Tony Sartain, MBA, NE

niche programming and web development

Good morning. Today is Sunday, the 19th day of May. It's the 139th day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 226 days remaining in 2019. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 14th day of Iyyar in the year 5779. On this day in 1857, Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G. Farmer patented the electric fire alarm.

This website is a demonstration of smart content rendering. The content updates continuously without the help of Internet monkeys. All the information was current at the time you arrived here. If you're looking for information on the technology, it's at the bottom of this page.

Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron is celebrating her birthday today. She was born on this day in New York City in 1941. She started out as a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Post and Esquire. But in 1978, she turned to screenwriting, and since she's worked on numerous movies, including Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Ms. Ephron sometimes writes with her sister Delia Ephron. Her most recent film is Julie & Julia.

Today's Birthday Boys and Girls

Today is the birthday of Johann Jacob Froberger (1616), Johns Hopkins (1795), Ho Chi Minh (1890), Albert Hay Malotte (1895), Pol Pot (1915), Malcolm X (1925), Jim Lehrer (1934), James Fox (1939), Nora Ephron (1941), Jimmy Hoffa, Jr (1941), Pete Townshend (1945), Andre the Giant (1946), Joey Ramone (1951), Grace Jones (1952), Nicole Brown Simpson (1959), Kyle Eastwood (1968), Kevin Garnett (1976), and Rachel Appleton (1992).

On Wall Street

About the stock numbers: There's no current stock market reporting at the moment because of a snag in the link that retrieves the data and gets it to the screen. The stock market stuff is on the work bench until it's working again.

The New York Stock Exchange is currently closed. At closing on Friday, the NASDAQ was up by to . The S&P500 index closed at , up by .

Note: During trading hours all data is in real time. The data is preserved at the end of the trading day. It remains until the next opening bell. The process of retrieving stock info involves many links between the sources and what you're reading on the screen. At the moment, there's a technical issue up the line with the DJ average. Occasionally, the data appears as random characters. If there's numerical data on the screen, it's accurate. The other indicies are working and accurate.

Earth and All Spheres

The current weather conditions and forecast usually appear in this section. However, there have been technical issues the last few days with the NOAA system, so the data is not always available. Reloading the page will sometimes bring up the info. We are under a full moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 15 days, 2 hours, and 20 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Sunday, June 2nd at 3:51 PM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Monday, June 17th at 10:13 AM. For now, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the night sky. Mars, seen in the southern sky, is clearly visible and its red glow clearly identifies it. It can be seen beginning at nightfall; it moves slowly in a westerly fashion before disappearing. Mercury can be seen in the eastern sky just before dawn.

We are under the sign of Taurus in the 148th day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 5:45 PM CDT with the occurrence of the Winter Solstice, marked by the shortest day of the year. Winter will end on March 21st at 6:45 AM CDT with the occurrence of the Spring Equinox. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 6:19 AM and 8:10 PM, giving us 13 hours and 51 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 AM when Santa Claus will magically roll our clocks forward to 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.

The Technology

This site is a working demonstration of on-demand PHP scripting. The code tightly integrates computed and imported data with text, spewing forth natural-sounding narrative output with flawless grammar and syntax. The birthdays, history section and the text below--which all change daily--are from an in-house database. Raw data used in the financial and weather sections is imported at page generation time. All the other data, particularly the celestial stuff, is derived and rendered by several hundred lines of code at the time the page request reaches the server. THIS SITE IS SELF-MAINTAINING. The daily content updates at midnight CDT. The weather target is -96.852/32.847.

Television is the first truly democratic culture--the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
Groucho Marx


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