Tony Sartain, MBA, NE

niche programming and web development

Good afternoon. Today is Tuesday, the 23rd day of April. It's the 113th day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 252 days remaining in 2019. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 18th day of Nisan in the year 5779. On this day in 2005, the first YouTube video was uploaded. The title was "Me at the Zoo".

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

On this day in 1969 Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy.

Sirhan SirhanOn June 5, 1968, Sirhan fired a .22 caliber Iver-Johnson Cadet revolver at Senator Robert Kennedy and the crowd surrounding him in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after Kennedy had finished addressing supporters in the hotel's main ballroom. Kennedy was shot three times, with a fourth bullet passing through his jacket, and died nearly 26 hours later.

On April 29th, six days after Sirhan's conviction, he was sentenced to death in the gas chamber. Three years later, his sentence was commuted to life in prison, due to the California Supreme Court's decision in People v. Anderson, which ruled capital punishment a violation of the California Constitution's prohibition of cruel or unusual punishment. The California Supreme Court declared in the Anderson case that its decision was retroactive, thereby invalidating all prior death sentences imposed in California.

As distasteful as straight thinking people may find it, Sirhan Sirhan, much like Charles Manson, is not without admirers and has become a sinister folk hero with a fairly significant following. Bill Ayers, former Weather Underground member and the man with whom President Barack Obama once worked on Chicago projects, co-authored the book Prairie Fire with other members of the Weather Underground which they dedicated to close to 200 people including Harriet Tubman, John Brown, 'All Who Continue to Fight', and 'All Political Prisoners in the U.S.' The list includes Sirhan Sirhan. Ayers himself has denied personally dedicating the book to Sirhan. (source: Wikipedia)

Today's Birthday Boys and Girls

Today is the birthday of William Shakespeare (1564), Félix Vicq-d'Azyr (1746), James Buchanan (1791), Max Ludwig Planck (1858), Sergei Prokofiev (1891), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Shirley Temple Black (1928), Roy Orbison (1936), Lee Majors (1940), Sandra Dee (1942), Joyce DeWitt (1949), Tina Andrews (1951), Michael Moore (1954), Jan Hooks (1957), Valerie Bertinelli (1960), Craig Sheffer (1960), George Lopez (1961), Timothy McVeigh (1968), and Scott Bairstow (1970).

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 open and trading. Currently, The S&P500 index is at , up by . The NASDAQ is up by to . The link to the Dow Jones Industrial Average is not working.

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 waning gibbous moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 18 days, 22 hours, and 36 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Saturday, May 4th at 3:07 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Saturday, May 18th at 9:29 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 122nd 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 6:40 AM and 7:52 PM, giving us 13 hours and 12 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.

Political correctness has breathed new life into the paralipsis, the rhetorical device whereby we make a statement by first announcing that we are not going to make it. When pundits write "No one is suggesting..." the American eye reads "I'm suggesting."

Florence King
"If Words Mean Things, Then All is Lost"
Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia)
February 9, 1995


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