This is basically what it says on the tin – a playground for little snippets of ideas I've had here and there that aren't quite developed enough to flesh out into a full project, but are still fun to tinker with anyway. Maybe they'll eventually make it into a bigger project some day; who knows? In the meantime, feel free to poke through the code and enjoy!
I've collected license plates since I was little, and I've been drawing them almost as long. ‘Why not build one using CSS and @font-face?’ I asked myself. Here's the result – it was fun playing around with shadows and gradients, even though CSS's limitations mean I couldn't get quite what I wanted. Here's the blog post with a little more information. Check out the demo!
This uses Jonathan Abbett's excellent pxweather utility to pull current conditions, which I then run through a PHP function to color the blocks by temperature range. A little dollop of CSS on top to make it pretty, and here you go! I will say, though, that the API is a little flaky; so you may get grey boxes here and there. As a proof of concept, though, I think it works quite nicely. Have a look!
I don't have $1100 to splash out on a Qlocktwo, so I wired one up online! The heavy lifting is done in PHP, with a little CSS and @font-face just to tidy things up a little. The display updates every five minutes, and the page refreshes every minute; so it should be reasonably accurate. Enjoy!