Neighbours walkthrough

While going over my site’s stats I noticed that several people reach my site searching for walkthrough for Eyezmaze’s mini-game Neighbours (actually most of them come looking for “Neighbors walkthrough” probably because Neighbours makes no sense and it’s quite easy to accidentally ignore the ‘u’). And since I believe that people should get what they came looking for, I decided to write a short walkthrough for those of you that are unsure on how to solve it. Before anything else you should know that I will not give to the correct order in which you need to place the hairy guys to win. The correct order changes every time you play the game, so I can’t tell you what the right order will be, however I can tell you how to figure it out yourself.

First, I’ll start with the basics. The objective of the game is to place the 9 different “hairy guys” so that they all “like” the hairy guys around them (hairy guys only care about who’s above them, below them, or at either side; they don’t care about who’s sitting diagonally from them). If you place two hairy guys who don’t like each other together, they will shake their arms in complaint.

The first thing you should note is that there are three different types of places where a hairy guy can be placed. Hairy guys placed in each one of these types need to like a different number of hairy guys. The hair guy in the center needs to like 4 other hairy guys. Hairy guys in the sides need to like 3 other hairy guys. And finally, hairy guys in the corners only need to like 2 other hairy guys. Now that you know this you only need to find out how many other hairy guys each hairy guy likes and you’ll know where you should place him.

The best strategy is probably to try to figure out which hairy guy goes in the center first. To do this, just place one of the hairy guys in the center and then try placing one by one each of the other hairy guys next to him. When you’re done you’ll know if that hairy guy goes in the center, side, or corner. Chances are the first hairy guy you pick won’t be the center hairy guy. So you just need to keep trying. If the first hairy guy you picked is a corner hairy guy then you know that the two other hairy guys he likes are both side hairy guys; then, any candidate to be the center hairy guy must also like those two hairy guys. If the first hairy guy you picked is a side hairy guy, then you know that one of the three hairy guys he likes must be the center hairy guy, and you only need to figure out which one it is.

Once you know who the center hairy guy is, you’re almost done. The four hairy guys he likes are the four side hairy guys so the only thing you need to know is the order in which you need to place them. You also know that the remaining hairy guys should all be placed in a corner. Try placing one of the corner hairy guys in one of the corners and see if he likes his neighbors. If he likes one of them, but not the other, then just change the one he doesn’t like for one of the other two side hairy guys. If he doesn’t like any of them, then that hairy guy goes in the opposite corner. After that you just need to place the rest of the corner hairy guys where they don’t complain (depending on your situation you may also need to switch some of the side hairy guys), but by now your possibilities are quite limited, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the right order. Good Luck!

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Links for Feb 7th – Feb 12th

Chaotica 2.0b1 is Here!

I know I promised to post this last weekend, but I ran into some new bugs and decided to postpone its release. It’s still not perfect, there is at least one bug that I know of, but it’s not a big bug (in fact I doubt anyone will notice it), and since I’m not sure of what is the right way to fix it I decided to leave it around for this version. There’s also a lot of features I still want to add. Up to now you can generate and view fractals, but there is no way to save them or export images with the generated fractals. Ever since I started working on Chaotica I’ve had plans to add saving and exporting features, but I can’t get myself to actually do it. The problem is that opening and saving is a mess to implement since right now Chaotica is not document-based. Cocoa does a lot of stuff for you but there are still a lot of details you need to take care of, so I’m waiting until I have a lot of free time and I’m in the right mood. Anyway, without further ado, here‘s a link to the download page for Chaotica 2.0b1.

Chaotica 2.0b1

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Chaotica is a Mac OS X application to draw several kinds of fractals using the chaos game. If you don’t know what the chaos game is, you can read a brief explanation on its Wikipedia article. Version 2.0 is a huge update to Chaotica, not only is it more powerful than the previous version, it’s also faster and easier to use.

What’s New?

Chaotica 2.0 introduces several new features and enhances some of the old ones. Here’s a list of the most notable new features in Chaotica 2.0b1.

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  • Up to five times faster The drawing engine in Chaotica has been completely redone and fractals are now drawn much faster than in previous versions.
  • Choose your own vertices Now you can choose the exact position for each vertex, no more vertices in random places!
  • Choose up to 100 vertices The maximum number of vertices has gone up dramatically from 12 up to 100.
  • View transformation preview Now you can see a preview of the transformations that will be applied to give you an idea on what the rendered fractal will look like.
  • No more preferences Now you can choose the background color in the new fractal window, and you can select a color for each of the vertices simply by double clicking it.
  • Universal Binary Chaotica 2.0 is a universal binary.
  • More to come And this is only in the beta, the final version of Chaotica 2.0 will include many more features such as the ability to save, export and print fractals!

