Oddish request... I'd like there to exist a simple, fixed url which always fetches the current comic image. Something along the lines of
My reason for this is that I want to write code to hit this link every 4 days (getting a different image each time) and use the bits of the fetched image to permute the state of a PRNG.
I know I could do this with the existing JSON url, but it's easier (for me) if I can do it in one fetch. (But I'm not... lazy).
I do not need a carefully worded explanation that anyone who writes his own PRNG code, AND wants to seed it with xkcd, has compounded his geekishness to a worrisome extent. I know. What makes it all worse is that the PRNG output is used in a roleplay game. (Yes, I know
. The drugs don't actually help. Thanks.) I also know there are many webcams out there that provide much better sources of unpredictability; I'm already using some. But without xkcd, it just doesn't feel like I've pushed the concept to the maximum possible point.
(Of course, if I can ask for
returning a sequence of digits representing a hash of the current comic, that'd be great, too. But then I'd at least like a discussion of which hash algorithm would be most suitable for this sort of art.