Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Riding Rails: Ruby on Rails will ship with OS X 10.5 Leopard

Ruby on Rails logo Riding Rails: Ruby on Rails will ship with OS X 10.5 Leopard :

"It s finally official: Ruby on Rails will ship with the next version of OS X"
This is great news - while RoR allows for incredibly fast development (I just put up a user blog webapp in 35 minutes!) the setup process is a bit of a hassle for the uninitiated (if you're up for the challenge, hit up hivelogic's tutorial).

Monday, May 21, 2007

Me, now with Glasses and without Goo

Last summer I took a roadtrip with Jonathan Cowperthwait, Kirsten Johnson, and Jesse Friedman.

In a first small midwestern town I lost a contact, and was left one-eyed.

In another small midwestern town I got contacts for free - apparently it's standard to give free trials to new customers (be they from the town or clearly passing through).

Had I been smart, I would have stopped at every town optician along the road, and would not have had to wear the same contacts for 6 months.

(No, I didn't have to, but I'm a cheap college student and don't stop until it hurts)

Then it started to hurt - around 8 PM every night I started producing long strands of mucus in my eye. If I lifted my lid, stuck my finger inside my eye, dug around for a while and pulled out it would come out in a long stringy and surprisingly strong yellow substance. Like a wet rubber band.

I like rubber bands, but not in my eyes, and so I got glasses. I like my glasses.

Monday, May 14, 2007

A night in the toopia

A night of madness ensued with sadly few photos taken. Participating characters were captured early on however. Le Vorris and Vox does Looptopia, featuring:

Mustache Adam

Mad Hatted Bryan

Rosy cheeked Willy

Smile I'm Ricky and yellow pearl

Side-Glanced Thom

72343 Sadie

Y Yo

And sadly but spectacularly, the only actual looptopia scene captured - the imaginative redmoon potatoe land

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Blink blink

Finally the new Web 2.0 revolution has settled the standard-compliancy issue of the HTML <blink> tag! All you have to do is <span> your <blink> text and add a bit of <script>:

function makeXMLRequest() {
var browser = navigator.appName;
if (browser == "Microsoft Internet Explorer") {
return new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
} else {
return new XMLHttpRequest();

var request = makeXMLRequest();

function sendXMLRequest(url) {'get', url);
request.onreadystatechange = handleResponse;

function handleResponse() {
if (request.readyState == 4) {
var response = request.responseText;
document.getElementById('insert').innerHTML = response;
Then complete it all with an
<body onload="javascript:sendXMLRequest('blink-on.html')">
to you back-end server blinker applet, and you've got your blinking text!

Monday, May 7, 2007

The nastiest Sh** from my neck

I was born with a birthmark.


It just happens to be that I was born with an incredibly irritating and outstanding birthmark, on my neck. Not big really, but extremely irritating because of it's remarkable protrusion. Well, one night with the Impiglias I climbed a tree, and managed to rip half of it off.

Hurt like a mofo, and I had to wear a band aid to be able to wear a sweater over it. Friends (myself included) told me to go to the SCS. I was going to, it was just taking time to find the right opportunity to do so. Last Friday I was out dancing with a few friends and was going to pull the "check-out-my-disgusting-loose-birthmark-under-the-bandaid" party trick. I took it off, and they were...

unimpressed. Apparantly my birth mark had come off by itself, and I was left with nothing but a little red dot in the middle and a blotch from my two-week long band-aid wearing through showers, etc.

"But what about Newton's laws of conservation?" you might ask, and absolutely correctly the birthmark still exists. It had just transfered itself onto the band-aid instead:

Enjoy your dinner!

<3 M!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Facebook Exporter + iPhoto = <3

How to Import photos from your camera, Upload them to the Facebook, Label and Comment them in less than 30 seconds.
Two stupid reasons not to upload lots and lots of photos to Facebook, the largest picture sharing platform in the world: 1) I don't have a camera. 2) It's a heinous process. Solution 1: shitty cell phone camera that won't go above 640x480. Solution 2: Facebook Exporter for iPhoto.
  1. Download Facebook Exporter for iPhoto and install (Mac users only, oh yeah).

  2. Open iPhoto

    Shift + Spacebar (searchlight) + iPhoto + downArrow + Enter

  3. Import pictures into iPhoto.

    Shift + Apple + I

  4. Select pictures to export

    Apple or Shift + Click Click Click

  5. Open Facebook Exporter. Add comments and label people. If you sign in you'll even get a list of your Facebook friends as if on the actual site. But much nicer!

    Apple + Shift + E

  6. Hit export, watch it happen, click "go to facebook and approve album" link which takes you right to facebook. There you just hit "check all," approve them, aaaand... That's it! MAN it's a beautiful process!