Plugin Name: Brian's Latest Comments
Plugin URI: http://meidell.dk/archives/category/wordpress/latest-comments/
Description: This shows an overview of the recently active articles and the last people to comment on them. Original idea and code fixes contributed by 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", $old_col = "#cccccc")
function clamp($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.
$ping = "";
$ping = "AND comment_type<>'pingback' AND comment_type<>'trackback'";
$posts = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT
FROM ($wpdb->comments LEFT JOIN $wpdb->posts ON (comment_post_ID = ID))
WHERE comment_approved = '1'
ORDER BY comment_date DESC;");
$seen = array();
$num = 0;
$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.
$seen[$post->comment_post_ID] = true;
if($num++ > $num_posts)
$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."'
ORDER BY comment_date DESC
$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);
$title = " title=\"Last comment was ".time_since($comment->unixdate)." ago\"";
$title = "";
echo $prefix."".stripslashes($post->post_title). "".$count." \n";
foreach($commenters as $commenter)
$title = " title=\"Posted ".time_since($commenter->unixdate)." ago\"";
$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($i++ > 0)
echo ", ";
if($count > $num_comments)
echo " [...]";
2009 | YEMblog
2. Merriweather “46 Days”
I’m one of the few that felt this show was a highlight of the summer. The band broke out a creative setlist for those of us who had been on the road for the last few shows. Busting out the first Sloth and Ha Ha Ha of Phish 3.0, and the world debut of Party Time. The 46 Days is absolute soul-wrenching guitar work. This jam brought me to tears that night, and it melts so smoothly into Oh Sweet Nothing.
This ethereal exploration came as the centerpiece of December 30th’s second set. Passing through multiple sections of unique improv, this jam, literally, blossomed out of nowhere. Immediately vaulting to into the “best ever” position for the generally jam-less song, “Get Back On the Train” provided one of the most unlikely virtuoso highlights of the entire Miami run.
Trey’s two daughters are named Eliza and Isabella, so you’d think he’d play the tunes in the Phish repertoire referencing their names but think again. Eliza – a quick instrumental found on Picture of Nectar – hasn’t made a setlist since 1992 while the Jimi Hendrix cover Izabella has been long lost since 1998. Izabella fit perfectly into the rotation in 1997 and we’d love to see Trey opt for it over Character Zero in the shred-fest slot this summer.
One of Phish’s classic songs, “Runaway Jim” grew from a once-contained show-opener into a legitimate launchpad, producing excursions of all types through the years. A song with too many special versions to begin listing, “Runaway Jim” never moved beyond its basic structure in 2009.
Song choice played a much larger role for the group than it ever has, and the jamming, while still prevalent, became more concise. While many could contend that this marks the end of the Phish “we all know and love,” I would argue against that. The band is communicating in a new way while still using the same language, it just may take a more active listener to appreciate it.