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Photograph of a flying saucer over the US Capitol building

Washington D.C. Attacked By Flying Saucers

Dateline Washington D.C.

Frank Bragg reporting

The country was brought to a standstill today when flying saucers – presumably from Mars, although Venusians have also been suspected – appeared over the nation’s capital, intent on destruction. Curiously, they only attacked Pennsylvania Avenue, and have not appeared elsewhere in the country.

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Bigfoot Found, Shot, Killed

Dateline Washington State

Jessica Walsh reporting

The first conclusive proof of the elusive Sasquatch was found today, when one of the ape-men was found and killed by a hunter in the north-eastern corner of the state.

The hunter plans to tour the pelt in the fall.

Photograph of an alligator emerging from an open manhole cover

Nest of Alligators Found in New York Sewers

Dateline New York City

Ted Sturgis reporting

Years of rumours were confirmed yesterday when a nest of alligators were found in the sewers of New York City, just south of Times Square. The largest, which locals have dubbed “Mugsy”, measures over 21 feet long.

A Designer’s Guide To Flexbox: Understanding Visual Weight

css / layouts

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

One of the most notoriously difficult parts of the CSS flexbox spec to understand is the eponymous flex property, which uses cryptic values like 1 1 auto. Confusion only deepens when the designer discovers that flex is merely a shortcut for properties with even stranger names like flex-grow and flex-basis.

Most explanations of the flexbox spec are fairly technical and dense, with few concessions to visual thinkers. After struggling with the properties and values, I realized that these aspects of flexbox are actually talking about visual weight.

Photograph of a young boy in a Superman shirt with a cape made from a tablecloth

The CSS General Sibling Selector

css / selectors

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Combinators are used to extend and enhance simple CSS selectors, making them far more powerful. I’ve introduced several combinators in previous articles:

Web Developer Reading List: CSS Filters

reading lists / css

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 30 seconds

Filters are a relatively new and rapidly evolving part of CSS, broadly classified into three types:

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