I have finally gotten to the point in my life where I have time for a side project. I’m working with a coworker on a website that aims to rank the politicians of the United States from the sentiment of what people are writing about them on the internet. We are already in the process of adding celebrities and products are on the roadmap. Right now we are only ranking based on tweets, but have started gathering other information as well (tumblr, disqus comments, and news articles). The site, whatpplwant, is our stomping grounds for natural language processing experiments. I’ll be updating the blog there for content related to the project itself. Keep checking back there for major updates.