Building a physical <blink> tag!

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This is the latest of my many terrible lockdown-induced ideas. I’m saving money on commuting. So I’m spending it on tech-crap I really don’t need. I bought a new laptop sticker. Anyway, enough waffle, here’s the end result: This uses 2-frame lenticular printing. History No browser supports the <blink> element any more. It used to…

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Semantic Dates in Wagtail Blog Posts

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The HTML5 Logo.

(Written because I couldn’t find an easy guide online.) Here’s the code (formatted for readability): <time datetime=”{{page.first_published_at|date:”c”}}”> {{page.first_published_at|date:”j F Y”}} </time> You can also use last_published_at if it is a page which has been updated. WHY?!??! Semantics. HTML5 contains the <time> element. The contents of it show up as normal running text, but the metadata…

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Book Review – Teaching Medicine and Medical Ethics Using Popular Culture

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Surgeons standing over a body.

This book demonstrates how popular culture can be successfully incorporated into medical and health science curriculums, capitalising on the opportunity fictional media presents to humanise case studies. Studies show that the vast majority of medical and nursing students watch popular medical television dramas and comedies such as Grey’s Anatomy, ER, House M.D. and Scrubs. This…

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Building an “On This Day” site for your Twitter Account

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Several columns of Tweets. Each one from a previous year.

I wanted to see what I was Tweeting on this exact day last year. And all the years before. So I built a website! It’s a disgusting hack, and I’m truly sorry for unleashing it on you. Using the API You can’t. The Twitter search API only goes back 7 days. This whole idea would…

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LED strips for under-bed lighting

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Lights threaded over slats.

When we moved house, we found the previous owners had installed under-cupboard lighting in the kitchen. It uses basic and cheap 12V LED strips. The strips are flexible and have glue on the back. We didn’t like them in the kitchen. So we tried them on the stairs. Trying to work out where I want…

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Mondrian Windows

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Coloured squares separated by thick black lines. They glow with sunlight.

One of the problems with buying a house, is that you’re inevitably stuck with someone else’s taste in decor. Our new place isn’t too bad – it’s just a little dull. With lockdown in full-force, some of the boring bits of the house have been annoying me more than is reasonable. I’m not a big…

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Feature Request for GitHub – commit *as* an organisation

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Binary code displayed on a screen.

There was a “situation” at work. We were publishing a high-profile project (take a wild guess) on GitHub. We had received abuse and were worried that someone might target the programmers who worked on the project. Obviously, we take cyber-security seriously, but how do we deal with personal-security? Here are the options we considered: Get…

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PGP Sign Your Twitter Messages

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Message saying "Read alt text for PGP sig".

I’m not sure if I’m the first person to do this – but I’m going to claim credit anyway! Hello! This Tweet has been signed with my PGP Key. pic.twitter.com/ed4rcldlvw — Terence Eden (@edent) May 14, 2020 You can verify by pasting the alt text into keybase.io/verify – or by using your favourite command line…

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Finding your most popular Tweets

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The Twitter logo drawn in circles.

Twitter’s search interface has all sorts of lovely and obscure options. My three favourites are “min_retweets:”, “min_replies:”, and “min_faves:” Using those filters, you can create a search for Tweets which meet a certain threshold. For example, here are my Tweets which have been liked more than 500 times: twitter.com/search?q=from:edent min_faves:500 Here are the ones which…

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Book Review: Beyond the Labyrinth by Gillian Rubinstein

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Book cover with tumbling dice.

Winner of the 1989 Children’s Book of the Year Award for older readers.

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