The other night I had an idea: Create a web service that uses Twitter to poll the upcoming elections. I'd love to see if something like this could give accurate predictions for election results. And, it would be a transparent (although not anonymous) polling system. Here's how it works:
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Today I want to cover how to use those built-in drag and drop tables (the ones where you can sort the rows however you want) in Drupal, in the context of setting a weight field in a custom module. There was a pretty good article about this by Computer Minds, but I found some parts of their approach buggy, and not what I prefer, stylistically. So, consider this article my improvements upon their work.
If you use Subversion to manage code updates to your Drupal-based site, then chances are that whenever an update to the Drupal core comes out, it's really annoying to use. You don't want to go copying your sites/ directory from the old version to the new, since all your .svn directories are in the old version. It's just a big headache. Luckily, there's basically one command you have to run to painlessly update Drupal (with just a little bit of set up). Here's how:
A few weeks ago, I decided to give KISSinsights a try on the Coffeeshopped website; I had recently read Neil Patel's article "What I learned about you through KISSinsights", and it convinced me that there's probably a lot I can learn from asking my readers a few questions. I have the free account with them, so I wasn't able to make up my own questions, but they have some built-in questions that seemed appropriate. So, over 3 weeks, I tried 3 different surveys... here are the results.
I've been working on the concepts and design for Sphericle 3.0 lately, and I want to share some of what I have so far. The past versions of Sphericle have not been designed nearly as well as they could have; I rushed into development too early, and the game suffered for it. This time around, I want to make it very pretty, more intuitive, and more fun! Here's some of what I'm working on:
While working on the next release of Sphericle (which is going to be awesome), I've had to create new map icons for the Search screen in the app. I want these icons to have the same style of shadow as the Google Map pins do on the iPhone. So, after some experimentation, I found a pretty easy and accurate way to do that. Here's what we're starting with:
This past Tuesday I attended my first Cafe Bedouins meeting, which usually takes place at a coffeeshop, but this one was at Cospace. Cafe Bedouins is basically an open weekly space for tech people to work on their side projects... it's supposed to provide a kind of regular space for projects that otherwise might never get those spare hours they need. It was also my first time going to any web/tech social event, at all.
One of the next Coffeeshopped projects is a game for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it's a collaboration with my brother, Fredrick Wood! The game is still in its early stages of design and development, but here's a sketch (by Fred, the Art Director) to whet your appetites.
Today I completed the release of the next version of HourPatch, which now includes the ability to create invoices. To go with it, I revamped the promo materials on the HourPatch website.
The tag line now is "Proactive Time Tracking", which I think nicely sums up what HourPatch is about: planning out your project schedules ahead of time, which simplifies time tracking and invoicing while also getting your self-employed life a little more in order. Here are the main points of what HourPatch is about: