This should have been written 2 weeks ago! How time flies!!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an enormous Terry Pratchett fan, especially of his Discworld series. I am also lucky enough to have family members who indulge that addiction, and I got several Discworld Emporium gifts for Christmas.
Between that, and my web development studies, I remembered the quote “A man is not dead while his name is still spoken.” from Going Postal. In the book:
the clacks are a series of semaphore towers loosely based on the concept of the telegraph. Invented by an artificer named Robert Dearheart, the towers could send messages “at the speed of light” using standardized codes. Three of these codes are of particular import:
G: send the message on
N: do not log the message
U: turn the message around at the end of the line and send it back again
When Dearheart’s son John died due to an accident while working on a clacks tower, Dearheart inserted John’s name into the overhead of the clacks with a “GNU” in front of it as a way to memorialize his son forever (or for at least as long as the clacks are standing.)
This appeals to me, both as a fan of the great author, but also as someone who has lost a parent. And when Terry Pratchett died, fans figured out how to insert his name into the “overhead” on web pages, so that his name would be spoken forever.
Shortly after the New Year, I inserted the code from GNU website into this page. Now anyone who has the Chrome “Clacks Overhead” extension will see the little lamp light up when they visit my blog on the Chrome browser.
When I understand the code more, I will also use it on the sites I create, along with a line of code to always speak the name of my step-father. It’s been 5 years, and he is loved and missed every day. ❤
P.S. because I have changed hosts, I currently cannot have this code on this site, but I have requested that they add support for this code.