Recently, I've found myself loading up the Ubuntu Cloud
Images site way too frequently just to copy and paste an
up to date AMI id.
I hacked together a script to grab the json source, filter it on some
provided attributes and output a table in your terminal. My buddy JD
helped out with some refactoring and it's a much more pleasant way to find that
AMI id you need.
Next up, I'll post my script that I use to run instances that waits for ssh
access and drops you into a shell.