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Barack Obama iPhone Application
As part of a small volunteer team of folks we released the official Barack Obama iPhone app today. To go from first line of code to shipping took just under 3 weeks. We had a team of 10 developers (only 3 coders). The app has (obviously) been pretty well received so far, despite a small bug that causes it to crash for most of Pittsburgh. You can read a bit about my role as Lead Developer on my blog: toxicsoftware Raven Zachary was the primary project leader and wrote up a much better post.
posted by schwa at 10:29 PM on October 2, 2008 - 19 comments

Political Bumpers
Political Bumpers is an unscientific study of the correlation between the cars Americans drive and the way we vote. Designated "spotters" scattered throughout the country record information about cars sporting political bumper stickers. Real-time reports are then available, detailing how types and makes of vehicles correspond to political leaning.
posted by laze at 9:13 AM on October 2, 2008

The Money Meltdown
After much digging, I still couldn't find a site that clearly and concisely pointed me to good information on our financial crisis. So I've attempted to make one.
posted by grrarrgh00 at 7:03 PM on October 1, 2008 - 7 comments

How Wikipedia Works
I wrote a book about Wikipedia. A real book, with 2 co-authors and an amazon page -- a real physical book that you can buy in a bookstore. And plus, the whole thing is available online, for free. (Jimmy Wales: "This book was created by Wikipedians, and as a result, I have never read a better summary of how Wikipedia works.")
posted by Tlogmer at 2:42 PM on October 1, 2008 - 1 comment

Dust Bunnies In The Stereo Field
Solo Album, CC License, Free Download
posted by arcanecrowbar at 9:52 AM on October 1, 2008 - 1 comment

"I can't believe how intuitive and effective this is." Shop for apparel (men's and women's shoes, handbags, eyewear) in a totally novel way. Click on something that catches your eye, then instantly see more items that look similar. There's also some variety thrown in so that you can explore related looks. This open-ended browsing is supposed to be easy and fun! This project, based on computer vision algorithms, won the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition this year. We're just releasing the beta now. I'd love to get some feedback on it... thanks!
posted by ajshankar at 6:31 PM on September 18, 2008 - 33 comments

WikiTranslate - Collaborative Language Translation
Despite years of research into automatic language translation, even world-class software fails to capture the grammatical peculiarities and idioms of human language. While Google Translate and Babelfish can give a rough approximation of a translation, only humans can consistently and accurately translate from one language to another. WikiTranslate allows users to input text to be translated to and from English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish (with more languages to come). The text is first run through the Google translation algorithm that provides a rough translation. This rough translation is then presented to the WikiTranslate user community to tweak, wiki-style, into a complete and correct translation of the original text.
posted by mamessner at 11:11 PM on September 25, 2008 - 2 comments

‘Organizing Our Marvellous Neighbours’
My second book, Organizing Our Marvellous Neighbours: How to Feel Good About Canadian English, is now available.
posted by joeclark at 12:50 PM on September 25, 2008 - 1 comment

Upload a song, experience the fever. Adds a synchronized cowbell and Walken track to any song. Part of The Echo Nest's launch of its developer site where anyone can access our audio analysis, search capabilites or data feeds (tags / reviews / posts for any artist, all automatically.) The Python code of the cowbell renderer is also now available as an example in the open-source Echo Nest Remix API. Examples: Steely Dan, Raymond Scott
posted by brianwhitman at 8:43 PM on September 9, 2008 - 10 comments

DNC 2004 - Blogging the DNC in Boston
In 2004 I was one of a handful of "credentialled bloggers" who got press passes and special seating at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. I took a bunch of low res photos and kludged them together with some narrative text in a php scriptish set of pages and forgot about it. Now, thanks to Flickr I can put them all in order and tag and title them. The original photo essay is here. The blog posts I wrote are here. Special treat for MetaFilter readers here.
posted by jessamyn at 7:44 PM on August 31, 2008 - 6 comments is a directory for... you guessed it, blogs! We made it at Six Apart, with probably half a dozen of the team members working on the project being long-time MeFi members. The goal of the site is to help readers discover new blogs, and to help bloggers attract new readers. The site editors pick blogs to feature in a bunch of different categories, based on submissions from bloggers across the web (That means you should submit your blog!) and those editorial choices are joined by Top 10 lists created by popular bloggers, kind of like Celebrity Playlists on iTunes.
posted by anildash at 5:35 AM on August 24, 2008 - 3 comments

