One of my favorite tinkerers, Tom Taylor, has done it again. He's constructed a twitter feed that sends out a message each time a Near Earth Object comes within 0.2 AU of Earth. To do this he passed a database published by NASA through a few Yahoo pipes. This is the difference between the digital natives like Tom and people like you and me. When I think of something, I draw it or write about it and try to get people excited about it. When people like Tom think of something, they build it themselves.
Sure, this one is a bit silly and pointless. And his next one might be too. But one day he'll build something that catches fire and make a real difference for people. Or if he likes, for a brand. This is why dev guys will take over the world.