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Make: Fake Folks and Fortunes
The weather is getting nasty around here, so the opportunity for outside projects decreases in inverse proportion to the increasing rain. This means it’s time to start on some other projects for a while. As it turns out, I’d been noodling on the idea of fake people. Specifically, based on […]
Once upon a time, in the Before Times (call it the 1990s), software engineers would add to an otherwise boring login by displaying additional things like time, date or weather. Another was to display a random fortune. Some are movie quotes, some are literary quotes and some are just fortunes. Some are profane and some are a little profound. This bit of code accesses an online API to generate a fortune and display it.
Credit to HelloACM, which provides and hosts the API for this and many other cool things.
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Random Colors of the Day
Find some inspiration to brighten your colorspace! The three options below are based on trying to assign names to colors as they are represented on a computer screen, typically via a hex value like this: "#546789". Each pair represents the strength of the Red, Green and Blue value. Back in the day, the X11 Consortium declared that colors would be stored in a file called "rgb.txt" and many had names associated with them. Additionally, I found a list of colors and names based on Resene colors. The third one is what happens if you pick a random value and call it a random name. Very useful and highly scientific.
From the classic X11 file rgb.txt
From the set of Resene colors.
A unique color and name, created just for you!
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