27 May 2012

DialoguePane.js: a modal dialogue box for a web page

I was looking around on the web for a simple way of displaying a modal dialogue box over a web page. There are lots of options, but none of them seemed to work the way I wanted, so I wrote my own.

Click here to download a demo of DialoguePane.js as a ZIP file. API documentation is included.

Uncooking cooked electronic gadgets using cooking

Wheat bags are useful things. They're a natural, drug-free way to soothe headaches and other throbbing pains, and they double as a dry alternative to a hot water bottle. They're also very easy to make.

As if that weren't enough, it turns out that you can use them to fix electronics as well.

23 January 2012

Adelaide Greenies Calendar has a new web site

About two years ago, as many people who know me are no doubt aware, I started an on-line calendar to collate the green-minded events that are happening in the greater Adelaide metropolitan area.

Well, the Adelaide Greenies Calendar has a new web site, with a new address:

It's carefully disguised as a site not thrown together on BlogSpot, but it does the trick. I've also set up pages on Facebook and Twitter, and you'll find links to those at the bottom of the front page. You can still subscribe to the calendar itself in your planner application of choice, be it Apple iCal, Mozilla Sunbird, or Microsoft Outlook, as well as on your smart phone.

It's been a long time coming, but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, considering that almost the entire site is assembled from completely free, off-the-shelf parts. I didn't really have the inclination to set up my own free-standing site, and I'm impressed by what can be achieved with little to no start-up costs.

That said, I have to give a vote of thanks to Scott Rossiter, who did a great job designing a logo for me. We've never met; I met one of his cousins at a permablitz and later at a movie night, and after a few emails, we had a concept not dissimilar to what you see today.