Recently, I traveled back to 1776 to see Washington cross the Delaware. Bad idea – I nearly died of hypothermia since I, as a shorts-wearing Californian, was not prepared for the New England winter. Even worse, no shops would accept my $3 to buy Doritos! They didn't even have Doritos!!! Who could have possibly known this would happen?!? If only I had thought of those annoying details beforehand...
What it does
Enter the day and place to which you plan to travel and the amount of money you will be bringing along, and Time Traveling for Dummies will provide you useful information about weather conditions and the value of your money.
How I built it
Fueled by my anger that 1776 Delaware lacked Doritos, I retrieved and displayed historical data on my website with the WolframAlpha API.
Challenges I ran into
I had difficulty figuring out how to handle and properly display the API data. I also struggled with constantly reminding myself of my humiliation after showing up to the Crossing of the Delaware in shorts and a t-shirt.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Working with WolframAlpha's API (well, any API) for the first time! Developing a website that solves a real, highly pressing problem!
What I learned
I learned how to work with an API and how to parse through XML files. Also, I realized that Doritos didn't exist in the 1770s.
What's next for Time Traveling for Dummies
More useful tools* for your next adventures!
*Probably determined by further embarrassing problems I experience in my travels through time.