Michael Heilemann.
If you have Dunstan's Time Since installed, this plugin uses it for the title="" attributes on the comments and posts. (For WordPress 1.5) Author: Brian Meidell Author URI: http://meidell.dk/ Version 1.5: Now works without LOCK TABLE and CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE priviledges. Version 1.5.1: Can't remember what I did here Version 1.5.2: Fixed count select statement to not include spammy comments Version 1.5.3: Properly excludes track- and pingbacks Version 1.5.4: Excludes posts that are not published, even if they have comments Version 1.5.5: Fade old comments, fixed bug that wreaked havoc with Time Since Version 1.5.6: Bugfix from Jonas Rabbe (http://www.jonas.rabbe.com/) pertaining to timesince Version 1.5.7: Bugfix so old colors can be darker than new colors (stupid oversight), thanks to http://spiri.dk for spotting it. Bugfix where single digit hex would cause invalid colors, thanks to http://www.wereldkeuken.be/ for the fix. Version 1.5.8: Updated to work with WordPress 2.1 alpha by M. Heilemann. */ function blc_latest_comments($num_posts = 5, $num_comments = 6, $hide_pingbacks_and_trackbacks = true, $prefix = "
  • ", $postfix = "
  • ", $fade_old = true, $range_in_days = 10, $new_col = "#444444", $old_col = "#cccccc") { global $wpdb; function clamp($min, $max, $val) { return max($min,min($max,$val)); } $usetimesince = function_exists('time_since'); // Work nicely with Dunstan's Time Since plugin (adapted by Michael Heilemann) // This is compensating for the lack of subqueries in mysql 3.x // The approach used in previous versions needed the user to // have database lock and create tmp table priviledges. // This uses more queries and manual DISTINCT code, but it works with just select privs. if(!$hide_pingbacks_and_trackbacks) $ping = ""; else $ping = "AND comment_type<>'pingback' AND comment_type<>'trackback'"; $posts = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT comment_post_ID, post_title FROM ($wpdb->comments LEFT JOIN $wpdb->posts ON (comment_post_ID = ID)) WHERE comment_approved = '1' AND $wpdb->posts.post_status='publish' $ping ORDER BY comment_date DESC;"); $seen = array(); $num = 0; if($fade_old) { $max_time = $range_in_days * 24 * 60 * 60 ; $r_new = hexdec(substr($new_col, 1, 2)); $r_old = hexdec(substr($old_col, 1, 2)); //$r_min = min($min, $max); //$r_max = max($min, $max); $r_range = ($r_old-$r_new); $g_new = hexdec(substr($new_col, 3, 2)); $g_old = hexdec(substr($old_col, 3, 2)); //$g_min = min($min, $max); //$g_max = max($min, $max); $g_range = ($g_old-$g_new); $b_new = hexdec(substr($new_col, 5, 2)); $b_old = hexdec(substr($old_col, 5, 2)); //$b_min = min($min, $max); //$b_max = max($min, $max); $b_range = ($b_old-$b_new); } // print "ranges: $r_range, $g_range, $b_range
    "; // print "r: ".(0.5*$r_range+$r_new)."
    "; foreach($posts as $post) { // The following 5 lines is a manual DISTINCT and LIMIT, // since mysql 3.x doesn't allow you to control which way a DISTINCT // select merges multiple entries. if(array_key_exists($post->comment_post_ID, $seen)) continue; $seen[$post->comment_post_ID] = true; if($num++ > $num_posts) break; $commenters = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT *, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(comment_date) AS unixdate FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_approved = '1' AND comment_post_ID = '".$post->comment_post_ID."' $ping ORDER BY comment_date DESC LIMIT $num_comments;"); $count = $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(comment_ID) AS c FROM $wpdb->comments WHERE comment_post_ID = $post->comment_post_ID AND comment_approved = '1' ".$ping); $i = 0; $link = get_permalink($post->comment_post_ID); if($usetimesince) $title = " title=\"Last comment was ".time_since($comment->unixdate)." ago\""; else $title = ""; echo $prefix."".stripslashes($post->post_title). "  ".$count."
    \n"; foreach($commenters as $commenter) { if($usetimesince) $title = " title=\"Posted ".time_since($commenter->unixdate)." ago\""; if($fade_old) { $diff = time() - $commenter->unixdate; $r = round($diff/$max_time*($r_range))+$r_new; $r = clamp(min($r_new, $r_old), max($r_new, $r_old), $r); $g = round($diff/$max_time*($g_range))+$g_new; $g = clamp(min($g_new, $g_old), max($g_new, $g_old), $g); $b = round($diff/$max_time*($b_range))+$b_new; $b = clamp(min($b_new, $b_old), max($b_new, $b_old), $b); $r_hex = str_pad(dechex($r), 2, '0', STR_PAD_LEFT); $g_hex = str_pad(dechex($g), 2, '0', STR_PAD_LEFT); $b_hex = str_pad(dechex($r), 2, '0', STR_PAD_LEFT); $colstr = " style=\"color: #".$r_hex.$g_hex.$b_hex.";\""; } if($i++ > 0) echo ", "; echo "comment_ID."\"$title>".stripslashes($commenter->comment_author).""; } if($count > $num_comments) echo " [...]"; echo "".$postfix."\n"; } } ?> Doug Wolkon | Pluranomics.com

