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Time zones in blackbirdpy


After figuring out how to get time zones straightened out in my Twitter archiving script, it seemed like a good idea to use that knowledge to improve my embedded tweets before I forget how. To embed tweets in my blog posts, I use my own variant on Jeff Miller’s blackbirdpy. Jeff’s Python script was itself…

Blackbird.py and background images


In his comment on last night’s post about that fraction with the interesting decimal representation, Matthew McVickar pointed out a bug in my system for displaying tweets: I’m curious about the background in that embedded tweet of mine. My Twitter profile background is solid blue, and I don’t have a background image set. Looking up…

New Blackbird.py for embedding tweets


If you have access to the NewNewNew Twitter (as I did for about a day several weeks ago, but haven’t since), you’ll find a button that’ll give you the HTML code necessary to embed any given tweet in your blog or webpage. This is a big improvement on the common way of showing a tweet,…

Linkety


As a rule, I don’t do link blogging. It’s a pretty crowded field, and I’m way too slow on the draw. It’s better for me to stick with the failure analysis of torsion springs, where I have the field to myself. Today, though, I ran across three things that I have little to add to…

Roll with the changes


Let’s see, where was I? Oh, yes: My feeling is that the LinkedIn and Instagram examples are special cases that have more to do with tribal warfare among social media companies than with a true crackdown on third-party clients. 20-25% of tweets come from third-party clients… I think that’s a big enough number to make…

Archiving tweets without IFTTT


Here’s a final bit of follow-up on the flurry of posts about Twitter and archiving tweets that I wrote early in the month. The way I left it, I was using the IFTTT web service to append new tweets to a text file in my Dropbox folder. Since I have no control over IFTTT, my…

Good embedded tweets


This morning I made a little funny on Twitter: Another thing that’s so 2006: Using screenshots instead of live embedded tweets. buzzfeed.com/mjs538/tweets-…  — Dr. Drang (@drdrang) Thu Jul 12 2012 9:11 AM CDT The linked article at BuzzFeed, 30 Tweets That Are So 2006, is a hipper-than-thou post—broken into two parts, the better to serve you…

The method


What with the holiday and my multipost diversion into time zones and Twitter archives, I forgot to link to this interview with Glenn Fleishman over at Macdrifter. Go read it now if you haven’t; I’ll be here when you get back. First, I think what Gabe did is kind of unfair. Most of these writer’s…

WiFi Woes with Dan Benjamin


If you’ve been listening to The Talk Show for the past couple of weeks, you know that Dan Benjamin has been having WiFi connectivity problems with his MacBook Air, which he attributes—justifiably—to a recent Lion update. I’ve had the same problems with my (late 2010 model) MBA, but Lion had nothing to do with it.…

Embedded tweet improvements


In Monday night’s post about scrolling, I included this tweet of mine: I gave the Lion scrollbar visibility default a chance, but I like knowing where I am at a glance. http://t.co/XlR975c8:37 PM Wed Aug 17, 2011@drdrang Dr. Drang As you can see if you run your mouse over it, it’s not simply a screen…