I currently have some situations where I just want to have a bit of scripting (variable preparation) in a “request” and not send (or receive) any data. For this, I use a HEAD request to Google, as I didn’t want to assume any other service to be available and I don’t want there to be an ugly timeout by querying an e.g. localhost service that might not be up and running yet.
Is there a better way to do this? I really would like a dedicated NO-OP request that doesn’t even require a URL, as I don’t want to give Google a ping every time I run one if those scripts.