Factor Mystic

24May/140

Yakko’s Nations of the World

I just added a new data visualization/animation to my site, which animates a world globe synchronized with the Animaniacs song "Nations of the World".

Link: http://factormystic.net/utils/data-vis/yakkos-nations-of-the-world/

Check it out! (though maybe not on a mobile device in the year that I am posting this). There's a link to the source code and project build info on that page.

19Aug/090

Gmail Loading Screen hack

Here's a quick userstyle for the Gmail loading screen. You and apply it via Stylish. Edit: And a Chrome/Chromium extension!

It's takes you from boring...

Gmail Loading Screen (Before)

Gmail Loading Screen (Before)

...to moderately less boring!

Gmail Loading Screen (After)

Gmail Loading Screen (After)

It's cool how just centering the info and adding a logo spruces things up. Take the hint, Google!

Here's the code:

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

@-moz-document domain("mail.google.com") {
  #loading {
    position: absolute;
    left: 50%;
    width: 400px;
    margin-left: -200px;
  }
  #loading .cmsg:first-child {
    background-image: url(https://mail.google.com/mail/images/2/5/logo1.png);
    background-position: left top;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;

    padding-top: 70px;
  }
  #stb {
    left:0px;
  }
}

Ideas to make it cooler? Leave a comment!

5Jul/090

Downtime

My web host was offline for the past few days after an unfortunate data loss, and I’m slowly restoring things from backup. Most of my utilities and other projects should be back up in a couple days, but the latest work on defaultprogramseditor.com is gone forever and I’ll have to just sit down and rewrite it. Finishing that site with screenshots and user documentation are pretty much all that’s left to do before the 2.0 release. No program code was lost at all, and the beta has been pretty successful and will probably be one of the last builds.