Toy mashup: Darth Vader says … meow!

Not the most advanced mod but I liked how our “brave” cat reacted when I tested a meowing Darth Vader on him.

Conclusion: Darth Vader still has the power of the dark side! :)

Cat Communication

I later learned that only kittens meow. Adult cats only meow to communicate their needs to humans, they won’t meow when communicating with each other. Instead the rely on body language, purring and growling. So when your cat meows at you, it is basically playing kitten with you.

Toy Mashup

This is a first in a series of Mini-DIYs where I will try mashing up parts from different thrift store toys.

Code: Showing a list of youtube videos using gdata and xslt with php

Let’s start with a little demonstration. The section below is made by calling the php-script within an iframe:

Why iframe?
Just to make it easier to reuse and embed Youtube videos on different sites, and because it makes it easier to try out new ideas without adding messy bits to a larger project. Sort of like rapid prototyping/proof of concept before “committing” to a feature and spending alot of time integrating something you might end up throwing out.

This solution currently consists of these files:
youtube.php, takes s=whateveryouwanttofind and max=number of videos to return as GET parameters
youtube5.xsl, does all the transformation of the xml from youtube into lovely xhtml.
youtube.js, javascript file that handles clicking on the thumbnails to load a new video, using innerHtml
youtube.css, minimalist styling to keep things pretty.
swfobject.js, for embedding flash

The xslt:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?> <xsl:stylesheet version=”1.0″ xmlns:xsl=”” xmlns:fn=”” xmlns:gd=”″ xmlns:media=”” xmlns:n1=”” xmlns:openSearch=”” xmlns:xdt=”” xmlns:xs=”” xmlns:xsi=”” xmlns:yt=”″ xmlns:altova=””> <xsl:output method=”html” encoding=”ISO-8859-1″ doctype-public=”-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” doctype-system=””/> <xsl:param name=”SV_OutputFormat” select=”‘HTML'”/> <xsl:variable name=”XML” select=”/”/> <xsl:template match=”/”> <html> <head> <title> – Youtube playlist</title> <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”youtube.css” media=”screen” /> <script type=”text/javascript” src=”youtube.js”></script> <script type=”text/javascript” src=”swfobject.js”></script> </head> <body> <div id=”youtube”> <h1>YouTube Playlist</h1> <xsl:for-each select=”$XML”> <xsl:for-each select=”n1:feed”> <xsl:if test=”n1:entry[1]”> <div class=”youtubevideo”><div id=”cur_video”> <xsl:for-each select=”n1:entry[1]/media:group/media:content”> <xsl:if test=”@type = ‘application/x-shockwave-flash'”> <embed> <xsl:attribute name=”src”> <xsl:value-of select=”@url”/> </xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”width”>480</xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”height”>385</xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”quality”>high</xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”bgcolor”>#000</xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”id”>cur_video_swf</xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”name”>cur_video_swf</xsl:attribute> </embed> </xsl:if> </xsl:for-each> </div> <!– ends cur_video –> <div id=”cur_video_title”> <xsl:value-of select=”n1:entry[1]/n1:title”/> </div> </div>    <!– ends youtubevideo –> </xsl:if> <div class=”youtubethumbs”> <xsl:for-each select=”n1:entry”> <xsl:if test=”position() > 1″> <xsl:for-each select=”media:group”> <div class=”youtubethumb”> <xsl:for-each select=”media:content”> <xsl:if test=”@type = ‘application/x-shockwave-flash'”> <a> <xsl:attribute name=”href”>#</xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”onmousedown”>PlayVideo(‘<xsl:value-of select=”@url”/>’,’’, ‘Youtube’, true);</xsl:attribute> <xsl:attribute name=”onclick”>return false;</xsl:attribute> <xsl:for-each select=”../media:thumbnail[1]”> <xsl:element name=”img”> <xsl:attribute name=”src”><xsl:value-of select=”@url”/></xsl:attribute><xsl:attribute name=”lowsrc”>lowsrc.gif</xsl:attribute><xsl:attribute name=”width”>100</xsl:attribute><xsl:attribute name=”height”>60</xsl:attribute> </xsl:element> </xsl:for-each> <xsl:value-of select=”../media:title”/> </a> </xsl:if> </xsl:for-each> </div> <!– ends avslutter class youtubethumb –> </xsl:for-each> </xsl:if> <!– end if on position > 0 –> </xsl:for-each> </div><!– ends class youtubethumbnails –> </xsl:for-each> </xsl:for-each> <div class=”youtubefooter” style=”clear: both; color: #999999; font-size: 0.8em;”>Disclaimer: These videos are retrieved from Youtube through a simple search. Even though the search is done with a filter to remove “inappropriate material”, it may still contain videos deemed offensive by some. Videos may or may not be in violation of international copyright law.</div> </div> <!– avslutter id youtube –> </body> </html> </xsl:template> </xsl:stylesheet>


$searchterm = $_GET[“s”];
$maxresults = $_GET[“max”];

/* load the xml file and stylesheet as domdocuments */
$xsl = new DomDocument();
$inputdom = new DomDocument();


$inputdom->load(“” . $searchterm . “&max-results=” . $maxresults);

//if you want to test with a local file

/* create the processor and import the stylesheet */
$proc = new XsltProcessor();
$xsl = $proc->importStylesheet($xsl);
//$proc->setParameter(null, “titles”, “Titles”);
//not in use, but needed if you want to pass variables into the xslt from php

/* transform and output the xml document */
$newdom = $proc->transformToDoc($inputdom);
print $newdom->saveXML();

House of the Century 1972

This video showcases the “House of the Century” project designed and built by Richard Jost and Ant Farm, completed in 1972 near Angleton, Texas. The ferrocement residence received an award citation from Progressive Architecture in 1973.

