HTTP/2

HTTP/2 is a super fast protocol for connecting to sites. Faster than plain ol’ HTTP, and faster than SPDY which was a…


4 weeks with Arnold Worldwide comes to a close with the US literally and figuratively turning on the lights for the holiday season. I wouldn't have thought it long enough, no matter how long I had spent in Boston. I can’t thank Sean Will and his team at Arnold enough for the welcome they gave me.

Instead of lengthy self-congratulatory reflection, I wanted to speed round final observations and notes from my time in MA.

Fei’s World

Someone I learnt from whilst at Arnold — and will continue to communicate with beyond my 4 weeks Havas Lofts placement — was Fei Wu

Max Barry

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