is a Youtube video aggregator that shows you videos with 50 views or less. [possibly NSFW results]
is an exploration into the serendipitous collisions that occur between two randomly generated arrays. the arrays contain a mix of custom and found .gifs sourced from tumblr. the output is autonomous, generative, art made possible through curation & code." (WARNING: frequent flashing/optically intense backrounds, plus full volume sound [mutable from top-right corner button])
...to leave a smile on your face, by Helder Guimarães: Individual vs Crowd
| Trick [more inside]
will take your name (or really any string of text) and generate a 3D model of a spaceship based on it.
"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS
Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules
. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator
⇒ Dungeon Robber comics!
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Do you like music? Do you like entropy? Do you have Spotify? If so, then go here
to listen to a song chosen completely at random. It might even be good!
(and its predecessor, Xong
) is a hybrid roguelikes that has the appearance, sound and mechanics of Atari age games. Levels are randomly generated, and the rules are up to you to discover.
Here is a video review for your elucidation
Available for PC, Mac and Linux.
A tribute to the surreal poetry of Horse_Ebooks, Horse-egifs takes a randomly selected video and makes a gif from a randomly selected chunk of that video.and then it gets posted to tumblr. [via mefi projects
What happens to comics if newspapers go away? Garry Trudeau imagines a terrifying void
. Webcomic artists think Garry Trudeau is silly
. But if you, too, fear the vast abyss of a world without newspaper funnies, and lack the patience to search for all the treasures of the webcomic world, what you want is a comic that never ends. Pandyland
each offer an infinite supply of three-panel comics, so that you'll never have to go without a brief moment's amusement. Sure, 99% of the comics you see might be crap, but there are gems amidst all the rubbish
"Every day a PHP script picks a random spot on the land mass of Earth. The nearest photo to that spot is posted here
GIF and circumstance:
A random and automated parody of #whatshouldwecallme-
style tumblrs (previously
) matching a random gif to a random recent tweet that contains the word "when." Potentially NSFW.
[via mefi projects
"Draw some random points
on a piece of paper and join them up to make a random polygon. Find all the midpoints and connecting them up to give a new shape, and repeat. The resulting shape will get smaller and smaller, and will tend towards an ellipse!" [code to make this in Mathematica
] [a version which allows you to watch the process step by step, with 10 vertices or 100
"Every time I run [Amazon Random Shopper]
, I give it a set budget, say $50. It grabs a random word ... then runs an Amazon search based on that word. It then looks for every paperback book, CD, and DVD in the results list, and buys the first thing that’s under budget
Shuffle Literature and the Hand of Fate:
an article about aleatory literature— including mention of Marc Saporta’s Composition No. 1
; B. S. Johnson’s The Unfortunates
; Robert Grenier’s Sentences
and Herta Müller’s Der Wächter nimmt seinen Kamm
On Election Night 2008 in Seattle, Renee received a random celebratory text from a stranger. She saved that text for four years, until last night
Random reassurances, as close as your web browser. (Of course, if you like what they say, they'll sell you a poster.)
mst3k.me shows you random Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes on YouTube. /random gets you a random episode, /joel gets you a random Joel episode, and /mike gets you a random Mike episode. [via mefi projects
Accordion covers (previously)
are no longer just for soloists. You've probably seen five North Koreans performing A-Ha's "Take On Me." (Previously.)
And of course tango
is ever-popular for the accordion. But have you heard Bach's Toccata
in d minor? Or a medley from "The Sound of Music?"
Or the first movement from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
? Or a choreographed routine for North Korean school children
? Or the theme from E.T.
is a site that does very little and does it well. Stick anything after the domain name (shrinp.com/shrimp
! shrinp.com/puggle! shrinp.com/metafilter
!) and you'll get a helpfully labeled image of maybe that thing, or maybe not so much that thing, who can tell? The internet, it's very mysterious. Built by our very own 31d1
. Approximately as NSFW as you try to make it.
Professional writers may scoff, /
But limericks? Never enough! / Let crummy-dot-com / Fill your needs with aplomb / (The meter's occasionally off) [more inside]
"An optimistic history professor and a Jewish organic farmer form a punk rock band in a UN refugee camp." -- "Three starry-eyed karaoke performers and a gay warlord start a girl's school in a Baltic village." -- "A starry-eyed high school journalism teacher and a mustachioed HAM radio operator follow their dreams on a leaky cabin cruiser." All this and more at the FALSE/FALSE FILM FEST
. [more inside]
Random and Useless Skills Part One
- Part Two
- Part Three
Matthew Irvine Brown
has written 18 short pieces specifically to be played in iTunes shuffle mode. The fragments can be downloaded from his site to create your own original track. A liking of glitch
will probably increase your enjoyment.
The Hallelujah Chorus
at Macy's in Philadelphia on October 30, 2010 was the latest Random Act of Culture [more inside]
Take a game like Super Mario Bros. Introduce garbage data into the code, either through random Game Genie codes or a corruptor program. Try to play what results, while the laws of reality slowly go insane in the background
, and upload the "best" results to YouTube. Can Mario make it to the princess when stomping a Goomba turns the air to water
, when hitting a block ends the world
, when the world is infinite length
, if the ground can't support his weight
, when touching a flagpole destroys his mind
, when brought into being over an ocean immediately before a fatal heart attack
, before the enemies turn into Bowser-halves
, while the universe is freaking out around him
? (hint: no)
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Pop music in the '60s ran the gamut from Bobby Russell's "Saturday Morning Confusion"
to "Come Saturday Morning"
(from the soundtrack of "The Sterile Cuckoo"*
and performed by the same guys who sang of "Guantana
). And they still write songs today about "Saturday Morning"
(with pancakes! and vampires!).
The first thing Disney did when it took over ABC was "One Saturday Morning"
**. But then there are the "REAL Saturday Morning Watchmen"
(remixed from previously on MeFi
). (other Saturday Morning video
*yes, that is a very young Liza Minnelli
**I'll never forgive them for canceling "Reboot" and "Bump in the Night", the only Saturday toons I still enjoyed, because they weren't produced by Disney
Random recipe generator.
Exactly what it says on the tin.
On TV on any given night:
• Party Baby: Game show contestants with a shoe box full of cash, combating threats to our rain forest, almost always confused by what's going on, find out that even when you lose, you win.
• Star Trek: The Next Generation: Whlist studying a pre-warp civilization, Wesley falls ill when the Enterprise encounters an apparent duplicate of Riker which is in fact a holographic simulation, so Riker delivers a phaser blast, which means everything turns out okay, though Picard has had to deal with children. Then, finally Guinan says something cliche and they leave at warp factor five.
...or, try your luck
*[previously on a very special MetaFilter. Other generators sold separately.]
Truly random numbers are hard to come by. Mathematical functions can give you pseudorandom
numbers... [more inside]
Random word stimulation
is a technique for generating ideas by associations with random words. You'll find more about it at this site
and the relevant Wikipedia article
Talk to strangers!
"When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other." [via waxy
is a film blog with a proposal for an interesting experiment called 10/40/70
: write a film review of a DVD with three screen captures taken at arbitrary intervals (10, 40, 70 minutes into the film) and see how it changes the way you look at films. This 10/40/70 approach has led to some interesting interpretations of The Conversation
, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
, Blue Velvet
, Godard's Vivre Sa Vie
, and 12 Angry Men
, as well as a contrarian appreciation of Hudson Hawk
. The blog Spectacular Attractions
has even upped the ante by using a random number generator to determine where to select screen caps. Results include Jaws Randomised
and This Is Spinal Tap Randomised with Two Brains
. It's like Dogme 95
, but for film bloggers.