Why you need the command line more than your baby-eating gui overlord masters have led you to believe

So let's say you crafted the means to (literally) file your ever-increasing collection of write.as post in a way sufficiently clever to programmatically differentiate between the likes of a timestamp, a URL, a title, and of course post content for all posts.

Suddenly it's trivial to write utilities against that data that do fun things like show today's posts and/or total posts all time.

The following illustrates running a command called “today” followed by a command called “num” (separated by a semicolon because that separates commands in bash) that do just that:

xxxxxxx@yyyyyyy:~$ today;num
— 2020-04-17 08:21 https://write.as/inquiry/warming-his-hands-by-the-write-as-fire-even-as-it-snows # Warming his hands by the write.as fire even as it snows
— 2020-04-17 08:48 https://write.as/inquiry/seven-a-winner # Seven, a winner!
— 2020-04-17 09:09 https://write.as/inquiry/the-joy-of-procrastination # The joy of procrastination
— 2020-04-17 09:58 https://write.as/inquiry/plenty-of-preslipitation # Plenty of preslipitation
— 2020-04-17 11:25 https://write.as/inquiry/living-high-on-the-blog # Living high on the blog
— 2020-04-17 12:22 https://write.as/inquiry/tied-to-the-hitching-post # Tied to the hitching post
(Yeah, that probably looks like a bit of a mess due to how line wraps appear in <pre> blocks, here. But it's a thing of complete and total beauty in a terminal.)