The Wisdom of Chuck

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A little while ago Andrew Powell of Universal Mind released the Chuck Norris Fact Web Service. This is a critical feature that has been missing from the Internet for some time. Frankly, I do not know how we have survived without the wisdom of Chuck Norris.

I whipped up a quick AIR application that you can run on your desktop. Every 5 seconds it will load a new pearl of wisdom from the man we know as Chuck. Please note that I'm way rusty with Adobe AIR. I haven't had the chance to play with it much lately, but dang it - I love that I was able to write this up in like 5 minutes. I spent more time making some dumb mistakes in Spry then I did on the "AIR-ness" of it. Enjoy. (As I still haven't updated IIS to let .air files worked, I renamed to a .zip.)

The entire code (minus Spry libraries) is below:


<head> <script type="text/javascript" src="AIRAliases.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="spryjs/xpath.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="spryjs/SpryData.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript"> var myurl = "";

function callHandler(req){ var result = req.xhRequest.responseText; var sp = Spry.$("wisdom"); sp.innerText = result; }

function getWisdom(){ Spry.Utils.loadURL("GET", myurl, true, callHandler); }

function doLoad(){ getWisdom(); setInterval(getWisdom, 5000); } </script> <style> .wisdom { font-family: times; font-style: italic; } </style> </head>

<body onload="doLoad();"> <h3>The Wisdom of Chuck Norris</h3> <span id="wisdom" class="wisdom"></span> </body> </html>

Download attached file.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Gary Gilbert posted on 12/1/2007 at 1:16 AM

Ray you have a's Chuck Norris not Churck Norris :)

Comment 2 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/1/2007 at 1:22 AM

Chuck doesn't make typos. Chuck changes the English language to match his spelling.

Comment 3 by Troy Allen posted on 12/1/2007 at 1:31 AM

"Evolution" is my fav...laughed out loud at work. I loved it when Conan O'Brien had the "Chuck Norris Lever":

Have a great weekend everyone!

Comment 4 by Luke Kilpatrick posted on 12/1/2007 at 4:35 AM

Great little application, lots of fun as well. Well over due i think :)

Comment 5 by Rob posted on 12/1/2007 at 4:50 AM

Cool ... although when I saw the title on my Goog feed, I thought it was going to be the wisdom of Chuck Bartowski, but that's OK.