[pcplantdb] Mashups and more
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lfl at intrex.net
Wed Jan 25 02:51:08 EST 2006
Bear Kaufmann wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been working on a mashup recently. I'll jump on the Web 2.0 jargon.
> Though I'll have to say Web 2.0 is a little over hyped now.
> Anyway, it pulls from Google Images, 'Duke's Phytochemical and
> Ethnobotanical Database', International Plant Names (Inst?) IPNI, GRIN,
> links to Wikispecies (family, genus, species), and will pull from USDA
> plants on the fly.
> It's still not perfect, so I'm not going to up load it yet. I'd also
> need to figure out what's fair use and/or proper citation for each
> source. I was inspired by the mashup on ispecies.org.
> I've also been working Actionscript. There's an Actionscript compiler
> (Unix bin) which works real well with XCode called MTASC, which
> generates SWF (Flash) files. Honestly, I tried to get TouchGraph up and
> compilable in Eclipse and also XCode, and Java was not treating me well.
> It's not my native tongue, but I'm picking up Actionscript quickly. I'm
> working on adapting an open source physics engine to implement something
> akin to TouchGraph for the RichClient. I'll show you something when it's
> presentable. Plus the current compiled file is 8K, not that it'll remain
> 8K, but Flash is optimized for bandwidth and graphics.
> Lastly, I wouldn't mind seeing some of the grant money to pay for my
> time. Putting it towards a laptop would give me a bit more time to code
> while I'm commuting this semester.
I can't imagine a better use for those $$'s. Your work is really amazing
and really valuable.
Google also has collections of homebrew videos, some commercial. If PC
people would create categories and start submitting their work Google would be yet another great place to get the word
out and network. Seems to be a nice community of people there if you can get around the flatusigniters and other
nonessential stuff. It's a perfect place to promote PC to lots of people all over the world in a language they can
use. The numa numa renditions were nice and give you an opportunity to see lots of different people
around the globe let their hair down. If you're curious go to the PC Frappr and read one of my offtopic posts.
Silly but fun and I happen to like that kind of plain upbeat rock. http://www.frappr.com/permaculture
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