Tony Sartain, MBA, NE

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Good morning. Today is Sunday, the 2nd day of October. It's the 275th day of the year. This is not a leap year, so there are 90 days remaining in 2022. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 7th day of Tishri in the year 5783. On this day in 1915, John Logie Baird performed the first test of a working television system.

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.

Today's Birthday Boys and Girls

Today is the birthday of Richard III (1452), Czar Peter II (1715), Ferdinand Foch (1851), Mahatma Gandhi (1869), Groucho Marx (1890), Bud Abbott (1895), George "Spanky" McFarland (1928), Rex Reed (1938), Don McLean (1945), Donna Karan (1948), Sting (1951), Lorraine Bracco (1955), Kelly Ripa (1970), and Ayumi Hamasaki (1978).

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 first quarter moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 6 days, 21 hours, and 29 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Monday, October 24th at 10:41 PM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Monday, October 10th at 4:19 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 Libra in the 649th day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 4:02 AM CST with the occurrence of the Winter Equinox. On the date of the Equinox, the sunrise and sunset times were 5:12 AM CDT and 7:23 PM CDT. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 7:14 AM and 7:01 PM, giving us 11 hours and 47 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 14th at 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 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.

Today's quote is a compilation from Groucho Marx, who was disappointed with the quality of TV in his day. No doubt more recent programming has caused him to turn over several times in his mausoleum crypt. [Trivia note: Groucho's crypt is in a small room in the large mausoleum in the middle of Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, California. His marker is in the middle of the larger indoor wall.]

• I like television. I still believe that television is the most powerful form of communication on Earth--I just hate what is being done with it.
• If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
• Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
• 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, born on this day 132 years ago in New York.





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