About Ryan's Widgets
My Amazon wishlist widget is a poorly written ASP.NET user control
that randomly grabs a page of my wishlist items from Amazon, randomly
selects one to display, and then temporarily saves the list to XML so
I don't have to bug Amazon too much.
Feel free to buy me something nice off my
The Debt Clock is an ASP.NET control I wrote to query and screen scrape
our government's Bureau of Public Debt every day or so to get the
latest public national debt figure.
I then divide that amount by the
estimated number of taxpayers
for the upcoming year to calculate your share. Helluva credit card
If you'd like to have this thing on your site, just add this to your web
The WeatherGloat5000™ is a real simple ASP.NET control that grabs
your ZIP code from a cookie (which I've hopeful successfully set through
another, unrelated process involving an IP to GeoLocation service).
Then it just passes my ZIP and yours to
returning a little picture of each.
Someday, when I've got time on my hands, I'm going to upgrade this
quick-n-dirty implementation to something that uses the National Weather
Service's XML web service, so I can actually compare several aspects of
your weather to mine before deciding whether gloating (display) is in
The RyCam5000© basically sucks. But... For
a $20 webcam that came with
some pretty full-featured software, I thought it was kinda fun. So far
reviews have been mixed. The family likes the fact that they can tell
when I'm dodging their phone calls. The wife and house guests (the
computer room IS the guest room) aren't so keen on it since there's
always the danger of accidentally showing up naked on the Internet.
Be sure to visit often!
The Chimp-O-Matic is my latest mini-project. The most difficult part of making
a random stupidity generator was collecting Bush quotes and cleaning the data
(there may still be some work to do there.)
If you'd like to have a Bushism widget on your site, just add
to your web page.