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
This is the 140 character long new year's countdown timer that was posted to the climagic account on twitter and 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.
Sample Output
 _ ____  _____ ___   ___   __
/ |___ \|___ // _ \ ( _ ) / /_
| | __) | |_ \ (_) |/ _ \| '_ \
| |/ __/ ___) \__, | (_) | (_) |
|_|_____|____/  /_/ \___/ \___/

By: deltaray
2009-12-30 18:42:38

What Others Think

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!'
eightmillion · 629 weeks and 1 day 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!'
eightmillion · 629 weeks and 1 day ago
eightmillion, good point. thanks.
deltaray · 629 weeks and 1 day ago
What if I want to display minutes and seconds?
SuperFly · 629 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!'
eightmillion · 629 weeks ago
I thought it was -eq for integer comparison and == for alphanumeric?
DaveQB · 628 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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