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posted by wanderingmind (31 comments total)
In other words:

The Eater of Meaning is a program for extracting the message from the medium. Format and presentation are unaffected, but words and letters are subjected to an elaborate nonsensification progress that eliminates semantics root and branch. It is written in Python, and can be run as a standalone script or used as a CGI-based proxy.
posted by wanderingmind at 8:14 PM on May 5, 2003

Oh, that's odd. Check out BBC News with the Eater; it's like something out of an early-morning dream.
posted by Bletch at 8:35 PM on May 5, 2003

Opened the BBC window twice and they're different from each other.
posted by hobbes at 9:07 PM on May 5, 2003

Most confusing FPP ever, but quite clever, wandering.
posted by msacheson at 9:08 PM on May 5, 2003

Lorem Ipsum, anyone?
posted by hobbes at 9:12 PM on May 5, 2003

Is there a way to tweak somebody's browser to send every page through the Eater of Meaning? Would make a decent prank.
posted by muckster at 9:32 PM on May 5, 2003

Wanderingmind, you rock. A bold move and a just one. Thank you. This has detroyed my brain, and now I am free. Fuck all of you, I'm free.
posted by squirrel at 10:08 PM on May 5, 2003 [1 favorite]

did someboday say prate?
posted by specialk420 at 10:27 PM on May 5, 2003

The clavdivicator!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:27 PM on May 5, 2003

stavros: when i first started reading the fpp, i totally checked to see if clavdivs wrote it.

sorry clav!
posted by sugarfish at 11:12 PM on May 5, 2003

Reading this FPP reminded me of my experiences with Finnegans Wake. Very uncomfortable. I tried reading it aloud, even, just like I tried with the Wake. Worked just about as well.
posted by mr_roboto at 12:31 AM on May 6, 2003

or maybe the five fresh fish-inator!
posted by gen at 3:22 AM on May 6, 2003

As far as I'm concerned, this easily one-ups the Guided By Voices song generator.
posted by dayan at 4:38 AM on May 6, 2003

It is amazing how much better poetry is once it's been eaten.
posted by vito90 at 7:30 AM on May 6, 2003

Oh, that's a good one, dayan. Even though it's on Tripod.
posted by Vidiot at 7:52 AM on May 6, 2003

Search Google for the phrase "travesty generator," and pick one. They're lots of fun.
posted by Su at 8:03 AM on May 6, 2003

this reminds me of marshall mcluhan for some reason
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 8:06 AM on May 6, 2003

The FFFishinator? Unless I've been posting in my sleep, I don't think I've ever posted something so incoherent...
posted by five fresh fish at 8:14 AM on May 6, 2003

John Berryman? Is that you?
posted by sennoma at 8:34 AM on May 6, 2003

Yeah, i wondered about that ref, too, FFFish. Easy shot.
posted by squirrel at 8:45 AM on May 6, 2003

Reading this FPP reminded me of my experiences with Finnegans Wake.

Spelunking of Whizzich...
posted by soyjoy at 8:47 AM on May 6, 2003

Also, props to Robert Anton Wilson, who has had this kind of nonsense (scroll down a bit) on his official bio page for years.
posted by soyjoy at 8:51 AM on May 6, 2003

was anybody here ever a regular poster/lurker back when alt.non.sequitur had its heyday? here's a decent link if you've never heard of it, it's the mid-90s faq. it seems childish at first but it was really fun, a sort of mental food fight. probably the greatest thing i've ever encountered on the internet was a post there, that ran along the lines of:

when hear that robble robble robble behind you, you know you're fucked.
posted by mitchel at 9:15 AM on May 6, 2003


My roommate's web design business is rather charmingly altered to "Fellatio Princes."
posted by Foosnark at 9:35 AM on May 6, 2003

From soyjoy's demeanification of the Joyce thread:

"Thinness is greenish studebaker!"

Words to live by. The user names are great too.
posted by languagehat at 10:37 AM on May 6, 2003

My last comment demeanified:

Frozen soya demonstrations of thereabouts Joy threaded:

"Thinnest is greenbelt studying!"

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posted by languagehat at 10:39 AM on May 6, 2003

"Thinness is greenish studebaker!"

languagehat, dunno if you noticed, but it generates a new one just about every time. Now it's

Thinkably is greek studs!

I couldn't agree more.
posted by soyjoy at 11:42 AM on May 6, 2003

I want to live the rest of my life filtering all information intake through the Eater of Meaning.

Soyjoy, if you ever need a personal tagline, here it is: Frosty soya demon of thematic Joyousness

Let's try a little erotica (mostly SFW):

Whimsically fin expensively my skillful, my necks feelers, fireman thermometer coolies of theresa air, theory warnings likelihood waveland breachers, pullings me backwards intercommunication theology armenia....Sofas laugh filthiness my early as I rearrangeable I am toothpaste....A cockroach entices me everglade so sloper, my vagabond expander to accomplishments theater sweat. Therapeutic geocentric of my innate walsh kiss, succinctly, fonder, martial its jousting....I oncology sawtooth, on telnet, whacking mathematica.
posted by hippugeek at 4:26 PM on May 6, 2003

Before it slips my mind entirely, I have to give props to Leonard Richardson, who wrote this thing in the first place, and is also the mind behind the page discussed here. Props and apologies for eating up all the bandwidth... If you know how to make it work, you probably should download the Python version to play with.
posted by wanderingmind at 4:51 PM on May 6, 2003

Here's the obligatory link to the Eater of Meaning Version of this thread.
posted by mmoncur at 2:46 AM on May 7, 2003

wanderingmind, thanks again for the post. One of the funniest things about this is the way it affects one's brain... when you read, or even scan through, a whole page such as mmoncur's last link, the brain works so hard to try to make sense of it that when returning to, say, the MetaFilter main page, for the first few seconds the words still seem to be randomly generated - as if the brain is saying, yeah, OK, sure, this all makes sense... as nonsense.
posted by soyjoy at 7:38 AM on May 7, 2003

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