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I do a lot of driving. One thing that never cease to amaze me is that whenever I take the occasional journey along the North-South Highway, there’s bound to be bouts of rain and sunshine.

Never in my life do I recall driving along the highway and the weather is consistent all the way. In case you’re wondering, most of my highway travels are from JB to KL and vice versa. Occasionally, there are trips a little further to the north. Let me tell you that nothing scares the heck out of me than driving in heavy rain.

One thing I discovered by accident is that when driving in heavy rain and wearing sunglasses at the same time, I have a much clearer view compared to driving without them. Perhaps it’s the refraction effect of UV rays being bounced off the lenses(Correction: Dabido has kindly pointed out that the process is actually called Polarisation).

I’m sure it’s not due to some specially treated glass used in the lenses. Reason being, the effect is similar regardless if I’m wearing expensive Ray Bans or cheap RM10 Petaling Street “Oakleys”.

Try it the next time you’re driving in heavy rain and by chance have a pair of sunglasses nearby.

Yahoo! Pipes is a hosted visual programming environment and a cool one to boot! It provides a simple tool you can use to aggregate virtually any content on the web into an RSS feed without writing a single line of code.

The name Pipes is derived from the Unix pipelining function. For those unfamiliar with the Unix operating system, pipelining is a process of feeding output from one program as input for another. For the whole shebang, you can refer to this Wikipedia entry on Unix Pipelines.

Those who have attempted to programmatically perform pipelining of text data and convert them to useful RSS feeds could attest that this is not for the faint of heart. I’ve attempted this myself via the Nvidia Linux Display Drivers feed generation and it was hellishly difficult to get the useful data extraction process working. In the end, it worked, but I wish I had a tool like Yahoo! Pipes then to make my life easier.

Right now, the Nvidia Linux Display Drivers I had created is now broken due to changes in the originating NVidia web page. I might attempt to recreate that feed in Yahoo! Pipes some time soon 🙂

Jeremy Zawodny has an informative writeup on Yahoo! Pipes.

I’ve cooked up a simple widget over the weekend that lists the links in a single WordPress bookmark category (aka Blogroll category in WordPress 2.1), which I name Single Bookmark Category List.

I’d like to say that this widget is a more fine-tuned implementation of the standard Links widget, where you can place links in specific link category anywhere in your sidebar(s). The Single Bookmark Category List widget gives you more flexibility on the placement of your blogroll links.

You can read more about this widget or why not just download it and give it a whirl!