I spent an afternoon rewriting some old code for an animated pie chart that is part of a web app I am updating. The previous code was written by a contractor who may have taken a quick route to completion. This made it very difficult to change it and also it was a few hundred lines too long. So I scrapped it and looked for a new solution. I ended up using jQuery Knob as the base and building on top of that. Since I couldn’t find anything quite what I was looking for, I decided to put it together myself and to make it a modular as I can. Basically, the pie chart has illustrates a percentage value and it’ll animate to that. I also have a colored label in the center that has a title, a tagline and the percentage updated as the pie chart is animated. With SCSS, I made it easier to customize the size, color, fonts, etc. It’s still a work in progress, but I decided put what I have on GitHub.
This is similar to the Facebook Object Debugger. It lets you preview your twitter summary card when you paste in a link. As someone running a website, you can set it up so that there is a title, summary and an image. If you want twitter to support cards with your website, you do have to set it up on twitter’s developer site.
Most of the things that Brett Terpstra does are a little over my head, all of which tend to increase productivity in a magical way. There are a few projects that anyone can make use of. SearchLink is one of them. I just started using it. It makes generating markdown links so simple and quick. It is definitely worth checking out.
Happy Fountain Pen day! I don’t really have much to say about it beside how much I enjoy writing with fountain pens. I think I’m drawn towards the customization aspect of it. It’s the same with what I do with computers and guitars. I like to make it my own. I am relatively new to the fountain pen community even though I’ve been a pen/pencil lover for maybe over a decade. Today I inked up my Jinhao X450 with some Noodler’s Bernanke Blue. If you have any interest in getting into fountains, I have some links for you below. Also, if you have any questions or comments, post them below.
This is the blog created by half of the Pen Addict podcast, Brad Dowdy. You’ll find a lot of info about fountain pens. You will also find a lot of resources for other fountain pen sites. There are a lot out there, but this is a good place to start.
It’s been a couple of years, but I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again. This year, I’m writing a novel about creating a startup company in the Midwest. The working title is Minimum Viable Person. I have a rough outline of the story in my head and hopefully I can let it out. I’m trying to keep it light and humorous. I am a little behind, but I will try to make up some of that this week.
This year, I am taking part in Movember. I’m not going to lie. My moustache will probably be the most unimpressive ever. I mostly go from a clean shave in the morning to scrub in the afternoon, but it basically stops at that point. Though I never tried to keep growing it out, I doubt it’ll get anymore than scrubby looking. However, that is not really the point of Movember. It’s about supporting men’s health. So if you can, support me, or someone else, or participate yourself.
I am looking forward to watching Foo Fighters Sonic Highways TV series that’s premiering this Friday, October 17th, on HBO. It’ll be an eight episode series that circles around them recording an album in different studios in cities around the country. After watching Sound City, which I loved, I have high hopes for this show. I think Dave Grohl is just one of those people who lives music and is, in my opinion, a great story teller. Sonic Highways is going to worth watching for any music lover. The album with the same name is also coming soon on November 10th.