Mergers and Acquisitions

March 20th, 2010

I added a feature that enables you to add multiple usernames to the URL to merge libraries. You simply add a + between each user’s name you want to combine.

For example: http://lib.rario.us/media/sxtxixtxcxh+mamastony combines my wife’s media collection and with mine.

This also has an RSS feed (just like most of the other URLs) by adding /rss to the end, like http://lib.rario.us/media/sxtxixtxcxh+mamastony/rss. So if you wanted to follow what your friends on lib.rario.us (and let’s be honest, if they’re not on lib.rario.us are they really your friend?) have been adding, you can build a url and you can subscribe to it with any RSS reader.

I wrote about some other URL hacking tips a while back.

Enjoy!

screencast video tour

June 29th, 2007

Here’s a quick add, edit, and delete tour:

and here’s a video showing the badge configurator:

the url, by the way, is http://lib.rario.us/badge/configurator.

I’m still working on my screencast technique… so forgive me. I’ll be making more of these if they help.

relationships

January 8th, 2007

I’ve finally added basic social networking support. You can now add any user on lib.rario.us as a contact, friend, or family.

If you’re logged in, you’ll be able to see the link to add a user to your contact list in their profile page.

You will be able to see media added by people in your contact list by going to http://lib.rario.us/media/sxtxixtxcxh/contacts (using your username, not mine).

Substitute “media” with books, dvds, or music, to see stuff in just that category. Just like the other collection url’s by adding /rss you’ll get an rss feed.

My contact list is at http://lib.rario.us/user/sxtxixtxcxh/contacts (and you’ll find yours by using your username instead of mine).

There is still a lot to go into this, so keep an eye out.

web scriptery

March 25th, 2006

We’ve finally added a bit o’ javascript that you can include on your website for your collection.

You can see it in action here, actually, on the right side of this blog’s home page. I put that up there, as a demonstration.

To get this same kinda dealybopper on YOUR webpage, you just need to add:

<div id='librarious'>
<script type='text/javascript' src='http://lib.rario.us/media/sxtxixtxcxh/js'></script>
<a href='http://lib.rario.us' title='lib.rario.us - social media cataloging'><img src='http://lib.rario.us/image/librarious_badge_85.gif' border='0' /></a>
</div>

(of course you’ll substitute my user name for yours.)

The results are enclosed in div tags assigned specific classnames. The following is the CSS I have pasted above my script:

	<style type='text/css'>
	/* this is just a basic css sheet, feel free to hack away at it! */
		#librarious{width: 150px;padding: 10px;}
		.librarious_item{margin-bottom: 10px;padding-bottom: 10px;width:130px;overflow:auto;}
		.librarious_title{margin-bottom: 10px;font-weight: bold;}
		.librarious_cover{float: left;padding-right: 10px;padding-bottom: 10px;}
		.librarious_review{margin-left: 60px;padding-bottom: 10px;}
		.librarious_rating{margin-left: 60px;padding-bottom: 10px;font-size: .75em;}
		.librarious_tags{margin-left: 60px;padding-bottom: 10px;font-size: .75em;}
		.librarious_noReview{color:#808080;font-size: .75em;}
	</style>

I’m sure people can get really creative with the CSS. Feel free to send me if you have something interesting, I plan on having a little CSS gallery/repository (a little zen garden, if you will).

The resulting markup for each item ideally looks like:

<div class='librarious_item'>
	<div class='librarious_title'>
		<a href='http://lib.rario.us/media/sxtxixtxcxh/7375'>True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier - Vernor Vinge</a>
	</div>
	<div class='librarious_cover'>
		<a href='http://lib.rario.us/media/sxtxixtxcxh/7375' title='True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier - Vernor Vinge'>
		<img src='http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0312862075.01._SX50_.jpg' width='50' alt='True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier' border='0' /></a>
	</div>
	<div class='librarious_review'>
		an anthology of essays discussing topics touched on vernor vinge's short story
	</div>
	<div class='librarious_rating'>
		3/5 stars
	</div>
	<div class='librarious_tags'>
		<a href='http://lib.rario.us/media/sxtxixtxcxh/tag/scifi'>scifi</a>
	</div>
</div>

Just like the urls for the rss feeds, you can change media to books, dvds, music, or games to restrict results to those types. Also, you can add /tag/[keywords here] to restrict the results to those specific tags.

For example:

<script type='text/javascript' src='http://lib.rario.us/books/sxtxixtxcxh/tag/webdesign+reference/js'></script>

I could use that code above to show the last 10 books, that I’ve tagged with webdesign AND reference.

There are a few advanced options as well.

  • hideTitle=true
  • hideCover=true
  • hideReview=true
  • hideRating=true
  • hideTags=true
  • reviewLength=20
  • limit=3

The “reviewLength” can be set to show any number of characters (setting it to 0 will have the same effect as hideReview=true) and “limit” will show the number of items to show from 0 (… Why would you choose that?) to 10 (the default).

The 8th rule of fight club is if this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight. Also, if this is your first time ever using a “query string” here’s how it goes: you can string those advanced options by first adding a question mark after the “js” in that script separating them with a & like so:

<script type='text/javascript' src='http://lib.rario.us/books/sxtxixtxcxh/js?hideTitle=true&hideReview=true'></script>

That’s hiding the title and the reviews.

<script type='text/javascript' src='http://lib.rario.us/dvds/sxtxixtxcxh/tag/scifi+anime/js?hideTitle=true&reviewLength=50&hideRating=true&hideTags=true&limit=3'></script>

That will give me a listing of 3 of my most recent dvds that I’ve tagged with scifi AND anime, hide the titles, and only show the first 50 characters of my review for each item.

Enjoy!

It’s full of stars!

March 4th, 2006

We’ve put up a quick rating system so that you can give each item a rating from 1-5 (or leave it unrated).

Currently, there’s an option for giving a title a rating when you first add an item. If you’re browsing through the media and come across something from your collection, you’ll see green stars that you can hover over and change.

Soon enough, the site will be calculating the average ratings (unrated will not affect the rating) for each title, but until then, enjoy.

About “Tags”

January 30th, 2006

Tags are… basically just keywords that you think should be associated with the title you’re adding.

When adding tags, you don’t need to use commas (,) as they are space seperated. for a multi-word tag use ” ” around your phrase.

URL Tips

January 28th, 2006

Try nifty tag combos by putting a + between the tags you want to look for in the url:

http://lib.rario.us/media/tag/romance+comedy

… for all media, (books, music, dvds) tagged with romance and comedy.

there’s several options: after lib.rario.us you can put /media /dvds /music or /books (“media” being the catch-all.) after that, if you want to restrict to just a specific user you can add their username…

http://lib.rario.us/dvds/sxtxixtxcxh

… for all my dvds.

if you wanted to restrict it to any specific tags, add /tag/(tagyou’relookingfor).. so if you wanted, say, all my scifi books:

http://lib.rario.us/books/sxtxixtcxh/tag/scifi

:) enjoy.