Keeping busy as usual...

Once again it’s been a little while since I posted…and it’s been WAY too long since I’ve posted regularly…so time to change things up and try once again to get back on track.

So first I’ll start with a little introduction to my latest pet project gawk.it.

Gawk.it is basically the first ever Twitter fantasy sports game…the core of the idea was inspired by a post from Brian Litvack (and as luck would have it he’s joined me and a few others in trying to make it a reality and seeing what we can do with the idea).

Right now the first version of the game is just about predicting baseball winners and losers as well as who will get a hit or hit a home run on a given day…but there are a lot of different directions we can (and may) take the game as we work out the bugs, improve the game play, and of course move to support more and more sports…

Anyway - the first version of the game is up and running…so if you get a chance please head out to gawk.it read up on “How to play” and give it try…then drop me a line and let me know what you think (and how we could make it even more fun for everyone).

Eventually I’ll take some time to break down some more of the thinking and details about the game…but for now I want to see how well people ‘get’ it without me doing too much explaining…

In a somewhat related project, I just took a few minutes tonight to set up a basic MediaWiki at tweetwiki.com…I haven’t actually modified or customized anything about the experience just yet…but my plan going in is to start a public wiki for Twitter hash tags (a listing of what ones people are using and basic details about what the hash tag stands for).

(If you are wondering how that’s somewhat related to gawk.it, it’s because gawk.it uses hash tags to determine what type of prediction you are logging)

Outside of all this fun stuff, I’m still trying to plug away on the SimpleDB book for Apress…I’m officially three chapters behind deadline on it though, and I’ve really got to get my butt in gear to get this thing out the door and into bookstores by the end of the year…so with that in mind, I better finish up this post and get back to writing!

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This is the personal blog of Kevin Marshall (a.k.a Falicon) where he often digs into side projects he's working on for digdownlabs.com and other random thoughts he's got on his mind.

Kevin has a day job as CTO of Veritonic and is spending nights & weekends hacking on Share Game Tape. You can also check out some of his open source code on GitHub or connect with him on Twitter @falicon or via email at kevin at falicon.com.

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