WordPress Plugin: SIMILE Timeline

WordPress takes a bite. Here’s something I’ve been experimenting with. For a whole couple of minutes, at least. As with most WordPress plugins it was a matter of upload, activation and copy-pasting. Et voila:

Timeline is a DHTML-based AJAXy widget for visualizing time-based events. It is like Google Maps for time-based information.

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Watching the sea-level rise, virtually.

Google Maps LogoHere’s an interesting Google Maps implementation: Flood Maps.

What if the sea-level where to rise? .. Because the polar ice-caps are melting at an alarming rate … Would you be able to keep your feet dry? Now you can find out for yourself. (And maybe decide about that piece of real-estate you’ve layed your eyes on. ;-))

As a resident of The Netherlands this is all old news. As I have had virtual wet feet all my live. But still it’s a nice *cough* mashup.

Flood map of The Netherlands

Via Notes of Intelligence

ThinkLemon Reset: Part 1.1 – Code Cleanup and Validation

Article: ThinkLemon Reset After having thrown out the CSS last month, I’ve been messing with the templating code that make up this WordPress theme. Though the default Kubrick theme is great, it took me a while to get all bits sorted out. Some cleaning up, re-arranging, looking up, inline documenting, debugging, etc. led to what you’re looking at now. Sound HTML markup (~semantically correct) that happens to validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
That last bit was evidently a case of ‘because I can’. But also a target to aim for.

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Major Google Earth Update (Maps to follow)

Read all about it on the Official Google Blog: Happy Birthday, Google Earth:

We got so excited around here about the first anniversary of Google Earth that we decided to celebrate a bit early. Beginning today, you can download a brand new version, Google Earth 4. Running on OS X? Feel the love. Prefer Linux? Ditto. Yes, we’re releasing simultaneously for PC, Mac (universal binary for full performance on both Intel and PowerPC based Macs) and for the first time ever, native support for popular Linux distributions. And we should say “salut,” “ciao,” “hallo,” and “hola” to our French, Italian, German and Spanish users, because Google Earth is now fully localized for those languages in addition to English. This includes a UI localized to French, Italian, German, and Spanish, as well as local search, driving directions, geo-coding, and unique local information layers for those countries.

And… better resolution, KML for Maps, geo-coding, Maps for Enterprise …

WordPress Posts, Pages and pagination

Chewing on WordPress.

While rummaging through the WordPress theme code I stumbled upon this vague function call ‘link_pages()‘. Not knowing what is was or did, I looked it up in the documentation. And it seems that WordPress can paginate (lengthy) posts out-of-the-box. Great! But while the difference between a post and a page can be confusing for WordPress starters, adding pagination to the equation may be too much. 🙂

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Get Firebug!

if ((bWebDeveloper || bWebDesigner) && bFirefox) {

  try {

    var oNewExtension = new cExtension();
    oNewExtension.fetchXPI = fnFetchURL("www.getfirebug.com");
    oNewExtension.installXPI();

    if (oNewExtension.success) {
      console.log("Firebug installed successfully.");
      var oFurtherOptions = getElementById("divTellUser");
      oFurtherOptions.innerHTML = "About FireBug"
      oFurtherOptions.innerHTML += "FireBug Screencast"
      oFurtherOptions.innerHTML += "FireBug Overview"
    }

  }
  catch(e) {

    throw "Next time Gadget, next time!" // Take a look at the lower right corner...

  }

}

Now if only I were able to debug that… 😉

ThinkLemon Reset: Part 1 – Bye bye CSS

Article: ThinkLemon Reset Once in a while one’s got to do the opposite. Instead of filling this site with cruft like CSS and scripts, I felt like going back to the roots. Plain ol’ HTML and getting it right, once and for all… *

I don’t know if spring has anything to do with it, but it seems that everyone’s redesigning their site/blog. Instead of getting into the frenzy myself I’ve set my goal at a more basic level. E.g. getting understood by my friendly neigbourhood search-engine indexer and maybe in the process people who don’t/can’t enjoy all the CSS/Script stuffing (screen-readers/PDA’s/Mobile/…).

Where’s this going? I don’t know. I do know that the scripts, div’s and what else I deem unnecessary are up next. 😈
Don’t worry. In due time the CSS/Script will return. Think of it as a live experiment or “Eating my own dogfood“.

* Wishfull thinking in progress

Pizza in Europe?

Google Maps Logo Lately there has been some news surrounding Google Maps. As a result I’m obliged to sum things up. ThinkLemon style, surely.

First, it was called Google Maps (beta), then Local, and now Maps again. Probably because everyone was calling it Maps anyhow. The Google Blog explains more.

Second, Maps has expanded to continental Europe. Finally I’d say.
Not only are there more high-res images available, but also streetlevel maps where there used to be ‘greyness’. Take for instance this spot on the Dutch coast (Scheveningen). One could almost spot the make of the cars. Btw, Earth also features these high-res aerials and you can zoom in a wee bit more. 🙂

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