I’ve been meaning to post something about the interesting interactions between the unix commands
fortune and cowsay. This is not that post. Long story short,
fortune prints a random tidbit to the terminal and
cowsay takes an input string and draws an ASCII art cow with a speech bubble containing the text you sent to the command. In addition, there are a number of different “cows” that can be drawn and so when pairing up random fortunes and random cows can be a parataxis gold mine. Here’s the command I have in my bash login script that does just that:
fortune -s | cowsay -f $( find /usr/share/cows -name '*.cow' | shuf | head -n 1 )
More on that in the “real” post, but for now, I couldn’t pass this up which popped up when I opened a new terminal window just now:
s _________________________________ / "The medium is the message." -- \ \ Marshall McLuhan / --------------------------------- \ \_______ v__v \ \ O ) (oo) ||----w | (__) || || \/\
ponder that for a bit.