Get sunrise time for any city, by name

sunrise() { city=${1-Seattle}; w3m "google.com/search?q=sunrise:$city" | sed -r '1,/^\s*1\./d; /^\s*2\./,$d; /^$/d' ;}
Uses Google's "OneBox" to look up the sunrise in any city by name. If no city is specified, it defaults to Seattle. For the sunset time, you change the search query to "sunset", like so, . sunset() { city=${1-Seattle}; w3m "google.com/search?q=sunset:$city" | sed -r '1,/^\s*1\./d; /^\s*2\./,$d; /^$/d' ;} . "OneBox" is Google's term for that box that appears before the organic search results that has useful information that Google thinks you might be looking for (mathematical calculations, weather, currency conversions, and such). I'm not actually using OneBox correctly, but that's because I'm not sure that there is a "correctly". I looked for a command line API, but couldn't find one, so I settled on parsing stdout from the fantastic w3m web browser. I use the sed script to show only the first hit by deleting everything from the beginning of the file until it sees " 1." and then deleting everything from " 2." to the end of the file. Ugly and fragile, yes, but it works fine. . BUG1: w3m represents the picture of the sun rising, "weather_sunset-40.gif" as "[weat]" which is slightly confusing and probably should be removed. . BUG2: The output is more easily readable by a human, which means it's less useful for scripting.
Sample Output
$ sunrise
    [weat] 7:56am Wednesday (PDT) - Sunrise in Seattle, WA
           18 hours 16 minutes from now
$ sunrise berlin
    [weat] 7:05am Wednesday (CET) - Sunrise in Berlin, Germany
           9 hours 25 minutes from now
$ sunrise moscow
    [weat] 7:39am Wednesday (MSK) - Sunrise in Moscow, Russia
           7 hours 55 minutes from now
$ sunrise tokyo
    [weat] 6:04am Wednesday (JST) - Sunrise in Tokyo, Japan
           20 minutes from now

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By: hackerb9
2010-11-02 21:24:23

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This is neat, especially because you can modify this for other things Google OneBox features.
matthewbauer · 419 weeks and 2 days ago

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