work monitoring

I’ve been working on a Python program today that monitors which application I’m using. For now it’s writing the data with a timestamp to a text file. But of course I want to share this data on numuseum. I’m now researching the use of sockets. As only just discovered that Flash can also work with sockets… That’s very interesting for me, I should be able to push life data to a Flash film. Wow!


OOP item list


I’ve finally started building. I’ve made an inventory of all the properties
and methods a list of items should have and now I’m building the background.
I’m very new to Object Orientated Programming in Flash. So I’m building and
learning at the same time.
In the pic you see the main background of (in this case) the Input item
list, the background for the more button and the unformatted title. All with
the right size and position. From this I can move on and add more and more
features now that I’m beginning to understand how writing a class works.

item views

I’ve just finished my design for all the items views: links, input, sketches, webart, haiku, pictures and projects. It’s consistent enough but not boring. I think it’s quite serene :)

One thing I’ve already found out is that I can load auto generated thumbnails from my delicious link straight into flash, it’s so cute to see the tiny webpages.


archive interface

After weeks of struggling I’ve had a breakthrough in the numuseum archive interface. The archive will consist of three parts:

  1. The items or subjects
  2. The timeline
  3. The tags

The interface for part 1 is now almost finished. It’s been pretty hard to get a consistancy for all the different types of media. I’m still working on that but the main access is now ready.


select Flickr photos by date taken

The interactive circular timeline will show all media items by day. There will also be a tag cloud and I think downloading everything from the internet at every move will be very non-fluid. I looked for and discovered a cool app in the Flickr app garden: phpFlickrSynch, “a PHP application that reads the metadata of your photos stored on Flickr, stores them in a local MySQL database, and gives you an API to let you play with those metadata.” Exactly what I need! After some wrestling with keys, tokens and secrets I managed to install and download the first metadata. Today I made an example app which chooses a set of pictures based on the actual date the picture was taken (this is actually stored in the EXIF data) and shows the title and thumbnail of every photo.


business card collection


I’ve been working on my collection of business cards. Each have a very distict design to stress the different characters of the projects. All have a nice glossy front and a back with a tag cloud and a background image as a teaser. I love tag clouds and I’ve discovered some nice online tools to make them:┬áis my favourite as it lets you create a cloud from any text.

I’ve been looking for an aproriate wrapper. I think I’ll use anti-static grip bags so I can make a nice package. This is very convient as the series will never be completed and I can keep adding new cards to the package. The next card will probably be for this blog :)