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Meat in a Park + Layar Integration

Posted: December 31st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Projects | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

BBQs are awesome.  Augmented reality is awesome.  Imagine (if you will, nay, can) the awesomeness unleashed by combining the two.  Well brace yourself, it’s been done.  Combining the oh-so-great Meat in a Park API with the augmented reality browser Layar for Android (and yes, iPhone too), I present “the meat in a park layar” (thanks, I know it’s a great name). Use it to find a BBQ near you (although the MiaP service only has data for Australia – if this changes then I’ll lift the country restrictions).

Meat in a Park Layar Screenshot Meat in a Park map view Meat in a Park list view

It’s been approved, so first get Layar from the Android Market or the iPhone App Store and you can find it listed under ‘Eating and Dining’. As always the code is on github.


Awesome Algerian

Posted: December 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Projects | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Wow… my first blog post.  I never thought the day would come where I had reason to tell the world something in ink as  I’ve always had trouble finding “content” worthy of publishing, despite the constant stream of rubbish I spill out on twitter & other social forums.  My new years resolution for 2009 was to get writing code & put something out there and in my typical style, I’ve left it to the very last minute.  My day job these days is particularly mundane & repetetive so I’ve been finding mental stimulation elsewhere, this week I spent my evenings learning Ruby & Rails, building the “Hello World” of web development – a single-serve site.

Announcing: Awesome Algerian, the world’s smallest in-joke & a showcase of the finest use of the Algerian font across the globe.  I built the functionality of the site including a posting model & user management using this YouTube tutorial and the guide for Authlogic.  My good friend dos4gw provided the hilarious foundation, designed the layout and some content.  User registration is currently open while those privvy to the joke sign up & posting is restricted to these users.

Things I’ve learnt:

  • Ruby looks and feels so much more elegant than Perl
  • Ruby on Rails is super-easy to pull together a quick, functional website
  • Typeface.js is so much nicer than sIFR

What’s next:

  • Syndicate the content (RSS) – done!
  • Write tests
  • Clean up the routes
  • Try and break it