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all you can eat twitter stats

Caps-Lock is FULL OF AWESOME!!1!
Pic by CatCubed, cc-licensed

Twitter. It’s kinda fun. It’s also fun to see how much apps are popping up all over the place doing something with the public data from the twitter feeds.

Stuff like Twitterholic for instance, which gives you an overview of which twits have the most followers. Barack Obama is clearly at the lead there. Unless you’re fanatically being followed as well (you need over 2.559 followers at this very moment), you’re probably not in the list. You can hack the URL though by adding your own twitter name at the end like this and see your own stats. Sweet!

More stats? Well okay, how about Tweetstats. Yet Another Twitter Stats tool, but it puts it all into a nice colorful bar charts, and bar charts rock. It seems to be rather popular since it’s queueing people to render their stats at the moment. Heh.

How about the really useful stuff? Hey, this is Twitter remember, don’t get your hopes up too much. Twittertale gives you all the pottymouths out there for instance. Always interesting to know which rude words are popular these days, so check em out.

Can’t get enough? No problem, there’s plenty more where that came from.

twitter madness

Photo by Dr Gonzo Photography

Twitter is one of those things you don’t really see the point of until you join is it. In fact I did join it a while ago, and I’m still not seeing the point really. I’ve thought about quitting, but then I went ahead and didn’t. It’s weird so far.

It’s like this public web based IRC network. I already use IRC so why do I bother with this one? I’m not sure, but I think being a geek has something to do with it. If not everything.

The cool thing about Twitter is that even though it’s the simplest of social networks out there, it gives you a tons of way to connect to it. They’ve opened up their API’s (geeks love it when a girl, euhm, service does that) and it shows by the amount of web sites and client applications that have risen that do something with that data. Try the hypnotising Twittervision. Awesome. Besides that you can tweet using text messages from your cell phone. For cheaps! And GTalk keyword tracking is the bomb if you want to keep track of Lindsay Lohan’s nip-slips, iPhone hacks or whatever triggers your fancy.

Recently I came across something called tweetchannels, which are basically a way to build IRC-like channels using Twitter, and #hashtags, which is actually a more flexible (and better IMO) way of tagging your tweets, and thus also a way to create a topical twitter feed.

Because of the open API people are building stuff that is adding value to the network, without the Twitter lads having to move a muscle. How sweet is that? I’m curious to what kind of stuff they’ll come up with in the future. Right now there’s this whole color wars thing going down, with games and teams and pink pussy madness.

Going WTF? Well, just jump in and see how it goes. Follow me while you’re at it, and don’t forget to say hi.

why can’t all tech movies be like “into the blue”

Jessica Alba swimming in clear blue waterThink about it. Jessica Alba showing of those perfect curves while typing away on her laptop. It would probably be an iBook, or a Sony Vaio, the only laptops that have a design sweet enough to be seen around a gal like Jessica.

But that’s not really what I want in a tech movie no, although I wouldn’t mind. I’m talking Jessica Alba swimming around, scuba diving like she knows what she is doing. Scuba diving training they have had for that one, and it shows. Into The Blue is either written by guys that know how to dive, or assisted by diving instructors. There are a bunch of scenes in the movie that show that. The one where the tank is used as a weapon for one, there’s a buddy breathing scene, or simply using the correct diving signs. There are some mistakes in there as well of course, but the movie wouldn’t be very exciting if they wouldn’t screw up now and then right. Checking your air supply is something they didn’t do a lot I noticed. But then again, your manometer might be the last thing you’d check if you have Ms. Alba swimming in front of you. In a bikini! Look at that butt go!

Anyway, what does this have to do with technology movies? Those mostly suck, that’s what. I’m a scuba diver, and I can enjoy watching Into the Blue for its correctness. I can actually believe what I see happening on screen, and that’s what you want from a movie right? You want to see something great, but still have the feeling it could really be happening. For realistic movies of course. Horror or fantasy movies create their own world, and then still.

Movies where technology plays a central part make me feel like I’m sitting on an ant hill. They jump from one mistake into the other making the whole movie lose its credibility because it turns out being based on unexisting and impossible technological tricks with laptops, cellphones and unexisting operating systems that you can hack in a second or two. I saw a trailer of this new tech movie called Untraceable for instance, and I so do not want to see that one. Check the trailer, and you’ll know what I mean. The whole idea of an untraceable website with streaming video of a murder alone is so technologically wrong it screws up the whole movie even before I’ve seen it. I bet the rest of the movie is filled with more of that inexplicable techno mumbo jumbo as well.

If a website is untraceable, how the hell are simple internet users supposed to find it? So dear Hollywood script writers, consult your IT specialists in the future before you start writing those ridiculous IT-fantasies of yours down into a so-called script. Us geeks will appreciate it, and there’s more of us than you might figure. If you realize that the most realistic hacking scene ever to show in a movie was featured in the Matrix as Trinity exploited an SSH server using nmap, there still is a long way to go.

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60×60 subvert central compilation

Cover of the 60x60 album from Subvert CentralHow about some music to start the weekend? Sounds nice doesn’t it, and it does, trust me.
The guys up at the left field jungle/drum’n’bass forum Subvert Central started a so-called 60×60 music compilation amongst the forum members and have now come up with the final result.

60×60 stands for 60 second tracks from 60 people, resulting in one hour of electronic and quite experimental music.

Complete with good-looking artwork, released under a Creative Commons license and free to download at high 320kbps or FLAC downloads. I mean seriously, if that doesn’t get a music geek excited anymore, what the hell does?

A Real Doll with a built-in wireless internet radio receiver maybe… hmmm… but the mix will do for now.