Adding Evernote Site Memory to your blog

Take a look at the bottom of this post and you’ll a nice little green “remember” button. That’s the Evernote Site Memory button – a very cool little widget offered by Evernote to allow visitors to my blog to add any single blog entry as a note in their Evernote databases… a very useful little addition for any blog and a great way to simplify the process of saving notes for those visitors who use Evernote actively.

To make it easier to add to a WordPress blog, there is a WP Evernote Site Memory Plugin available. Be careful though – if your WordPress theme doesn’t wrap each individual post in a div with a post ID then you won’t be able to get the plugin working straight away and will wonder why your browser hangs when you click the button!

This was the case for my blog and I had to add the following code to my blog’s index.php and single.php files (just inside the loop which builds up individual posts) to make sure it worked correctly:

<div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">

Closing the div just before the end of the loop finishes off the job. This part of my blog’s index.php now looks like this:

<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<!-- added -->
<div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
<h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
....... other code ......
<span class="date"><?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?></span>
<!-- added -->
<?php endwhile; ?>

Once the posts are all correctly tagged with post IDs the plugin works a treat!

If you don’t use Evernote yet to collect and organise notes then get yourself over to their site and sign up for free now! :-)


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Hooked on monsters…

…well, not really monsters, but the lovable “Yummy” (now apparently renamed to “Potatoe”) Character from French designer Genevieve Gauckler. Previously available as vinyl stickers for strategically placing around the home to surprise guests, you can now purchase hooks for your guests’ coats (or other things, I’m sure):

Potatoe x3 from Genevieve Gauckler

There is also a set of three other characters, named “Hang on to yourself” available if you’d like some variety… more on her site or on, where you can also order a set for €50.

Go on – inject some fun into your home!


Palette Coasters!

If you’re looking for the perfect little accessory to finish off the industrial look in your converted mill/factory Loft apartment then look no further: Palette Coasters from spanish-based Labyrinth Design Studio are just the thing:

Palette Coaster : Labyrinth Design Studios

The palettes are 1/10th sized Euro palette replicas, complete with all of the markings and quality stamps of the original.

I don’t think they’re going to give that single malt a more “Oaky” flavour but they’re certainly great for “transporting” your guest’s drinks safely to the table!

You can buy them from the Labyrinth Studios webshop for €14.90 per set of five.

Pack of 5 Palette Coasters ready to ship!


Get Mommafied with Big Momma’s House 3

After a busy few weeks working with the lovely people at Substance, I’ve managed to find time to write about the first of two projects I’ve been working on: Big Momma’s House 3 Get Mommafied!

The project involved the build and implementation of a combined microsite/Facebook App which allows the user to choose a photo of themselves from their hard disk or Facebook albums OR to take a snapshot with their webcam and then to proceed and give themselves the full Martin Lawrence-style Big Momma treatment – to Get Mommafied! They can even choose a wig or dress to suit their style 😉

The result can be posted to their Facebook Wall, Twitter (via Twitpic), downloaded or copied as a HTML embed link for use anywhere they wish.

Substance’s Craig Beswetherick (@GrindheadGames on Twitter) was responsible for the nasty pixel manipulating stuff and yours truly wrapped it all up with the rest of the UI, Facebook goodness and functionality. The design comes from Substance’s in-house artistic guy Ewan Brock (@letsbrock) and the final site/App has been rolled out in numerous countries including the UK, Russia, Mexico and throughout Europe – resulting in some interesting challenges with sizing on buttons and text fields. Naturally, localisation was carried out by using XML for configuration and copy.

The App was built using FDT4, assets in Flash and based on PureMVC for the simple reason that I have a nice little Facebook App template built up using this framework. PureMVC is by no means “pure” MVC but having a pre-built “template” which uses such a simple-to-use framework is a definite benefit when approaching new projects.

So. Go ahead and Get Mommafied! You may be surprised at how good you look with an extra 50 kilos in a wig and a dress!


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