I can really be a nerd sometimes


Perhaps it is because I have many friends that live outside the US, or because I am at heart an internationalist, but I often have to make quick conversions from Fahrenheit to Celsius when discussing things as mundane as, well, the weather. Since I have a lot of experience doing this off the cuff, I am usually pretty accurate to a degree or so. But niggling doubts nevertheless remain in my head, usually resulting in a trip to the weather widget on my dashboard, to change the degree type and reload to see how close I was. I have been thinking it would be great if there was a weather widget that displayed both at the same time, but I haven’t yet found one, despite a few searches.

So today I thought I would learn something about how widgets are made. I opened the code and found it really wasn’t that difficult to rewrite a few things, and voila! I give you the all-degree widget:



Btw, I was debating whether to use the term “nerd” or “geek” in this post title. “Geek” had a lot going for it as Wikipedia provides one definition as:

“a computer expert or enthusiast”

But when I saw that their definition of “nerd” was

“intelligent but socially awkward and obsessive person who spends time on unpopular or obscure pursuits, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities”

it seemed to fit better in this context (n’est-ce pas?).

Almost there…


After several major design changes, I am almost there with the new site and will post a lengthy article about it shortly, with links. In trying to make it as accessible to as many browsers as possible, I have to make a lot of ugly programming happen behind the scenes, but I think the result will be worth it. It is amazing how complicated it can be to create something that looks so simple. But I suppose that is the case with a lot of things. The things that look effortless are usually not. I also hope to resume my more normal blogging schedule and be a generally more interesting person. Thanks for your patience.