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Saturday, September 26, 2009

SML Thank You / 2009-09-25 / SML

Today is my birthday so naturally I am getting greetings all over the globe. This is my thank you card to all of you!

SML Thank You / 2009-09-25 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

I am a believer in thanking people. As an ADHD-afflicted geek, I have often forgotten the kindness and generosity from others, and I make a point of recording them so I can search through them.

I started a blog called SML Thank You (http://thankyou.seeminglee.com) a while back but it was getting a bit challenging to maintain. It also become a bit insane to keep too many blogs so I have since imported them onto SML Pro Blog and labeled those items as SML Thank You.

I do think that thanking people is still an important activity, so I started tweeting with the prefix [SML Thank You] (http://twitter.com/#search?q=%22SML%20Thank%20You%22) but then to save space I started using #smlthankyou as a suffix (http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23smlthankyou).

But what about all those people I've thanked which did not appear on Twitter. I need to find those thanks, and perhaps in comments area on other places. So I built a Yahoo Pipe to do it:

SML Thank You / 2009-09-25 / SML Pipes (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

There is a full description of all the different modules and what it is on SML Wiki: Yahoo Pipes: SML Thank You. In a gist, it does a search on the web and grab data from where I might have thanked folks and put them all in a single RSS feed: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=a8dc3b5c3847f409e0c1f1d6bee13989&_render=rss.

A sample output looks like this:

SML Thank You / 2009-09-25 / SML Pipes (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

and if you go to the Yahoo Pipe page at http://pipes.yahoo.com/seeminglee/smlthankyou you can also use the image view and the map view (for items with geo-data).

A sample output of the pipe and how it renders can be seen on SML Wiki: SML Thank You (http://wiki.seeminglee.com/sml-thank-you)

Related SML
+ SML Flickr Sets: SML Graphic Design
+ SML Flickr Sets: SML Pipes
+ SML Pipes
+ SML Pro Blog: SML Graphic Design
+ SML Pro Blog: SML Thank You
+ SML Pro Blog: Yahoo Pipes

Update 01: 2009-09-25
Since posted the design on Flickr, I noted that the 500x500 version does not really work as a comment to thank you, so I created a mini version for 'thumbnail' comment use. Thanks for visiting the blog! Here's my thankyou card just for you!

SML Thank You / 2009-09-25 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

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