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DeathBot - but... why though?!

Ok. I had to tell the wife, this had gone on too long and I thought I'd best explain it before she found out. Deathbot 4000. Sounds incredibly morbid, but it's not as bad as it sounds, it's one of those things that evolved into itself.

Some bad news, delivered tirelessly by DeathBot 4000

DeathBot 4000 is a Twitter bot I wrote a while back. The reasons are many and varied but historically trace back to a Discord channel on our server, in which my friends would notify and comment on various deaths reported in the media. Being slightly technical I thought I'd automate the postings, wrote a small BBC News scraper with Discord webhook notifications. Pretty basic but does the job. It's on github as news-alert-discord, which sounds super-bland.

darrenwatt/news-alert-discord
Searches for things on BBC News, posts on Discord. Contribute to darrenwatt/news-alert-discord development by creating an account on GitHub.
Disguised as a generic news scraper

This was then modified only to read specific pages: entertainment, otherwise you get a lot of death news about people you're not that fussed about, and had a small addition to include Twitter updates. For the deathbot4000 Twitter updates he's basically posting everything from BBC News some of which is relevant, some not. I'm convinced it's not even getting it all but will look into it at some point.

So anyway yeah, that's how I arrived at deathbot4000.

DeathBot - but... why though?!
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