Multiple YouTube Videos per page using VideoLightBox

I decided to stop displaying the default YouTube video players within posts on my AgilityNerd blog and I started looking for a light boxed player. Their were two main reasons. The smallest video playback window provided by YouTube for HD videos is too wide for my two column layout and …

Blosxom hitcounter, favorites and lastread plugins for MongoDB

When I wrote my plugins for tracking the visits to each page (hitcounter), presenting the counts by popularity (favorites), and displaying the most recently read posts (lastread) I used Perl's Storable module as a simple way to serialize the data structure to and from disk. At the time I wasn't …

Using django-sitemap with django-tagging

I was adding django-sitemap to googility.com yesterday and found that Tags don't implement get_absolute_url(). Which makes sense since the site developer would want to decide how to expose them in the URL space.

It is also arguable that links to pages displaying the tag view already exist in the …

Firefox Web Developer Add-on AJAX NON-Caching Problem

I ran across some "interesting" behavior of the Firefox Web Developer Add-on today. When editing JavaScript code I normally leave Web Developer set to "disable cache". This causes all images and, significantly for my purposes, the JavaScript files to be downloaded from the server on every page request. But I …

reCAPTCHA in Django

I first read about ReCAPTCHA in this article in Wired magazine last year.

reCAPTCHA provides a free CAPTCHA web service that pairs together two words from OCR scanned books. One of the words is known and the other couldn't be recognized. The user types in both words not knowing which …

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Improving Site Navigation - Add Titles to Blosxom Pages With storytitle

I've always wanted my AgilityNerd blog to serve as a reference for interesting dog agility subjects. Consequently, I'm interested in making it as easy as possible for readers to locate, explore, and learn more about the sport. So improving navigation is a strong interest to me.

I have been reading …

Blosxom Plugin lastcommented Enhancement

I had a comment entered on my dog agility blog that I subsequently deleted and of course my lastcommented plugin recorded the comment as the most recent comment. Since the plugin uses Storable to store the data I couldn't manually edit the file to remove the entry.

So I modified …

Tagged as: blosxom plugin

Minor Additional Mods to Blosxom moreenties Plugin

I had previously extended Jason Clark's moreentries plugin for Blosxom to allow adding images to links to the previous and next group of articles/entries in the head or foot of a Blosxom weblog. While attempting to have valid HTML on my blogs I found that I had left an …

Tagged as: blosxom plugin

New Scheme Using YouTube to Get "Google Juice"?

In the last couple days my YouTube account has fallen victim to a new scheme by porn websites attempting to garner Google Juice. It is pretty straightforward. A generic YouTube account is created with a user name like "babiegirl123xyz" and the "user" has a single line profile with the line …

Tagged as: google youtube

Web Site Themes for Techies

I'm no graphic artist so when it comes time to create or change the look of my website I always have a difficult time. So I've discovered some tools and tips that might help other non artists create reasonable looking websites.

Here's the general approach:

  • Select an existing template or …
Tagged as: sitedesign