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More on “El Corazón”

Earlier this week I posted a link to Hard ‘N Phirm’s video of “El Corazón”. In my post I mentioned that I didn’t understand why they chose to do the song in Spanish. Luckily for me, Chris Hardwick from Hard ‘N Phirm stumbled upon my post and decided to answer my question. Here’s a quote from an email he sent me:

We both live in Los Angeles and there are quite a few Spanish radio stations here and this song was sort of our tribute to the fact that we hear the word “Corazon” in many of the songs. We wanted to take the passion of those songs and make the content clinical. So, it never would have even occurred to us to do it in English.

Anyway, just wanted to post about this in case anyone else was wondering why they decided to make the song in Spanish. Thanks Chris!

An Update on Postalicious

This week has been a bit crazy. I’ve been trying to get some things done (like the Chaotica release I’m always talking about), but I been spending quite some time everyday answering questions regarding Postalicious and fixing bugs. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind helping people and fixing bugs, it’s just that my vacation is running out and I still have a lot of things I want to get done before it’s over.

Anyway, a few notes to all Postalicious users:

  • Please update to the latest version. I’ve been fixing some pretty serious bugs this week and if you’re stuck with pretty much any version before 1.08, chances are you’re going to run into some sort of problem, most likely getting posts claiming to be your bookmarks from 1969.
  • Please read the FAQ, chances are Postalicious doesn’t work like you expect it to work. I’ve received several comments from people who say that nothing happens when they click the “Update Now” button. It does work, it just won’t do what you think it does. Because of this I decided to add a FAQ which explains how Postalicious works and the reasons why I decided to make it work that way.
  • Feel free to contact me if you have any problems with Postalicious, I’ll try to do everything I can think of to fix your problem. You can use the contact link at the bottom of my site or simply post a comment in this post.

Finally, this is a link to the Postalicious page where you can read the FAQ and download the newest version. Also, I would like to thank Martin from for letting me know about several bugs earlier version of Postalicious had.

Links for Feb 6th – Feb 7th

De-introducing Postalicious

As you may remember, I was quite disappointed at the 255 character limit for the notes in bookmarks. However, while I was wondering around aimlessly trying to cure my disappointment, I stumbled upon Twitter.In the process of figuring out what Twitter was all about, I saw that someone somewhere around the world was “moving [their] bookmarks from to Google bookmarks”. I hadn’t heard of Google bookmarks before so I decided to find out more about it. And to my surprise it was pretty much what I was looking for. I did some testing and found out that the notes in Google bookmarks can fit at least 500 (and probably many more) characters, the labels support spaces, and the bookmarklet is a lot better since it opens in a new window instead of replacing the page I want to bookmark. That was on Friday.

The rest of the weekend I was fighting against Google to be able to access the RSS feed for the bookmarks using PHP. Unfortunately after trying with pretty much every version of Snoopy I could find (the newest official version, the one that comes with MagpieRSS, and this one), I was still unsuccessful. I then tried to use Google Authentication to access the feed, but apparently the bookmark service is not supported. In fact, it seems like no one really cares about the bookmark service. The closest thing I could find was the Search History RSS feed which is a bit more popular, and even has its own Mac OS X widget. I tried mimicking what the widget did to get the RSS feed, but again, I was not very successful. However I did manage to find out that I needed to generate a random string for the zx parameter in the URL, otherwise Google would redirect the request and the authentication would no longer work. However even with that knowledge I still couldn’t get any of the versions of Snoopy to open the feed. Finally, my brother decided to give the problem a try using a Java servlet instead of PHP, and after a while, with the knowledge that he needed to generate the zx parameter, he got it working. My guess is that the implementation of digest authentication in Snoopy does something that Google doesn’t like, and since I don’t really want to waste my time sniffing packages to see exactly what is going wrong and making my own digest implementation for Snoopy, I decided to use my brother’s Java servlet to get the feed. However, since this is not really a nice solution and most people don’t even have support for Java servlets in their servers I probably won’t release this plugin.

As for Postalicious, from now on I won’t be using it myself, but in case someone wants to give it a try I decided to release it. You can download it here.

PS: I know “de-introducing” is not a word, but I don’t really care 😛


Postalicious is a WordPress plugin that automatically posts your delicious, Google Reader, Reddit, Yahoo Pipes, Jumptags, Pinboard, or Diigo bookmarks to your blog. The exact details of how your bookmarks are posted are very customizable and are designed to meet your specific needs. Postalicious uses the psuedo-cron functionality introduced in WordPress 2.1 to schedule automatic hourly updates. If you do not have WordPress 2.1 or later installed, you will still be able to use Postalicious, but you will have to perform the updates manually.


