Hot off the presses, and just a “concept,” but still…
Category Archives: mashups
Put this on your list of data to be mashed. The oh-so popular group blog Metafilter has released a data dump of site content. Andy Baio, as usual, is already off to a good start.
I’ve got an idea for a new mashup, but I need some help. I usually get my Politik fix on Reddit, so I’m looking for a list of political blogs. General criteria:
- Should be original content, not aggregators
- RSS/Atom required, with full posts
- popular is better
- opinionated is better
- Group ’em by left wing/right wing/centrist (does that exist?) if possible
Other really nice features include commentary, revision control, and mandatory GPL licensing. It’s also not a bad way to pick up some Python knowledge–especially when you see contributors named “guido.” Here are a couple fun/interesting/useful ones I found:
- Markov_Chain_Parody_Text_Generator Give it a body of text and get some random yet sensical text back
- Porter_Stemming_Algorithm Strip endings of words to get to their root e.g., running -> run
- Create_Thumbnail Create a Thumbnail from an Image File
- Google_Chart_API_URL_Generator GUI for Google Chart API to create simple charts
and of course:
- MetaUtility Enter some Python. Run it. See the output.
I was able to register on the site and write a silly little UUID Generator in about three minutes 🙂
I’d really like to see this done for PHP or Ruby too.
Chad Dickerson and Tom Hughes-Croucher hit the streets in Dublin to ask, “what’s a mashup?“
One of the AOL guys couldn’t make it to Dublin, so Dave Berlind asked me to fill in. I took a different angle with this talk, and did it without any speaking. It was risky, but I think the reaction was great. This was probably the funnest ‘talk’ I think I’ve done.
I do want to add that the 128 bit part was shamelessly lifted from this awesome article about GUIDs.
Here’s my slides for my intro talk: