Creating my first WordPress widget was a fun learning experiment. I wanted to build a simple widget that would embed a twitter feed as a news ticker.
This article gave me a lot to start and learn from: http://theme.fm/2011/06/tutorial-creating-a-twitter-widget-for-wordpress-91/
At the top of the following image you can see what it looks like when embedded into a page. It is the light gray bar at the top of the page. It uses the marquee jquery plugin available here: http://aamirafridi.com/jquery/jquery-marquee-plugin
This is what the current widget config panel looks like. Very basic but it does integrate the color picker and most importantly… it works!
So… like many others I picked up a couple Nexus Q’s off eBay and used them with Google Play Music. That is until Google launched their All-Access Google Music service. That update to the Google Play Music app broke the music capability of the Nexus Q.
I use Logitech Squeezeboxes to play synchronized audio throughout my house. They work great with the library of music I have managed in iTunes on my “server” computer. I only have 2 real gripes about my current setup. (more…)
Working with the text to speech engine is a lot of fun and has lots of potential for being used in all sorts of ways. It has one problem though…
It sounds horrible. It sounds like its from a bad 80’s sci-fi movie.
One of the biggest portions of what I want to implement is the ability to be anywhere in my house or even away from my house and still be able to interact with my Brain.
After my initial burst of motivation I successfully setup a quick script using Python, pywin32 and pyspeech (python 3 version) to both react to specific voice commands and also to respond to them with basic spoken responses.