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Shortwave Gist

I’ve been using Shortwave for a while, it’s lightweight (a bookmarklet) and particularly agreeable as it syncs with my iPhone. Today I finally tired of having to look through the git docs site and decided to create a custom Shortwave commands file.

In an inspired move I’m storing it in a Gist for easy access and maintainability - I simply point Shortwave to the raw version.

It makes me wonder what else I could store in that there tinterweb…

Of course the downside of this is that Shortwave has to parse the file on each request and github isn’t exactly fast.

P.S. Here’s the Git docs command I added:

git  http://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/git-%s.html  Git command help.

What is oEmbed and why is it useful?

From the oEmbed site [1]:

oEmbed is a format for allowing an embedded representation of a URL on third party sites.

Cool… what?

For example Vimeo will return the HTML required to embed one of its videos - oEmbed is particularly useful for videos [2].

http://vimeo.com/api/oembed.xml?url=http://www.vimeo.com/935317

  video
  1.0
  Vimeo
  http://vimeo.com/
  Weird Fishes: Arpeggi
  flight404
  http://vimeo.com/flight404
  1
  <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="504" height="348" data="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=935317&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF">
  <param name="quality" value="best" />
  <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" />
  <param name="scale" value="showAll" />
  <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=935317&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF" />
</object>
  504
  348
  318
  http://20.media.vimeo.com/d1/5/57/04/55/thumbnail-57045532.jpg
  160
  120
  935317

Hidden away amongst the cruft you can see that the html element contains their movie player embed code.

Why?

Think bookmarks, tumbles and other such delights. It’s like a rich meta description - though that sounds awfully close to being a cringe-worthy marketing buzzword creating developer cynicism.

Resources

                         __                 __
                        /\ \               /\ \
  ___      __    ___ ___\ \ \____     __   \_\ \
 / __`\  /'__`\/' __` __`\ \ '__`\  /'__`\ /'_` \
/\ \L\ \/\  __//\ \/\ \/\ \ \ \L\ \/\  __//\ \L\ \
\ \____/\ \____\ \_\ \_\ \_\ \_,__/\ \____\ \___,_\
 \/___/  \/____/\/_/\/_/\/_/\/___/  \/____/\/__,_ /

 ===== because 'open embed' sounds too dirty =====

[1] Gotta love their ASCII art:

[2] One could argue that embedding videos is all it’s really useful for at the moment as it seems to be most popular among video services (not YouTube!) but that’s a discussion for another day.

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Retards,

Ben

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