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 " [...]";
Hampton | YEMblog
Phish: 08/09/2004 Entire Show Hampton, VA [VQ: A-, AQ: A+]
Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Bathtub Gin -> Runaway Jim, Walls of the Cave, Loving Cup
Set 2: All of These Dreams, Limb By Limb, Lifeboy, Crowd Control, Seven Below, Stash -> NICU, Bug, Contact > Character Zero
Encore: David Bowie
 Mary Had a Little Lamb tease.
 Little Drummer Boy jam.
Notes: All of These Dreams was preceded by a Fluffhead tease. After several glowsticks hit Trey’s rig at the end of Seven Below, Trey’s guitar tech, Brian Brown, had to come onstage to do some damage control, prompting Trey to say some word of thanks. Seven Below contained a Mary Had a Little Lamb tease from Trey. Contact culminated in a Little Drummer Boy jam.
Set 1: Harry Hood, Back at the Chicken Shack, Dog Log, Tube, Heavy Things, Back on the Train, First Tube, The Inlaw Josie Wales, You Enjoy Myself
Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Possum, Mike’s Song > Simple, Weekapaug Groove -> Buffalo Bill > Weekapaug Groove
Encore: Ya Mar, Sleeping Monkey
 Trey on acoustic guitar.
 Do You Feel Like We Do tease.
 Norwegian Wood and Buffalo Bill teases.
Notes: Dog Log was dedicated to Paul Languedoc. Afterwards, the band reprised the song for a few seconds after Trey remarked how much he liked it. Inlaw Josie Wales featured Trey on acoustic guitar. 2001 included Do You Feel Like We Do (Peter Frampton) teases; Trey also introduced Fishman as ‘Bob Mayonnaise’, likely a reference to Bob Mayo, who played keys on Frampton Comes Alive. Weekapaug included Norwegian Wood and Buffalo Bill teases.
The opener in hindsight is a tremendous treat, the debut of The Rolling Stones “Emotional Rescue.” A song that only Mike could properly handle his shift between baritone and falsetto tones pays a nice homage to a legend like Jagger. It’s also a glimpse into the vocal range Mike has always possessed. In 1997 his vocals felt more like a goof than a talent, but fourteen years later you can hear the potential and see the connection to the extremely strong vocal presence he maintains now.
When discussing the Holy Grail of Phish shows stuck inside the band’s vault, the Hampton ’97 performances and Big Cypress are usually towards the top of most fans’ lists. On December 6, Phish fans will finally get to hear the Hampton ’97 performances in all their Fred Kevorkian-mastered soundboard glory when JEMP Records puts out Hampton / Winston Salem ’97. The wonderful kicker is that the band has attached the severely underrated November 23, 1997 show to this seven-CD set that will also include never-before-heard soundchecks.
There was no greater news to New England in the winter of 2009 than the word that Phish was getting back together for a three-night run at the Hampton Coliseum. What started out as three (very thorough) reunion shows turned into the next leg of the Vermont quartet’s career, and they kicked everything off with “Fluffhead”.
This one moment—this one choice—didn’t just set the tone for that show, or that tour, but for the rest of the band’s career. And to be honest, it set the tone for how I would feel about them moving forward. This was the real deal. So this is how it’s gonna be huh? They were clearly serious and I would take them seriously.
Of all the shows, in all the years, this one song—these few seconds as the waves of excitement expanded through the crowd—stand above anything else I’ve ever experienced. If you could bottle the feeling in that room at that moment you could solve a lot of problems. Pure, pure bundles of joy.
To accurately describe what it’s like having the popular rock band Phish back on the Hampton Coliseum stage, let me steal a quip from that lovable ol’ drunkard Arthur when he tells Linda about owning a yacht: “It doesn’t suck.”
Over the three-part dream, Phish played for nearly ten hours, running through no less than 84 songs of their notoriously vast catalog. From the very beginning of 2009, beginning with “Fluffhead,” and “Divided Sky,” one sensed things would be different this time around. Focused far more on composition and precision than jamming, the band got back to basics at Hampton, a trend that characterized the entire year for Phish. Without getting too crazy or improvisational, Hampton set up the rest of 2009, just as 2009 set up 2010; both periods representing building blocks towards high-level musical proficiency without too many risks.