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  • add-rel-lightbox Version 0.4 Released

    Upgrade from your WordPress admin panel, or download from wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add-rel-lightbox/ Version 0.4 switches from identifing the link-wrapped images in a page with hacked-together regexes that just about work, to properly parsed HTML structure using PHP Simple HTML DOM Parser. When I initially tried to release version 0.4 and installed the...

  • About Bitcoins

    As Bitcoins are a Maker currency — invented, open sourced and run and maintained by the invested network — I’ve been looking into accepting Bitcoins in the Deferred Procrastination shop. While I’ve been following the ups and downs of the Bitcoin economy, the relative stability of the Pound to Bitcoin...

  • Seat Shape

    This post is a bit of a development of design ideas. Sometimes it’s good to go through each stage of a design and explain why it has been rejected. Of course, like any design process there’s a good deal of opinion, approximation and guesswork to it, so be sure to...

  • Cockpit Clearances

    Designing a cockpit to accommodate a range of rider sizes is more complex than laying out the controls to fit one rider; especially having a steering wheel control for such a reclined operator instead of underseat/tiller steering or a moveable yoke. Rider Clearances To account for different height riders while...

  • Git Un-Merge

    When I last merged a development branch of add-rel-lightbox into the master branch and realised that I’d not finished testing the changes, it was off to the internet to find out how to undo a merge. After a couple of goes at git revert -m 1 refused to do anything,...

  • Ce n’pas une entrée de blog

    It’s crunch time for thesis revisions this week, so there’ll be no blog post. Except this one. Which isn’t one. Back next week. As in: The Treachery of Images

  • Dotsies on your Reader

    Dotsies is probably the Dvorak of fonts — in a good way, of course. It’s better because it’s more compact; but they are both difficult to learn, very few people can use them well, and there’s no incentive to start learning them other than “they are better”. Though Dotsies is...

  • add-rel-lightbox now using Simple HTML DOM

    When I first mashed together add-rel-lightbox, I used regular expressions to control and replace the relevent parts. This was my fault. Regexes were the only tool I had. It was a bad thing. Parsing HTML with regex is wrong. […]using regex to parse HTML has doomed humanity to an eternity...

  • Kingsbury K-Drive

    The video below of the Human Power Team’s elliptical drive system is the first time I’ve seen a non-circular power system in motion. Functionally identical to the “K-Drive” of the Kingsbury Kingcycle, the mechanism is first described in 1890, so it might be more correct to call it a “Vietor...

  • Making it Better—Open Source CNC

    CNC routers and laser cutters are now common machines. Not ubiquitous, like a hammer, but they are common enough that I can send a pattern for cutting, or visit a lab and operate one myself. However, they still remain expensive, industrial machines. Makerslide took the idea of a standard aluminium...

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