Archive for May, 2005

A couple of updates

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Just uploaded a new version of Automated Serendipity which fixes a couple of things, and I’ve created version 0.2 of my Odeon Grease Monkey script. It adds code from Matthew Somerville‘s script, so that pages not covered by the changes I’ve made will still work in Firefox.

Inline Odeon Hacking

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Earlier this week I was having a conversation with a mate of mine regarding the recently Slashdotted Grease Monkey Firefox extension. It went something like.

Him: “Have you heard of Grease Monkey?”
Me: “Yeah, sounds good. Not really played with it though.”
Him: “It’s the best Firefox extension ever. Puts power right back to the user.”
Me: “Maybe I’ll write a script for it, eh?”
Him: “Yeah, you should do!”
Me: “Maybe one for the Odeon site? Hehehe…”

So I did, and you can find that script on my new Grease Monkey scripts page.

Now, because of the nature of the Odeon site (it’s entirely constructed from IE-only JavaScript), I’ve basically had to build pages from the ground up, which makes the script big and a bit slow. Also, you still can’t go through a booking process online with it. This is because:

– There is such a ludicrous quantity of JavaScript on that site I really don’t want to consume my free time doing it
– I don’t want to get accused of anything by Odeon lawyers. There are probably more of them than me, and I don’t think they have a sense of humour.

My script totally re-writes the layout of the Odeon site pages, however it seems poetic justice that I’ve been beaten to writing this script by 6 days by the original Odeon site hacker – Matthew Somerville – who just made the original design work!. I would never have thought of that!

Automated Serendipity

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

I’ve just uploaded another PHP script, this time it’s a binary media aggregation tool – the recently blooming genre of web applications most commonly known as “iPodders”. It takes a list of URLs, sniffs out all the MP3s referenced on them and then plops the ones you’ve not seen yet into a “today” folder ready for perusal.

It’s not strictly an RSS reader. You can send it to any web page, playlist file or XML feed and it will just scrape off what it finds quite efficiently.

Just had a Super Group photo call in City of Heroes last night. Hello to all fellow members of Shadows Fall that have wandered, blinking out of Paragon City to my site to see the pics. They’re right at the bottom of my City Of Heroes Screenshots folder.

Another God damned IRC Bot

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

I’ve just put my PHP-based IRC bot online for download. He spent a few weeks with the residents of #edge learning about video games and sexual uncertainty. Now I feel he is ready to be freed.

I’ve included the MySQL database structure with the PHP files, but I’ve left off the quite frankly harrowing information he picked up during his stay at #edge.

I’ve also just written a fun little dynamically generated image / forum avatar thing. It changes over time, roughly mirroring the UK day/night cycle, except looking uncannily like the landscape from Super Mariokart.

This isn’t the easiest thing to illustrate if you’ve just taken a peak at this page now, so here’s what it looks like at the moment. It’s about 5 in the afternoon:

This is what it will look like at midnight:

And this is what it will look like at midday:

This one is the actual up to date image which changes based on what time it is:

Cool eh?