edt-Embed is a WordPress plugin for embedding content into your posts. As of right now it only supports SWF content using Geoff Stearns’ SWFObject, but I hope to extend it to also embed QuickTime, WMV and any other media that may need to be embeded into a post.
The original concept and code for the plugin came from Ross Gerbasi’s plugin for embeding Google Video. After looking at the code that ended up being embeded on every page, I decided to make my own version that would be a little cleaner and easier on your bandwidth. Ross has a newer version of his plugin that is worth checking it out as an alternative to this.
You can embed content with just a src attribute based on what the content is. swf, flv, smil, mp3, yt (YouTube), gv (Google Video) and gmv (GameVideos.com). The flv, smil and mp3 file types require a swf on your server with it’s constant set in the plugin ready to accept a variable of the same name (flv=”myFlv.flv”). Example files coming soon.
Or you can add any or all the attributes of the video.
[embed yt=“YouTubeVideo.swf” width=“320” height=“240” version=“9”][/embed]
[embed yt=“YouTubeVideo.swf” version=“9”][/embed]
You need to edit the plugin’s constants to set default width, height and version numbers for all the content types. I have some defaults set already for YourTube, Google Video and GameVideos.com. Also, if you are doing an FLV, MP3, or SMIL player, you need to have the variables set in the plugin for the swf path to those players.
Bugs, issues and future development
- Closing tag for CDATA is being encoded to “// ]]>”;
- Add admin panel to edit constants like FLVPLAYER, SMILPLAYER etc
- Category/archive view not displaying the videos.
- Added support for a new syntax for embedding Google Video, You Tube and GameVideos.com
As part of a series of small updates to my site I wanted to add flash multimedia to my postings. This includes flash video from Google and You Tube which can be seen below. I will be releasing the plugin that I am using to embed the video shortly, just a few small issues to work out.
Winston and Stella stayed over a few weeks ago, this is a video of them goofing off upstairs on our new carpet.
Nintendo announced that their new console would launch at the price of $250 with one one Wii remote, one nunchuck attachment, and Wii Sports. When compared to other “next gen” console prices this sounds like a great deal. But factor in that this is just slighter better than a Gamecube that is currently selling for < $100 I don’t think its such a great price.
I thought that Xbox 360 controller were pricey. In order to control a game like Metroid you will need a Wii remote and a nunchuck attachment. These are sold serperately at $40 and $20. $60 total for a stinking controller. The whole point of the system if you ask Nintendo is to get people playing together, but in order to do it you have to drop an arm and a leg.
Games are shipping at $50 each from Nintendo. Considering all they can use the same game engines from the Gamecube this seems like a lot to me. If they really wanted to set themselves apart they would have priced them at $40.
My Launch Day
- Nintendo Wii, $250
- Wii remote, $40
- The Legend of Zelda, $50
- Metroid, $50
- Cable for my HDTV?
- Other games?
- Virtual console games?
When looking at the other “next gen” consoles, Nintendo has the weakest hardware but are making a lot of the same mistakes with pricing. $60 for a complete controller is the worst of them all.
Looking at it now, it doesn’t seem as outrageous as I make it out to be. I would just rather be smiling rather than cringing when I fork over my credit card in November.
After some trouble with the local roads, and entering through one of the wierdest entrances to an amusement park ever I finally arrived at Lake Compounce. I paid my $5 for parking and found a spot in the gravel lot. You can’t really see the park from here which is pretty neat but once you go under the bridge/tunnel though you are greeted with a pretty unique looking midway.
I wanted to visit Lake Compounce because of Boulder Dash and while on my way to the ride I had huge smile on my face, I was really wishing Monica had been able to come. I stopped for a ride on Wildcat on my way and discovered how odd they run their coasters. I walked into an empty station after the train left and found a chain preventing me from walking up to my seat of choice with no ride operating giving me any direction at all. So like a good boy I waited at the chain and waited for the ride op to come and let me in when a gaggle of kids came running under all the queue railings. They were asked to return into the line and the op let us all in. I got into the front seat and found Wildcat to be a pretty fun ride. Much more fun than the video makes it out to be. I would have like to get a backseat ride, but by the time I came back I was exhausted and late for my trip back to Boston so I skipped it.
