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vampirical

Coding while you sleep

Holiday Cards

Oct 4, 2007 / 6 Replies I'm working for a really cool custom printing company called tinyprints, we do holiday cards, birth announcements, birthday cards, and the like. We just pushed out a new AJAX card customization system and I've got coupons so go play with it and let me know what you guys think. :) You might find something you like, we've got some really great designers.

15% Off Code: FRIEND52

Coffee

Dec 6, 2005 / 8 Replies I'm shopping around for Christmas gifts and realized that some top of the line coffee will work for a few of the hardest on my list. Any recommendations (I'm looking at you Wirehead)? One of the giftees especially likes hazelnut.

Adsense for feeds

May 20, 2005 / 1 Reply So Dylan, how many people subscribe to the mboffin rss feeds? More than a hundred? You might wanna consider Google's new Adsense for RSS feeds to make up a little bit of the bling it takes to run the site.

Small Caps

Jun 19, 2004 / 0 Replies I'm having a problem with using small caps in conjuction with any font size under 13px. On my site the comments link at the end of each post is bold and small caps and needs to be a bit smaller than 13px, but whenever it starts getting small it starts fading into the background. Without the bolding you can hardly see it. I know that most fonts don't actually have a small caps set and instead a sort of fake version is generated by decreasing the size and I was wondering if this might be part of the problem. Any ideas?

-Thanky

virtual hosts

May 23, 2004 / 6 Replies I'm curious about how the user.mboffin.com vhosts are going to work. I've been playing around with a few vhosts on my site and am curious about how your going to set them up. Since I use zoneedit to point my domain to my poor little dynamic IP I've been unable to play around with wildcard cnames which I assume is what you'll be using and which unfortunately I can't get zoneedit to do for me. How I had hoped to do it with my server was to use apache's mod-rewrite to rewrite user.domain.com to domain.com/userpage.php?user or something similar. I recall some discussion of an IIS rewrite plugin and was curious if MBoffin.com is going to use a similar method or something completely different. Also I'm just sort of generally curious how the user pages are progressing.

Edit: Okay a take it back, the zoneedit is good, the zoneedit is great, I surrender my will as of this date. I got a wildcard A entry working and am working on user pages for my site, username.vampirical.com pages do work but all other navigation and such breaks on them. Example here.

SOAPy

May 19, 2004 / 6 Replies Okay this is a mixed geek and non geek thread. The results I would think are interesting to non-geeks while the methods are probably not. I'll concentrate mainly on the former rather than the latter to keep the sports fans happy.

I recently discovered the wonders which are possible through Amazon.com's AWS program, Amazon Web Services. Through SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol, which is an XML protocol) you can retrieve just about anything you would like from their product databases. After a few minutes finding the correct packages to add xml support to my apache install and finding the correct include for php (I'll assume nobdoy is interested enough for links to any of this, correct me if I'm wrong) I started recoding one of the small sidebar features on my site. I've had a subheading entitled "Read" on my site for awhile now in which I post books I've read or am currently reading. Before I had to enter all the data with the script only really generating a link or two from the provided data (amazon.com referal links) but now I only enter the ISBN of the book (which amazon nicely reuses instead of coming up with it's own product ID) and short blurb and now I've got it generating the same little secition effortlessly plus the full listing is now amazingly awesome. Amazon provides 3 different images of the cover in varying sizes as well as the publishing info, title, authors, et al. I've yet to do anything really fun with the data yet except to revamp the list of books.

Coding wise the only interesting issues which came up were handling multiple authors and dealing with the occiasional special character (this still isn't done but it's at least visibly fine). Other than that I've only really translated a few bits of data to suite my needs (like the published date which is presented from their db is quite an ungainly way). The way I organized the system is that after the data is entered on the posting page the amazon db is accessed, the data is retrieved and stored in my db almost exactly as presented and the data is then extracted normally later. I'm sure the SOAP standard would allow for a more XML approach to dealing with the data and I'm sure I could also bypass my own database and access everything directly from amazons but this was just the first way that came to me and it seemed to make sense.

I'm thinking of creating an extension of this which would probably focus mainly on video games and gadgets. If I actually got any traffic I would be making something like 15% off any amazon purchases from the links generated through this method but alas (sp?) 15% of nothing is nothing. I think it would be interesting to see something like this happen with MBoffin.com, I know I would definately take a higher than usual interest in a book/gadget/appliance/etc which had impressed MBoffin.

Note: I think all the writing energy which should be going into the essay I'm prepping for my History final on Friday has spilled over into this post. And now after having previewed it I'm sure that somebody will read this thing and develop a deathwish against me for having wasted so much of their time.

Random bash.org goodness

May 13, 2004 / 8 Replies [Stormrider] I should bomb something
[Stormrider] ...and it's off the cuff remarks like that that are the reason I don't log chats
[Stormrider] Just in case the FBI ever needs anything on me
[Elzie_Ann] I'm sure they can just get it from someone who DOES log chats.
*** FBI has joined #gamecubecafe
[FBI] We saw it anyway.
*** FBI has quit IRC (Quit: )

Nigritude Ultramarine

May 9, 2004 / 16 Replies A SEO (Search Engine Optimization) contest I came across seems right up our resident optimizer Aesopian's alley. The winners will be the page which is ranked #1 for a Google search of nigritude ultramarine on the 7th of June and then the 7th of July.

Edit: Well I've started messing around with my nigritude ultramarine page, hopefully I'll be able to spend some time playing with it after finals.

He's dead Jim

Apr 28, 2004 / 2 Replies *chortle*

Site Structure

Apr 15, 2004 / 1 Reply The technical aspect of this question is directed mainly at Aesopian since I this is his field but any opinions on the design aspect is welcome.

I've been playing with rewriting my urls so that posts are currently accessed by vampirical.com/post/113/ where 113 is the post's id number, to edit that same post the url would be vampirical.com/edit/post/113/, but I'm concerned about two things. The first is spiders, how well do they respond to this sort of structure? For example would vampirical.com/post/113.php be preferable? And the second is a solely visual concern. How does it looks? Does anybody have a certain style they prefer for this?