Inklings in January 2012


A seriously cool HTML presentation framework!

"Three Cubes Colliding"

A cubic kite that’s part of part of an art installation. Here’s what the creator has to say:

It’s a trilogy! No actually the kite in this video is one of three kites which are now part of an installation at Castle Quay in Jersey. There are two large kites (like the one in the video) and a smaller kite. We filmed the smaller kite flying, but it didn’t make the final cut.

Tim Minchin's Storm the Animated Movie

Olly Betts: The Art of Writing Small Programs - OSDC 2011

And here’s the talk’s site too, with slides and the like.

RUN! (Theme 1 from Canabalt) by Danny Baranowsky



Canabalt for the C64. I was wondering how feasible this would be, and my guesses were pretty accurate: sacrifice smooth scrolling at lower speeds and ditch parallax. Otherwise, it’s near perfect! My only complaint is that I know it’s possible for the SID to do a more faithful rendition of the, admittedly bloody good, rendition in the conversion.

Update (2012-01-14): Listening to it again, I think I know why it’s not quite right. It sounds like it’s using just two channels, which would explain why it’s not quite as faithful as it might be. Crushing that much into two channels is far from trivial!

DCHK- and IRIS-related links

Documentation for RFC authors


Implements consistent hashing in Python (using md5 as hashing function).

Six analysis and probability diagrams

Diagrams summarising the relationships in analysis and probability. The ones on distributions and conjugate priors are probably the most immediately useful to me, but there’s lot of good things there.

Brussels Hotels, Belgium |

Keeping this here for future reference for the next time I go to FOSDEM. This time around, I’m staying at Scandic Grand Place, which was recommended to me by a trustworthy source, and I’m told it has decent Wi-Fi to boot!

"Stop SOPA Ireland" banner for non-WordPress users

If you’ve visted my site recently, you’ll have noticed the banner for Stop SOPA Ireland. There’s a banner you can use if your site runs on WordPress, but if, like me, you use something else, you’re out of luck.

<style type="text/css" media="screen">
#sopa_menubar {
    display: block;
    width: 100%;
    background: black;
    overflow: hidden;
    padding: 0.75ex 0;
#sopa_menubar ul, #sopa_menubar li {
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    list-style: none;
#sopa_menubar a {
    color: silver;
    text-decoration: none;
    float: right;
    margin: 0 2ex;
    display: block;
    padding: 0.5ex 0;
#sopa_menubar li.sopa_title {
    float: left;
    margin: 0 2ex;
    padding: 0.5ex 0;
#sopa_menubar a.sopa_sign {
    background: #5F9B3F no-repeat;
    border-radius: 20px;
    color: white;
    padding: 0.5ex 3ex;
    box-shadow: inset 0 0 0 1px RGBA(0, 0, 0, 0.3),
                inset 0 0 0 2px RGBA(255, 255, 255, 0.2);
    background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #74b74a 0%, #5f9b3f 100%);
    background-image: linear-gradient(top, #74b74a 0%, #5f9b3f 100%);
#sopa_menubar a.sopa_sign strong {
    text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px RGBA(0, 0, 0, 0.5);
<div id="sopa_menubar">
<li class="sopa_title"><strong>I SUPPORT STOP SOPA IRELAND!</strong></li>
<li><a class="sopa_sign" href=""><strong>Sign the petition</strong></a></li>
<li><a href="">Download the menubar</a></li>
<li><a href="">FAQ</a></li>

Throw that in the top of your page under the <head> tag, and you should be good to go.

It’s not perfect, and your pre-existing CSS rules may interfere with it, but, with luck it should work just fine.