My latest circular mash-up, The Wheel of Lunch, was suggested by a paper-version created by my friend & former coworker, Geoff Ombao. The ostensible purpose of the Wheel is to prevent wearisome discussions about where to eat lunch with your coworkers or family, but it’s also a good way to discover new places to eat.
I’ve used Yahoo! Local to power the wheel. Enter your zip code and a query string, such as lunch, steak or vegetarian and the Wheel will discover many of the local establishments that fit the bill. Grab the wheel with your mouse and give it a strong yank. Then follow it’s advice or spin it again. If you want more information about the restaurant, click the description on the upper left to visit the corresponding page at Yahoo! Local.
You can skip the input dialog by encoding the parameters directly in the URL, like this:
Legal Disclaimer: Ignore the advice of the wheel at your own peril. Do not taunt the wheel. The wheel knows where you live.
UPDATE: Having learned about a similarly themed piece of shareware, I’ve renamed the wheel. Formerly the “Wheel of Food”, it’s now the Wheel of LUNCH.