    Small silhouette of Doug Wolkon WELCOME TO PLURANOMICS, THE ECONOMICS OF MANY.

    Doug Wolkon

    Since I was a young boy I have been told that I am an idealist. Maybe true, but after graduating from the University of Michigan, I became a financier and private equity partner, traveling the country daily to scout out real estate investments for pension funds, philanthropies and college endowments.

    Jet-setting in luxury from coast to coast throughout my 20’s, the world of high-finance certainly taught me a lot, whether I liked it or not. First and foremost, the experience taught me how to analyze a real estate asset (land or building) and envision thousands of different ways to improve and utilize it. Second, it taught me the tricks and trade of finance and development. Lastly, it taught me that the old-school game of real estate (i.e. landlords and tenants/ kings and serfs) is just that, old and dated and in dire need of a new approach.

    It was like I was an undercover player within the finance industry. In my heart of hearts I had not yet decided that finance was the world for me. In an out-of-body experience, I took it all in, all the while consciously avoiding the personal financial straps of a big mortgage and fancy car.

    Separately, something else was irking me. By 2004, prices of real estate assets were inflating and the risk-taking within the market was totally irrespective of the long-term investment methods I cherished so dearly. So by age 30, with some savings in the bank, I declared my freedom and left the high-flying, billion-dollar partnership fund.

    However, with my new found freedom, I also lost my (corporate) identity. Without the big money behind me, I could no longer call myself a financier. And although idealist works at age 12, its not the best resume builder. I soon originated and proposed sustainable investment strategies like “Mini-Stock Markets” and Renewable Energy Property Funds to my financial brethren, but to no avail. So with time on my hands, I could not help but naturally move from finance to the more sensible yet theoretical world of economic thought.

    I diligently began studying the “lost” history of economic thought with the aspiration of a child learning to read. The linguistics of economic thought were unbelievably familiar and easy for me to read and comprehend. My own economic theories became clearer and I began writing and writing and writing.

    The theories were only reinforced by the dire state of the economy; and as a result of my hands-on financial experience, I believed I had a “no-lose” strategy to implement them. So in 2007, I explained my theories and strategy in a self-published book, The New Game, which not so coincidentally coincided with the timing of the global financial crisis.

    Now I hustle, but differently. I write, I think, I travel and I invest my time and money in the current economy. I use money, but would prefer another means of appreciating value (i.e. Solar Currency). I envision an economy that is not so numerical, but rather based on value from the gut. I feel there is a more fun economy than the money economy. One that is based on peace, harmony, food, clothing, shelter and safety for all mankind.

    Today, I live with my family in Hawaii on the Garden Island of Kauai.