Wired thought they would rile people up by ranking Star Trek characters. But, they just provided a list. No links with context or further info. So I've done that. Mainly I wanted to fiddle with a heroku app and learn Bootstrap. Please enjoy my really cruddy looking "app." I want to continue to work on it until it looks nice. Most of the links work. I may have missed one or two. It's an ongoing journey.
There were no good tools for downloading your Livejournal archive here in the year of our lord 2016, so I dusted off my exceedingly dusty Ruby book and set about trying to see if I could maybe fix that. [more inside]
Tweeting MetaFilter post deletion reasons at @mefideleted to celebrate the wise and gentle hand of moderation reaching from the heart to the edge of our community. [more inside]
WGif is a command line tool for creating animated GIFs from YouTube videos. [more inside]
We started out as Rails developers trying to script capistrano deployments and somehow ended up hacking together a full platform-as-a-service system, run on dedicated servers, with S3-compatible distributed storage and a REST API/build process that's mostly heroku-compatible (i.e. Procfiles and buildpacks and one-time-processes). We've got support for Ruby 1.9.3 and 2.0 preview including Rails, node.js/CoffeeScript, python, php, etc etc. [more inside]
A markovian text generator, tweeting away, starting with the text, "As Gregor Samsa awoke ...". Code can be found at https://github.com/willf/microsoft_ngram (in the examples directory). Enjoy such gems as "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself in charge of our financial system," "Gregor Samsa awoke…to find himself transformed into an enormous social mechanism for the centralisation of the New Zealand parliament," and "Gregor Samsa awoke from a night of clubbing former actress Lindsay Lohan."