Testing a new plugin suite — Shortcake Bakery

Short­cake Bakery uses the Short­cake plu­gin and extends use of Word­Press short­codes. Makes embed­ding con­tent in my blog pretty easy.

 

[face­book url=“https://www.facebook.com/RHCPChad/videos/904042432993659/”]

The above video link from Face­book via the Short­cake Bakery.

Last week, Daniel Bach­huber and the engin­eer­ing team at Fusion releasedShort­cake Bakery, a plu­gin that extends the Short­cake pro­ject to sup­ply a suite of handy short­codes for pub­lish­ers. The plu­gin cur­rently includes the fol­low­ing:

  • Image Com­par­is­on (powered by Jux­ta­poseJS)
  • Face­book embeds
  • iFrames (require whitel­is­ted host­names)
  • Infogram embeds
  • PDF’s (powered by PDF.js)
  • Play­buzz embeds
  • Rap Geni­us annota­tions
  • Scribd embeds
  • Scripts (require whitel­is­ted host­names)

Plu­gin writeup and detail found here.

Google Photos — another one joins the club

This week­end Google unveiled their new online image stor­age ser­vice — Google Pho­tos.

It’s not Picas­sa, though it can use it. It’s also sep­ar­ate from Google+. Inter­est­ing. Meh. I’ll stick with Flickr. Here’s why.

If you want unlim­ited free stor­age, this may work for you, though when you upload your pho­tos, you have to use Google’s ‘high qual­ity but free’ set­ting, not the ori­gin­al set­ting. This means RAW and oth­er file formats will be con­ver­ted.

Also, there doesn’t appear to be a way to share the link dir­ectly to the image file — rather all shared links jump to a Google Pho­tos page with the image embed­ded in it. Not a big deal but that means you can’t dir­ectly embed images stored at Google Pho­tos in a blog post, for example. You still have to use ser­vices such as imgur, etc.

And the image edit­or built into Google Pho­tos cre­ates unusu­al arti­facts around the image while in edit mode.

 

It’s fine when you accept the changes, but in my case, the image appeared pos­ter­ized while I was edit­ing it, throw­ing a blue tint in some areas. Not great.

As I said, I’ll stick with Flickr.

 

I guess I have to relearn physics

Kerbal Space Pro­gram left beta status yes­ter­day. With that update came a num­ber of sig­ni­fic­ant enhance­ments, changes and new fea­tures.

And they changed aero­dy­nam­ics and phys­ics.

New reentry effects. Smoking hot graph­ics there!

Yup, Jeb died on reentry. Back to the basic mis­sions to fig­ure this out.

Oh. That was unfor­tu­nate.

When the Stars Align

Today was a pretty nor­mal day for the most part. Took Selena in for a quick checkup vet vis­it. Went to work and audited an advanced Excel class (that I’ll be teach­ing soon).

Reg­u­lar, nor­mal stuff.

Except when you apply a ‘space’ lay­er to the day.

Driv­ing home from the clin­ic with Selena, I heard Go! — a very cool music / archiv­al audio mashup by Pub­lic Sys­tem from their new The Race For Space album. Video below.

Then also noted that Sid Meier’s Star­ships is due out for iOS. Yes, video below. iTunes link when it’s live on iTunes.

And finally also noted that Buzz Aldrin’s Space Pro­gram Man­ager is ALSO out tonight for iOS. Yes, video ALSO below.

Of course, it’s a silly thing to think that I’d not be pick­ing up all three. Only prob­lem is that this will cut in to my Kerbal Space Pro­gram time 😉

 

 

A Classic Dungeon Crawling Silent Auction — for charity!

Thanks to the kind friends at Beam­dog I’m able to up the ante for incent­ives to my spon­sors of my 24hr game-a-thon par­ti­cip­a­tion in Play4Paws2 — sup­port­ing CaliC­an Res­cue Found­a­tion.

Butt Kicking, for Goodness!

Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate II: Shad­ows of Amn, Icewind Dale. These games hold a spe­cial place in my heart. I was at the Edmon­ton Baldur’s Gate launch party when I was cov­er­ing it for loc­al TV news. Then later, when I worked for BioWare, I con­trib­uted to the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions efforts of these games and the Infin­ity Engine that they’re built on.

At the time, there was abso­lutely noth­ing else that could bring the true D&D exper­i­ence, the party-dun­geon-crawl­ing-holy-crap-is-that-a-Behold­er exper­i­ence to the com­puter as these games did.

So, through the help of Beam­dog, I’ve got cop­ies of the Enhanced Edi­tion ver­sions of these games. And Vir­gin­ia, they are enhanced — for example, the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edi­tion:

Run­ning on an upgraded and improved ver­sion of the Infin­ity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edi­tion includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adven­ture, the Tales of the Sword Coast expan­sion pack, and nev­er-before-seen con­tent includ­ing a new adven­ture and three new party mem­bers: the Cal­ishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil black­guard.

I want my BGII and so do you!

Here’s how you can sup­port my fun­drais­ing efforts through a silent auc­tion and get one of these amaz­ingly enga­ging and chal­len­ging Dun­geons & Dragons world games, spe­cific­ally:

The silent auc­tion is over at a Face­book event page. The rules of the auc­tion are pretty simple:

  • The auc­tion will be live until I’m done my 24hr game-a-thon at 7pm on Feb­ru­ary 28th.
  • I’ve cre­ated one post per item avail­able.
  • Bid by pla­cing a com­ment in the item you want to bid on.
  • Highest bid at the time I fin­ish gam­ing on the 28th claims the auc­tion item.
  • I’ll inform auc­tion win­ners via FB mes­sage and/or reply in the rel­ev­ant auc­tion.
  • After you’ve been noti­fied, place your con­tri­bu­tion at the Play4Paws2 dona­tion page at CanadaHelps.org — https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/play4paws2-this-time-its-fur-sonal/
  • I’ll for­ward the winner’s details on to Beam­dog — they’ll con­tact you regard­ing claim­ing your game through Beam­dog.

Simple no? So why are you still here and not over there bidding!

Thanks for your sup­port, and see you online on the 27–28th. I’ll need your sup­port and encour­age­ment then too, either through Face­book, Twit­ter, or maybe even through a livestream… stay tuned!

 

I like that I can update the image on our digital thermometer

I like that I can update the image on our digit­al ther­mo­stat. Just added this one from NASA APoD:

Pos­ted by Brad Gri­er on Sat­urday, Janu­ary 31, 2015