Four short links: 7 June 2011

Shadowy CSS, Bitcoin Mining, Graphics API, Date Design

  1. OMG Text — a plugin for CSS framework Compass for directional text shadows. (via David Kaneda)
  2. Build a Cheap Bitcoin Mine — some day it will be revealed that the act of generating a bitcoin token is helping the Russian mafia to crack nuclear missile launch codes and Afghan druglords built the Bitcoin system to destabilize the US dollar.
  3. Polycodea free, open-source, cross-platform framework for creative code. You can use it as a C++ API or as a standalone scripting language to get easy and simple access to accelerated 2D and 3D graphics, hardware shaders, sound and network programming, physics engines and more. The core Polycode API is written in C++ and can be used to create portable native applications. Lua interfaces. (via Joshua Schachter)
  4. Flickr Date Design — interesting thoughts on Flickr’s date design. The date your photos was taken is stored in a MySQL datetime technically giving you the ability to label your photo as being taken solidly 800+ years before anything most of us would describe as the invention of photography. Which is a little silly.[...]Fundamentally this split between system activity time, and human editable creation date models a world where the people who use your software do something other then use your software. You have to decide how you feel about admitting that possibility. (via Nelson Minar)
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  • TraderTimm

    Perhaps your readers would prefer a more factual and less sensationalized view of bitcoin.

    I suggest starting with this introduction:

    http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=7269.0

    Also, common misconceptions can be clarified here:

    https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Myths

  • bob

    If you are trying to be funny about bitcoins, you failed miserably.

    The math problem being solved is well documented, and has nothing to do with missile codes. It’s simply finding a bit combination that verifies a block of transactions.

    Do your readers a favor and do a little research first.