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Waiting to see if we are on today's or tomorrow's flight (we volunteered). 
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So yesterday I launched http://twittermusictrends.com/. It listens for tweets mentioning a band or artist, collects statistics on it, and displays those in real-time.

It's highly dynamic, automatically updating several times a minute with tweets that come in. Although people enjoy the old-skool green-on-black terminal aesthetic (it was born of necessity—having been prototyped at a Music Hack Day in ~8 hours), I'm most proud of the architecture: it's served entirely from static files by nginx. The back end uses (my) Twitstream, Redis, and Celery (calling out to the Echo Nest's API) to generate over 200 of those static files every minute.

The site is also its own API: each page has a (slightly richer) JSON representation so that more talented/motivated GUI wizards and data junkies can show the same data their own way. 
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"Sorta Mesmerizing" is exactly what I was going for -- or discovered it was after I built it.

I only pre-link five artists to ET as a courtesy to the site's load. The json output has up to 10 most recent tweets, and I keep a sample of 25 for the (secret) daily archival dump. But those tweet IDs are simply intended as an indicative sample of "right now". If someone wanted more full analytics, I'd have no problem with them hitting the JSON periodically to collect tweets over time.
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Hey, are there any over-30s here who are keen NASA TV watchers?

Been musing about this on Twitter—I think living through the Challenger disaster (I was a very geeky 12-year-old at the time) really cut my excitement and awe for the launches. It's heartening to see younger friends and colleagues have that excitement, but I never put my finger on why I didn't share in it until now.
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Hey... it was more than one movie!
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Thanks to +Eric Florenzano for passing this one on. First time really using http://fluidapp.com/ in anger.
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You can use the mobile interface to have a nice, slim, minimum-width timeline version of Google+ to go right alongside Tweetie (and Sparrow).

Just add the app in Fluid, add this custom user agent

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A293 Safari/6531.22.7

Oh—and make sure to allow browsing to all URLs.
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Yeah, that looks like the solution. If you needed it, sounds like it could justify the five bucks, easily.
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Yes, yes. More Google+ posts about Google+. But I've long been comfortable with being meta.
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Neat tip. Vanity URLs are baked right in! If pointing people to your Google+ profile, just use the following: https://profiles.google.com/[your_gmail_username]. It directs back to the long + user id number.

Like so... https://profiles.google.com/jimmyether
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I think the conclusion in the linked article comes off as incredibly banal: "That's because Apple collects more money than it spends, while the U.S. government does not."

Come to think of it, the conclusion was probably due to the editorial slant/perceivèd slant of its readers.

I think it would've been far more interesting to observe that AAPL refuses to give dividends, while the US government strives to give tax breaks at every chance.

[reposted from Twitter because I struggled so much to get the character count down]
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I think +kenyatta cheese's essay/mini-rant/review on Transformers 3 is just fantastic, and worth a quick read. Michael Bay == Busby Berkeley. Yes.
My almost entirely spoiler-free review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon I usually don’t write reviews but seeing this movie just triggered a fountain of frustration and snark and appropriate uses for...
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Question by reporter "do you think open systems will ever beat Apple's closed system?" my answer, "yes, eventually". Headline Of today's newspaper in Spain, "Apple is going to die - Ito"
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Thanks to +Anindita Sempere for sharing this, another namespace landgrab. I'm http://gplus.to/atl, naturally.
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Nick Name. Your Google+ ID. Note's Your username; Could be at least 3 characters to at most 25 characters, Should not contain numbers or special characters, You can create a plusnick for individua...
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https://plus.google.com/111128778940913280838/posts/S1unhS8LX1v

I wanted to re-share this post as well as the thread attached to it.
I am really fascinated this post by Facebook's +Yishan Wong on why Google+ is broken, partly because it does actually characterise something I'd…
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Ah... thanks for the tip!
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Google doesn't bother with notifications from serial circle-adders, I see. Another thing learned from the competition.
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Computing, Communications, Music, Python, Family, Meta, Lulz
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I'm an American expat who's lived in Europe since 1996. Currently in North Lancashire. Ostensibly an academic, I've developed a steady habit of making things and sharing them with the world.

I like absurd things, music, hackery, being a dad, and thinking about the future of communicating, both in the mass-media sense and in a distributed hive-mind sense. I tend to be more meta than most.
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I created LOLCODE, numerous music/tech hacks, and built the beating heart of AudioVroom. Further back, I was one of the driving forces behind MPEG-7—sorry 'bout that.
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Lancaster, UK
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Syracuse, NY, USA - Brussels, BE - Boston, MA, USA