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Wisdom of Chopra is looking for a designer!

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wisdom of chopraIt’s been just over a month since I launched wisdomofchopra.com and my word has it been nuts! About six weeks ago I was told that I was going to be made redundant from my previous web development job, and for some reason I thought to myself “right then, I’ll make a website this weekend!”. Naturally, I went on Twitter looking for inspiration, and came across a tweet suggesting that the words of one Deepak Chopra were indistinguishable from a selection of profound words randomly thrown together (I think it was the New Humanist account, but I’m not sure). Having had experience with making rather crude random sentence generators I thought I could fairly easily make a website which took the words of Chopra and stuck them together. After just two nights of hard graft, wisdomofchopra.com was born.

I really wasn’t expecting much from it, but I am still amazed by the response it has generated. In that initial weekend, it got over 20,000 hits! It has been fairly extensively and positively blogged about (including by PZ Myers, so he’s not all bad! ;) ) and even ended up being used on the SGU podcast! I extended the site, adding a quiz to see if people could tell the difference between real Deepak Chopra quotes and those generated by the website. I think my proudest moment in this whole episode was trying the quiz out on an Indian ex-colleague who has actually read some of Chopra’s books, he only managed three out of seven before angrily giving up! As I write this, there have so far been 28,578 responses to the quiz, of which 19,131 have been correct. That means that just 66.92% of the responses have been correct. If any statisticians are reading this, could you tell me if that is significant or not?

To take it to the next level, I really need a web designer to take a look at wisdomofchopra.com. Could you take the website and make it look really good? Although I’m quite good at programming (I got another web dev job pretty much straight away in case you are wondering) my design skills are rather lacking. I can’t offer that much in the way of pay (well, maybe something), but you’ll certainly be credited on the site and it will look good on your CV. So, if you are a web designer at any level, please get in touch!

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July 24th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I’m back!

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Well, sort of. I’m writing this from work, but if all goes well tonight I’ll be back to my sporadic best in no time!

So, what’s been going on? Well, what hasn’t been going on! The big news from my end is that myself and my girlfriend have moved into our first house, hence lack of an Internet connection. We are settling in well, thanks to everyone who helped us move! In the meantime I put together the site wisdomofchopra.com, a site which generates random Deepak Chopra style quotes. It has had a crazy amount of attention, go and check it out if you haven’t yet!

I also just can’t stop getting involved. I’ve recently had a Twitter spat with PZ Myers, but more on that later…

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June 27th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

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