Flash Magic For Dummies Like Me

Have you ever noticed the neat little rotating globe visitor tracker thingy at the bottom of my sidebar? If you haven’t, here it is again:

Large Visitor Globe

Petty cool, huh? Guess what? That’s a Flash Widget! Yeah, yeah, I know that you’re not supposed to be able to use flash in a WordPress.com blog. But there it is, in all it’s spinning glory!

But that ain’t all that can be added. Take a look at this little dandy:

Now I don’t know if you think that either of these widgets might be useful on your blog, but if you’re anything like me then you’ve seen at least one on some other blog that you wish you had but didn’t think you could!

How does it work? Frankly, all I know is that it makes use of the little known gigya shortcode built into WordPress.com. I first found out about it when I read Netty Gritty’s How to have Flash embeds in a wordpress.com blog post.

I then found my way over to Widgets for wp.com blogs: 3 – analog clocks on the wordpress tips blog operated by Panos, whose name you might recognize if you’ve ever gone to the WordPress Forums for help. I found out how to do the rotating globe visitor tracker thingy while reading that post’s comment thread. Note that the post has multiple parts, with many very cool clocks!

Later, I ran across how to do the big world clock thingy on panos’ Widgets for wp.com blogs: 4 – world time post. Again, note that this link is just to page 6 of a 6 part post. There are many other world clocks within the post, all with the code you can use on your blog. Both posts also contain a link back to his original post about the gigya shortcode, which shows how you can add almost any flash object to your blog!

Panos has been enormously helpful to me through all the changes that I’ve made to this blog, as have all the other folks, like Netty Gritty, whose blogs are listed on my Help & How To Stuff blogroll.

I just thought that it was about time I gave credit where credit is due!

I want ice water.

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52 thoughts on “Flash Magic For Dummies Like Me

  1. geeky but cool, yeah it says I’m in Doncaster the little silly gadget but close enough I guess, and noticed someone in Columbus, Ohio when I was here so guess that might be thy might creator of this blog. πŸ™‚


    • And thy might be right, O lowly one! πŸ˜†

      I don’t really see much use for these particular widgets, but know that I’ve run across a few that I’d like to have. If only I could remember where I saw them… Damned story of my life! πŸ™„


    • The globe thingy is my favorite too! Supposedly, the one I chose will vary with the seasons. I’m not sure I’ll be keeping it around long enough to find out though. Things like that do tend to bog down the page loading! πŸ˜€

      According to the time stamp, you made that comment right after I decided to call it a night (morning?)! Looks like I got about 5.5 hours of shuteye. πŸ™„


    • Not a problem, my friend. If it weren’t for guys like you and panos, this blog wouldn’t be nearly as satisfying a project to work on. Of course, in my dreams I actually understand more of how this stuff works! But hey, I know so much more than when I started that I’m cool with it. πŸ˜€

      If you don’t mind, might I suggest that you begin splitting up your flash posts the way panos does? My system slowed down so much, when I came by to grab the link, that I thought it was going to freeze up completely! 😯


  2. Panos has helped me in the past, too. I’ll have to come back here when I have time to cogitate. There was a widget going around back when the oil spill started that was a running counter of the gallons flowing into the Gulf, or something like that. I really, really wanted to use it but WP wouldn’t accept it. Dunno, might have been a java applet.


    • Panos is really a great asset to WordPress and everyone who uses it. I think I recall the widget you referred to, and felt the same desire to use it as well. As you can see from the post, I don’t understand all that much about how this stuff works, and I know even less about java! πŸ™„

      I hope you can get some use out of the gigya thing. I know that I’m keeping an eye out for anything that I might want to try. πŸ˜€


    • Damned space station must have blocked my view! πŸ˜†

      I did wonder about the location bit though, but then my ClusterMaps widget has been doing that for months, so I guess it’s nothing new really. This is just a little more dramatic! πŸ˜€


  3. That globe thing is neat. It was already surprising to see the name of my own microscopic little town appear on there. But then I zoomed in, and zoomed in some more, and I got hit upside the head by a satellite lens. That thing was sticking through my window.


    • Ah hah! I’ve got you right where I want you now. That little sucker’s uploading your entire collection of porn, and the biometrics for each of your concubines, to my headquarters as we speak. Today, Gruff Guano Land… Tomorrow, the world! Bruhahahahahaaaa cough, cough, gag, ugh! πŸ˜€


      • Ah, ugh yeah. That porn that you copied, … it was a joke. I’m not really into a bunch of Jawa’s gangbanging R2D2. Please delete and don’t mention it.


