Some of my recent posts and ramblings.

Visualization of US State birds on a map

An interesting visualization of the US State birds. I got interested after seeing the Virginia Cardinal and the American Goldfinch at the regional park. It was surprising to see that a lot of states share the same state bird. The Cardinal seems to be the most popular followed by the Meadowlark and the Mockingbird.

See the interactive map here

John Cleese on Creativity

John Cleese (Monty Python) gives a talk about how to be creative. Really worth watching!

CCValidator – A simple client side credit card validator

A jQuery plugin which highlights the credit card issuer and performs Luhn algorithm validation for credit cards. Try it out below (Nothing is posted or saved, it is all client side). It validates on change now, but it can be set to on blur, so its not showing an error message as the user is typing (that might drive a few customers away :) )

Troxler’s fading in CSS

Found this on Reddit couple of days back and thought of getting some CSS practice. Webkit only though. Firefox works too without the animation, but you can still see the effect.

Troxler's fading or Troxler's effect is a phenomenon of visual perception. When one fixates a particular point, after about 20 seconds or so, a stimulus away from the fixation point, in peripheral vision, will fade away and disappear. The effect is enhanced if the stimulus is small, is of low contrast or equiluminant, or is blurred. The effect is enhanced the further the stimulus is away from the fixation point. Source: Wikipedia

See it in action here


After going through another round of frustrations with cross browser compatibility, I created this 'upgrade your browser' page. Come on people, browse up. The design is inspired by the new Blue Screen of Death in Windows 8. Download the code from Github, you can also see a demo of the page here. Switch the theme for a dark version.

Yay, I am on Smashing Magazine!

Yaaay! I am on Smashing Magazine. My submission for the CSS3 Design Contest is published on the site, right next to Fabio Sasso! This is probably the closest I will ever get to him.┬áMust keep going. Anyway, check out … more

My submission to Smashing Magazine’s CSS3 Design Contest

Smashing Magazine had a CSS3 Design Contest recently and here is my submission CSS3 Magazine