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climagic's New Year's Countdown clock

Terminal - climagic's New Year's Countdown clock
while V=$((`date +%s -d"2010-01-01"`-`date +%s`));do if [ $V == 0 ];then figlet 'Happy New Year!';break;else figlet $V;sleep 1;clear;fi;done
2009-12-30 18:42:38
User: deltaray
climagic's New Year's Countdown clock

This is the 140 character long new year's countdown timer that was posted to the climagic account on twitter and identi.ca. There are saner ways of doing this of course, but probably none of those would fit. Uses the figlet command, but of course you can replace figlet with just echo if you want.


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In my humble opinion, this syntax is a bit clearer and shorter:

until [ $V -eq 0 ];do V=$((`date +%s -d"2010-01-01"`-`date +%s`));figlet $V;sleep 1;clear;done;figlet 'Happy New Year!'
Comment by eightmillion 434 weeks ago

Actually, that "-eq" should be "==" and the clear can be move up to the first thing after the "do":

until [ $V == 0 ];do clear;V=$((`date +%s -d"2010-01-01"`-`date +%s`));figlet $V;sleep 1;done;figlet 'Happy New Year!'
Comment by eightmillion 434 weeks ago

eightmillion, good point. thanks.

Comment by deltaray 434 weeks ago

What if I want to display minutes and seconds?

Comment by SuperFly 434 weeks ago

vargasmas: you could do something like this:

until [ $V == 0 ];do clear;V=$((`date +%s -d"2010-01-01"`-`date +%s`));figlet $(python -c 'import time;print time.strftime("%H:%M:%S",time.gmtime('$V'))');sleep 1;done;figlet 'Happy New Year!'
Comment by eightmillion 433 weeks and 6 days ago

I thought it was -eq for integer comparison and == for alphanumeric?

Comment by DaveQB 433 weeks and 3 days ago

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