Soft cities: parsing the city with Flickr and Yahoo Pipes

I spent the weekend hacking around with Yahoo Pipes and Flickr, and in particular the new badge/widget feature in Yahoo Pipes. Londoniser is the result: 12 different keyword streams of Flickr images of London. And while it doesn't really scratch the surface of what Yahoo Pipes can do, I think it's fairly interesting. You can also use the badges feature of Yahoo Pipes to add maps and lists to a site, and you can of course export data in JSON, KML, etc, but that's another story. For the moment softcities is hosted on this domain, though I intend to add more cities and maybe even move it ...

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Juice sidebar

The Juice Firefox extension allows you to highlight unlinked text, which when dragged a little serves a Google search (or Twitter, etc) into a sidebar. Written down this sounds a little convoluted, however, when you're browsing it's extremely useful. (It reminds me a little of Ubiquity, but the ease of the mouse-based interaction is easier than remembering keyboard shortcuts.) Juice also does lots of other things which are explained in the ubiquitous screencast.

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10 great Google hacks

Here's a smorgasbord of my favourite Google hacks to celebrate my return from holibags. From how to make a Google maps mash-up, to finding the 'hidden' flight simulator in Google Earth, some of these aren't really hacks, just plugs for some of the more obscure stuff in the burgeoning Google product set. Either way, you should find something of use in here, and you can always add your own favourites in the comments: 1. How to make a Google Maps mashup Ever wondered how to make a Google Maps mash up? How to take data from, say, Wikipedia and display it on Google maps? Ever paid anyone a mass...

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