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 " [...]";
VQA | YEMblog
00:00:00 Possum (cut)
00:02:08 Bathtub Gin
00:09:29 Divided Sky >
00:21:19 The Sloth
00:26:09 Bouncing Around the Room
00:29:55 You Enjoy Myself
00:45:53 Golgi Apparatus
01:03:35 The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony >
01:05:17 AC/DC Bag
01:12:09 The Squirming Coil
01:18:03 Harry Hood
01:33:36 Mike’s Song >
01:40:53 I Am Hydrogen
Suzy Greenberg, It’s Ice, Sparkle, Wilson, You Enjoy Myself, Uncle Pen, Big Ball Jam, Fast Enough for You, Golgi Apparatus, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, If I Only Had A Brain (w/ Mimi Fishman), Amazing Grace, Good Times Bad Times
Trey Anastasio: TAB 06/23/2002 Playlist [VQ: A, AQ: A+, Pro-Shot]
Sand (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2), Last Tube (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2), MLC, Drifting, Cayman Review, Mozambique, Alive Again, Speech, Wilson, Bathtub Gin, Mr. Completely (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2), Night Speaks To A Woman (Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3)
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, Cavern, Birds of a Feather, Ya Mar, Horn, Piper, Anything But Me, Water in the Sky, Down with Disease
Set 2: Rock and Roll -> Weekapaug Groove -> Tweezer Reprise > Frankenstein -> Kung -> Frankenstein, All of These Dreams, The Wedge, Boogie On Reggae Woman > Cities > Maze, Waste
 The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) teases.
 Lyrics (sung by Trey) from Mike’s Song.
Notes: This gig commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first Phish show. In the audience, a section of seats were roped off to make way for a music stand. The music stand held a three-ring binder that contained lyrics from the Phish canon, but it did not play an active role in the performance. Ya Mar contained teases of The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana). At the end of Disease, a video screen descended behind the stage. As the house lights remained down, a 25+ minute video was played featuring retrospective highlights from throughout Phish’s career. Before the second set, Mike brought out a tray of desserts and shared them with fans in front of the stage. Weekapaug was unfinished. Tweezer Reprise included lyrics (sung by Trey) from Mike’s Song. Appropriately, the post-show house music was the Beatles’ song Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (which begins with the lyric, “It was twenty years ago today…”).
Phish: 05/23/2000 Entire Set 1 [VQ: A+, AQ: A+, Pro-Shot]
01. AC/DC Bag
03. First Tube
04. Ya Mar —
05. Ya Mar Jam–
06. Mike’s Song —
07. Simple —
08. It’s Ice
09. When The Circus Comes To Town
10. Back On The Train
11. Gotta Jibboo
13. Sleeping Monkey