I made this plugin up to help debug some things, it might come in handy one day.
I'm pretty infatuated with Stack Overflow's badge system, so I decided to cook up a generic framework for adding one to my crossword site. Herein I will present my work in progress for the consumption of my dear readers.
The storage of these badge-awarding rules seemed interesting to me. It'd have to be flexible enough to take data from any part of the site related to a user, and not be a hassle to add new badges or check a user's list of acquired badges. I haven't put the caching in yet, which would form the basis for making awarded badges permanent, instead of calculated on the fly, but it's still pretty fun to work with.
Google Wave has been accused of being a way to make people feel like how older people feel when they use the internet. I definitely found this to be true during my first couple of weeks using the platform. The volume of stimuli received even in a three-person wave can be pretty overwhelming.
I figured that I'd need to write a little Wave gadget before I actually grokked the platform. I figured that a to-do list would be somewhat useful and fairly simple to code up. I built this thing up one day on my lunch break.
Here's a link to the gadget for your consumption. I've started a public wave for feature requests and discussion and such.
Continue reading "On Writing a Simple Google Wave TODO List"
Overcome with gadget lust, I picked up a HTC Dream from rogers. I had fully expected to need to unlock, root, resolder or otherwise hack this thing to pieces before it could do anything interesting. I was wrong. So wrong.
I'll gush more over the particulars of the phone dreaminess in another post, I hope. It can pretty much do anything I do on my laptop, except with exponentially higher rates of thumb cramping. But I digress. There are magnetic fields to sense.
Continue reading "Sensing Magnetic Fields in Android in Very Few Lines!"
I cooked up what I believe is an interesting little CSS effect which you can see on my home page. After having a delightful time playing with text-shadows in an unconstrained environment, I wanted to see how far CSS selectors would go.
The effect reveals some descriptive text when a link is hovered, all purely CSSey.