Thursday, July 29, 2010
Motivational posters pop up everywhere, either the serious ones, but really mostly at least on the internet the demotivational ones. People on all sorts of forums seem to have fun creating themselves. It's not hard - you find a powerpoint template, find an image, pick some colors, type in your funny text, create a screenshot and upload the result. Still quite a bit of work. Especially since you'll usually end up using image search to get the picture and if you want to do it right, base the color scheme on the image you use. Plus sharing by image is not as handy as sharing by url.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
A while ago I had a server crash and it was really painful to restore the Zope instance I had before. I decided to do away with Zope and go with django on App Engine instead. This meant however rewriting all projects. I never really got around to that and ended up with just a subset.
Today I decided to update some, more specifically WordColor and LandGeist. It is interesting to see how much APIs have improved and how these projects can now be done a lot better.
WordColor used to be a windows executable that would screen scrape image search to get images that matched a search, average the pixel colors returned and declare the average color (with some normalization of saturation) the color of your word. That was kinda bad. If image search changed its html, the program would stop working. And anybody who had installed the program would then have to find back where it came from. But doing this online was near impossible.
Landgeist was in a similar fashion a client side program that would given a word, do searches for that word and all the names of all the countries and then calculate the google share of that country for that word.