I’ve started using Memolane

Recently I have stumbled across an interesting startup called Memolane. It is an unorthodox aggregator of various social media sites, YouTube, RSS feeds et cetera. I find it very useful. We all publish and share bits of our life to various sites, with different groups of friends, and Memolane collects them all back together, so everything is lucid and “defragmented”.  Everything on one place. You can see what you did in the past, how your interest changed, or what things have influenced you on your way…. Your tweets are there, facebook statuses, favourite videos, everything.  And their UI is simple and intuitive, …

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Look at the stars … and see code

starryNight plugin API This is an update to my previous post. I wrote nice to look at animation on top of jQuery called starryNight. It takes a <div> element and add moving stars on top of it.  Stars are slowly floating across the sky, and when they finally flow out of the sky (or <div> in our case), they are automatically reborn on the other side on some random position.  That sounds pretty straightforward, and indeed it was until I complicated it by adding slider, more on that later.  Now to the API. Basic HTML structure – provided by you …

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Don’t forget to play

Sometimes I need to do something what is not useful at all, just for the fun of it.  Someone plays World of Warcraft as a hobby, someone listens to music, drinks, draws.. whatever. I make animations in javascript.  It’s half fun and half learning. I can try new things, I can experiment, discover …and what is most important: I create. After one rather bad day at work I needed to do something what I would really enjoy.  Not that I don’t like my work, I do love it, but there are sometimes days that are just bad… I had a …

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HistoryGraph – Introduction

At IPO48 2011 in Prague I introduced my idea of HistoryGraph – web based educational app displaying historical events sorted by topic in interactive timelines.  The idea did not get enough people to start up at IPO48, in fact there was only me in the team and the minimum was 3 people 🙂 I have since then revised the idea, simplified it and came to terms with the fact that it will not make me rich.  The simplified version will only read data from tables on a web site and render a visualisation graph. In this approach it will be …

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Circus Cermaque

February, the last month of winter, is the worst one. I am tired of winter, of the ever clouded sky, of lack of sunshine.  And in these grey days I have met by chance three shining guys. At first all I could hear was distant sound of clarinet. I came closer and saw these guys playing joyful-melancholic music. It suddenly felt like summer. Sun was shinning and it was unusually warm for end of February. There is one thing I love on summer and that’s the street artists. They bring poetry to dull day-to-day life. Unfortunately I can’t play music at all …

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jQuery datepicker improved

I like jQuery’s datepicker a lot, but I miss two things – one is some kind of mask on the input field so I can write date directly without worrying about the correct date format, and the second is customisable trigger (the thing you click on to toggle the calendar widget 🙂 ) Masked input This is a screenshot taken directly from jqueryui.com. As you see you can write anything to the input field.  Then you have to validate it, display error message, prevent form from submit… etc. It’s not nice.  Luckily there is a nice solution, a jQuery plugin …

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IPO48 – (personal) summary

There was a big event on 11-13.2.2010 in Prague called IPO48. One hundred people gathered there to compete who has the best idea for a startup. One had to explain his idea in 90sec long “elevator speech” in front of a jury and his peers in order to get their attention and recruit a workforce to join his project. It is called an elevator pitch because these 90 seconds is the approximate time you will have if you ever happen to be in elevator with you potential business partner or investor. If you don’t manage to grab their attention – …

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Why I love my work

I consider myself lucky to have work that I love. I work as Javascript / C# developer for a company where I can be creative, I can try new technologies and constantly learn new stuff. In short: I grow, I develop myself. That’s great. I left my previous post not just because of low salary, but mostly because it just sucked. I did not trust my boss, as nobody did, he was that kind of person who tries to avoid responsibility. He had a gift to demotivate people by randomly checking what they are doing, peeking over their shoulders and …

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I’m going to IPO48 Prague

I have just learned about IPO48 and I am very excited about it. It is a 48 (!) hours long hackaton where people gather to form teams and deliver functional app prototypes.  It is a great opportunity to meet creative innovative people, make contacts with investors and start something new. This is my startup idea – HistoryGraph. Check it out:) Educational web-app displaying graph of historical timelines. It gives you visual comparison of historical developement of chosen topics (countries, churches, science, etc…) so that you can spot not-so-obvious relations between various events. I am currently looking for developers to join …

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Fun with tooltips on a timeline

This is a fun script I created during my idle hours while at previous employer.  I wanted to somehow mimic comix-like conversation but on a single image only.  It was just for fun, but it can be however used to do something more useful;) What it basically does is that it displays tooltips in a predefined order. Click image below to see demo. I wrote simple timeline object which acts as a controller of tooltips – it shows them in given time above given DOM objects.  There is a few of tooltips build on jQuery, but qTip offers loads of …

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