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I created my first Greasemonkey script yesterday, to ease my wife’s Redfin addiction. The idea was simple: map restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc near each house.

Starting from not knowing anything more than what Greasemonkey was (including not knowing Javascript), it took me 45 minutes to produce a working script.

It was fun, and it’s a great reminder that, unlike TV, a website is the product of a shared computation between the server and the client. Redfin can send me whatever it wants, but ultimately, I decide how to display it. Not a new idea, but it’s nice to finally be a part of it.