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New stuff

from the been-a-long-time department

Whew, it’s been a long time.

Well, here are some new things I’m working on:


Departmentalizing Things

from the departmentalizing-things department

I’ve always liked the little “department” thing on slashdot, so I added it to my blog.

Super useful.


Akihabara Tutorials, HTML5 Games

from the department

Check it out, my first HTML5 game!

I’ve been toying around lately with HTML5, which is a fancy name for Javascript (at least as far as I can tell). I stumbled across these fantastic tutorials explaining how to develop HTML5 games using the Akihabara javascript library.

It is a collection of a lot of built-in objects that help you build games. For instance, via the tutorial, it provides you with simple physics for a top-down style game. I had actually started coding everything by hand, but running through the tutorial made me realize how much there is to cover. Having the framework to start with is great, and of course being Javascript, you can just override whatever the hell you want.


Pile of Poo

I had no idea…

Unicode’s “Pile of Poo” character


Press Release Mad Libs

Just reading this press release today about Akamai acquiring Cotendo, and it struck me that it’s like enterprise-big-company-speak Mad Libs.

Original Quote:

As we look to accelerate growth across the dynamic landscapes of cloud and mobile optimization, we are excited to be joining forces with Cotendo. Cotendo’s technology, partnerships and people are a strong complement to Akamai. Together, we believe there is tremendous opportunity for our combined technologies as enterprises embrace the move to the cloud and seek solutions for an increasingly mobile world.

Mad Lib template:

As we look to accelerate growth across the dynamic landscapes of NOUN optimization, we are excited to be joining forces with COMPANY NAME. COMPANY NAME’s technology, partnerships and people are a strong complement to OTHER COMPANY NAME. Together, we believe there is tremendous opportunity for our combined technologies as PLURAL NOUN embrace ACTIVITY NOUN and seek solutions for an increasingly ACTIVITY NOUN world.

Example:

As we look to accelerate growth across the dynamic landscapes of monkey optimization, we are excited to be joining forces with Figs-R-us. Figs-R-us’s technology, partnerships and people are a strong complement to ACME Swim Flippers Co.. Together, we believe there is tremendous opportunity for our combined technologies as unicorns embrace chewing tobacco and seek solutions for an increasingly smelly world.


Arduino Project 1 - 7-segment LED

I got this awesome Arduino Uno microcontroller board a little while ago, and once I figured out how to blink an LED, began looking for another project.

Here it is – a 7-segment LED display that increments each time you press the button.

As you can see in the video, the button is a little touchy. I really don’t know the right way to do this kind of stuff. I’m a apps/software guy after all, but it was fun just to get it hooked up. Wow, thinking in bits again? It’s been a while…

Schematic (BONUS: Hand-drawn because I couldn’t be bothered to figure out any schematic software):

Code:
Get it at github where else?


Things and Stuff

Just some things I’ve been investigating recently that are all awesome:


Global Village Construction Set

This:


Caps

For open thing, this is the first post written on my iPad. Cool.

Second, look to the left. It’s a gorilla. Neat.

Third, I just realized that the login email field is case-sensitive, which is lame.


Textiled

Sweet!

More updates… Just ‘textiled’ the bodies of posts now. That means that line breaks actually show up and I get sort of a wiki-ish markup styling to put in links and such.

I used RedCloth to implement the formatting. Just entails installing a gem.

Then I used this acts_as_textiled plugin which basically makes it so any time the body of a post is output to a page, I don’t even need to do anything to it, it just automatically knows to spit it out as textiled.


Password

Now I can change my password. That is great because it means I don’t have to reset it every single time I want to log in.


And... Bugs

Hm. Maybe I should enable some sort of whitespace/new lines in my posts. The last one was all just one long paragraph. Also, I can’t edit posts. HA! Edit: Now I can!


Password Reset

Woohoo! I just implemented password reset. Which is great, becuase I definitely forgot my password as soon as it was set up. Also, new user signup is turned off for now until I can worry about some way of making sure web gnomes don’t sign up if I don’t want them to.

Also, made my text box bigger for entering posts. Sweet.


My Rails Blog App

Hey, there! This is the first post on my Rails Blog App. Yeah, not exactly original, but I decided I wanted to work on this as the back-end behind my website. You know, just for fun. It’s ridiculously simple right now. I’m typing this out in a tiny text box. So. Yeah. See ya!