Thoughts & tips from the daily life of working on the web.
Userscripts work within your web browser to customize websites to your liking. To get started, you will need the Mozilla Firefox web browser with the Greasemonkey add-on. They might work with Google Chrome + Tampermonkey but I make no guarantees.
- FCM Enhance: A userscript for the Facebook Comment Moderation Tool. Features include showing the title of the page a comment is on, better visibility of words caught by the profanity filter, an easier way to see if a comment was not automatically approved, and more. Get more info and download it now!
- AP Strange News Link: Adds a "Strange News" menu item under "Top News" on the Associated Press website.
- AP Virginia News Link: Similar to the "Strange News" script, this adds a "Virginia News" menu item under "Top News" on the Associated Press website. The scripts work fine separately or simultaneously.
Userstyles are like userscripts, but they focus on modifying the appearance of a website more than its functionality (although sometimes the two intertwine). Once again, you will need the Mozilla Firefox web browser, this time with the Stylish add-on.
- Hide WSJ Subscriber-only Content: The Wall Street Journal offers some articles for free, but others require a paid subscription. Subscriber-only articles are marked with a small key icon. This userstyle hides all subscriber-only content when you visit the page, so you don't have to sift through it to find the items you can read for free.
Experiments & Other Things
Here be dragons. Items in this section are works in progress. I publish them here to invite suggestions/feedback/anecdotes of similar efforts. I make no guarantees as to whether they will work as intended (of course, the same could be said for anything else on this site! )
- Weather Story Generator: This is my first (and, so far, only) foray into "robojournalism"—automated creation of news articles. This is a small script that parses a National Weather Service XML file to create a brief weather-forecast article, theoretically suitable for a news web site. It often repeats itself and its grammar is imperfect, but hey! — it's the future. Or is it?
Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless.
~The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy