Skittles started a meme some time ago called Heads or Tails this week our writing prompt is Anything Round.
I am going round the bend trying to learn Yahoo Pipes which is a service designed to gather data from the web and manipulate it mostly through RSS feeds. You can merge data together, split data up, get more or less details and you get to pick and choose what is displayed in the end result, a finalized feed.
It is like programming without knowing the code. There are plenty of pre-made pipes that you are free to clone and make small changes to your specifications but the real satisfaction with pipes comes with the ability to customize them the way you want them to be.
I created my first pipe. It is pretty basic but I have ReadWriteWeb and Lifehacker two of my favourite techy blogs united in it and sending me just their posts on Firefox, Firefox Add-ons, Google Chrome and Web 2, which is basically all I am interested in on their blogs.
This is what the creation of my Pipe looks like, and why I have been going round the bend trying to learn how to do it. I think this is good for the old brain though. Some people learn languages or music to keep their brain active I like to learn new computer tricks.
If you want to check it out go to Vic's Computer Info Pipe
Another pipe I found, which I did not create but cloned for my own use, is for getting all news amalgamated from several sources. If one types in the location one is interested in it shows the latest news for there and surrounding area.
So I typed in the name of my tiny village and the pipe found the news about our local election last month. That is big time news folks in a village of 350 people I am surprised it was found at all. Try it out you might find it fun.