The wisdom of Slashdot sigs
It has been said that all of mankind's greatest knowledge is held in sigs. And if it hadn't, it has now.
Slashdot is a site that allows users to put a sig at the bottom of their posts - some of these can be funny, ironic, or insightful.
My favourite is probably: "God is dead" - Nietzsche, 1882. "Nietzsche is dead" - God, 1900
I have saved a few of these over time, and have made them into a fortune file, which you can see yourself.
If you're on Linux, install the "fortune" package, and then save these two files into the fortunes directory. (It's /usr/share/fortune/ on Gentoo, and /usr/share/games/fortunes/ on Ubuntu (yeah, what a great game)).
Then, when you run
from the command line, you'll be graced (inflicted?) with someone's sig.
If you are some backward user on some non-Linux operating system, you can view them here, one at a time. Just hit refresh.
I will update these from time to time, so re-download occasionally. A monthly cronjob, perhaps?
Disclaimer: These are ones I've personally found funny/amusing/just plain weird, and have included. If yours is better, don't get angry - perhaps I just haven't read any discussions you post in.
You can use this as a cronjob (on Ubuntu) - please don't run it very often, as it won't update much:
wget -o /dev/null -O /usr/share/games/fortunes/slashdot http://files.calum.org/slashdot wget -o /dev/null -O /usr/share/games/fortunes/slashdot.dat http://files.calum.org/slashdot.dat