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This article was published on July 27, 2015


Get daily war news delivered in a ‘Star Wars’ credits crawl

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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

A short time ago, in the same galaxy we’re in today, a developer called Julien Deswaef created a YouTube bot that renders one New York Times story a day about ‘war’ as a ‘Star Wars’ credit crawl.

‘World Wars – News from the Empire’ uses two Python scripts. One fetches the New York Times’ RSS feeds, filters them to feature only those using war-related keywords, then creates a crawl based on that text. The other uploads that animation to YouTube, adding a title and description.

Make sure you read Deswaef’s post – linked above and below – about how he built the project. His attention to detail is admirable.

The making of “Word Wars- News from the Empire” [Xuv’s blog]

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