blades in the dark – What potions/bombs does a Leech have access to starting the game?

The main book has more detail on items than the character sheet does.

Bandolier: A strap worn across the body, fitted with specially-padded
pouches to hold three alchemical agents or spark-craft bombs. When you
employ an alchemical or bomb from a bandolier, choose one from the
list at right (or one of your custom-made formulas). See page 226 for
more on alchemicals and bombs. During downtime, you automatically
refill your bandoliers, so long as you have reasonable access to a
supplier or workshop. (1 load)

You don’t have to explicitly create the standard potions/bombs, and (under normal circumstances) it refills between scores.

design – Why did Microsoft choose a blue accent for the Visual Studio dark theme?

As I was designing my own dark ui, I randomly thought of a simple question. Why did Microsoft choose blue for the dark theme of visual studio? Was this on some level a personal choice that someone in the team randomly made? Or was there some sort of research that had been done in selecting that very specific hue of blue? Is it the easiest color on the eyes? Or is there some other arbitrary reasoning behind it? Has anyone on the team ever spoken about this?

Thanks.

catalina – When does macOS switch between light and dark mode?

MacOS Catalina added support for automatic light and dark mode switching.

Sample settings screen

The support article linked above reads:

Auto (available in macOS Catalina): Automatically use the light appearance during the day, and the dark appearance at night.

This doesn’t seem to quite capture my experience though, so I’m wondering what the exact algorithm is here.

For example, where I’m currently situated today:

  • in my city, the sun sets 18:46 according to Google
  • in the capital of the country, it sets at 18:43 according to Google
  • my theme switched from light to dark at 18:57

Is this due to simply different services used by Google and Apple for determining the sunset, or is there more to the switching algorithm than meets the eye?

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color – Are there current standards or guidelines regarding dark themes / dark modes?

Many people are starting to realize that they prefer what is commonly called “Dark Mode” or “Dark Theme”. That is, light text on a darker background.

As such, developers are now scrambling to create dark themes for their websites, applications, and operating systems.

The resultant set of themes represent a hodgepodge of different ideas of what a “dark theme” should look like. Some are pure white (#FFF) on pure black (#000), while others are variations within those two extremes.

I have been creating (and usability testing) dark themes for over two decades now, and consequently have my ideas and experiences on what works best. But are there now any recommended standards or guidelines for how dark to make the dark backgrounds, and how light to make the light text? What about the specific colors to use, as “dark” and “light” come in millions of different hues?

I found this question, but it only addresses contrast, which is not quite what I’m getting at. Contrast refers to relative intensity variability, whereas I am also inquiring about overall levels of brightness as well as color hues.

printing – How to develop large dark room prints?

I want to make some large dark room prints (40×50 or larger). However the dark room I have access to, does not have room for 40×50 trays. So before I go and make a whole bunch of mistakes, working out how to do this I would like to know if there any tried and true methods that someone can point me in the direction of.

I am happy with how I am going to set up an enlarger sideways to make the exposure, it is just how to develop the print which I need to work out.

Half baked ideas I have:

  1. Use a 20l ‘poly-pail’ (bucket with a sealing lid) and use it like a rotary tank
  2. Make a thin vertical tank out of acrylic sheet
  3. Hold the exposed print vertically above the sink and use a aquarium pump to hose the print down with dev fix etc.
  4. Use a wall paper wetting bucket and carefully dunk the paper in and out (under the wire).

Any suggestions?

Do any browsers send a dark mode hint to server side code?

I use Firefox but I observe that it doesn’t tell server side code when I set the dark mode theme in the browser.

In fact, setting the dark mode in about:config does NOT even cause dark mode in the browser’s UI elements, let alone web pages.

It is bizarre that I have to enable dark mode on each website individually. This seems like a huge oversight. Looking at a big white background isn’t good for the eyes after all.

Does any browser in 2020 send server side code a hint in the headers that tell the server side code that the user wants dark mode in all web pages that will support it?

website design – What term denotes “respecting dark and light themes”?

If my website displays appropriately on a wide variety of screen sizes, I would say, “My website is responsive.”

In a similar spirit, if my website respects the user’s choice of light theme vs dark theme and displays differently in accordance with that, I would like to say, “My website is ____.” What word can I fill in this blank?

There is some nuance here in terms of how I let the user choose the theme. I can either add a toggle on my website that the user can click, or I can infer the preference from the User-Agent (@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark)). Let me know if the term only applies to one of these situations, or if there are different terms for these two situations.

If there isn’t a term specifically for light vs dark, is there a more general term that says that my website displays differently based on something other than just size.

website design – Term for respecting dark and light themes

If my website displays appropriately on a wide variety of screen sizes, I would say, “My website is responsive.”

In a similar spirit, if my website respects the user’s choice of light theme vs dark theme and displays differently in accordance with that, I would like to say, “My website is ____.” What word can I fill in this blank?

There is some nuance here in terms of how I let the user choose the theme. I can either add a toggle on my website that the user can click, or I can infer the preference from the User-Agent (@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark)). Let me know if the term only applies to one of these situations, or if there are different terms for these two situations.

If there isn’t a term specifically for light vs dark, is there a more general term that says that my website displays differently based on something other than just size.

navigation – Burger menu with dark mode for responsive web

I am trying to make a website with light and dark modes. On small screens I am using a hamburger menu. When I click outside the hamburger menu it closes, to indicate it I change the opacity and in the light mode it looks good but in the dark mode doing the same does not seem the best.

So the question is if there is any recommendation to implement a hamburger menu with dark mode, or what would it be the better approach.

Light mode:
light

Dark mode:
dark