The Fortune Cookie is a current side project of mine. First, I ported the old Unix file-based fortune cookie program to PHP (as seen here). Next, I turned it into a WordPress plugin that stores quotations in a custom MySQL table. The plugin includes an Import function and a starting library of a thousand quotes and aphorisms. I'm using the WordPress REST API to collect information from the backend.
Recently on Twitter as @dffmonolith
Most of my writing these days is in 140-character chunks, and here are my most recent tweets.
- Amazing high-speed footage of Mohave rattlesnake's strike: https://t.co/0VExw80hIk But the kangaroo rat is even faster!
- Interesting: porting Emacs to Rust: https://t.co/aSCq3YrLK9 It's just a Lisp interpreter written in C, so they're turning the C into Rust.
- Beautiful snowfall in Portland! #pdxsnow Willow trees are amazing in the snow..... https://t.co/5m4cCPd1yt
- 2 colliding stars will create a red nova in 2022 (plus/minus 1): https://t.co/KVj76F0obk Should be visible to naked eye, too.
- Comprehensive article on #CSS3 writing-mode https://t.co/zzrl5GKZfP Controlling Inline, Block, and Character Direction. Great examples.
- Amazing shot of the earth and moon as seen from Mars.... https://t.co/UX2eBYMgA2
- Fun on the Portland Tram: Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Tilikum Crossing, and (some of) the many bridges of Portland. #pdx https://t.co/V49rBwrVHA
- Great read on Articulate.js ('styling' for narratives) and the Web Speech API: https://t.co/IdIRK2uf4Q CodePen examples, too.
- Interesting read on Silicon Valley adding LSD microdosing to the nootropics: https://t.co/tKN4swNX0q #mindhacks
Help Us Look for Aliens!
Whether you believe in Benevolent Overlords or BEMs, it behooves us to find the aliens before they find us. You know they’re out there, and it would be a lot less disruptive to find their radio signals than it would be to welcome them in person. The SETI project has been searching for years, using hundreds of thousands of computers to process data from Arecibo using the BOINC distributed computing screensaver.
If you have some spare cycles, join my team: AstroScum — Team 747680. Our combined score is pretty good for only 3 people, but it’s tough to compete against those with access to server farms. Join my team and share the credit when we discover the first verifiable alien signals!