Site Updates – Bitcoin, Coding, and Diablo II

The random Bitcoin address at the bottom of the sidebar, intended as a way to ask for donations, has been replaced with the BitcoinPlus Widget. This allows visitors to mine me a few Bitcoins with their spare processor time via the magic of Java, while I get to do my part in asking for free money. To quote an old Ferengi proverb: “Why ask, when you can take?”
As stated on and the Bitcoin wiki:

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer currency … [in which] new [Bit]coins are slowly “mined” into existence by following a mutually agreed-upon set of rules. A user “mining” bitcoins is running a program that searches tirelessly for a solution to a very difficult math problem whose difficulty is precisely known. The difficulty is automatically adjusted regularly so that the number of solutions found globally, by everyone, is constant: an average of 6 per hour.

More information on Bitcoin:

What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin wiki
Bitcoin P2P Virtual Currency
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

Minor Updates

Site Code

  • The Etsy widget’s layout now jives better with the rest of the sidebar. Also fixed a broken link to the Etsy shop within the widget.
  • Colors changed on FeedBurner link.
  • Tags moved to the top of the sidebar.
  • Updated OldE 4040 Theme to version 0.2
    - added css text-shadow to title, tagline, navigation bar, header 1-6
    - changed the color and style of the navigation bar
    - removed stray placeholder " fuckin.... < ?php echo($GenTimeStart); ?>" from header.php

Diablo II: The Abyss

  • Added SEO data to the page.
  • Corrected a spelling mistake in the explanation paragraph.
  • Updated the wording on the installation instructions. Added notes for users of Linux+Wine and Windows Vista/7.
  • The new Runewords and Horadric Cube recipes don’t need their own pages. They are now one with the main D2: The Abyss page.

Things 6-15: Aurora Wine Stoppers

Some more wine stoppers are up on Etsy! This series of wine stoppers are made with opaque colored frit and amber-purple frit, creating the interesting aurora-like pattern embedded in the clear dome. Frit is glass that has been crushed and when used in lampworking, forms patterns of dots. They are approx. 5cm tall and 3cm in diameter, tapering to 2cm at the narrow end.