I've always kept tabs on my public profile out on the web. Sometimes it's surprising what you can find. You might have your own Google Scholar page because of a college paper you wrote when you were 18 or find out you were scheduled to speak at a conference in another country well before the organizers reached out to you.
Today I found out an old project of mine is being used on HuffPost—or should I say, FluffPost?
It has not been the best couple years for happy, uplifting news, but seeing some of these headlines accompanied by cute dogs and cats made it a lot more palatable. Cases in point:
Mnuchin definitely looks feisty. And that team Barr is assembling looks like serious business. I'm sure they'll get to the bottom of things.
I accidentally stumbled across this not via a Google search but by doing a search for my name on GitHub in other people's code repositories. This might seem a little odd, but if you've created or contributed to a lot of open-source projects it's an interesting view into how people might actually be using what you've made.
It's also a good way to see if a private repository you handed off to another development agency accidentally found it's way into the public... but that's a different story!
In looking for my name I came across references to a project of mine in what looked like code scraped from the homepage of Huff Post. The code contains comments with information about licensing, the version and a byline with my name, which is what helped me find this.
I decided to go the Huff Post and try the code out. When I entered the Konami Code and saw the pets I laughed, and when I went to view the source code for the page I was tickled to see my name and code sitting there.
Konami-JS is an open-source easter-egg project I made back in 2009. It lets you add an Easter Egg to any website when a visitor enters the Konami Code. The differentiator, at the time, was my project worked on mobile devices.
Most of what I find are people putting Konami Code easter eggs on their GitHub pages, blogs and other personal projects. Occasionally it pops up in bigger places like Marvel.com or Newsweek. I recently discovered it was even being used on Tesla's online design tool back in 2012—I found remnants of it on archive.org here. I guess now I can add Huff Post to that list!
As the barrier to entry into web development seems to grow a little steeper each year, I'm happy to have contributed a project that's being used by novices and high-traffic websites alike. I'm also happy that it's a joyful, frivolous contribution that's been mostly used to make the web a fun and sillier place.
Watch me give a talk about my experience maintaining this "frivolous but popular" project at OdessaJS in 2017:
Lastly, I do have open issues and discussions on GitHub surrounding what Konami-JS 2.0 could/should look like, a decade later. Your contributions are welcome.