A little surreality to brighten your day
Since I'm back to working in development full-time, I've been setting up a fine little desktop machine. In the process I ran across one of the weirdest bits of software I ever wrote, now available to you too.Basically it generates grammatical english sentences from a randomized vocabulary and set of sentence structures. I've had a fascination with getting computers to emit human language since I was a kid. So I wrote this thing to play around with doing that. It's not artificial intelligence...it's artificial stupidity. Of course, there are perl scripts that can generate a whole nonsense thesis for you, but the output of this thing is, well, cute. For years after I wrote it friends would send me "best-of" emails after half an hour of clicking to create new sentences. And who wouldn't be reassured, being informed that The puppies have not been vast and have not devoured princes.
I wrote it in Turbo Pascal in the early 90's, and then stuck a GUI on it when Delphi came to be in '96 or so.
The source code is long-lost, but for anyone who needs a little absurdity injected into their day, just unzip this file on Windows and run
sentgen/sg32.exe(remember when it was actually cool to append /32 to your programs to show they weren't nasty 16-bit windows 3.1 apps? Maybe the / came from OS/2...).
Needless to say I take no responsibility for anyone being offended or weirded out by its output, or anything it might do - I don't make up what it comes up with, a random number algorithm does :-) Enjoy!