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Flickr + Memory = Memry

Memry Screenshot

OMFG! Only yesterday I said there's no really nice Flash website out there. I might have to reconsider.

I just found Memry, a memory game written in Flash, which uses flickr images tagged with a given keyword. Very nice idea. Ahh, I like open APIs and the creative things people do with them...

(via Manuela Hoffmann)

Blog Flux Mapstats - Website Stats Combined With Google Maps

MapStats screenshot

I was spammed informed about a nice new service from Blog Flux which is called MapStats.

You can use this to find out where the visitors of your site come from (similar to GEOLOC and HitsMaps/ClustrMaps). The cool thing about it is that it uses Google Maps to display the visitors' position, which means you can zoom in and out as you see fit, and you get real satellite maps of the area. Now, is this cool or what?

See my stats for an example.

Planet Drupal

A lot of people have already blogged about the new Planet Drupal. It's about time to get my act together and blog about it, too.

I have been submitting a few patches for Drupal's aggregator module recently and working closely together with Dries (Drupal's Benevolent Dictator for Life) to create the planet. He mercilessly reviewed (and applied!) my patches, commented on my ideas and suggested lots of improvements. Without him the planet wouldn't be here today.

As I already stated in the original announcement, we run the planet using Drupal, of course (dogfood etc.), and not the (otherwise quite nice) PlanetPlanet, which most other planets use.

The now improved aggregator module is capable to create a Planet site like Planet Drupal in a few minutes and mostly out-of-the-box, requiring no changes to the code. There are a few minor issues which we need to sort out, but the Planet is there now, and you can subscribe to it in any RSS feed reader.

Google Blog Search

Looks like Google has finally launched Google Blog Search. Unlike Technorati, it's quite fast and could be serious competition (at least in some fields). There's a FAQ, which answers a few questions regarding the search.

A very nice feature, IMHO, is the possibility to subscribe to an RSS feed of any blog search you perform.

(via Search Engine Watch, and Inside Google)

Google Earth

OK, I heard lots and lots of stuff about Google Earth so far. Yesterday, I actually installed it on some not-so-free-OS box and gave it a try. Two things are floating on my mind now:

  1. w00t!
  2. This is the scariest shit one can imagine!

I "browsed" different parts of the world and got more and more fascinated... and scared. For instance you can see the Statue of Liberty, and if you zoom in enough, you see people walking around on liberty island! Nice on the one hand, major security and privacy problem on the other hand.

There are loads of interesting ways to use Google Earth, e.g. over at Google Earth Hacks. I'm afraid most of my spare time during the next few days has just crumbled to dust... Now, if they would only port it to Linux, that'd be really nice...

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