Today I decided to update some, more specifically WordColor and LandGeist. It is interesting to see how much APIs have improved and how these projects can now be done a lot better.
WordColor used to be a windows executable that would screen scrape image search to get images that matched a search, average the pixel colors returned and declare the average color (with some normalization of saturation) the color of your word. That was kinda bad. If image search changed its html, the program would stop working. And anybody who had installed the program would then have to find back where it came from. But doing this online was near impossible.
Landgeist was in a similar fashion a client side program that would given a word, do searches for that word and all the names of all the countries and then calculate the google share of that country for that word.