New Sidebar Whoosywhatsits

I souped up the “Reader Favorites” list on the sidebar. Instead of being a fixed list, it now plucks a random half-dozen from the Favorites category.

The icon takes the scarlet A from The Out Campaign and John Pieret‘s pensÃ©e flower from here.

10 thoughts on “New Sidebar Whoosywhatsits”

1. The algorithm says:

Apropos nothing: Firefox 2 has a new version of JavaScript with some features stolen from Python — generators/iterators, array comprehensions, block scoping, destructuring assignment. Doesn’t mean much for Web development since most of us will always have to be compatible with MSIE, but interesting for toy code all the same.

This made me think of porting the preferential attachment doohickey to JavaScript 1.7, which I did quickly and dirtily, using the <canvas> tag for a basic histogram. (I know some JS graphing toolkits exist but haven’t messed with them.) Wave of the future? Eh, maybe not. But fun!

2. Hmmm. I see the node degree list and the degree histogram text, but I don’t see anything in the <canvas> itself.

3. Maybe my European upbringing is showing, but when I saw your redesigned scarlet A, I immediately thought of the socialist rose.

4. Didn’t you know? Atheism is the new communism! :-)

La fleur du parti socialiste looks more inward-curvy than outward-spreading. Maybe that’s the difference between an icon of a rose and an icon of a pansy?

5. The algorithm says:

Blake: ah, I think I left in some debugging code that crashes unless Firebug is installed. Here goes again; if it doesn’t work this time, feh, it was just for fun anyhoo.

6. Now I don’t even see the blank canvas (there’s just a <div id="plot_scale"> tag).

Oh, wait, I installed Firebug and refreshed the page. Now I’ve got a picture!

7. The algorithm says:

W00t! When I posted that last comment, I had put some nonsense code up that was, among other things, missing the <canvas>, then I put up the right code a few min later. So it may have been the few minutes, rather than Firebug, that fixed it. Anyway, let us consider this matter laid to rest. Whee!

8. Blake:

Didnâ€™t you know? Atheism is the new communism! :-)

So naturally, when people come along and say “You atheists! You’re a bunch of communists!”, we want a symbol that says, “No, we’re not! We’re socialists! :-)

La fleur du parti socialiste looks more inward-curvy than outward-spreading. Maybe thatâ€™s the difference between an icon of a rose and an icon of a pansy?

Dunno. It’s all oograah to me.

9. Cody says:

I am an atheist, according to the definition, and a progressive. I’ll have to work on what symbol to add to the A.

10. If you come up with a symbol you like, let me know!