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1001 Rogues
"Every day, 1001 Rogues generates an unique roguelike adventure which can take place anytime, from prehistory to the distant future."
games  emergence  random  roguelike 
april 2017 by kevan
Stonemaier Games » An Open Letter to Small Game Conventions from a Tiny Publishing Company
Play-and-win. "As the convention is winding down, one piece of paper is selected from each [game], and a name is randomly selected from the people on that piece of paper. They get to keep the game."
games  random 
february 2014 by kevan
nossidge • i am the path along unseen heather Snowball...
"It takes input from a text file which contains novels from Project Gutenberg, scans for word pairs where the second word is longer by one letter, and builds up a poem using Markov chains."
poetry  art  random  via:bigwriting 
april 2013 by kevan
A Brilliant New Method of Price Discrimination: Flip to Fly
"GetGoing randomly chooses one of [two selected trips] and books your ticket, which you can’t change or cancel. [The] coin flip reassures the airlines that they are giving these discounts to leisure travelers, not business travelers who would pay a higher price because they have to fly."
business  travel  random 
march 2013 by kevan
The Aleph: Infinite Wonder / Infinite Pity
"I wanted to present a version of what [Borges'] The Aleph might look like now, designed as an endless stream of descriptive passages pulled from the web. For source texts, I took the complete Project Gutenberg as well as current tweets. I searched for the phrase 'I saw.'"
writing  random  borges  via:waxy 
march 2013 by kevan
Spam-erican Apparel « DIS Magazine
"As far as I can gather their process consists of ALPHABETICALLY(!) applying every single image in the Public Domain photography archive to every object Zazzle offers."
clothes  random  spam 
january 2013 by kevan
Random Shopper — Randomized Consumerism
"Every time I run [Amazon Random Shopper], I give it a set budget, say $50. It grabs a random word from the Wordnik API, 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. If it found a CD for $10, then the new budget is $40, and it does another random word search and starts all over, continuing until it runs out of money, or it searches a set number of times."
shopping  random  via:waxy 
november 2012 by kevan
pareidoloop
"1. generate random polygons. 2. feed them into a face detector. 3. mutate to increase recognition confidence."
mutation  random  faces  emergence  via:waxy 
august 2012 by kevan
Dada Da Dada Da Dum
"From the 95,000 limericks in the Jim McWilliam collection, endless new limericks can be created through Queneau assembly." [...] "The two Perrier trucks broken down / "Antinous! Ah, why did he drown!" / It would be like dessert / I must now revert / We have a crap duster in town!"
random  poetry 
june 2012 by kevan
Exposing Social Gaming's Hidden Lever - Betable Game Monetization Blog
"Zynga combines mass appeal, addictive gambling mechanics, and an aggressive viral marketing strategy to achieve incredible growth. Their stylish, highly approachable games help them avoid the stigma of gambling while appealing to precisely the audiences that are the most avid gamblers."
games  money  design  psychology  random  via:zarba 
october 2011 by kevan
Vetinari clock will drive you insane - Hack a Day
"The coil leads were disconnected from the clock circuit and connected to digital inputs of an Arduino. With a few random() calls, the clock keeps accurate but random time." A lot more viscerally unnerving than the Chronophage clock.
time  hacking  random 
october 2011 by kevan
Robot Flâneur: Exploring Google Street View
"Robot Flâneur is an explorer for Google Street View. Select a city to start exploring. Follow the instructions or just go full screen for an urban screensaver of your choice."
cities  photos  random  via:blech 
june 2011 by kevan
WORDOID - Creative Naming Service
Generating English-sounding words for domain names, "preferably with as little Google search results as possible".
web  language  random 
march 2011 by kevan
PSFK » Monopoly Live: Is A Game That Controls Everything For You Really A Game?
