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November 12, 2001 1:45 PM   Subscribe

[pseudo-]Random content generators - very interesting stuff. I'd love to see human beings act on this content as a sort of selector of aesthetics a la Richard Dawkins. Be sure to check out the randomly generated comics.
posted by SilentSalamander (13 comments total)

 
Also check out The Postmodernism Generator, written by Andrew C. Bulhak, and modified slightly by Pope Dubious Provenance XI, using the Dada Engine, a system for generating random text from recursive grammars.
posted by Carol Anne at 2:11 PM on November 12, 2001


Wow, that was really cool, Carol Anne. Thanks for the link.

Anyone know of any other good random-content generators?
posted by SilentSalamander at 2:23 PM on November 12, 2001


"Analogously, the appearance of parasitic gaps in domains relatively inaccessible to ordinary extraction is not to be considered in determining the system of base rules exclusive of the lexicon. By combining adjunctions and certain deformations, the speaker-hearer's linguistic intuition is not quite equivalent...."

Yes, it's the Chomskybot.
posted by mw at 2:49 PM on November 12, 2001


HipCrime occasionally floods Usenet with random-content posts.
posted by Dean King at 2:58 PM on November 12, 2001


I tried the random band name generator and got "One More Pavement." If only I was....
posted by eyeballkid at 3:00 PM on November 12, 2001


randomly generated comics.

Double post.
posted by EngineBeak at 3:08 PM on November 12, 2001


Random off-topic observation: While referring to the Chomskybot, John Lawler's words also fit the intellectual murk that is called Critical Theory:

"What I find interesting about it is how it just hovers at the edge of understandability, a sort of semantic mumbling, a fog for the mind's eye. ...[its] most interesting effects are in the mind of the beholder, especially since its output not infrequently induces a strong feeling of inferiority in the unsuspecting, a sense of 'I just don't get it, so I must be dumber than I'd thought.' This is the Turing Test in reverse, and humans should resist allowing themselves to fail."
posted by Carol Anne at 3:34 PM on November 12, 2001


Random Goth Lyric Generator, Simpsons Random Quote Generator, South Park Random Quote Generator, Firesign Theater Random Quote Generator, AutoDave! The automated Dave Barry column generator

*yawn*
I could go...

Damn you, Carole Anne!
posted by y2karl at 3:37 PM on November 12, 2001


The Random Jokes had me pissing myself...

BEST EXCUSES IF YOU GET CAUGHT WITH ANOTHER LINUX
1. ACT LIKE ANOTHER LINUX IS JOHNNY.
2. SAY " I JUST LIKE TO JUMP!"
3. SAY " ANOTHER LINUX IS EMO!"
4. SAY " BYE BYE! PEDRO MADE ME DO IT!"

posted by Marquis at 3:40 PM on November 12, 2001


Frankly. I found this to be quite quintessential for the progress of the aforementioned selection of prior foundations. Except for the perfectly formed conjectures revolving around a distinctly profound ideation of linear transfers of cognitive realizations.
Other than that I suppose that it all deconstructs to the basic elements of rational confluence.
IMHO.
posted by HTuttle at 10:00 PM on November 12, 2001


Random music, Random (awful) Haiku (with Java source),
Random (pretty decent) DOOM levels (with C source), Random 1D cellular automata (click on the current one to get a new one). (Blowing wildly on my own horn.)

I remember in like Junior High we wrote (in BASIC!) an incredibly primitive random text generator. One day it printed the word "kfuck", and we all had hysterics. A few days later it printed it *again*, and we learned how hard good random-number generation is...
posted by davidchess at 7:11 AM on November 13, 2001


Recently in MetaFilter (motto: "Take it to MetaTalk!"), residents reported an outbreak of blogging. Perhaps you think there are no blogging in MetaFilter. Perhaps you are an idiot.

As the French say, au contraire (literally: "stupid retarded cunt of a sister !"). I have here in my hands a copy of an Associated Press article sent in by alert reader MiguelCardoso, whose name can be rearranged to spell
"MOISGOUDERLAC", although that is not my main point. "MiguelCardoso", by theway, only has the letters "MielCaoso" in in common with "Monica Lewinsky",
so there is no other reason to mention Monica Lewinsky in this column.

According to a quote which I am not making up, from MetaFilter Mayor stavrosthewonderchicken (formally "Mayor stavrosthewonderchicken" and informally "Sex-dogpile"), blogging ranks as a major crisis just behind snarking, fnording and flaming (insert your "twerpadelicizing" joke here), as evidenced by the following conversation between MetaFilter government employees:

FIRST METAFILTER EMPLOYEE: "sufferin' succotash"

SECOND METAFILTER EMPLOYEE: "chuck you farley"

FIRST METAFILTER EMPLOYEE: "flee char yucko"

Fortunately I have a suggestion for Mayor Sex-dogpile, and that is: ferociously wax George Steinbrenner's pancakes.

No, seriously, my suggestion does not involve George Steinbrenner'spancakes, although it might involve giving a thermonuclear wedgie to Tobacco Institute scientists. My suggestion is more along the lines of a coup de
grace, from the French coup, meaning "gorging", and de grace, meaning "on peanut butter straight from the jar". The procedure (you may want to write this down):

1. start a blog
2. blog it to death

But instead the MetaFilter city council (motto: "We'll be mean-spirited, greedy, pompous religious fanatics when you pry the Latest entry on the The Amos 'n Andy Episodes List out of our cold, dead fingers") thinks that they
(the blogging) will be snotnosed little narcissists soon, sending this message to the public, and to the world: "My ass and your face, too, pal".Speaking of which, "The MetaFilter Blogging Outbreak" would be a great name for a rock band.

From The Autodave Dave Barry Column Generator (which could stand to be updated - Monica Lewsinsky?) with input from here, there & Amanda's Journal
posted by y2karl at 7:12 AM on November 14, 2001


Gee, Carole Anne, checking your links has given me an idea. Marvelous--you get a new text each time
posted by y2karl at 3:40 PM on November 15, 2001


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