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.
- 7 close "Goldilocks" planets found a mere 39 light years away: https://t.co/Ox0KR6OHFI Let's build a generation ship!
- Nice article about using shadows and blur effects in UI design: https://t.co/lMasLYeIBL Create visual hierarchy; blurs direct attention.
- Fascinating interview with ever-thoughtful Brian Eno: https://t.co/GGprHxinEX Discusses ambient and generative music (and some politics).
- Nice work -- you can learn a lot from having fun! https://t.co/uh3Q5nz0Mv
- Great read on the value of design copywork: https://t.co/M99zyjUqa3 #design Learn by meticulously recreating masterly work!
- Light Opera of Portland (LOoP) is performing Pirates of Penzance starting Feb 17: https://t.co/g9HfZCaQ3R #musical… https://t.co/qy8Y5Gs86f
- Great article on responsive typography: https://t.co/UUlene0asn Type Nugget (beta) is a new online typesetting tool. #CSS3 #typography
- Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375K images freely available: https://t.co/osEqSkMCZj Photographs, images of paintings and sculptures.
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!