Simply copy wp-postalicious.php to the wp-content/plugins/ folder found in your WordPress installation. Then go to the “Plugins” tab inside the WordPress administration website and activate Postalicious. Finally you need to enter your account type (delicious, Google Reader, Reddit, Yahoo Pipes, Jumptags, Pinboard, or Diigo) and details as well as other Postalicious preferences in the by clicking the link labeled “Postalicious” inside the “Settings” menu on the navigation bar in the WordPress administration website.


Postalicious is very easy to use. You only need to set up your preferences and then click on either the “Activate Hourly Updates” or “Update Now” buttons. “Activate Daily Updates” will schedule automatic updates every hour and fetch any new bookmarks you have added. The “Update Now” button retrieves any new bookmarks found when you click it.


  • Automatically create posts in your blog with your bookmarks that allow you to keep your blog updated just by bookmarking your favorite websites!
  • Works with delicious, Google Reader, Reddit, Yahoo Pipes, Jumptags, Pinboard, and Diigo.
  • Complete control over how often your bookmarks are posted and how many bookmarks should appear on each post.
  • If the post is not ready for prime time, Postalicious creates a draft with the pending bookmarks which you can publish any time or wait for Postalicious to publish it when it meets your publishing settings.
  • Full customization on the look of posts created by Postalicious, including templates for the post slug, post title, and post body.
  • Integrates with WordPress 2.3 tags, or with Ultimate Tag Warrior and Simple Tagging plugins in earlier version of WordPress.
  • Support for delicious, ma.gnolia and Google Reader.
  • Filter the bookmarks that are posted to your blog depending on how you tagged them.
  • Logs all the activity so that you know what Postalicious did and when.

Version History

Version 3.0

  • Removed gnolia support.
  • Added support for Pinboard and Diigo.
  • Added a button to reset all settings.
  • Cleanup and minor bug fixes.

Version 2.9.2

  • Fixed tag urls for delicious.

Version 2.9.1

  • Postalicious now honors user capabilities; if a user can not publish posts on the blog, then their feed content will be inserted as Pending Review instead of Published even if Postalicious is configured to publish posts (instead of creating draft posts).

Version 2.9

  • Added support for publishing bookmarks from multiple sources. For details on how this works, check the FAQ. (Thanks Meitar!)
  • Added %currentdate% to the title and body templates.

Version 2.8.3

  • CAdded a possible fix for the “500 internal server error” issue some people have been reporting. (Thanks Rick!)

Version 2.8.2

  • Changed the user-agent used to fetch the feeds, maybe this will fix the recent problems between Postalicioius and delicious feeds.

Version 2.8.1

  • Fixed a bug where Postalicious kept updating the delicious URL.

Version 2.8

  • Postalicious now uses the bundled SimplePie version when available.
  • Some people where having problems with Postalicious being unable to fetch the delicious feeds, unfortunately there’s not much I can do about it since it’s caused by a change in the delicious’s server configuration. A workaround is to route the delicious RSS feed through some service such as Feedburner. To enable this functionality, I’ve changed delicious to be a URL service.

Version 2.7rc1

  • Completely revamped the limiting system. The new system is much more flexible and simpler to use.
  • Postalicious now uses the post scheduling provided by WordPress to publish posts at the right time.
  • Added custom fields with the bookmark’s info to posts created by Postalicious with only one bookmark.
  • Improved the excerpt template. Leaving it blank will now let WordPress automatically generate it.
  • Added Jumptags support.
  • Fixed a few minor bugs.
  • Fixed a few typos.
  • General code cleanup.

Version 2.6

  • Added post excerpt template.

Version 2.5

  • Fix a really weird bug which probably no one would have encountered anyway.
  • Fixed a typo in the options page.
  • Did a bit of code cleanup.
  • I think we are done with bugs, so I’m tagging this as the final 2.5 release.

Version 2.5rc4

  • Fixed a typo in the code which prevented new users from updating.

Version 2.5rc3

  • Fixed a bug with some dates not being parsed correctly.
  • Fixed a bug which terminated execution with certain services.

Version 2.5rc2

  • Switched to SimplePie Core instead of including a copy of SimplePie.

