So I am reading a book called “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” (NY Times bestseller and Audible top audio book) and it is as freeing to me as the book that I read in Law School, “The Slackers Guide to Law School.” Honestly, it is time to take things less seriously and focus on the things that matter. There are too many redundancy loops in my life that I need to shut down. For example, look at this loop:
1. feel like shit
2. go on Facebook and see everyone posting about how magical their life is
3. why aren’t they feeling like shit too?
4. hate myself for feeling like shit
5. rinse and repeat
See that nonsense? I am done with it and making changes. So far, it is about simple shit. For instance, I took the FB app icon off of my front screen on my phone. I don’t need that infinite-scroll crap happening in my life. What I need is to focus on what matters, not what the external world thinks of everything.
Pundits. Pundits everywhere.
What I need to do is focus on simple stuff. Eat right, finish that app I have been working on, and generally be a better father, husband, lawyer.
I am done giving too many fucks, and I am ready to focus.
I have been digesting memes on a daily basis for a while now — like four years or so. I know they originated somewhere on 4chan and have evolved to be everything from the vehicle of the weird-twitter movement to the symbol of the Alt-Right movement. At the end of the day, they are fun and a great waste of time.
I had an issue where I wasn’t seeing the best memes, and I had to go to like 10 different sites. I wanted to change that. I wrote some code, dropped it on my home server, and have been collecting memes like it is my job. I take in everything, to include gifs, and push them out through an API (like http://meme.ryankeeter.com/api/image/6867). I made a SUPER basic front-end site, and it is located at http://relax.ryankeeter.com.
The app has a few features:
“Login” with just a username
The current meme a person is on depends on the username they are logged in with. Thus, if you login as “bob” and close your browser while at meme number 6000, the same meme (number 6000) will be the first meme you see when you login later as “bob”
The memes go back in time, for example, if you start at meme 100, the next meme will be number 99
You can hit “get latest memes” and the most recent meme will be displayed
The sites that are pulled from capture much of society, so if St. Paddy’s day is going on, there will probably be a bunch of memes around that time about St. Paddy’s day. Or, if President Trump tweeted something about Israel, there might be some memes about that. Who knows, society dictates and the app merely displays it
If you right click and save the entire page, and open it later, it will still work. The page is standalone. You could literally email the webpage to someone and it would work (instead of just giving them the link)
Give it a go, see if you like it. If you do, then awesome — enjoy!
(here are some screenshots)