Boulder Dash was next up and it had a one train wait! Awesome. I got into the back car not knowing what I was getting myself into. Out of the station, up the steep mountain side lift and off I am! Slow, slow, slow then all hell breaks loose. I am getting pushed from side to side, kicked out of my seat and generally having a great time. Next thing I know I am at the turnaround thinking the train is going as fast as it can go. Man was I wrong. The turnaround hits and the train picks up even more speed. This is probably the most intense element on a wood coaster, comparable to anything Raven’s last section. Airtime, airtime and more airtime on the return trip and then the brakes. Damn, great ride. Its in my top ten, maybe my top five. Its great.
I ended up with six rides on Boulder Dash in various seats, but I think the back was my favorite. By the end of my sixth ride my neck and back had enough. I can’t even imagine what a night ride would be like and would have loved to stay for one, but I had to get back to Boston.
There are two sections of the ride that absolutely need work in the off season. They are during the out section and it felt as if the train hit a two ft. pot hole it jarred my back so bad. Other than those two rough spots the ride was as smooth as you can expect when running steel wheels on steel track at 65 mph.
The park as a whole was really nice, but there was something not quite right. I loved it, but it seemed more like a Conneaut lake than a Kennywood. I spent some time walking around, put my feet in the lake, enjoyed plenty of free soda and water and took it all in. Its a neat place. The skyride was really amazing too, I had no idea it was so long and that the view would be so great.
All in all, I would visit again with a point on enjoying the waterpark and getting some night time rides on Boulder Dash.
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August 23, 2006
Monica and I had plans to camp at Hershey this weekend, but her company had other plans for our us and sent her to go to the ASAE conference in Boston. We decided to make the best out of it!
Six Flags New England
After a ton of trouble with Thrifty care rental, we got our car (an upgraded Jeep Liberty) and headed out to Six Flags New England early Saturday. This would be our second visit to the park. We paid our $15 for parking and drove to what was almost the very back of the lot. We could have waited for a tram, but the one that was loading as we walked up to it was packed and there wasn’t another in sight. In fact, we made it to the gate before the one tram that was running started making its trip back. How annoying it is to pay $15 for parking and not have a good parking amenities? No one guided us to a spot and we would have waited a long time for a tram!
We arrived at the gate and there are huge lines to get through the metal detectors, we get through that and there is a line for the FlashPass! The park is packed. There were lines for the bathrooms it was so busy. We wandered over to Mr. Six’s Pandemonium and saw a two hour line. There is a single rider line, so we walked up and both of us were on within five minutes. Mr. Six’s Pandemonium is one fun ride, I would have liked to ride it with Monica, but that line was just too much to handle.
I saw Catapault had what seemed like a short line, but as Monica would tell me, it was a 1/2 hour for me to wait two cycles of the ride. The ride was pretty fun, but there was way too much pressure on my head at the bottom. I don’t think I will ride it again.
We left this area of the park leaving behind the poorly maintained and run Cyclone, only one train!?, past the hour line for Thunderbolt, only one train!?, past the two hour line for Superman…it was really busy.
Walking through the park we remembered why I liked it so much. There is tons of charm, I love the layout and all the themeing. The only issue I have with the park, besides the fact that it is run like a Six Flags, is capacity.
We arrived at Batman and saw an hour wait and said, screw it, we are going to have to wait at some point and got into line. They were meeting their intervals fairly well, but could have been faster and the people in line were fairly well behaived even though the line is hidden from anyone of authority. We got into the train after a slightly longer than an hour wait and had a good ride. I see what people say about the vibration, but I don’t think it took away from the ride at all, good times, but probably my least favorite floorless. We were planning on seeing the parade and got off Batman five minutes after it started…and it was over. A five minute parade? Is this really worth advertising?
I am honestly not sure what we did next but we ended up at the beer counter and enjoyed the pricey adult beverage at the games midway outdoor food court area. The whole area was disgusting, seriously. No one was around in the 20 minutes to pick up any mess, and the customers certainly didn’t help any by cleaning up after themselves.
I was hoping to get more than one ride on Superman, but the two hour line was way too long for us. After dealing with just a few line jumpers and minimal security to enforce the rules we made it into the station. I was excited. We got a seat in I think the third car, second seat. From the second we went over the first drop I had a smile on my face and couldn’t stop laughing. Superman did not disapoint at all after two years. There is just so much airtime, speed and laterals to not love it.
We made Superman our final ride for the night and made our long walk back to our rental. Monica had a long day ahead of her on Sunday and I had Lake Compounce and Boulderdash to look forward to. More on the rest of the trip in another post!
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