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harpenden_weatherYesterday I bumped into a near neighbour David, who runs harpendenweather.co.uk, a great website that shows live weather data for Harpenden, my home town. The live data is rendered using Flash, it has a very nice analogue look and feel, everything is nicely smoothed as the weather changes. The page lets me know what’s going on outside without ever having to leave the computer and set foot through the front door… It was useful during the summer, I can check wind speeds before flying (crashing!) my electric heli outside.

David has a whole range of sensors on the roof of his house for just about every meteorological value you might imagine, he uploads data to the site every 4 seconds, and you can browse historical trends too. He’s even planning to add a webcam, great work!

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C4 3D demo

I’ve written a neat Papervision coverflow demo

Flash is taking the live news feed from Channel 4 News and presenting it in a 3D environment. The headlines and images are extracted and cached using PHP written by Luke Fitzgerald (the C4 site is a little too slow to allow for direct extraction of images on the fly)

The 3D is written using the excellent Papervision library, it’s animated using tweener. I spent a long time looking at this kind of animation trying to figure out how it’s done, great joy when I figured it out

There are a lot of ways this could be enhanced, maybe the centred image should flip when you click it, and it would be great to import some video from the news site onto each element, perhaps if I get more time.

====update====

27/06/09 the demo page is broken, C4News have changed the code behind the pages and my text and image scraping is broken. I’ll try and fix it when I get time, or better still I’ll see if I can pesuade them to make a richer RSS feed that includes images…

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