Thanks to my wife I have a subscription to Linux Journal which I look forward to every month. In the magazine there is a section call 'Work the Shell' by Dave Taylor. This section deals with all sorts of shell scripting goodness.
I started to follow along month to month as he showed how to interact with twitter via shell script culminating in a fully working twitter bot that can parse it's stream and send replies to queries that were sent to it. This really piqued my interest as I see potential in what a twitter bot can do in regard to my job. So I am setting out to adapt his shell script to fit my needs.
I have finally got the script running after a few edits to match my directory structure and also had to re-learn how to set up a cron job. Now begins the task of customizing the script to add the functionality that I need.
This has been a fun way to dive back into shell scripts after not really doing anything with the shell since that as I am trying to learn Linux to be able to be more than just a user.