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Working random fact generator

Terminal - Working random fact generator
wget randomfunfacts.com -O - 2>/dev/null | grep \<strong\> | sed "s;^.*<i>\(.*\)</i>.*$;\1;" | while read FUNFACT; do notify-send -t $((1000+300*`echo -n $FUNFACT | wc -w`)) -i gtk-dialog-info "RandomFunFact" "$FUNFACT"; done
2010-04-02 09:43:32
User: mtron
Functions: grep read sed wc wget
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Working random fact generator

extension to tali713's random fact generator. It takes the output & sends it to notify-osd. Display time is proportional to the lengh of the fact.

Alternatives

There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
wget randomfunfacts.com -O - 2>/dev/null | grep \<strong\> | sed "s;^.*<i>\(.*\)</i>.*$;\1;"
2010-03-30 23:49:30
User: tali713
Functions: grep sed wget
13

Though without infinite time and knowledge of how the site will be designed in the future this may stop working, it still will serve as a simple straight forward starting point.

This uses the observation that the only item marked as strong on the page is the single logical line that includes the italicized fact.

If future revisions of the page show failure, or intermittent failure, one may simply alter the above to read.

wget randomfunfacts.com -O - 2>/dev/null | tee lastfact | grep \<strong\> | sed "s;^.*<i>\(.*\)</i>.*$;\1;"

The file lastfact, can then be examined whenever the command fails.

lynx -dump randomfunfacts.com | grep -A 3 U | sed 1D
2009-05-05 07:52:10
User: xizdaqrian
Functions: grep sed
0

This is a working version, though probably clumsy, of the script submitted by felix001. This works on ubuntu and CygWin. This would be great as a bash function, defined in .bashrc. Additionally it would work as a script put in the path.

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What others think

Very handy neat command.It works so well I saved it on a file now it runs as a cron job after every 5 Minutes.

Comment by nssy 261 weeks and 5 days ago

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