I'll export the data anyway, just in case anyone wants to do analysis.
The script has been logging HackerNews's front page news articles every 15 minutes since then, which is why it currently takes a little while to load. If anyone is interested, I can export the data and post it, which might make for some interesting analysis (ie, when is the best time to post, etc).
Loading this would be much quicker and it would prevent users from waiting around too long.
Could I suggest using Google visualization and dropping flash all together? Ever wonder why any page that has flash on it comes up with W3C validation errors?
(EDIT: I know this was an exercise to learn AS3 and Flash, but that begs the question - why?)
The titles, along with the awkward order of the points for some of the items, should fix itself in about 30 minutes.
(some of the lines go forward then back in time)