Logarithmic Tag Clouds

may 30, 2009
Tag clouds are a pretty popular way of displaying and indexing data, but they're not without their faults. I added a tag cloud to a helpdesk system I created and while it works well, it eventually suffered from a common tag cloud problem: one tag had been used much more frequently than the other and the resultant cloud had one big tag and a million tiny tags. The way to solve the problem is through weighting the data. A popular way of weighting the data is to apply a "logarithmic scale":http://www.tocloud.com/linearvslogarithmic.html to the data. "Google turns up a bunch of different ways":http://www.google.com/search?q=logarithmic+tag+cloud to accomplish this, but I'm not ...

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Make a Wish

april 28, 2009
Holycrap. It's just come to my attention that there's a "new cave in album":http://thephoenix.com/BLOGS/onthedownload/archive/2009/04/28/cave-in-prep-new-ep-book-boston-reunion-show.aspx coming down the pike. I was just listening to them yesterday and tried seeing if there were any updates, but couldn't find anything. This has been near the top of my wishlist for a while (basically since they announced they were going on hiatus), and now it means the planets are aligned and I have to make another big wish, so here goes... h3{text-align: center}. I wish I had a bajillion dollars. There, I said it. Now, as soon as "google figures out how much that is":http://www.google.com/search?q=how%20big%20is ...

Hilarious Hypocrisy

march 5, 2009
h3. NEWS FLASH: "Lars Ulrich Illegally Downloaded His Own Album.":http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=115407 Now I've heard everything. That article also has a "clip":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ2Vn8jcJQw recorded when their documentary, "Some Kind of Monster":http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387412/, came out. I saw that movie primarily to confirm my suspicions that the worst decision Metallica ever made was to let Lars Ulrich be their drummer. I was right. In the youtube video, Lars admits he's a control freak, and it comes as no surprise. He has been _the_ posterboy for the industry's witch-hunt on filesharing. His argument was that filesharing is tantamount to stealing, yet somehow he has ...

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feb. 19, 2009
For a couple years now, I've been dabbling in web-based database projects developed in PHP. After a while, I'd grown tired of PHP and in doing some work with Python scripts, I realized python just made a lot more sense to my brain than other languages--perl looks like a Martian language and ruby feels backwards to me. So I set off looking at some of the offerings for web-development in python. One project that looked quite promising was "django":http://www.djangoproject.com/. (Having spent a large chunk of time playing jazz music, I couldn't help but love a web-framework named after a "jazz legend":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django_Reinhardt.) After running through a couple tutorials, I'd made up my ...

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