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The Ghost of Ghostbusters Past
"Just a quick semi-technical post on how I made @WeBustedGhosts, my new bot that casts movies from an alternate history where "ghostbusters" is a stock comedy genre, sort of a twentieth-century commedia dell'arte." A wonderful tale of busting ghosts and SQL, but I also wanted to capture this sentence.
leonardr  leonardrichardson  ghostbusters  bots  jokes  algorithmichumour 
april 2015 by infovore
The Bot of Mormon
"I don't usually do in-depth analyses of my bots, especially one that's probably not gonna break ten followers, but my most recent bot is very personal to me, and the making of it turned out to be much stranger than I expected. It's The Bot of Mormon, "the most correct bot", a text-generating process with a very niche audience but the niche audience includes me, so I'm happy." Great, detailed post from Leonard on making programattic jokes: his explanation of the ongoing struggle to make the bot entertaining is good, and the solution he comes to smart.
leonardr  bot  bots  humour 
october 2014 by infovore
Roy's Postcards
"It's 1981. Roy Richardson is a manager at a Los Angeles computer company. A devout Mormon, he has a two-year-old son, with two daughters yet to be born. He has a little over ten years to live.

I was that two-year-old and Roy was my father. I grew up without him, knowing the outlines of his life but not the details. In 2006, at my mother's house, I found three boxes of details." Leonard never fails to surprise and amaze. This is wonderful.
leonardr  postcards  family  history  writing  documentation 
january 2012 by infovore
Justice Will Take Us Millions Of Intricate Moves
Leonard Richardson's talk from QCon, about REST, his work on Canonical's Launchpad and its web service, and some useful history for anyone wanting to contextualise web services as part of the web.
programming  history  development  web  api  webservices  rest  leonardr 
january 2009 by infovore

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