I get asked this question all the time “Andrew, where do you get all these things to post?” Usually I just tell them I read a lot on the web and leave it at that. Today, I am going to give you some of my secret sauce: I follow a ton of newsletters and blogs and this is how I have so much content to share. Literally, I have a list sitting in Notational Velocity (nvAlt, for those who care) of hundreds of links that I have yet to catch up to. Really, when you get to having so many newsletters and blogs, you aren’t keeping up, so much as staying afloat curating the curated content. There is something that can be said about this curation of curation, but I think I am going to reserve that for a later post (and put that in a NV note as well).
After constantly forgetting about these quick tweaks to excerpts in WordPress, I figured I would put them somewhere memorable. Like my blog and GitHub (making my first gist as well). So, enjoy two quick WordPress snippets: [gist id=3352179] What you are seeing here are two minor ways to tweak WordPress’ excerpt to be a bit […]
This post is about looking at the data from my usability test of Hedron, a social check-in site for gamers that I have developed. Having rolled out an alpha version to 22 people, 16 responded and completed the survey. Users were given a prompt (which can be found here) that would effectively give them a […]
v 0.2.3 Encryption/Decryption fixed and salt changed. Fixed various typos and added commented code. Fixed all whitespace errors. v 0.3 Added frame for check-in engine. Issues with check-in engine writing to database. Added stylesheet and jQuery to header.php. v 0.3.1 Created specific CSS for check-in page. AJAX call doesn’t work and runs without error. Switched to […]
Content creation on the internet has suffered from one perennial problem: how long should content be? Do the shorter attention spans of those wired-in reward shorter content? Websites like Cracked.com thrive on short bursts of content that users just eat up. When I was looking around Cracked, this article on the implications of Harry Potter […]
Motivations of Play I think that though Yee does achieve finding 10 of the correct motivations in categorizing why players play [Yee 4-5], but I think he is missing a prime component: fulfillment. Achievement is similar to fulfillment but I would say ultimately different because achievement is more about completing goals whereas fulfillment is actualization […]
When looking at schools, one would not see a traditional, Southern college as a bastion of geekery. Seersucker and bow ties do not equate to rolling a D20 to find a hidden door and the loot behind it. Surprisingly enough, Elon and the surrounding area has a stable geek culture that will more than satiate […]