Tv series air dates

I’ve been trying to find the start dates for a few of my favourite TV series over the last week as I think this is the start of the winter season. I don’t watch that much TV, but I like to get hold of a few series and watch them when I get some free time.

I soon found that there isn’t a difinitive place (website) I can go to that clearly lists the next new episode of whatever series I’m interested in. I’m planning to rectify this in the near future with a simple (but hopefully useful) site thats sole purpose is to display this information. I know there are larger sites that have the information hidden among various other facts about the show but you have to search around.

Chances are I’ll never get the site listed very highly in search engines but its worth a shot. For now, these are the series I’m interested in and their air dates:

  • Heroes (season 3): 22nd September
  • NCIS (season 6): 23rd September
  • Scrubs (season 8): Unknown, apparently some controversy
  • Dexter (season 3): 28th September
  • Dirty sexy money (season 2): 1st October

Please don’t judge me. 😉 If in the mean time anyone finds a decent site that already does this, let me know!

Back with wordpress 2.5 (RC1)

It has been a while since a post, I was hoping I wouldn’t slip in to a bad routine. Thanks for the comments so far, especially for the rb-internal-links plugin, can’t believe so many people are using it! Need to find a way to push it out there to more people if I can.

Back on topic, I’ve just installed release candidate 1 of the new version of wordpress. Matt mentioned on his blog that it would be a big one and it certainly is! From what I can tell the admin panel has been majorly revamped, both design wise and code wise. Logging in after the upgrade I had a few doubts but the new administration panel is impressively better (I liked the old one anyway). So far no major issues in upgrading from 2.4.x but I can see that I need to fix up the internal links plugin as the button has disappeared from the wysiwyg editor.

Play sounds using javascript on the fly

I was having some trouble getting sounds to play dynamically using javascript today. I’m not sure dynamically is the right word but basically I wanted different sounds to load and play on the click of a button using javascript without having to preload the sounds.

At first I tried using a single embed object, then changing the src of the embed on a button click and using embedObj.Play(); but for some reason changing the source of the file stopped that happening.

My second idea was to replace the entire embed code each time, and then call Play on the embed to get it to play. Still no luck!

Finally after a bit of searching I found somebody that had managed to do it. Its similar to my second idea only instead of calling .Play() on the embed object you just use autostart=true in the embed code, simple!

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Welcome Internet Explorer 6 users!

When designing and coding the template for this blog I didn’t have access to IE6 (thanks MS), but I finally got hold of Virtual PC and managed to sort out a number of issues that made it look worse than it is supposed to be!

Unfortunately there are still many people using IE6, at least 15% of visitors to this site and a lot more to other sites that have a less technical audience. Luckily that number is falling day-by-day and hopefully soon we can all stop wasting time making exceptions for IE6. I’ve found there are far fewer issues with IE7, hopefully it will stay that way in future versions.

I’d apologise to IE6 users but I think its about time they upgraded! :p

An update to the RB Internal Links plugin

I’ve neglected both the plugin and the blog a little lately due to the run up to Christmas but have made some time to release a major upgrade to rb internal links.

Some of the new features include:

  • Changing the charset to utf-8 for tinymce plugin (thanks to vanco)
  • A switch from the {{ … }} method to <!– … –> for entering a link
  • Putting in the option for ID or slug returned to editor, default to be ID (good idea, thanks again vanco)
  • Support for creating an internal link with an image
  • The intlink code is now hidden in visual mode, replaced with the highlighted text
  • The parsing engine has been completely rewritten for speed and scalability
  • Some code changes that should help people with problems related to the wysiwyg icon not turning up
  • Added filter for ‘the_content_rss’

I’d like to thank everybody that has commented on the blog so far regarding the plugin, it has been more popular than I had hoped for and I really appreciate it. More feedback, ideas and code very welcome!