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I could happily spend hours playing with this. But won't, as I'm supposed to be working.
inudge
You can build up quite decent-sounding sound assemblies, very quickly and easily.
undyingking: (Default)
I could happily spend hours playing with this. But won't, as I'm supposed to be working.
inudge
You can build up quite decent-sounding sound assemblies, very quickly and easily.
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This is simultaneously completely wonderful and completely pointless, I think. Basically it's a Google Maps interface denuded of everything except the text. So you can zoom, drag and all the usual kinds of stuff, but you only see the names of things, not their shapes, terrain, linkages, etc. Hmm, writing it down like that doesn't really convey... well, have a play, zoom in on your home town, see what you think. Anyway, I like it.

The only clue as to its intent is hidden in an HTML comment:
"Seasoned explorers, vehemently insisting on what they had seen, set down mountains and islands on their charts where there was nothing but empty sky ... Expeditions sent out later to verify these new lands sometimes saw the same fata morgana, further confusing the issue. Only by prolonging their arduous journeys, thereby observing a constant recreding [sic] of the image, did they prove that the land was not there at all."
Via [livejournal.com profile] info_sthetics, source of lots of strange and interesting things.
undyingking: (Default)
This is simultaneously completely wonderful and completely pointless, I think. Basically it's a Google Maps interface denuded of everything except the text. So you can zoom, drag and all the usual kinds of stuff, but you only see the names of things, not their shapes, terrain, linkages, etc. Hmm, writing it down like that doesn't really convey... well, have a play, zoom in on your home town, see what you think. Anyway, I like it.

The only clue as to its intent is hidden in an HTML comment:
"Seasoned explorers, vehemently insisting on what they had seen, set down mountains and islands on their charts where there was nothing but empty sky ... Expeditions sent out later to verify these new lands sometimes saw the same fata morgana, further confusing the issue. Only by prolonging their arduous journeys, thereby observing a constant recreding [sic] of the image, did they prove that the land was not there at all."
Via [livejournal.com profile] info_sthetics, source of lots of strange and interesting things.
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A fairly self-explanatory web app toy that does the connectivity thing with musical collaborations. Who would have thought that the shortest path from Pink Floyd to Men at Work passed through Roxy Music and Jethro Tull?

It's powered by the excellent MusicBrainz database, which I thoroughly recommend in its own right.

So far, after a handful of queries, the longest shortest chain I've found is 16, from the aforementioned Floyd to The Knife (which goes via Motorhead...). But I'm sure you can do much better.

The author's interesting (to me, at least) blog post about it is here.
undyingking: (Default)
A fairly self-explanatory web app toy that does the connectivity thing with musical collaborations. Who would have thought that the shortest path from Pink Floyd to Men at Work passed through Roxy Music and Jethro Tull?

It's powered by the excellent MusicBrainz database, which I thoroughly recommend in its own right.

So far, after a handful of queries, the longest shortest chain I've found is 16, from the aforementioned Floyd to The Knife (which goes via Motorhead...). But I'm sure you can do much better.

The author's interesting (to me, at least) blog post about it is here.
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OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] ninthcouncil , ta.

Edited to add: Hmm, and now it's:
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

* kill (4x)
* dead (3x)
* dangerous (1x)

This post itself has driven up the kill and death counts (and there's some more), but where did dangerous come from?
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I was looking for an undyingking, and then I found an undyingking
and heaven knows I'm miserable now.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] karohemd for tip!
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Google may be increasingly evil, but now they allow you to generate a chart simply by passing a bunch of url parameters. How potenitally useful is that? (Very.)

To show what I mean, suppose I want to include a little pie chart in this post. Rather than go off and prepare it in some sort of charting application, I can just write it as an image tag like this:

<img src="http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=p3&chd=s:hW&chs=250x100&chl=Tasty|Pie">

which comes out like:



Of course this is even more powerful if you're using it programmatically to display interactively-generated data. As well as pie charts, you can do line, bar, Venn diagrams and scatter plots. And of course you can specify colour, fill pattern and all that sort of gubbins. All in the url parameters!

