Brian joins Kyle again this week to talk CSS, pre-compilers, and the greatest in front-end design. We talk Boostrap, SCSS, asset pipeline, and how far we’ve come on the front-end in the last few years.
Britt is back this week with Kyle to give an update on her conference talk experience. We talk using ActionCable in the wild, Encrypted Secrets, and how to get Alexa to whisper to you.
Sal Soghoian joins us to discuss the state of Mac an iOS automation. Sal discusses Automation on the Mac, the possibilities for Automation on iOS and the tools and languages available to put the power in the hands of the user.
NPR’s Lulu Garcia Navarro checks in with writer Dan Kois in New Zealand, the first stop of his tour examining places where family life differs from his own.
David gave up his laptop and went iPad only for several months and now shares both the joy and the agony.
DHH returns to the podcast to talk in-depth about how Basecamp 3 is designed and implemented!
Why Basecamp is a "majestic monolith", and the impact of organizational shape and size on technical decision making in product development
How ActionCable works, and where Basecamp 3 uses websockets that you might not expect
Strategies for avoiding duplication in client-side and server-side code
The automated testing strategy for Basecamp 3, and how it’s influencing the future of testing in Rails 5
Why Basecamp 3 has 179 controllers, and what you can learn from their approach that will clean up your codebase
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Leave the gun and take the cannoli—it’s time for us to discuss 1972’s “The Godfather,” truly one of the most lauded films of all time. We discuss why Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone is truly the main character, ponder how that horse head really got in that bed, marvel at how long it takes for news of assassination attempts to reach family members, explain the Vito Corleone retirement plan… and then drop our hands to our side and let the podcast slide naturally out of our hands.
Tina and John Siracusa join Tiff and Marco to rank their favorite Star Wars movies. Even the prequels.
When The Force Awakens came out, millions flocked to the theaters to find out what happened to the characters since Return of the Jedi. But hardcore fans knew what happened — or they thought they did. LucasFilm had approved a series of books, comics and games that filled in the gaps between the six Star Wars movies and beyond. Then Disney bought Lucas, and declared that canon invalid … sort of. Warning: SPOILERS aplenty. With Sonia Soraya, Ben Newman, Serena and Eric Fong. This is part V of my V part series on Star Wars.
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/emolinsky/the-expanded-universe
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When Eric Molinsky lived in Los Angeles, he kept hearing this story about a bygone transportation system called the Red Car. The Red Car, he was told, had been this amazing network of streetcars that connected the city—until a car company bought it, dismantled it, and forced a dependency on freeways.
If this sounds familiar, it might be because it was the evil scheme revealed at the end of the Robert Zemeckis’s 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
But like most legends, the one that Eric heard about the Red Car is not entirely accurate. It’s true that Los Angeles did have an extensive mass transit system called the Red Car, which at one time ran on 1,100 miles of track—about 25 percent more more track mileage than New York City has today, a century later.
But the Red Car wasn’t the victim of a conspiracy. The Red Car was the conspiracy.
Our reporter Eric Molinsky spoke with historian Bill Friedricks, who says that to understand the Red Car, you first need to know about Henry Huntington, one of the major power brokers of Los Angeles. If you’ve ever heard of Huntington Beach, Huntington Park, or the Huntington Library, this is that Huntington.
Henry Huntington was the nephew of railroad magnate Collis Huntington, who mentored Henry and taught him the family business. When Collis Huntington died in 1900, Henry expected that he would inherit his uncle’s company, Southern Pacific. But Southern Pacific’s board didn’t want another Huntington in charge. They forced him out, but gave him a $15 million payout (about $400 million today).
Henry Huntington took his money and headed for Los Angeles. He purchased the biggest transportation system in the city, The Los Angeles Railway (LARy), and then incorporated it into a new company called Pacific Electric. Huntington also started building hundreds of subdivisions on the periphery of Los Angeles, and used Pacific Electric trains—bright red trolleys—to connect the subdivisions to downtown Los Angeles.
Over time, though, Huntington had built so many subdivisions that his Red Car couldn’t do a good enough job connecting the city’s disparate areas. The Red Car was never designed to be a comprehensive system like the New York City Subway; rather, it existed primarily to get people in and out of Huntington’s subdivisions. Angelenos who could afford cars found it was easier to get around by driving. The Red Car fell into disrepair, and was mocked as a “slum on wheels.”
Eventually, Southern Pacific (the company Huntington thought he would inherit from his uncle Hollis) bought Pacific Electric, and in 1926 they offered Los Angles a massive plan to use public dollars to build subways and elevated trains around downtown L.A. But California voters didn’t trust Southern Pacific, which had meddled in California politics for so long that people called it “The Octopus.” The people voted against the plan.
Red Car routes were decommissioned, and bus routes and freeways would eventually replace the Red Car entirely. The last Red Car ran in 1961.
But if you look carefully, you can still spot evidence of the old Pacific Electric Railroad company, especially around Santa Monica.
To find out more about the Red Car, check out Bill Friedrick’s book, Henry E. Huntington and the Creation of Southern California (which you can read, in entirety, for free!).
Or, you can just go play L.A. Noire.
No longer an Angeleno, Eric Molinsky is now based in Brooklyn, where he makes radio and draws people on the subway.
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