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Greasemonkey Hacks by Mark Pilgrim

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Chapter 12. Those Not Included in This Classification

Hacks 95–100: Introduction

Even the most well-planned categorization scheme needs one last bucket called Other. As Jorge Luis Borges famously wrote:

These ambiguities, redundancies, and deficiencies recall those attributed by Dr. Franz Kuhn to a certain Chinese encyclopedia entitled Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. On those remote pages it is written that animals are divided into (a) those that belong to the Emperor, (b) embalmed ones, (c) those that are trained, (d) suckling pigs, (e) mermaids, (f) fabulous ones, (g) stray dogs, (h) those that are included in this classification, (i) those that tremble as if they were mad, (j) innumerable ones, (k) those drawn with a very fine camel’s hair brush, (l) others, (m) those that have just broken a flower vase, (n) those that resemble flies from a distance.

These are hacks that didn’t fit anywhere else. That is not to say that they are trivial or unimpressive. Trust me, I’ve saved the best for last.

Maximize HomestarRunner Cartoons

Make Flash animations fill the entire browser window.

One of my guilty pleasures on the Web is HomestarRunner.com (http://www.homestarrunner.com). I say “guilty pleasure” for two reasons: first, because it serves no purpose whatsoever except entertainment, and second, because it’s entirely Flash-based, and I normally avoid Flash if at all possible. But HomestarRunner is just too good to stay away from. It’s why I keep Flash installed at all.

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