10 posts about
Coding

"Nice Trump" Chrome extension

Nice Trump is a simple Chrome extension for Twitter, which replaces Donald Trump's tweets with nice and interesting facts about the world. If you don't like Trump's tweets you could just mute him, but using this extension means you'll get periodic reminders that the world can be pleasant whenever someone retweets Trump into your...

Gif Earth - GIFs from space

Today I made a Twitter account, @GifEarth, that shares (almost) daily GIFs of our planet as it looks from deep space approximately a million miles away. Here's an example of the content it shares (from 2016-10-20): I'm working on developing my first Android app right now and it involves pulling a lot of interesting...

"Not New Scientist" is back

A few years ago I got bored one evening and coded a Twitter bot that generates New Scientist-headlines, as seen on Buzzfeed and featured on New Scientist itself. I do like New Scientist and I was just taking the piss out of the more sensationalist headlines. I realised that the funniest tweets were the...

Jen's Butler - a Twitter bot that gets things done

I practically live on Twitter. Jen's Butler is an interactive Twitter bot that allows me to do nearly anything without leaving Twitter. The butler can access online services I use, retrieve files I store locally on various computers, and control connected devices in my home. The butler accesses services in two different ways. Most...

"Brexit Floater" Chrome extension

The Brexit (Leave) campaign has a flotilla entering the Thames. Seriously. We've reached that point. Brexit Floater is a simple Chrome extension for Twitter, which was requested by @GirlOnTheNet. It replaces any mention of "flotilla" with "floater" while browsing Twitter. It doesn't affect other websites. Add "Brexit Floater" to Chrome...

Teaching Deckard to avoid obstacles

I decided to build a robot and his name is Deckard. He’s mostly made of Lego with a Raspberry Pi for a brain. He’s going to be learning lots of skills and he’ll be quite social as he tweets about all his actions as well. He’ll understand spoken commands, he’...

"Elon Musk - Tony Stark" Chrome extension

Elon Musk. He's a genius. He's rich. He creates electric cars, reusable rockets that land themselves, and he wants to save the planet. So he's kind of like Tony Stark. Elon Musk - Tony Stark is a silly Chrome extension that replaces any mention of "Elon Musk" with "Tony Stark" while browsing the web....

Not New Scientist

I like New Scientist headlines. I think it’s hard to take some science topics and make them catch the eye and make sense for all potential readers. It’s a tough job to do well. New Scientist has kept me in stitches with hilarious headlines over the years. Some I really dislike, such...