Wednesday, June 28, 2006

bloggerhacks wiki

Since the beginning of time (August 2005), John at Freshblog has been compiling a list of Blogger Hacks from all around the web. These hacks range from how to implement categories, different things one can do with Blogger-based comments and archives, and other template goodies like my expandable posts how-to and a gajillion other things having to do with layout and tagging and blah blah blah. One can imagine how keeping links to these things all on one post can be time-consuming and also difficult for the user to figure out what's been added recently and so forth. Plus, the post just has one-line descriptions along with the links.

But now there's the BloggerHacks wiki! Each hack is listed individually on a page, the page is categorized appropriately, and best of all the hack pages all follow a standard template containing information and links for the author, skill level, general method of implementing the hack, and links to sites using the hack. Of course, the detailed post describing the hack (and required code) still remains the primary source of information; the wiki is simply a catalog you can browse and get a feel for things before you click through and start wading through code.

Have a look! Many contributors spent time moving the hacks from blog to wiki and writing additional info, and since it's a wiki it's open for additional contributions. For instance, add your own link on a wiki page describing a hack you use. I tried to put in as many links to users who have implemented my expandable posts how-to, on its wiki page but if I missed any, add yourself!

[crossposted at No Fancy Name]

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

contribute to science education and enter to win a copy of this book

The folks at ScienceBlogs and Seed Magazine are holding a fundraiser through DonorsChoose to help raise money for specific science-in-the-classrooms needs nationwide. For instance, 4th Graders in St. Bernard Parish who lost all their science stuff in Hurricane Katrina, or K-2 kids in South Carolina or low-income K-2 kids here in EPA and so on and so forth.

ANYWAY, the ScienceBlog bloggers have unique lists of causes near and dear to their hearts, and we can choose to donate to any of them...even $10 is $10 closer toward the goal of an individual cause. Dr. Free-Ride has a list of the participants and links to their challenges, and more information on the prizes for YOUR participation as well as the Seed Magazine matching donations.

After you donate, forwarded your email confirmations from DonorsChoose to to enter the drawing for fabulous prizes at the end of the drive—my lovely editors at Sams have donated ten copies of this book as prizes for this drive. There are many more incentives for donating, including the satisfaction of a job well done. Skip your lattes for two days, and fund science education!

Go! Give! Spread the word!

If I, a person who took only three science classes in her entire academic career and only because I had to, can get involved with science-y types, SO CAN YOU!