"In short, from an interaction design perspective, the game is becoming very close to a purely random-event environment, which would be something like a game where players just roll dice against each other to see who gets the higher score."
games  board  design  random 
february 2011 by kevan
Previously, On The X-Files -- Mulder's Big Adventure
"A random image generator that uses Markov chains and ImageMagick to construct semi-coherent bits of random X-Files dialogue, based on community transcripts."
television  random  language  via:brendan 
january 2011 by kevan
BBC - BBC Radio 3 Programmes - Drama on 3, The Unfortunates, by BS Johnson
"Graham White’s adaptation follows the book’s logic and so we have provided separate sections which, following the broadcast on 17th October, can be randomised using the carousel above."
radio  random  books  via:infovore 
october 2010 by kevan
Story Generator - TV Tropes
"We say 'story generator', but it should probably be 'story idea generator'. These elements from the trope indexes should spark an idea or two."
narrative  random  television 
november 2009 by kevan
Mind - How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect - NYTimes.com
"When those patterns break down — as when a hiker stumbles across an easy chair sitting deep in the woods, as if dropped from the sky — the brain gropes for something, anything that makes sense. It may retreat to a familiar ritual, like checking equipment. But it may also turn its attention outward, the researchers argue, and notice, say, a pattern in animal tracks that was previously hidden. The urge to find a coherent pattern makes it more likely that the brain will find one."
brains  random 
october 2009 by kevan
The Longest Poem in the World
Collecting random pairs of Twitter posts that rhyme. "Working day and night / in black and white."
poetry  random  twitter  via:parrish 
august 2009 by kevan
Dice-O-Matic hopper and elevator - GamesByEmail
A dice server dropping Math.random in favour of "a machine that can belch a continuous river of dice down a spiraling ramp, then elevate, photograph, process and upload almost a million and a half rolls to the server a day."
dice  technology  random  via:holly 
may 2009 by kevan
Dada Chess
"Both players play randomly within the rules of chess. A new game is created once an hour."
chess  random  board  games 
may 2009 by kevan
Near Future Laboratory >> Drift Deck (Analog Edition)
"The Drift Deck (Analog Edition) is an algorithmic puzzle game used to navigate city streets. A deck of cards is used as instructions that guide you as you drift about the city. Each card contains an object or situation, followed by a simple action."
walking  games  random  via:jones 
october 2008 by kevan
IF Name Generator
"The following is a list of 40 randomized IF game titles created by joining the beginning and end parts of two random existing IF titles." [...] "Four Knapsack Problem"
if  random  via:grim 
march 2008 by kevan
Dadaist Pursuit : A Trivial Pursuit mutation
Writing up the random-answer Trivial Pursuit variant, as it might save someone's Christmas. "Moving clockwise around the room, each other player then selects the funniest answer from the card at the top of their pile, and reads it out."
creations  games  random 
december 2007 by kevan
Wikipedia Album Generator
An automated version of a meme that's going around LiveJournal at the moment - keep clicking Wikipedia's 'random page' button to get a band and album title, and a track listing. "Punta Gorda Ice Plant, by Mystery of the Glowing Eye."
creations  random  music  wikis 
december 2007 by kevan
'Cool Cash' card confusion - News - Manchester Evening News
"A lottery scratchcard has been withdrawn from sale by Camelot - because players couldn't understand it." [...] "The concept of comparing negative numbers proved too difficult for some [and] Camelot received dozens of complaints on the first day."
money  maths  random  education  via:tim 
november 2007 by kevan
The London Evening Standard Headline Generator
Spliced together from pavement-board photos, by Holly. "Toxic Fog 'Will Haunt Brown'"
random  news 
august 2007 by kevan
Stephen Potter, Gamesmanship: Chess
"This is [an] effective opening, simple to play and easy to remember, which I have invented for use against a more experienced player who is absolutely certain to win. It consists of making three moves at random and then resigning."
games  psychology  illusions  chess  random 
august 2007 by kevan
The Art of Gratuitous Praise - washingtonpost.com
"The avuncular voice calls out from a bright red-and-white-striped box perched on a platform of bricks, with a speaker at eye level and a grid of ventilation holes in the side. A small sign explains, 'The Compliment Machine.'"
technology  random  psychology 
july 2007 by kevan
Proppian Fairy Tale Generator v1.0
Using Javascript to automate narratology theory from the 1930s. "Propp argued that all fairy tales were constructed of certain plot elements, which he called functions, and that these elements consistently occurred in a uniform sequence."
language  writing  random  via:mcios 
june 2007 by kevan
The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel
Disappointing: a minimally expanded list of the one-sentence tourism ideas from the Latourex website, padded out with flat and patronisingly overexplanatory summaries, and random-weblog-standard "laboratory results" from people who've taken the journeys.
