Search tricks

I find myself quite often going to my weblog to search for something I vaguely remember blogging, and such is my laziness that I miss the convenience of Google, where you can just type the query in the browser location bar (or search box in firebird).

However, I’ve just found an explanation of how to search your weblog with Mozilla. Apparently, you can write custom search plug-ins for Mozilla, as explained in the Mycroft project documentation.

A more trivial solution is to find the search form’s parameters and make a URL you can call with a keyword:

  • Create a bookmark with this URL:
  • Give it a keyword (I used "blog")
  • Type "blog theThingToSearchFor" in Mozilla’s location (address) bar.

Color tools, CSS

Colour tools round-up – a collection of cool online tools for playing with color schemes. Lots of fun, even if you don’t need to design web-pages.

Also useful but much less fun is this css crib sheet. [ both links from Mark Pilgrim‘s b-links. ]

Science Fiction and Fantasy

I Can Make A Man (of Bronze) Out Of You

The Doc Savage Method of Self-Development:

For 23 issues, the editors of Doc Savage Magazine let readers in on the secrets of Doc’s physical and mental exercise regimen. I get tired just reading them, but I’m sure some kids out there took them to heart, or at least tried to raise their little brother as a herculean genius.


My Own LJ

Shiffer had Livejournal codes to spare, so he’s given me an LJ user: themoniker. This in addition to my syndicated non-user (dotandimet).

Now, I’m looking for something to mirror my posts here to there. The solution I turned up seems pretty esoteric, so I’ll keep looking for something simpler…

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Charlie Stross, Father of the Gith Races

Strange things you bump across if Google(*) department: Charlie Stross (now finally achieving success as an SF author) is the creator of those infamous 1st Edition D&D monsters, the Githyanki, Githzerai, Slaadi, and Death Knights, of Fiend Folio fame.

Now, he appears slightly embarrassed of his high-school contribution to the Mythos of RPG fantasy, as evidenced in this interview on a Planescape fan-site.

(Actually, I was looking for the Stross interview/slowtime chat from The Well, but the one on Rakkama certainly illuminated a side of Stross that you won’t easily find by reading his website…)