Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fun with Google Translator

Much of what I do is building Flash UI's for web services that communicate in some form of XML. XML itself is, to some people I suppose, hard to read and understand, so my job is to try to make it look like the graphic designer wants it to look like. Sometimes I have no graphic designer to work with, so this is the result:







How it works is you type something in some language you speak in the top box, tell it what language you wrote that in by clicking a box in the top row (using the little international language abbreviations as your guide) then click the bottom row box which corresponds to the language you want to translate your statement into.

Hit "translate" and the flash widget sends the appropriate arguments directly to google translator (after stripping out illegal characters you may have typed in-or trying to anyway) then displays the result in the bottom box. A fun thing to do is then paste the bottom box text into the top box and swap the box settings to see how it translates back.

Kind o fun, for a nerdy linguist.

too small ? click here to view it in alone.

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Don Mills Ontario

Don Mills, Ontario. So I always wondered who "don mills" was, perhaps the developer of the city or something? Ive met some people named "don mills" so I had to find out. Turns out it was built by a development company called Don Mills road, which was called that because it ran along the river Don to these mills. Don river was named after the river Don in England, which was named after the Celtic Goddess Dôn. So Don Mills, the commercial juggernaut and clearing house capital of Canada, is a celtic goddess' enterprise. Sometimes I think we are actually travelling backwards through time so these ironic jokes can be written about our various enterprises. I wish it was named after Don Most though. Don Most Ontario sounds better.

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Don Mills Ontario

Don Mills, Ontario. So I always wondered who "don mills" was, perhaps the developer of the city or something? Ive met some people named "don mills" so I had to find out. Turns out it was built by a development company called Don Mills road, which was called that because it ran along the river Don to these mills. Don river was named after the river Don in England, which was named after the Celtic Goddess Dôn. So Don Mills, the commercial juggernaut and clearing house capital of Canada, is a celtic goddess' enterprise. Sometimes I think we are actually travelling backwards through time so these ironic jokes can be written about our various enterprises. I wish it was named after Don Most though. Don Most Ontario sounds better.

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Much More Music (not much really)

URL buying

One of my favorite side things is buying URL's for various reasons. Here are a few I bought that I particularly like. Think of it as an idea junkyard :)

www.iruntheweb.com
www.iruntheplanet.com
www.iruntheuniverse.com
www.psychicsauce.com
www.robotpingpong.com
www.boateo.com
www.grahamsnumber.com
www.blisschick.com
www.chesspieceface.com
www.applekart.com
www.airmagnetic.com
www.emailyourphotos.com
www.jazzette.net
www.troublesometummies.com



If you want one, let me know. Depending on what you want to do with it, I might just point it to your DNS for free. I consider Karma as good or better than cash in most cases.

my flash coding skills

Almost everything I make is buried in something else, behind a firewall, or really easy to take for granted. I made this game from scratch in about a day, and I was proud of it so here it is. (Icons can be replace with anything so it was the election and i had some fun with it) Obviously a take on bejewelled. How you play is you click on a face, then click another one to try to swap places. Idea being you need to make a row vertically or horizontally of the same faces to eliminate that row.







Too small for you ? Click here to launch it in a new window. Dont worry, its safe!

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mac vs pc

I made this video because one morning I had just had it with all the mac vs pc arguments in my life. I tried to sum up my position with this pedantic, purile attempt at irony. Apparently over 20,000 people on youtube had nothing better to do than watch it.

MAC VS PC added aug 18 / 06

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