I now need to think of lots of exciting ways to use this facility. But, alas, just now I'm too busy to.
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This is pretty cool, and probably not too hard to reproduce. Allocating the colours such that it looked nice but there were no clashes might be slightly tricky though. (Also, I don't know how to programmatically access the old charts, although I expect there's a way.)

"Each colored sliver represents a different artist listened to in the last 18 months. The sliver moves through time left to right growing thicker where it was more popular and thinner where it was less. The color indicates the first time the artist was listened to, warmer colors being more recent and cooler being further back. As a new artist is listened to it is put onto the outsides of the graph. The result is a wiggling tour through your listening history past."
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I've created a new LJ tool thing which basically compares your friends and friend-ofs lists and lists the differences. This is all just information that's on your profile page anyway, but it makes it easier to see who of your friends haven't friended you, etc. Also of course you can check it for people than other yourself. Gives a flavour of who's stalking / being stalked by whom, who not-so-secretly hates whom, etc etc...

This is fairly pointless, but then it didnt take very long to write, so hey.

The usual caveat about how if you've got loads of friends it might take a while to chug, and about how the data is cached so doesn't reflect very recent changes, apply. Any requests for additional features / improvements / bugs etc?

Here's mine:
http://www.holkar.net/cgi-bin/undying/also_friend.pl?which_username=undyingking
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I think this is a terrific idea. Almost enough to make me actually get around to writing some interests.
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Almost certainly, more than mine:


My blog is worth $3,387.24.
How much is your blog worth?

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This is quite interesting I think, it's an inversion of the PageRanked friend finder I posted about a little while ago. If you cross-reference it with your own friends list, it becomes "who really should have friended you back, but hasn't". Bastards!
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This is quite interesting I think:

http://www.unifr.ch/physics/mm/work/lj/find_friends.php?name=undyingking&sort_type=on

It's like my FriendFinder only it uses a PageRank-like algorithm to weight 'votes' for suggested friends. It throws up a weird artefact right near the top, with the mysterious [livejournal.com profile] annedick hideously overpowered thanks I guess to being one of only two friends of Thomas Disch.
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This is a nice product of LJseek's archiving activities -- shows you how many links there are to your journal from other journals. Not exhaustive, but fairly indicative I guess. (And yes, mine is kind of woeful...)


Get your own rating
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Excellent, this seems to be OK now. Lots of thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wimble, no thanks to [livejournal.com profile] chrisvenus ;-)


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Get your own tag cloud from the UKG TagClouder!

TagClouder

Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:47 pm
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I've added a feature to the TagClouder such that it now offers you the raw HTML to paste into your own page, etc. Unfortunately it comes out like this:


books car

Get your own tag cloud from the UKG TagClouder!




Presumably LJ is stripping out the <style> ... </style> for security reasons or some such... any thoughts for ways round this? I could go back to doing it with text attributes I suppose, but that seems a bit retrograde...
Any thoughts about this or further improvements welcome!


Edit: now a trial with no internal style spec, but linking to an external stylesheet:
books car

Get your own tag cloud from the UKG TagClouder!


Bah, no better.


Edit: now a trial with inline style:
books car

Get your own tag cloud from the UKG TagClouder!


oho! -- that looks more promising. Unfortuatnely it involves hacking into the <a> tag, which I'm keen to avoid doing as it will require all manner of hideous regexping. And it this way really any better than using <font>?
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I've done a wee tweak to the TagClouder to make it work via GET, ie. you can type an url like:

http://www.holkar.net/cgi-bin/undying/tag_clouder.pl?which_username=undyingking

(replacing undyingking with your own username or whatever!) and that takes you straight to the tag cloud result. You can even bookmark it if you like!
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This might be of interest to those of you who use tags a lot -- it's a little toy to generate a "tag cloud" along the lines of the LJ popular interests page (except it shows tags used by a user, not interests across users) a la flickr, del.icio.us etc.

You can enter your own username or that of anyone else you're interested in -- it only draws on public entries, though. Click on a tag to see the list of entries that use it.

Any thoughts about how to improve it much welcomed -- plus please do feel free to pass it to anyone else who'd be interested!

It's at: http://www.holkar.net/cgi-bin/undying/tag_clouder.pl


(Well, it's more fun than working.)

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