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Oscars Bingo for 2015

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

A little belated, but, worth posting anyways. For the second year in a row, the moderators at the movies subreddit approached us, via our custom bingo cards to help with their Oscars Bingo contest. Over 3 times as many of the cards were claimed this year! This years live contest thread is here. It looks like it worked out for everyone! It’s a fun use of our site – but highly customized – we host a custom mini-site to distribute the custom bursted and logo’d cards to the reddit users.

A Video Spotted on YouTube

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

We’re long-overdue for another blog post, so, we were happy to stumble on another YouTube video from late last year of someone using for playing while watching horror movies. We don’t have a template for that, but we have a bunch of other bingo templates for our users.

Thanks for the video, librarianfanmail.

Oscar’s Bingo for reddit? Yes… we can do that.

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

We had an interesting email the other day from a moderator of the movie subreddit on … er… They wanted some help with their Oscars Bingo game.

Several emails, and a little bit of one-off work using, and we had a system that worked for everyone.

And it’s live now:  official reddit thread. It’s not a typical use of our custom bingo card generator,, but, it is not the first custom job that we have ever done, nor is it likely to be the last.

Problem with Firefox’s new built-in PDF viewer and

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Annoyingly, within the last month or so, Firefox has switched it’s default PDF viewer to it’s built-in renderer. Generally, this is a good thing. It means that eventually we won’t need to all have Adobe Reader on our computers. But, annoyingly, this built-in renderer has issues with multiple PDF files, including those generated by our bingo card generating website,

For now, we have added a warning prompt for Firefox users to tell them why their bingo cards are missing the numbers or words within the grid. And now, the harder part, trying to figure out what part of the PDFs we use are incompatible with Firefox.

This is hugely annoying.

For anyone who stumbles on this, this page gives information on debugging pdf.js (the basis for the embedded FF viewer):

sIFR (and Flash) is dead. Long live sIFR (and Flash)!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

It’s hard to believe, but only a few years ago I eagerly looked for excuses to use Adobe Flash to make a website just a bit more interactive or fluid. Now, I have started the process of purging Flash from every site that we operate, and manage for clients. What changed?


It’s truly astounding how much web browsing is done on iPhones and iPads where Flash does not exist (Flash is also on the outs in the Android world). One of our clients has the majority of their web traffic driven by their weekly email newsletter – and I’ve seen the numbers, a very large fraction of people read their email on their phones and tablets. Today, it is critical that your website does not depend on Flash. It’s also a good idea to slowly remove Flash from non-critical parts of your website too.

Which leads to today’s subject. On many of Perceptus’ websites we use sIFR, Scalable Inman Flash Replacement, which 5 or 8 years ago, was a great way to use nicer fonts on your website for headers. sIFR uses Flash. For some reason the most recent Google Chrome web browser broke some, but not all, of the sIFR headlines on, our popular bingo card generator. It might be related to a missing  attribute or something relatively minor. But, rather than debug it, it was time to move to Javascript based fonts. On, we’re now using Google Web Fonts.

Bye bye sIFR. You were a good thing for your day.