booklog  tourism  travel  random  dice  secrets  mysteries 
june 2007 by kevan
Latourex - Laboratory of Experimental Tourism
"...discovering a capital by following the layout of its Monopoly board. Visit the streets, stations, jail, car park, water and electricity companies, etc all by throwing the dice and following the official rules of the game."
random  tourism  cities  dice  via:jodi 
may 2007 by kevan
Wumpus 2000
A text adventure in a randomly-generated dungeon. "Each creature has a different AI which dictates how it moves... some go looking for treasures, some seek out prey, some try to find room to breed, and a few move in a 'patrol' pattern."
games  if  monsters  random  via:zarba 
may 2007 by kevan
Quadradius
An ultra-simple boardgame, with random powerups scattered on the board, to be collected and stored Stratego-style. There's some scope for clever combo-building, but the underlying randomness is frustrating. Needs to be more CCG-style.
games  board  web  random  mutation  via:jay 
february 2007 by kevan
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (2004)
Odd mix of harrowing self-awareness and vague glossing, of scientific enthusiasm and knowingly theatrical non-logic, that doesn't quite ring true, and a good, surprising ending that turns predictably bad. A great sense of random online networks, though.
filmlog  3stars  web  coincidences  money  writing  secrets  random  travel 
january 2007 by kevan
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves (Wii)
The Wii gives a brilliant new dimension to the throwaway minigame genre; each game becomes a physical object that's thrown at you, and you have to work out how to manipulate it. The preparatory "forms" are genius; pity that multiplayer mode begins locked.
gamelog  meta  random  via:matthew 
january 2007 by kevan
The New Year's Resolutions of LiveJournal
More autogeneration from processed LiveJournal profile content. Fun for throwing up forgotten interests. "Find a new Iceland. Start an Adelaide fund. Go programming three times a week. Connect with my inner Morrissey."
creations  random  future 
december 2006 by kevan
The Twelve Days of LiveJournal
Fun with the LiveJournal interest-list API. "Five gi-i-i-iant squid, Four random words, Three cheapass games, Two magnus mills, and a bartok in a synergy."
creations  weblogs  random 
december 2006 by kevan
The Christmas Song Generator
"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, you give us so much swarm of bees."
random  music  religion 
december 2006 by kevan
ScienceDaily: Children Show Strong Preference For Lucky Individuals
"Young children express stronger liking for the beneficiaries of good luck compared to the victims of bad lack and generalize this preference to those who share membership in a group."
children  psychology  society  delusions  random  via:mindhacks 
november 2006 by kevan
The Movie Quote Generator
"Listen to them. Children of the random word generator. What music they make." Doubles as a guess-the-film quiz.
creations  films  language  random 
november 2006 by kevan
Grand Illusions - Toy Shop - Polyorama
"The Polyorama originally dates from the mid 18th century, and consists of a series of illustrated cards which combine to form an 'endless landscape' - you can place the cards in any order, and the pictures will still fit together to create a landscape."
art  cards  toys  random  via:waxy 
october 2006 by kevan
The Nietzsche Family Circus
"The Nietzsche Family Circus pairs a randomized Family Circus cartoon with a randomized Friedrich Nietzsche quote."
comics  philosophy  random  via:mcios 
october 2006 by kevan
Dada Maps
"You can't get there from here." Six randomly-jigsawed panels from Google Maps.
maps  random  via:leonard 
august 2006 by kevan
LiveJournal Dungeon Adventure
"You find yourself in a gothic-arched temple. Across one wall is a faded fresco of pigeons." Autogenerating choose-your-own-adventure dungeons from LiveJournal profiles.
creations  games  random  weblogs  underground 
june 2006 by kevan
Sternest Meanings - talk
Anagram chatbot. "webuser: Give me a quote for del.icio.us." "sternest: Good! I'm queer, facetious evil."
language  random  via:boynton 
june 2006 by kevan
Essays - Michel de Montaigne
"[Idleness] presents me with so many chimeras and imaginary monsters, one after another [...] that, in order to contemplate their oddness and absurdity at leisure, I have begun to record them in writing, hoping in time to make my mind ashamed of them."
