Well, it has been a week or so since I’ve posted anything to this blog. My excuse is that I’ve been moving and haven’t had time to post anything.
But, over the past day or two, I’ve had a couple of these ideas burning my brain a bit, keeping me up a bit as well.
I’ll throw out the caveat that I haven’t done *any* research on these ideas to see if they already have implementations… But, I’ll throw them out as my own ideas anyways.
Calendar-Oriented Natural Language Parsing
It occurred to me that it would be a cool project to create an open-source library that would do the same (or similar) natural language parsing that Google Calendar does.
If you’re not familiar with it, Google Calendar’s parsing is pretty cool. You can type in "tomorrow 10am call mom" and you’ll get an entry in your calendar for the current day plus 1 at 10AM that says "call mom". I believe it even does things like "next Wed" and "tonight" and "4 to 6 pm".
Creating a free library to do this kind of parsing would be cool, if it doesn’t already exist.
Twitter 4 Roller
As you can see, I am using Roller hosted on my own site for this blog. I think it would be fun to develop a plugin for Roller that would enable the system to automatically post a title and a URL to a specified Twitter account when a post is published. I also think a similar thing for other blogging platforms would be cool as well.
I object to monopolies in computing on general principle. I didn’t like MicroSoft’s stranglehold in the past, and I’m uncomfortable with the Adobe/Flash monopoly on ‘rich media’ going forward. (Sorry, I was unable to find the blog post that got me thinking about this a couple of months ago…)