Google APIs & Developer Products – January 2011

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They’re a behemoth with a massive amount of APIs that millions of developers use around the world to build millions of apps and services. There’s simply no good way to keep track of them all.

A really great way to show all the available ways of plugging in and out of the google and the stuff they do.

Google APIs & Developer Products – January 2011.

 

via Techcrunch

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Advertising vs Story telling

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Two things really good at what they do.

Two thoughts/questions:

1. If pubs sell beer, why will you walk/drive past any number of them to get to the one you like?

2. What do Johnnie Walker sell?

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Human Genre project

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I came across this project at Boingboing (cannot recommend it highly enough – its one of my longest standing rss feeds).

This lead to both consumption of and contribution to:

The Human Genre Project
– a very cool idea – here’s the backstory from its founder.

Nature, nurture and identity have always fascinated me.

My pieces are here and here.

I recommend that you read, bookmark and ideally contribute!


Bear Rammage

Not a very nice man.

Yes its Charles Manson – guru, icon and all round inciter of grotesque and pointless violence and slaughter.

In case you were wondering, he said:

“Do you feel blame? Are you mad? Uh, do you feel like wolf kabob Roth vantage? Gefrannis booj pooch boo jujube; bear-ramage. Jigiji geeji geeja geeble google. Do you begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga?”

If you want to see it all in one go try tofulator

The point of all this?

None really – 2 dimensions of non-entity:

1. “Bear rammage” has become my verbal shorthand for either the rapid decent from lucidity and meaning into gibberish or the manifest use of bollox and passion to hide shortcomings – as in ‘yes I was at that meeting, they were talking a load of bear rammage’

2. It seems to have become a meme at ytmnd and in the intertubes leading to the hysterical (imho) version below:

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That is all. Carry on begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga.


Geektool

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A more ‘traditional’ and/or useful entry.

Been going through a very minimalist stage particularly with regard to technology. I came across this fantastic desktop scheme on Lifehacker – copied it.

Yes I know I should have removed everything from my desktop but I haven’t quite got to the stage of using only Quicksilver.

I have my Volume and two ‘catchall’ folders called Stuff I and Stuff II where, unsurprisingly, I ‘stuff everything’. Subsequently, I go through and sort their contents into folders on my drive for reference or backup.

All the live data and titles are customised onto the desktop using Geektool and most of the instructions are here It does involve some serious tinkering (for a non-propellerhead) to get the weather displayed.

For the tinkering I am indebted to my friend Sascha at Techniche. As far as I can tell, we used a script within geektool to call via lynx (a free open-source, text-only web browser for use on cursor-addressable character cell terminals), the weather from http://weather.noaa.gov/ and update a file every few mins (you set the poll interval from within geektool). So for London Heathrow:

/usr/bin/lynx -dump -width 100 http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/EGLL.html | $HOME/GeekTool/getweather.temp.sh >/tmp/weather2 ; cat /tmp/weather2

Any technical queries regarding the use of Geektool should always be addressed to a friendly geek. Do not try this at home.


Funny pictures

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pic courtesy itsbeensolongIcantremember

What it says on the label although I do have too many days when I feel like the photo above. As my literally dozen of loyal readers will know, I don’t really ‘blog’ I just load stuff up every now and then after its kicked around with me for a while.

Also for no really apparent reason I have included a reference image other than I can use the word ‘juxtapose’ without wincing… Read the rest of this entry »


Happy New Year

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Happy 2009

– found this early December last year courtesy of PSFK and DJ DSL.

I have been waiting to use it.

May your year be as simple, elegant, functional and enjoyable.

Kevan