Tony Sartain, MBA, NE

niche programming and web development

Good evening. Today is Saturday, the 21st day of April. It's the 111th day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 254 days remaining in 2018. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 6th day of Iyyar in the year 5778. On this day in 1836, the Battle of San Jacinto, Texas won independence from Mexico.

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 in History

It was on this day in 1986 that Geraldo Rivera lured the American public into watching his TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault. The program offered the potential promise of finding some historic artifacts, cache of treasure or maybe the bones of some gangsters inside the walls of the Lexington Hotel, the former headquarters and residence of notorious Chicago mobster, Al Capone. Unfortunately, the whole show was a bust. After watching for an hour, the American public was given bupkiss, zilch, nada... Nothing but some dirt and debris found behind the excavated stone walls in the hotel's basement.

Until that time, Geraldo Rivera had built his career on uncovering the truth with very thorough investigative reporting skills (this legacy was what prompted many to view the program), but with the fiasco of the Al Capone's Vault, Rivera was left with egg on his face and the loss of his credibility as a reporter. On the bright side, the program received the highest ratings for a syndicated special in television history. (source: TV Acres)

Today's Birthday Boys and Girls

Today is the birthday of Ludovico Carracci (1555), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Catherine II, the Great (1729), Alexander Anderson (1775), Charlotte Bronte (1816), John Muir (1838), Anthony Quinn (1915), Her Majesty Elizabeth II (1926), Don Tyson (1930), Elaine May (1932), Charles Grodin (1935), Iggy Pop (1947), Tony Danza (1951), Andie MacDowell (1958), Robert Smith (1959), and Tony Romo (1980).

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 yesterday, 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 overall weather conditions at Love Field were reported as fog/mist at 10:53 PM CDT. The temperature was 56F with a wind chill factor of 53F.

Love Field's average high and low temperatures for today, April 21, are 78 and 57 respectively. In general, Dallas temperatures were much colder during the winter than usual, but that's history at this point, and it seems that spring will arrive in pretty much the usual fashion. The temperature on this day reached a record high of 95 in 1955. An all-time evening low of 39 was recorded in 1966. More [...]. For the seven-day forecast [click here].

We are under a first quarter moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 6 days, 17 hours, and 44 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Monday, May 14th at 6:18 PM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Sunday, April 29th at 11:56 PM. 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 120th 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 6:42 AM and 7:51 PM, giving us 13 hours and 9 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 AM when our clocks will magically roll forward to 3:00 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.

Lest we forget...
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
Adolph Hitler

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