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if you follow me on fedi or on twitter you've probably seen my profile picture changing daily. this is a small explanation of what, how, and why that's happening
my profile picture switches between a "day" image and a "night" image:
both of these were drawn by the awesome vai5000! you should commission her if you can c:
the switching of pictures is done with a nodejs script that runs every 20 minutes through a cronjob, similar to this one:
0,20,40 * * * * cd /path/to/folder && node run.js
this script has two main jobs. first it polls the sunrise-sunset.org api to check what the sunrise and sunset times are for my current location. it then checks if the current time is less than 20 minutes after a sunrise or a sunset. if it is, it changes the profile picture by sending an api request to my fedi instance and to twitter dot com
since the script is only run every 20 minutes, the image changing might happen up to 19 minutes after the "true" sunrise/sunset happens. this is not a really a problem for me, since i don't really need absolute accuracy
my location is specified in a
.env file which i manually update when i (very occasionally) travel.
i am considering automating this in the near future, since i am prone to forgetting.
i haven't done much research yet, but i'm thinking of using Tasker on my phone to update the location once a day, or something along these lines
if you want to run a similar setup, the whole repo is available here
uhhhh idk funy it's a thing i could do and it makes my social media presence a bit more interesting and personalized so, why not?
i might not have been born when the web started, but i think it's spirit is self-expression, customization, and whimsy.
and i'm not gonna be able to bring it all back by myself, but i can contribute my small grain of sand
sadly some websites (tumblr, discord) dont allow me to do this easily, which is an absolute shame