Tony Sartain, MBA, NE

niche programming and web development

Good morning. Today is Thursday, the 14th day of December. It's the 348th day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 17 days remaining in 2017. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 26th day of Kislev in the year 5778.

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 Nostradamus (1503), George VI (1895), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), Spike Jones (1911), Morey Amsterdam (1914), Shirley Jackson (1919), Don Hewitt (1922), Charlie Rich (1932), Barbara Leigh-Hunt (1935), Lee Remick (1935), Patty Duke (1946), Miranda Hart (1972), Michael Owen (1979), Jackson Rathbone (1984), and Vanessa Hudgens (1988).

On Wall Street

The New York Stock Exchange is currently closed. At closing Wednesday, 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 a few clouds at 5:53 AM CST. The temperature was 41F with a wind chill factor of 38F.

Love Field's average high and low temperatures for today, December 14, are 58° and 39° respectively. In general, Dallas temperatures were not as hot as usual during the summer, but the trend seems to have broken and temperatures are pretty much in line with the long term averages. Yes, Virginia, it's State Fair weather in Dallas. The temperature on this day reached a record high of 81° in 1995. An all-time evening low of 16° was recorded in 1958. More [...]. For the seven-day forecast [click here].

We are under a waning crescent moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 25 days, 17 hours, and 59 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Monday, December 18th at 1:38 AM CST. The moon will reach full luminescence on Monday, January 1st at 8:00 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 Sagittarius in the 84th day of autumn, which arrived on Thursday, September 22 at 9:29 PM CDT with the occurrence of the Autumnal Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, the sun rose at 7:07 AM CDT and set at 7:15 PM. Generally speaking, the equinoxes occur on days when the light and night hours are equal. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 7:11 AM and 5:16 PM, giving us 10 hours and 5 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Daylight Saving Time. We will switch to Standard Time on Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 AM when our clocks will magically roll back to 1:00 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 CST. The weather target is -96.852/32.847.

Today's vocabulary word is hypocrisy.

Well, Aimee Semple McPherson has written a book. And were you to call it a little peach, you would not be so much as scratching its surface. It is the story of her life, and it is called
In the Service of the King, which title is perhaps a bit dangerously suggestive of a romantic novel. It may be that this autobiography is set down in sincerity, frankness and simple effort. It may be, too, that the Statue of Liberty is situated in Lake Ontario.

Dorothy Parker
"Our Lady of the Loudspeaker"
The New Yorker, February 25, 1928

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