Version 2.5rc1

  • Got rid of the rss.php file, updating it every time a new version of WordPress was released was not very user-friendly.
  • Postalicious now uses SimplePie to handle RSS feeds.
  • Updated the settings page interface to match the new interface of Settings in the latest versions of WordPress.
  • Improved the wording of the settings both to match the style WordPress uses and to make the settings page easier to understand.
  • Fixed a lot of typos in the readme file.
  • Postalicious now asks if you want to save any changes before (de)activating hourly updates or doing an update if any unsaved changes were made.
  • Improved support for Google Reader, ma.gnolia and Reddit.
  • Added a donation button to the Postalicious settings page…because the newer versions of WordPress are making it harder for Postalicious users to reach my website where I can mind-trick them into donating (hopefully).

Version 2.0rc6

  • Postalicious now works with delicious 2.0 (aka.
  • Updated rss.php file to be based on WordPress 2.6 modified file.

Version 2.0rc5

  • Added some safeguards to prevent the “Potalicious is already updating at the moment.” message after there was a PHP error in the last update.
  • Fixed some more problems in PHP4 installations.
  • Fixed a typo in the code which made the “bookmark’s tags” option not work.

Version 2.0rc4

  • Fixed another double posting bug when certain combination of settings was being used.
  • Removed the “Enable Tags” option since it didn’t really make much sense since WordPress added native tag support.

Version 2.0rc3

  • Added Yahoo Pipes support.
  • Fixed a bug where the options page did not show up in some WordPress installations.
  • Fixed a bug where the tags for all posts were ignored.
  • Fixed a bug where some bookmarks could keep getting posted repeatedly or be skipped.

Version 2.0rc2

  • Fixed a bug where the user list did not show up in WordPress installations with custom table prefixes.
  • Fixed several issues when running Postalicious on PHP 4.*
  • The options page is now valid XHTML1.0 Transitional. (Thanks Shelly)
  • Fixed some issues with the allowed HTML tags.
  • Added support for Reddit.
  • Made the service-related code more easily customizable.
  • Fixed a bug where Postalicious ignored the settings for what to do when a blog author publishes a draft.
  • Fixed a bug with updating maximum/minimum number of bookmarks per post when the minimum is greater than the maximum.

Version 2.0rc1

  • Added native support for ma.gnolia and support for Google Reader feeds.
  • Postalicious now comes with a modified version of rss.php which is required for Google Reader support and tag support in ma.gnolia.
  • RSS feeds are now used instead of the and ma.gnolia APIs.
  • Private bookmark posting is now no longer possible because of the switch to RSS feeds.
  • Automatic updates are now done every hour instead of every day.
  • Added support for custom date formats in all templates.
  • Added slug template.
  • Added several post limiting options.
  • Changed templates from single date and double date to single day and multiple days.
  • Added support for %date% in the bookmark template.
  • %title% is now replaced in the one day post title template if Postalicious is set to post exactly one bookmark per post.
  • Added activity logging.
  • Added an option to allow certain HTML tags in the bookmark’s description.
  • All of the code that handles bookmark fetching was rewritten and is now much cleaner.
  • The code is now understandable, lots of comments were added to explain what the code does.
  • Improved handling of character encodings.
  • Switched from directly using cURL of file_get_contents to using the MagpieRSS version included in WordPress which uses Snoopy to fetch the RSS feeds.
  • Improved the handling of tags, many tag-related bugs were solved.
  • Added some safety checks to prevent function redeclaring if the plugin was loaded twice and to prevent Postalicious from starting an update while an update is already in progress.
  • Note: Although I did some extensive bug testing to try to find as many bugs as possible, it’s likely that a few bugs still persist which is why I decided to release this version as 2.0 release candidate 1. Please let me know if you find any bugs with this version of Postalicious.

Version 1.5

  • Postalicious now works with WordPress 2.3.
  • Added support for WordPress 2.3 tags.
  • Added the ability to prevent bookmarks with certain tags from being posted.
  • Added a preference to choose whether you want Postalicious to post private bookmarks or not.
  • Post created by Postalicious can now have multiple categories.
  • Fixed random bugs which didn’t really make any difference to the end user.

Version 1.31

  • Fixed a problem introduced in version 1.3 where sometimes no bookmarks would be posted.

Version 1.3

  • Added support for Simple Tagging plugin. (Thanks Jonas!)
  • Added new tag template to customize the way tags are displayed (supports linking the tag’s page in your (Thanks Jonas!)
  • Added the ability to only post bookmarks with certain tags.

Version 1.21

  • Fixed a small bug I introduced in version 1.2 where too many tags where being escaped.
  • Now only users with user levels greater or equal to 6 will be able to access the Postalicious options page.