booklog  philosophy  random  history  via:holly  via:leonard 
february 2006 by kevan
Le Cadavre/Exquise/Boira/Le Vin/Nouveau
anexquisitecorpse.net is on its feet again. "[...] a small number of artists, each with little to no idea as to what has gone before, creating a (hopefully) single, unified and otherwise unique work that could not be created any other way."
art  random  secrets 
february 2006 by kevan
The Digital Postmodern Modernist Generator by Don Relyea
"When the graphic processes are complete the program assigns the work a title by combining a noun, an adjective and a random number attempting in futility to assign meaning to the work."
art  simulation  random 
february 2006 by kevan
The Mechanical Contrivium: Random Trivia Generator
A keyword-eating random trivia generator from Holly. "Zombies are physically incapable of sticking their tongue out." "Plato believed that the souls of melancholy people would be reincarnated into ninjas."
random  lies  humour 
january 2006 by kevan
Sci-Fi News - 24-Hour Mirror-Universe News from Around the Galaxy
"Queen Sawid II delivered a somber Generic Holiday Period meme Sunday, remembering those who lost loved ones in last year's Dylabos timequake and the transit bombings that shook Megacit's security."
creations  news  future  random  space  aliens 
december 2005 by kevan
cavalorn: We're All Going To Die: a single-page RPG
"The GM picks out one name at random. This person is the Survivor. No matter what happens, this person will survive, so long as he is trying to. Everyone else will die. Without exception. Everyone. The players are not told who the Survivor is."
roleplaying  zombies  apocalypse  random 
november 2005 by kevan
Bad Joke Generator
"The Bad Joke Generator autogenerates terrible, terrible puns about any person or object or archetype, based on the keywords you give it." Doing my bit to destroy the Christmas cracker industry.
creations  humour  random 
november 2005 by kevan
Let them sing it for you
Hadn't played with this since getting broadband; it does word fragments, now, where I don't remember it doing them before. Very good.
music  language  random 
october 2005 by kevan
Tate Britain | Your Collection
Facetious new tour leaflets at Tate Britain, which looked like they were planted by a stalker - design your own, and get it added to the collection, with a VIP pass thrown in.
museums  random  paper  walking 
october 2005 by kevan
Press Your Luck
Beating a non-random game-show prize sequence: "In November of 1983, he recorded every episode of Press Your Luck over the course of several weeks. [Larsen] froze the images to examine randomized tile sequences frame by frame."
cheating  money  random  television  hacking  via:qwghlm 
september 2005 by kevan
GameDev.net -- Randomness without Replacement
"Let us call [...] a long string of consecutive failures 'frustration'." A nice look at use of probabilities in games, that deck-of-dice unrepeated sequences are much kinder to players. Should think about this for Urban Dead.
games  design  random  dice  psychology 
september 2005 by kevan
Bilateral Thinking Puzzles
"Q: Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?" "A: The man is a priest." Bored, wondered if this would be amusing. Still not sure. But 'the man was playing Monopoly' is another good catch-all.
creations  humour  random  puzzles 
august 2005 by kevan
Thesaurusizer
Give it a paragraph and it replaces some of the words with random thesaurus entries. "Price down it a article and it replaces plural of the words feel grief in common with fortuitous armory entries." So, er, yes.
language  random  via:arbroath 
july 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Bank puts the 'fun' into 'funds'
"Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is introducing fruitmachine-style games of chance which run while the ATM processes its more mundane transactions. Get three sevens, and your withdrawal fee is waived; three golds promise a jackpot of 1,000 yen (£5; $9)."
games  money  random  technology  japan 
july 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Unorthodox Chess From an Odd Mind
Bobby Fischer's Chess960: "Pawns begin where they always do. However, the pieces behind them on the white side are arranged at random, with the proviso that bishops must end up on opposite colors, and the king dwell somewhere between the two rooks."
chess  games  random  via:holly 
july 2005 by kevan
justcurio.us // strangers helping strangers
"justcurio.us is an anonymous question and answer system, open to anyone, with one simple rule: to ask a question, you must first answer someone else's question."
random  via:foe 
july 2005 by kevan
The Mirror of Ink - Jorge Luis Borges
Slim volume of a few short stories for the Penguin 70s collection, including The Library of Babel.