The Mojo Relic

More about the house (warning: the audio is pretty bad)

House of the Century Construction (1972) – Part 1 of 4

Part 2 of 4

Part 3 of 4

Part 4 of 4

Code: Gameinfo + Gametrailers + Youtube Mashup

Norsk? Du finner en norsk versjon av denne artikkelen på

I recently made a Gameinfo service for It pulls in licenced gameinfo from our partner GameXplore though XML, and combines it with a search for related videoes from Youtube before it is presented on the page.

Example: FIFA STREET 3 Gameinfo – NRK Spiller

Youtube + Google Api
I made the Youtube part as a standalone page, and I include it with iframe. The reason I used Iframe was to make it easily reusable on other projects where it would fit to do something similar. I can for instance include it in my blog like this:

The page takes any search term as a GET, in this example it simply queries the youtube google api with the title of the game, with a few extra parameters (limit on the number of returned movies + a filter to remove “adult content”). I spent some time to create the XSLT to convert the xml from youtube/google to html, which is basically the same format for many of Googles services. I spent hours trying to find out if someone had created this already, but since I couldn’t find anything I had to create it myself. If you want to learn more about the youtube api I suggest starting at the Youtube Api group on Google Groups.

Open source

I have gotten some emails asking for the xslt for the youtube search, so I wanted to share it here:

This is my input, an example Youtube search

This is my example output:

And here is the xslt I used to produce the above result:

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

Spam? Porn? Nope!
I was of course a little worried about what the youtube search would return, so when testing I went through quite a few games to see if the search returned movies that were unrelated to the gametitle, or contained nudity, but so far it looks really good, the youtube videos are actually the most interesting part of the service, so I’m really happy with it! gametrailers
Yesterday I also added gametrailers to the mix, check out the gamepage for Assassins Creed for an example (click on the huge image at the top of the page) to make it play. I have bought a lisence for the wonderful Jeroen FLV Media Player which I use to present the gametrailers.

New gametrailers page, based on
After that I spent a few minutes to create a new page that lists all the latest gametrailers published through GameXplore. I use the Jeroen Flv Media Player for this page as well. I created this yesterday, so I have to debug it a little bit before we start to promote it, and I also have to consider to increase the video buffer time, it seems like har pretty slow servers. Right now there is a five second buffer, which should be more than enough, but even with broadband connection the video stops and buffers every five second. I don’t want people to wait forever for the video to buffer, but it is super irritating when the video stops every 5 seconds to buffer, so I have to decide what to do with it. One (hard) solution could be to download all the .flv to my server and play them from there… I am a big fan of, they have the best player around, and their cross posting abilities are great (at least in theory, I still haven’t gotten it to work with this blog or myspace), so I am a little dissapointed to discover that the servers (or lines?) are so slow to deliver video. (to Norway at least).

I love the Jquery javascript library, and I love Thickbox, so I decided to use it on the Screenshots on the site, popping them up in their own little box. I modidied the thickbox script and css slightly, replacing the animated loading gif and moved things around a little bit, and I am really happy about the outcome.

Add the Gameinfo search to your browser Gameinfo

Sjekk ut info, screenshots, trailers og anmeldelser på nye og kommende spill:

So there it is, hope you like it :)

To embed the search in your site:

<div class=”placeholder”><h3> Gameinfo</h3>
<span style=”color: #fff; width: 160px; font-size: 0.8em;”>Sjekk ut info, screenshots, trailers og anmeldelser på nye og kommende spill:</span>
<form id=”gamesearchform” name=”gamexploresearch” enctype=”application/x-www-form-urlencoded” method=”get” action=””>
<input type=”hidden” value=”143″ name=”task”/>
<input style=”padding: 1px 0 2px 0; width:100px; border:1px solid #F7F7F7; border-width: 0pt 1px 1px 0pt;” type=”text” value=”” maxlength=”500″ name=”finn”/>
<button type=”submit”><span>Søk</span></button>

Man Dancing





About Matt

Matt is a 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt an idea. They were standing around taking pictures in Hanoi, and his friend said “Hey, why don’t you stand over there and do that dance. I’ll record it.” He was referring to a particular dance Matt does. It’s actually the only dance Matt does. He does it badly. Anyway, this turned out to be a very good idea.

A couple years later, someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone else, and so on. Now Matt is quasi-famous as “That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I’ll send you the link. It’s funny.”