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* Padmapper - Found too late (I hope!) to be useful in the Seattle apartment hunt, but really nice looking. Courtesy of gdarklighter on Twitter. It not only combines many sources, it has an actually useful search-on-map interface and some really nice filters like price-per-room as well as overall price. The other surprisingly handy one is graying out the spots you've already looked at, and letting you save favorites.

* If This Then That - it's closed right now, but I think I have invites to give away? Like Yahoo pipes, except more straightforward, I guess. Lets you cause various events to trigger other ones. Think most people use it to do things like auto post photos uploaded one place to another. I'm using it to watch a few stocks and to alert me when good apartments show up on Craigslist. Fairly limited in the lists of triggers you can use - someday I'll get something that can handle "water your garden, damn it!", which would tell me when there've been M rain-free days in a row and the alert hasn't gone off for M days. (With maybe some temperature-sensing too). Anyone who creates this - let me know!

* New York Jewish Conversational Style [PDF] - the style referenced really resonates with how I grew up talking. I've definitely had to learn (slowly) that the interruption-based give and take is *not* normal/expected for most people. Probably not helped by the fact that I talk pretty quickly. :)

Date: 2011-05-09 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] derakon.livejournal.com
Interrupt-based conversational style, huh? I just realized one reason why talking with my boss can be frustrating: he's perfectly willing to interrupt me but won't let me interrupt him. Oh well...

Good luck with your apartment hunt!

Date: 2011-05-09 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quartzpebble.livejournal.com
Padmapper is useful but is limited by its reliance on posters uploading address metadata correctly. There have been some good apartments that didn't show up because they only had the address in the text of the ad.

Date: 2011-05-10 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jibb.livejournal.com
Back when Amanda and I were doing our apartment search, there were also places that didn't have an exact address, but would describe the nearest intersection in ways that varied from ad to ad, and would give you the address when you set up a viewing.

Date: 2011-05-11 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neatlynoted.livejournal.com
Ooh, very good Internet curation! Thank you. :-)

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