mirrors  language  random  libraries  booklog 
may 2005 by kevan
1000 Blank White Cards: The RPG
Interestingly freeform RPG, using the Blank White Card Game ethos. "The GM may play more cards as needed from their hand when they introduce new events or situations. For every card the GM plays, one player may respond by playing one of their own cards."
roleplaying  random  cards  via:brendan 
may 2005 by kevan
Omnipelagos.com ~ meandering search engine
Wonderful shortest-path-finder, sifting through a web built from information fragments of Wikipedia. An automated and impressively coherent Dirk. "Zombie -> Tetrodotoxin -> Tetraodontiformes -> Pelagic Zone -> Giant Squid"
random  via:leonard  wikis 
may 2005 by kevan
TIME Global Advisor: Have Horse Head, Will Travel
The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel: "My wife and I travel separately to the same foreign city by different modes of transport, and then try to find each other. We have done it and met six times. The moment we meet is always fantastic."
travel  tourism  random  books  todo 
may 2005 by kevan
Divided Kingdom Smileys
Random stupid-smiley pop-up advert that almost corresponds to the four psychologically-coloured quarters of Rupert Thomson's Divided Kingdom.
faces  random  thomson  coincidences  filetype:gif  media:image 
may 2005 by kevan
GameSpy: Breakfast with Will Wright
"I'm uncollecting. I buy collections on eBay, and I disperse them out to people again. I have to be like an entropic force to collectors, otherwise all of this stuff will get sorted. It's like the opposing force, uncollectors."
emergence  random  interviews 
may 2005 by kevan
eBay Feedback Generator
"Item magnificent! Fantastic delivery. Splendorous packaging." Written for Matt Green; an auto-generating alternative to having to think up new adjectives. (Although it's morbidly fascinating how self-reinforcing the natural language of eBay feedback is.)
creations  random 
april 2005 by kevan
The Surrealist Dalek
Possibly the worst thing about Doctor Who returning is that topical comedians are doing the tired old "words ending in -ate" dalek trope again. The Surrealist Dalek is here for the head of Mitch Benn.
random  daleks  creations 
april 2005 by kevan
RPGnet: Designing Strategy: The Random Factor
Pros and cons of chance elements in game design. "By reducing lookahead you also reduce the width of decision sets by not allowing them to span turns and turns into the future. And thus, you make the game more playable."
games  random  design  dice 
april 2005 by kevan
SCIgen - An Automatic CS Paper Generator
Randomly-generated computer science research papers. "One useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate submissions to 'fake' conferences; that is, conferences with no quality standards, which exist only to make money."
random  programming  writing 
april 2005 by kevan
extisp.icio.us - scattering del.icio.us tags
Now incorporating an image-based display; taking the top Yahoo images result for each of your tags, and slotting them all into a slapdash grid of accuracy, insight and unsafe-for-work nonsense. Discover what the inside of your head really looks like.
photos  web  random  creations 
april 2005 by kevan
Spell with flickr
Enter a word to get it spelt out in Flickr photos of individual letters. Should take some of these.
photos  random  todo 
march 2005 by kevan
rodcorp: Underground train drawing 2
Holding a pen against a piece of paper, and letting a Tube train move it around.
art  tube  random  paper 
march 2005 by kevan
Flickr: Chinese Whispers
Resurrected as a Flickr group. "Just look at the most recent photo in the pool - it's the leftmost one - and add a photo of your own that you consider to be similar to it."
photos  random  evolution  coincidences 
february 2005 by kevan
skepdic.com: The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR)
Following on from the last entry, a dissection of Jahn's work in the 70s. "These data should remind us that statistical significance does not imply importance."
random  lunacy  science  hoaxes 
february 2005 by kevan
RedNova News - Can This Black Box See Into the Future?
Burbling random-number generators that suddenly register "huge deviations from the norm" during (or slightly before) significant world events. Doubtful.
random  future  technology  lunacy  maths  mysteries 
february 2005 by kevan
About the Alphabet Synthesis Machine
"[Font-creation software] which attempts to generate artifacts that seem to make sense, but in fact, don't."
fonts  illusions  language  random 
october 2004 by kevan
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