I was watching a Sean Carroll video, and in the first few minutes Carroll used an Apple app to decide whether to hop left or right based on the results of a quantum event.
This got me thinking that it would probably be fairly easy to write a Vue component that would flip a coin based on a quantum event. All I had to do was find some code to display an animated coin flip, and a way to get data from quantum events.
The coin toss ended up being available via a CodePen (opens new window) example. So far, so good.
For the quantum event, I first found some hardware (opens new window) that I could buy - but this seemed like a bad solution for my static site blog setup!
# Heads or Tails
Putting the two together, and with a little bit of Vue magic, we get a simple coin toss that gives a truly random result for each flip. Click the coin to flip it (and be patient - sometimes the ANU website is a little slow!).
# Roll a d20
Of course, this method isn't restricted to coin flips, or quantum events. We could also use random data from atmospheric noise, courtesy of random.org (opens new window), borrow a CSS d20 (opens new window) example, and make it into a Vue component. Click on the die to roll it.
Don't forget, if you have a Google Home or any device with Google Assistant, you can flip a coin, roll a die, roll a d20, etc:
Here's the Vue I put together to make this happen.