Version 1.2

  • Fixed a bug that could cause some of the dates to be off.
  • Made some progress with encodings.
  • Fixed an bug where some HTML tags where swallowed from the templates. (Thanks Jonas!)

Version 1.1

  • Improved error descriptions.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Version 1.09

  • Fixed yet more problems with dates.
  • Fixed yet more problems with special characters.
  • Fixed a bug where drafts could only be updated once.

Version 1.08

  • Added back support for localized dates, now it works.

Version 1.07

  • Removed support for localized dates since apparently it’s messing up the dates for some people.

Version 1.06

  • Fixed a bug where the date in single day posts was set to Jan 1, 1970.
  • Added support for localized dates.
  • Fixed a bug where some special characters (such as umlauts) were not dispayed correctly.
  • Fixed a bug where the post would always use the default category.

Version 1.05

  • Fixed a bug where automatic updates did not work.
  • Fixed a bug where usernames/passwords containing certain characters did not work with Postalicious.
  • Added CURL support to fix the problems some hosts have with file_get_contents.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s all this about SimplePie Core?

SimplePie is a PHP library that parses RSS feeds. In WordPress 2.8 and later SimplePie is already included, for previous versions of WordPress you need to install the SimplePie plugin, which you can get here

Which time zone does Postalicious use?

All the dates in Postalicious use the time zone specified in the General Options tab in your WordPress administration website. Postalicious does not take into consideration Daylight Saving settings, but this shouldn’t be a problem in most cases. Also, the dates used by all the templates in Postalicious are localized in the language of your WordPress installation.

Does Postalicious work with special (non-English) characters?

In theory, yes. Postalicious 2.0 introduced some new ways to handle special characters which should work in all WordPress installations. However, if you are having problems with special characters, feel free to contact me.

Can I used different date formats?

Yes. Please read the section titled “Custom date formats” for more information about this.

Can I use HTML tags on the bookmark’s description?

Yes, however you need to specify which tags do you with to allow in the Postalicious preferences. Any tags that are not in the allowed tag will we’ll be escaped and appear as-is the the bookmark’s description.

Can Postalicious post one post per bookmark?

Yes. Just set the both the minimum and the maximum number of bookmarks per post to 1. Additionally, when limiting posts to one bookmark per post the %title% tag becomes available to be used in the post title template.

Why is Google Reader support disabled?

You need to install the modified version of rss.php bundled with Postalicious to enable Google Reader support. For information on how to install it, please refer to the “Installation” section. For more information about why a modified version of rss.php is needed, please read the secion titled “About the rss.php file”.

Can Postalicious post bookmarks from multiple feeds?

Yes, thanks to Meitar Moscovitz Postalicious can now post bookmarks from multiple feeds. Each WordPress user can specify their own feed in the “Postalicious User Options” section in their profile inside the WordPress admin area. Postalicious will then fetch the newest bookmarks from each user’s feed (as well as the default feed in Postalicious settings page) and post all of the bookmarks together in a single post. Unfortunately, all of the specified feeds must use the same service for this to work properly.

Why aren’t the feeds from some of my users publishing?

Postalicious is careful to honor the blog’s user permissions. Double-check that the user whose feed content is not getting published has the capability to publish posts. Typically, this requires the user to be an ‘Author’, ‘Editor’, or ‘Administrator’ on your blog. In a default installation, ‘Contributor’ or ‘Subscriber’ feed content will be added to your WordPress blog as “Pending Review” even if Postalicious is configured to publish posts instead of creating new drafts.

Why are tag-related features disabled?

Reddit, and Yahoo Pipes do not support tags. Google Reader does support tags, but those tags are not available in the RSS feed, therefore POstalicious can’t fetch them.

Custom date formats

Postalicious 2.0 introduces the ability to display dates in different formats. All of the templates in Postalicious that allow %date%, %datestart% or %dateend% now support custom formats. If used by themselves, %date%, %datestart% and %dateend% will use the default date format template to display the date. To use a custom format, you only need to add the date format you wish to be used to display the date enclosed by ‘{‘ and ‘}’ before the second ‘%’ sign. For example %datestart{F jS}% will be replaced by the start date using the format: ‘F jS’. The formatting options are the ones used by PHP which can be found here. You can use as many custom dates as you want in each template, and you can combine the use of custom and default dates.

Support and Troubleshooting

If you are having any problems with Postalicious please feel free to contact me through this form and I’ll try to help you fix the problem. Alternatively, if you prefer the comment form, you can post any comments you might have regarding Postalicious here.


Postalicious is provided on an “as-is” basis and no warranties or guarantees of any kind are promised as to its performance, reliability or suitability.

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