Tony Sartain, MBA, NE

niche programming and web development

Good afternoon. Today is Saturday, the 17th day of March. It's the 76th day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 289 days remaining in 2018. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 1st day of Nisan in the year 5778. On this day in 1941, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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 is St. Patrick's Day, which is an observance of the death of Ireland's patron saint, who died on this day, probably in the year 460. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to represent the Holy Trinity. Interesting, the color green does not factor into the accounts; the green clothing and all-out festivities of St. Patrick's Day are largely a product of the United States. The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City in 1762 by Irish immigrants. These days, about 3 million people line up to watch the parade in New York, and there are similar huge celebrations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, where they dye the river green.(Source: The Writer's Almanac)

Today's Birthday Boys and Girls

Today is the birthday of Gottlieb Daimler (1834), Shemp Howard (1895), Gloria Swanson (1899), Bobby Jones (1902), Raffaele d' Alessandro (1911), Mercedes McCambridge (1918), Nat King Cole (1919), Rudolf Nureyev (1938), Paul Kantner (1941), John Sebastian (1944), Danny DeVito (1944), Patrick Duffy (1949), Kurt Russell (1951), Gary Sinise (1955), Arye Gross (1960), Rob Lowe (1964), Mia Hamm (1972), and Caroline Corr (1973).

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 mostly cloudy at 11:53 AM CDT. The temperature was 72F. The temperature and relative humidity are much too low to impact the heat index.

Love Field's average high and low temperatures for today, March 17, are 69 and 49 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 85 in 1982. An all-time evening low of 30 was recorded in 1960. More [...]. For the seven-day forecast [click here].

We are under a new moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 0 days, 20 hours, and 3 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Sunday, April 15th at 5:34 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Saturday, March 31st at 11:12 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 Pisces in the 85th 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 7:25 AM and 7:28 PM, giving us 12 hours and 3 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.

Je pense donc je suis.
René Descartes

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