        • What? You lie! Our experts have determined this to be evidence of a massive program to produce an army of Jawa/Droid hybrids! I do admit, however, that we did have some difficulty envisioning them as a plausible threat… πŸ˜•

          Nevertheless, a Death Star has already been dispatched to your location – just in case! 😈


          • That woman that you sent over, with a search warrant ? She’s here, looking through my stuff. I recognised her as Darlene Cates, the former actress. She said she may be on your payroll, but she still doesn’t like to be called a ‘death star’. She only weighs 500 pounds.


    • You know, I actually tried to include the code I used to insert each of the widgets in this post, but I couldn’t get it to display properly as it does in the HTML editor! I’d be glad to attach it, as a text file, to an email if you’d like. All you’d need to do then id copy and paste it into a text widget in your sidebar. I could even adjust the code for the width of your sidebar. πŸ˜€


        • Well hell, I did most of my programming in Visual Basic, back when Windows 3.11 was the latest and greatest! πŸ˜€

          I can help with the widget if you want. Just let me know.


          • Somehow I ended up writing logic program for programmable logic controllers, using things like sequential function charts and function block diagrams, a whole nuther language.

            Ya, feel free to email me the string, and if I have questions, I’ll either work through them or ask you stupid questions πŸ™‚ Thanks, amigo.


            • My Visual Basic stuff was for my personal use only (with dreams attached, of course). The programming I used for my job with an automatic controls manufacturer was all in assembly language, although there were discussions about expanding towards using programmable logic controllers as well. I left before any of that happened.

              Anyway, the email, with attachment, should be in your inbox by now. Let me know how it works out. πŸ˜€


          • ahh Visual Basic, brings back memories, mostly bad ones I’m afraid πŸ™‚ but managed to do an adventure game for my school project on VB but VB was kinda crap and cool at the same time…


            • I loved VB, but then it was the first of its kind. I wrote all kinds of games with it, and even did a huge pre-school education thing with it. But when I tried doing business related apps, like financial or database fronts, I found it very difficult to work with. I think they addressed some of those issues in later versions, but I was pretty much into my “away from PCs” phase by then.


    • One of the things I miss about Blogger is the fact that it doesn’t have the limitations that WordPress imposes on the use of widgets like these. I moved to WordPress because the community helped to make the learning curve a lot less steep. There are times, now that I know more, that I consider going back so that I can do more… πŸ˜€


    • It’s all an illusion my dear. My real talent is for standing on other peoples shoulders. Which is why I thought it was high time I gave them their props!

      Now you, on the other hand, seem to have a genuine talent for making people laugh and joke amongst themselves. If the comment thread for your most recent post is any indication, you probably throw one hell of a party! πŸ˜€


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  5. I like that globe thingy. I stared it while I saw my location rotating around and around and around.

    I’ve seen some cool things on other people’s sites, like I find a bookshelf thing I really liked, but it wouldn’t work on wordpress and I’m too poor to upgrade my site so I can.


    • I’m subscribed to way more blogs than I can keep up with, and I’ve seen all kinds of widgets that I thought were cool but didn’t think I could use myself because of the WP limitations. Now that it looks like some of them might actually be accessible after all, I can’t remember where they were! 😯

      Currently, I’m on the hunt for one of those “Daily Quote” thingys. I’m not actually all that well read, but it can’t hurt to have it look like I am! πŸ˜€


      • lol, when you find some good ones, just make a post about them, that way I don’t have to do any of the legwork, just copy and paste… um.. I mean… because sharing is good!

        Now you have me hoping I find that library bookshelf thingy to work. I’m on the hunt!


        • I had to email the code for the globe widget to one guy, because the codes that you’re supposed to wrap around code to make it display as text doesn’t seem to work! So I’ll probably have to email (or something else) the text for whatever code I have that you want.

          There HAS to be a better way to say that. That reads like pure gibberish! πŸ˜†


  6. I love gadgets. That being said, I know zilch about inserting globe-y thingy onto my wp blog even after reading the link. How about the text format so that I can insert into a text widget as you volunteered for someone else? Would greatly appreciate it and would promise not to draw smiley faces on the satellite lens with my new Sharpie fine point purple ink pen (I am such a nerd when it comes to office supplies . . .).


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