May 7th, 2003


stupid programming tricks

So ... I started programming computers like 19 years ago? Yeesh? 20 YEARS BEFORE THE SCREEN!

Yesterday in a chat with friends we started playing the 'do image searches and paste the urls in of stupid pictures tenuously related to some topic relevent to the conversation' game. I.e. if someones name is e.g. John, do image search for 'john' and see what turns up. Yesterday the topic was loosely '78' and '37' which are our habitual chat channel numbers.

After a while, a little burned out on 'real' work, I copied the scrollback from telnet to a file, and ran a few shell commands to extract URLS. Then I wrote a short program in C to generate HTML files for a slide show. This is nominally worksafe -- i.e. no nudity, but there are depictions of things you'd rather your boss not see you looking at.