In 48 minutes the second half of Doctor Who Series 6 begins. I’m pretty excited about this. In any case, it will start recording from BBC America at 6pm PST , but I won’t be able to start watching it until my daughter goes to bed in another two hours.
I’ve waited a few months, I can wait another few hours. And, this way I won’t have to watch commercials…
I’m curious – has anyone out there retrofitted their MakerBot Cupcake CNC, MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, or RepRap with a cutting device? I recall seeing an example of someone creating a laser cutter, but I was particularly interested in whether someone had made a cutting device using a blade.
If so, what kinds of blades did you use? Did you create your own? Did you use off-the-shelf replacement parts for a commercial robo-cutter?
I was just floored by this recent post to the Make blog. This is the most amazing rubber band gun I’ve ever seen in my life. It genuinely looks like a P90 from Stargate SG-1, including the way in which ammunition is loaded. Even if weren’t for how realistic it looks, the mechanism is still fantastic. It apparently has a single shot/semi-automatic and fully automatic mode. Here’s what I can’t believe – that the creator of this magnificent toy thought it necessary to obscure their face in the video. I would be proud to call this my own.
Since I’m on the topic, this next rubber band gun is also pretty cool.
The websites for the first gun is in Japanese, but the Google translation is pretty decent. The cut-away pictures show most of how the device works. Just as a head’s up, the way WordPress handles gallery photos puts all of these pictures into a single gallery even though I uploaded them at different times. The second gun appears to hold 8 shots and will “auto-return” the gun to its starting position. Although there are a few pictures of the piece from various angles, I don’t really understand how the auto-return mechanism works. If you’ve got an idea, I would appreciate your insight.
While I just had a birthday, I’m actually much more excited about the second half of Season Six of Doctor Who starting up this coming weekend.
The blog? BACK.
ProfileMaker? Also BACK by overwhelming popular demand!
New host? CHECK!!!
As far as I can tell, there are three major drawbacks. First, the amount of work involved in changing hosts. That’s a serious freaking pain. MySQL DB’s, files, and e-mails, oh my. Second, this theme isn’t working as well as it once did – so the blue lego in the top left corner is gone. (For now). Third, there’s still a little weirdness on the admin side of this blog – but don’t you worry, I’ll keep you from ever noticing!
I just found 1.3GB PHP “error_log” file in MakerBlock.com. Yeah, I suppose THAT could be contributing to the problem…
Okay, that’s it. I’ve had it. I’m moving hosting companies.
This is the first site I’m moving – and you can be assured I’ll be bringing back ProfileMaker first thing!
Wish me luck!!!
I say “some” posts. By this I mean 3300 posts and post revisions dating back to the very first blog entry on this website going to as recently as July 13, 2011. Not including this post, I’ve got 721 published blog entries – with almost all containing this little gem:
Here’s what I did to clean this infection:
- Copy my entire “_posts” to “_posts2”
- Copy my entire “_posts” to “_posts3”
- Downloaded “_posts3” as a CSV
- Find and replace all instances of the above script in the CSV with “”
- Deleted the contents of “_posts3”
- Uploaded the altered CSV into “_posts3”
- Renamed “_posts” to “_posts1” and “_posts3” to “_posts”
It’s definitely possible to create a little WordPress plugin to clean this kind of an infection out, but there’s little incentive to do so when the manual fix is relatively easy. If you’ve got this kind of an infection in your site and don’t know how to take care of it, drop me a line.
So, PayPal has a micropayment system as well as a regular payment system. The micropayment fee is 5% + $0.05 while the normal fee is 2.9% + $0.30. For payments below $12.00, it makes sense to use the micropayments system and the normal system above that level.
Here’s the rub – you can only set up your PayPal account for one or the other. I’m working on a WordPress PayPal plugin, but I’d like to have that plugin work with micropayments without forcing all of my other PayPal transactions to go through that fee structure. Oh well.
WordPress is easily my favorite open source software project. I love it for it’s functionality, flexibility, and extensibility. When it comes to writing a plugin, these are my favorite resources. Don’t write a plugin without them!
- WordPress.org Codex for Writing a Plugin
- If you’re just getting started, this is the place to begin
- WordPress.org Codex Plugin API
- a great overview of the WordPress plugin API
- WordPress Action Reference
WordPress Filter Reference
- When WordPress displays a post, page, or the administrative pages it has to run through a number of functions and actions. Your plugin will need to be activated at one of these points, and it is very helpful to know the order in which things happen.
WordPress PHP Cross-Reference
- The WordPress filter reference is a list of WordPress filters. Each one will be able to deliver a little piece of the website for your to manipulate in your plugins.
Top 10 Most Common Coding Mistakes in WordPress Plugins
- The WordPress codex is pretty good – but it is not comprehensive. If you want to know how some of the more obscure functions, variables, or constants work, you’ll just need to dive into the source code itself. PHPXRef is, hands down, the best way to do this. It let’s you search and read the the source code from their website.
How to Design and Style Your WordPress Plugin Admin Panel
- This is quite possibly the best blog post about writing WordPress plugins. Applying these guidelines will make you a better WordPress developer and your plugins faster, more efficient, and more awesome. :)
- In a lot of ways, a program is only as good as its user interface. Build a good friendly and powerful interface and people will use your program. Build a bad one and no one will use it, no matter how awesome it is. This one blog post gives numerous little ways to make your WordPress plugin administrative interface look better.