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The End of an Era

So, as of this moment of writing I am sat playing the Halo Reach Beta, got the LSRfm.com Office Remote Control Camera on the go (it has night vision tooooo) and Portal for Mac downloading on Steam for Mac….

Oh and I am a total of 3000 words away from the end of my degree, have today presented my project of 360gaming [dot] net post the basic video phase….

So the end is nigh for my university career…

What next?

Freelance Web Development,
Proper Job Web Development,
Freelance Events Teching,
Lighting and AV

Who knows the future is bright, but defo not Orange…. 😛

Its Crunch Time

So this week is going to be one of the busiest weeks, I will have had in a long time.

Finishing touches to my Project 2 Project: http://360gaming.net/, deployed that last Monday, just need to finish testing the game tracker/ranking system and thats all done.
Thats due on Wednesday! Crikey.

It’s also Leeds University Unions@LeedsUniUnion, Celebrate Week, where LUU celebrates its member led Societies, culminating in The Riley’s, an awards ceremony!

LSRfm.com (@LSRfm_com) is up for 3 awards:

  • Best Publicity
  • Best Event, for Big Tidy Up, (live coverage from Rich Legates House)
  • Best Society

So, its always good to be nominated, since the nominations are Crowd Sourced from LUU Members.

I’m also a second time nominee for LUU Lifetime Achievement award, (nominated three years ago when they thought I was leaving).

I’m also working a hell of a lot this week.

  • Metropolis on Thursday
  • Fruity (Hollywood) on Friday
  • Live at Leeds on Saturday all day!
  • Damnation on Sunday all day!

Which then takes us to Monday 3rd of May, which is May Day Bank Holiday. Which means the union is closed, so LSRfm.com is broadcasting from my House for the day.
It’s the day of Halo Reach’s Beta toooooo! Hurrah!

Should be good fun, hopefully it will be Sunny too!

That then takes us to next week, with a double deadline for motion graphics and New Media Strategies and Futures on the 6th of May.

Then thats it the end of my degree…. Shit….

Oh and today I find out if I am doing GSoC 2010 (Google Summer of Code)

And tomorrow is The LSRfm.com Station Manager Job Presentations and Interviews, which I have applied for.

And tomorrow and Wednesday is PLASA Leeds, an Events Trade Show and mini conference, which should be good to make some industry contacts and see whats going on, in the World of Live events….

Its gonna be messy!

#GSoC 2010 – My Applications

So for Google Summer of Code 2010 I’m applying for two Organizations, GeekLog and WordPress.
Both are PHP based, and are primarily MySQL.
Both meet my skill sets and use Object Orientated Programming, so hopefully anything I learn/develop I can fold back into CarlyonCMS. Win 🙂


GeekLog, I have applied to work on the Email Queue needs and Core Notifications, sending subscription emails and the like to end users. Email Queue I have knowledge of since LSRfm.com can only send 600 emails per hour… (Its a Spam Thing). So the LSRfm.com Megalist, sends upto 400 emails per hour. Subsequently this queue system is part of Carlyon CMS.


WordPress I am applying for two separate projects.

Taken from the ideas page, I’ve selected Trac Annihilation (still can’t spell Annihilation, thank God for spell checkers), and the Bugtracker.

Bugtracking I have experience on, having seen and worked on the Bugtracker for PHP for GSoC 2008, (woo go me I have bcarlyon [at] php.net as a email address (Update: Hmm it doesn’t appear to work anymore :sadface: (Update 2 I think they purged it when PHP moved to SVN over CVS))), which was good fun and a learning experience.

(As part of the WordPress application you need to document your application on a WordPress powered blog….)

WordPress, as a publishing platform, should lend itself easily to being adapted to become a BugTracker, since the main elements, like categories, posting and comments, already exist, simply moving a b(lo)ug post, from one category to another would make it open/closed/assigned etc.
The interesting part here would be the interaction with SVN, and the need to extra data from Commits or source files.

My other WordPress application for Trac Annihilation (got it right that time), involves working on and closing as many open tickets as possible, since with the advent of WordPress’es beta the number of tickets is gonna rocket.
Essentially this is just a matter of munching thru as many tickets as possible and closing them, after solving them.
Which would be good fun and a great learning experience.

I just hope one of the three accepts me, or I could end up with a Summer of nothing big to do…..

jQuery Coverflow, my First Plugin

So I’ve been working on this for a while, based on a few googles searches (see this post for details.

Thru other posts on this subject I’ve chronicled my work, and youtubed a few videos, I’ve now deployed it and re factored it to a jQuery plugin. And fixed a bug so it works in IE as well as other browsers, was throwing a odd childelement error in IE8 of all things.

So, my jQuery Coverflow is live at the LSRfm.com Podcasts Page, I’ll probably be fiddling with the code locally to tidy it and make it better, but it works quite happily as a jQuery plugin now.

Heres how to use it on your site, if you are so inclined, stay tuned for updates :-).

The Plugin requires jQuery UI for the Slider, and jCarousel for the Flowy-ness, it relies on the jQuery stock animation suite as well.

In the head

<script src="/path_to_js/jquery.coverflow.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

In the Body

<ul id="coverflow">
        <li><a href="/some_link/"><img src="/someimage.png" alt="A Title" /></a></li>
</ul>

<script type="text/javascript">
        jQuery.coverflow();
</script>

Like with any jQuery Plugin you can pass it some options/settings.

  • total_items – total items in the carousel/flow, if 0 auto determines
  • sider_start – the start point, leave null for middle, or number for that number or rnd for random
  • targetflow – id of the ul with the items in
  • sliderflow – id of the div to hold the slider
  • titleflow – id to hold the title elements
  • largesize – size as a int, so 200 for 200px, of the image currently in the middle of the flow
  • smallsize – smaller size
  • speed – speed in microseconds so 3s is 3000
  • scroll – leave this as one
  • visible – how many items to be in the viewing pane at once default 3
  • animation – animation speed, if 0 takes it from speed

Essentially all the needs to be set is the names for targetflow, sliderflow, and titleflow, tho if you use the default names (coverflow, slider, coverflow_title) you don’t even need that.

Things I need to add to the plugin.

Auto generate the slider div if not present and add the relevant css to it.
Do a check to see if the item about to be highlight contains an image or not, and animate accordingly.

In theory this can support any type of content but an item of:

<li><a><img /></a></li>

works best.

You can grab a tar of the file at Coverflow_001 (545)

Questsions? Feedback? Suggestions?

Comments below 🙂

Update:

Currently there is a small bug where in some browsers (so far Chrome and Safari), post load and setup, its not sliding to the desired element, the slider is moved, but the carousel does not.

Coverflow with jQuery V1.5 (an Update)

So been working on my coverflow from: This post.

Been trying to make it a better replication, tho have some problems with reflections, so decided to skip that for a bit and work on scrolling, with steps greater than one.
I’ve had some hiccups with the animation again, so will have to consider ripping that out and redoing it.

The animation being the size alterations to the podcast cover images.

So heres the YouTube Demo of the Coverflow with the Slider working, and the traditional links updating the slider value.

Also when I get this to a working level, gonna need to redo the Version Numbers 😛

When I get this working nicely, it will be rather useful, both for LSRfm.com and personal use, since it will rotate any content inside a li, tho if theres an img it will do the resizing.

Perhaps drawing inspiration from the game covers rotator on Game.co.uk as well, we shall see….