I read articles on DannyChoo.com a LOT! At one point I tried to read every single one, starting from the beginning ( 2004 or 2005 I think.) The older content is an interesting contrast from what it is now (not to mention a lot of pictures are missing or are very small.) At the time of this writing there are over 6100 posts . Trying to read them at an average of 10 / day, it would take you almost 2 years to finish.
Yesterday, while I was reading through some older posts, I thought – "Hey, you know what? It would be really cool of there was a random button." Clicking it would bring you to one of the 6100+ posts at (you guessed it) random! That’d be a cool way to read some older content without having to think about how to get there. Just click and read!
With that idea in hand, I jumped over to Facebook where I messaged Mr. Choo with that request. Now I know what you’re thinking: "Dan, Danny is way to busy for such a lam-o task!" Yeah, I’m pretty sure you’re right :-. I’d messaged Danny more than once about different subjects. I mean, he’s a pretty big deal in my eyes – and one public figures that motivates me to go that extra step? in a lot of the things I do. That’s why, 5 minutes after I messaged him, I decided to create something myself! I don’t have direct access to his database, but there is always more than one way to skin a donkey! Experience, Google, zee trialz / errors, and 8 hours later, I’ve created what I’d originally asked of Danny Choo!
I’ll be writing another post on HOW I did it another day (it’s late and I’m bringing the family to camp tomorrow. They’d kill me if I was up all night – again!) For now all you need to know is that I’ve managed to grab a link to most, if not all, of the posts on DannyChoo.com. Their stored in a database, where I call them up randomly and display them in the nav bar (right next to the Archive link. SEE IT THERE DO YA? Refresh the page to get a new link!). Pretty cool trick eh?
This gives me some neat ideas for another website I’ll be building, DannyChooFan.com. I’ve already bought the domain name, but the full site is probably 3 – 4 months out. Maybe I’ll beef up the Random DannyChoo.com Link Generator (creative eh?) and use that domain to link you to a random DannyChoo.com post!