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The Twittervision and Flickrvision screen saver

Twittervision and Flickrvision are sister projects that mashup their respective communities in real time with Google Maps, providing a (somewhat summarized) play-by-play world map of what's happening on Twitter and Flickr. While watching either of these services can easily become a hobby, of sorts, or even a great reason for your boss to hire you - why not blame all that wasted time on idle computing cycles instead? Dave Troy - creator of Twittervision - tweeted Chris Bailey's release of a Mac OS X screen saver that can display either of these services. Simply download, install and go into the Desktop & Screen Saver System Preferences pane to chose which service (or even 'Random') to display for your screen saver. Now you can allow either of these services to completely dominate your desktop, instead of living comfortably side by side with anything else you're doing that might actually be productive.

The screen saver is fun and all (though I personally don't use any screen saver), but I was surprised to see that the scrolling animations were pretty choppy on my MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo with 2 GB of RAM. I don't know if this is a performance issue with Chris's screen saver or the web services themselves, but I still found it to be an enjoyable unfortunate distraction from finishing this post.

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