A superb piece by Marco Arment prompted by the closing of Google Reader. He nails the power of RSS:
RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself. It allows anyone, large or small, to build something new and disrupt anyone else they’d like because nobody has to fly six salespeople out first to work out a partnership with anyone else’s salespeople.
And he’s absolutely on the money when he describes what changed:
RSS, semantic markup, microformats, and open APIs all enable interoperability, but the big players don’t want that — they want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).
I share his anger.
Well, fuck them, and fuck that.
This is a really nice and simple idea: view photos from a specific place taken at a specific time. Voyeuristic fun.
A nifty little mashup from Music Hack Day London 2012.
Steven Johnson describes the beautifully chaotic way that ideas collide and coalesce. Oh, and this bit…
Listening to Cerf talk about the origins of the Internet — and thinking about the book project — made me wonder who had actually come up with the original idea for a decentralized network. So that day, I tweeted out that question, and instantly got several replies. One of those Twitter replies pointed to a Wired interview from a decade ago with Paul Baran, the RAND researcher who was partially responsible for the decentralized design.
That reply on Twitter was from me!
I never expected to see a cross between responsive design and AR, but here ya go:
A silly mashup of HTML5 technologies: We use the canvas to capture the contents of a video element. The canvas then identifies the blue markers and overlays an iframe on top of it. The iframe contains our website (upperdog.se) which has a responsive design.
What if Mario had a portal gun?
A visual representation of each track on the new Girl Talk album.
A great write-up of the latest additions to the Guardian's Open Platform API including a lukewarm assessment of Semantic Web technologies like RDF.
An inspiring presentation by Tom Armitage on the value of open data.
It's well worth paying attention to this site, the accompaniment to the four-part series of videos entitled "Everything is a Remix."
A cute little mashup: find out what you were listening to according to Last.fm when you were posting to Twitter.
An excellent way of visualising weather. Brighton is currently like Hoth.
Since Amazon decided to require signed requests for its API, I'm going to have to use this code to keep Huffduffer and The Session working. Grrrr... cool APIs don't change.
Gravity's rainbow on a Google map.
Here's a nifty little mashup from Simon: create Moo cards with book details from Amazon.
This new Flickr API method makes it really easy to get a list of visited places for a Flickr user.
This mashup serves no purpose other than to make me cackle with glee. Navigate Flickr pics on the walls of Castle Wolfenstein.
Watch the best car chase of all time mashed up with a map of San Francisco to create geo-broadcasting. The added context gives an already perfect sequence added zing.
Tell the UK government what you'd build with public information and they could help fund your idea. Time to put your hacking hat on.
Christian is using the prize money he won at Mashed to put on an event in London in September devoted to "ethical hacking": creating mashups to make social networks more accessible.
Last.fm have gathered together the best apps built on their API and put them all in one handy browsable spot.
Ever wanted to remix a Radiohead song? Me neither. But for those who do, they now can.
There's something very Gibsonesque about this real world mashup of Google Maps and Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
Dopplr can has API.
Kevin Lawver has implemented portable social networks by mashing up OpenID and microformats in Rails. Read the presentation and download the code.
I'm loving this mashup of lolcats, Twitter and Flickr. Occasionally the text and the picture matches up in a serendipitously hilarious way.
This is a brilliant idea by Aaron: printing QOOP books of Flickr pics where each picture is accompanied by a map. It's all about the context, baby!
Mashing up pictures of cats with news headlines. The result makes almost no sense but having my lolcat receptors triggered by real headlines feels weird.
Track Cindy and Jason on their trip across the country... mashup style.
A mesmerising mashup of Twitter and Google Maps. I could watch this all day.
Paul's voice has been sampled from his this'n'that magic trick and used for this stop-motion animation. Brilliant! I <3 mashup culture.
Gareth has mashed up Google Maps with meatspace geek gatherings in the UK.
Here's a mashup for ya: Google Maps meets young love.
A nifty mashup in which Twitter bots update twice a day with weather updates. I am now friends with Brighton Weather. I feel so in touch with nature.
Chris J. Davis has turned my life stream thingy into a plug-in for Wordpress. Nice!
A mashup of Pandora and Last.fm. While you listen to Pandora, the track information is uploaded to your Last.fm account.
Yahoo is opening up Hack Day to the masses. If you're anywhere near Sunnyvale on September 29th, this should be fun.
Another trains/maps mashup... real time positioning of the Dart in Dublin.
I think it could be fun to mash up events (via location) with weather. This API would let me do that. How useful would it be to know what the weather would be like before coming to dConstruct, for instance?
A great article by John Allsopp that serves as an excellent introduction to microformats.
Matt Bidulph is mashing up thinglinks and Flickr tags to create a Flickr/thinglink intimacy.
Cameron has written a great article on using APIs with Ajax. I love the idea of using .htaccess to fake a proxy and get around the same-site restriction.
This is an astoundingly brilliant mashup: Overheard in New York meets Google Maps. It's fan-bloody-tastic and remarkably fast for all the data it contains.
Version 2 of Google's Maps API is out. Changes, changes, read all about it.
This is a mashup of del.icio.us and easyutil.com.
Horror through the ages in art, with a little help from Photoshop on Worth 1000.
A fantastic mashup using the Flickr API to play sudoku. Warning: highly addictive.
CNET's News.com explains why web services are so cool.
A very cool mashup of two APIs: events from EVDB and maps from Google Maps.