Archive for the “Web” Category

I’ve been reading webomics for ages now, but I’ve never put up links to any. Well, I finally decided to throw my list onto the web, for you all to peruse. You can find it here.

I will attempt to keep this list up-to-date, but I don’t often add or remove webcomics from the list, so don’t expect much change.

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Typo recently added the ability to put GeoURL tags on your blog, so that’s what I just did. And now by using the GeoURL website I can find other sites that are near to me. And what’s even cooler, somebody created a way to map GeoURL-encoded RSS feeds onto Google Maps, so you can place on a map what sites are near to me (make sure to zoom out).

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Well, it turns out at least one person reads my blog. Jonas Luster kindly, and surprisingly, linked my blog in one of his posts, referring to my switch to Typo. Jonas himself switched to Typo 9 days ago, although he’s already got a nice new style to his site and I haven’t spent the time coming up with one for this one yet.

Anyway, I think this is pretty cool, and I hope more blogs switch to Typo as it’s a great engine.

Thanks Jonas!

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Safari 1.3 has a nasty bug that causes it to crash under certain circumstances dealing with content collapsing. This is especially nasty because it directly affects one of the best features of PithHelmet. Since Dave Hyatt has posted an entry asking for regressions from Safari 1.2 to Safari 1.3, and since I haven’t seen any reply there by Mike Solomon (author of PithHelmet), I thought I’d bring it up here. I’m not going to repeat the bug here, instead, I’ll just link to to the page Mike Solomon posted about it.

So, Dave Hyatt, if you’re reading this, go check out this page.

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So, for a while now Colloquy has had 2 nice new things going for it:

  1. The ability to write plugins in F-Script
  2. An installation of Trac on the website


F-Script is pretty neat. It’s a Smalltalk-based language that lets you use the Cocoa frameworks to do some pretty nifty stuff. One of the best things about it is it lets me write Colloquy plugins that use the Cocoa frameworks without having to compile anything or relaunch Colloquy each time I want to test a new iteration of the plugin. It also lets me open up an F-Script console in Colloquy and play with it interactively.

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Uhh, oops, I just inadvertently got linked from Applegeeks (which is a totally kickass webcomic) because I emailed Hawk this link. Hopefully the few of you who show up here aren’t too turned off by the fairly blah style and low update rate of this blog. And assuming you’re Mac users (the comic is Applegeeks) and decide to visit the software section of my web presence, I hope you aren’t turned off by its even more horrendous site layout (see previous post if you want to help!).

Anyway, if you’re one of the few who actually read this blog without visiting from outside links, then you really should head on over and read this poem. It’s pretty amusing.

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As most of you readers know (if I even have any readers) the programming aspect of my life lives at And if you’ve ever looked at the site, it’s ugly. So’s the name “TildeSoft”. I’ve been wanting to redesign the site (and scrap the name) for a while now, but I still have yet to come up with either a good site design or a better name.

So this is a call to anybody who happens to come across this blog (or, on the off chance that I actually have people who read this thing, you guys). If you have either a good idea for a better name or a mockup (or just an idea) for a good site design, please, tell me.

On a related note, I probably should re-do this blog design too, since it’s closely based off of one of the default MT templates. If you have any ideas for this too, I’d also love to hear them.

Please note that I’m perfectly able to code my own site, I’m just looking for ideas here, not code.

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I always thought that Safari’s source view was pretty dull and uninteresting and that they could have done better with it. Well, last night I finally decided to do something about it. After spending a couple hours looking over the disassembly of parts of Safari (to figure out where best to patch it) and then spending many more hours actually writing an HTML syntax colorizer I have a working SIMBL plugin that adds syntax coloring to Safari’s source view. I think it works quite well, although I admit I should add a preference pane to control the colors (it’s harder than you’d think to add a preference pane to Safari, which is why I don’t have it done for this release). If you want to download SafariSource (my plugin), you can get it here.

If you don’t like the existing colors you can always change them with a few terminal commands. Simply go in the terminal and use the following commands:

defaults write SafariSourceTagColor -array red green blue defaults write SafariSourceAttributeColor -array red green blue defaults write SafariSourceStringColor -array red green blue defaults write SafariSourceEntityColor -array red green blue defaults write SafariSourceIgnoreColor -array red green blue defaults write SafariSourceDocTypeColor -array red green blue defaults write SafariSourceProcessingInstructionColor -array red green blue

Most of those should be obvious what they affect. The SafariSourceIgnoreColor one affects the color used for the contents of <style> and <source> tags.

Anyway, if you have any feedback on SafariSource, feel free to send it to me.

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This posting is a community experiment started by Minding the Planet to see how a meme represented by a blog posting spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet; results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate – the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawstw98qwrt189849813907azq4

(this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google for all results of this experiment). Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post at Minding the Planet; Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.


To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and fill out the info below, substituting your own information in your posting, where appropriate.

(Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers):

  1. I found this experiment at URL:
  2. I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing or Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message”: Newsreader Software - NetNewsWire
  3. I posted this experiment at URL:
  4. I posted this on date (day, month, year): 02 August 2004
  5. I posted this at time (24 hour time): 05:52:18
  6. My posting location is (city, state, country): Concord, MA, USA

OPTIONAL SURVEY FIELDS (Replace the answers below with your own answers):

  1. My blog is hosted by: myself
  2. My age is: 19
  3. My gender is: Male
  4. My occupation is: Student/Computer Programmer
  5. I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: NetNewsWire
  6. I use the following software to post to my blog: ecto
  7. I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 11/02/2003
  8. My web browser is: Safari

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If you haven’t seen this yet, go see it now! And if you think I haven’t linked it enough, here’s some more links.

This is a collaboration between They Might Be Giants and Homestar Runner, something that I had hitherto only seen in my dreams. It’s a music video of a song on the latest album Spine by They Might Be Giants directed by The Cheat and Strong Sad. And it’s superb.

As I said before, if you haven’t seen it yet, go see it.

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