Cruciverbalizer - Crossword Builder/Player/Generator
I've put together a crossword builder and player in Javascript, along with a pretty weak random generation algorithm that only really works on 3x3 grids.
posted by clawtros at 7:05 PM on August 24, 2008 - 1 comment

Short Films by Hillman Curtis
I was Hillman's developer for a little while. Shortly before I left for Hong Kong, we put together a new Expression Engine-based site to showcase his films. Here are a couple of my favorites: Lawrence Weiner waxing philosphical on Helvetica, the shorts Bridge and Embrace, and a teaser for the David Byrne/ Brian Eno collaboration.
posted by milquetoast at 7:36 AM on August 19, 2008

I.O.U.S.A. is the new documentary from Patrick Creadon, the guy who did Wordplay. Reviewers are calling it An Inconvenient Truth for the debt crisis. My organization is doing the marketing/building the website for the film, but even if we weren't, I would've still really enjoyed this movie.
posted by harperpitt at 8:07 AM on August 21, 2008 - 1 comment

Electicker 2008 | your election fix on one page
This has been posted to Projects before, but it has changed so much since that I feel it is almost a different project altogether. Electicker is a single page aggregator (think Popurls or Original Signal) on the 2008 US Presidential election. It monitors content from over 100 sources and displays it all on one page, providing election junkies with their minute-to-minute fix on the road to the White House.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:07 AM on August 21, 2008 - 17 comments

mySQLgame - multiplayer database manipulation game
SELECT from Rows, UPDATE your opponents' Rows to subtract from the money field, and occasionally even INSERT brand-new Rows in mySQLgame! It's the first multiplayer browser-based game to be completely transparent about just what it is you're accomplishing with your time. [probably not yet working in Internet Explorer, sry]
posted by jhc at 12:03 PM on August 21, 2008 - 9 comments

Lab Waste
(video) We've all been told to reduce, reuse, and recycle when it comes to our households. But in a lab setting, unless there is an underlying money issue, this rarely comes into play. Life science labs use a lot of sterile disposables that end up in land fill. I made this video as a creative outlet and to try and raise some awareness of all the disposables in the lab, and give some mild suggestions on how to reduce the pile of trash by a tiny amount.
posted by easternblot at 5:49 PM on August 17, 2008 - 3 comments

A friend from Victoria's tech community created this site: Kountr is the community where you kount. Kount for fun and kount what matters. Kount on us to help you kount in ways we never imagined.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:13 PM on August 17, 2008

Botnet tracking
I run A couple of weeks ago a spam got through the filter telling me the Beijing Olympics had been canceled, and I got interested in where that link took me. I'm a sucker for Javascript obfuscation. But then a little light went on in my head -- if one got through, how many got blocked? Turns out: a lot. I've been down the rabbit hole ever since. It's been fun; maybe you think so, too.
posted by Michael Roberts at 8:13 PM on August 11, 2008 - 13 comments

when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in February of this year, the last thing I expected was that I would build a virtual version of the experience. Since the days of MUDs and MOOs, I've been building interactive tableaux of academic concepts and ideas I've wrestled with; cancer was one more such struggle. But this time I had Second Life, which provided me with the tools to build a much more polished exhibit for other people to experience. Part therapy, part information sharing, and part demonstration of the power of visual, audio, and interactive narrative to convey ideas, feelings and other abstractions, Cancerland is now a public display.
posted by Hildegarde at 11:46 AM on August 10, 2008 - 1 comment

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