Hey, all! First the housekeeping: If I’m being realistic, probably no new podcast episodes or Next Level Thoughts until after the wedding in September.
That aside, what’s with all this disrespect RSS is getting lately? First Google Reader takes a hike, and now the Twitter API has abandoned it! Well I for one love RSS. I think it’s a great and versatile technology, and I think everyone would be mighty upset if it went away and they discovered just how many things rely on it.
This post started here: I wanted to post tweets from both my business’ twitter account, and random relevant accounts around the twitterverse, to my business’s website; and I didn’t want to use crappy, rigid, pre-style apps and plugins to do it. This used to be no problem, as Twitter would actually provide you with RSS links for everything you could possibly think of! No longer!
But here’s where Google gets some points back. Using Twitter’s new API, I was able to generate a Google script that would translate searches and feeds into proper usable RSS feeds! I’ll ramble no longer. The solution I found worked for me right off the hop, but I won’t post it here. I appreciate useful, sneaky, simple, well written teachings like this so much, I wouldn’t think of stealing the man’s traffic. Find out how to get RSS feeds for Twitter user accounts and searches right here!
It’s a busy, busy summer, everyone. Planning a wedding & honeymoon, going to everyone else’s weddings and related events, renos, shirt printing, house shopping, planning a Rocket Science website rejiggering, etc, etc, etc… So it’s been hard to find time to draw or blog.
But I’m still alive, I just got my invite to the new Google maps, and it’s pretty cool. So here’s some stuff on that!
Instead of map/satellite toggle, you can jump from map to ‘earth view’ on the fly. Earth view contains 3d models of every building, which you can pan and rotate at will. I don’t know how they do it, and I defy you to not spend at least minutes scoping out your neighborhood!
The search is also much better now. It remembers where you go, what you like, and it’ll even zoom to a specific landmark as you type them into the search box. And the maps are much more attractive color-wise to boot!
Anyway, that’s it for now. Much more to explore, but looking really good so far! Have a peek at a few screen shots below from my ‘hood. Click to enlarge.
My fiancé doesn’t get it, but I love consuming educational/informational things. Shows, videos, documentaries; here are some good examples of these. Gaining information from an interesting, entertaining source is a win to me. I’d love to hear of some more sources if anyone has suggestions!
Discovery Science Channel’s “Through the Wormhole” Hosted by Morgan Freeman. Is amazing!
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You’re all too familiar with this if you have a mind like mine. It never shuts up, and it always has some thought it feels is more important than the one it should be on. During a movie, I always find myself trying to figure out character names long after they’ve been introduced. Sometimes I make it [...]
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