Forecast: a breath of fresh air in weather services
Have you noticed that most weather forecast websites look like they were designed in 1998? If so, you should take a look at Forecast, a new weather service with the best user interface I have ever seen!
Update: If you view it on an iPhone, it loads as a *jaw-dropping* HTML5 web-app.
BBC Radio Drama of the Week: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere
I just found out that, about two weeks ago, BBC Radio 4 has begun broadcasting an audio version of Neal Gaiman’s Neverwhere, starring the voices of actors such as James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Benedict Cumberbatch AND Christopher Lee!
Thankfully, for those of us not in the UK, BBC has made the episodes available both on their web site AND as a podcast. The only downside is that the podcast feed only contains the latest episode, so if you – like me – just found out about this, you have to listen to the fist 5 episodes on the web.
Have you tried listening to audiobooks before? It’s a good way to pass the time during a daily commute to work. Give it a try.
Until recently, I used to visit four different sites, a couple of times each day, to check if a subtitle for one of my favourite shows had been published. And then it hit me: why don’t I try to remove some friction from this process?
So what I came up with was to use Yahoo! Pipes and create one that takes as an input the RSS feeds of four different subtitle sites, filters them to keep the greek versions of my favourite tv shows, and then merges them to a single RSS feed.
You can check it out yourself and modify it to your needs by visiting this URL: Yahoo! Pipes: Subtitle Feeds (ELL)
The logic behind it is not very complicated and you can probably figure it out yourself. Here’s a run-down though:
- Get and combine the source RSS feeds:
- Get the RSS feeds from xsubs.tv and subz.tv.
- Get the RSS feed from addic7ed.com and keep only the items containing “Greek“.
- Get the RSS feed from subs4series.com and exclude the items containing “subz.tv“, “xsubs.tv“, “addic7ed” and “English“.
- Filter the results to only keep the items containing the titles of my favourite shows (each filter can contain up to 10 conditions, so I had to use several different filters).
- Combine the results to a single RSS Feed.
Now, if I could figure out an easy way to automatically download the subtitles contained in this feed, things would be even better. Any ideas?
Star Trek Into Darkness – New Trailer If you thought last December’s trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness was good, wait until you see the new one that was released yesterday just a few hours ago!