Really there's not enough time to update this site! image:Jeremiah Willams
Thanks to Caty Mcarthy for the nice write-up here!
As mentioned, a live twitter stream is overlaid onto the screen. The idea came from the AOL days, when MTV used to place live chatrooms onscreen!
The program itself polls twitter via PHP authentication, pulls the string and parses it with jq--a streamlined json processor. The string is then further tweaked with SED + unix and banged out to VLC. Though not super well detailed, VLC's marquee function is able to poll a text file--If it changes, it updates!