San Holo is one of my favourite artists. One of his projects is Stay Vibrant . He places a percentage sign in his name on twitter as a mood tracker. Inspired by sites like isitchristmas.com and, the more useful, kanikeenkortebroekaan.nl I wanted to make a website that reported whether he was feeling vibrant or not based on that percentage.
httpx and regex
I made the first version with
and the built in regex library. The script makes a
GET request to the twitter page and extracted the percentage with a regex. It looked like this.
As you can see that’s not a lot of code! I hosted this first version on gitlab pages and updated with gitlab ci. There were some problems with this setup, namely that gitlab pages was not reliable enough for me. It sometimes took timing out first before the site worked. When I got a VPS I moved it to that and updated the website with cron.
Twitter breaks GET
GET requests. I read on hackernews that it still worked when using the user-agent of the google bots. I added that to my script and it worked again.
The user-agent stops working
I couldn’t get it working how I wanted, I had to insert a flat five-second timeout for content to render. I might come back to it to do it properly when it inevitably breaks again.
As you can see, the script has gotten hackier with time. At this point I see it as a challenge to keep this script working no matter what. Please visit issanholovibrant.com to see how San Holo is doing, and don’t forget to stay vibrant ⬆✨.