Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

More Fun With Google

Check out Googletalk, a weird post-modern exercise in machine-intelligence automatic writing. Read the explanation of how it works carefully, and then start having fun.


  • I entered "bla bla bla" and through some bug or quirk of the program, it just returned an eternal sentence of "bla"s which was oddly satisfying.

  • The same thing, oddly, happens with "I grow old," which may arise from the repeated line in T.S. Eliot's "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" (I grow old I grow old / I shall wear my trousers rolled).

  • I entered "John Ashcroft is" and got this in return: "John Ashcroft is a man who when he is not HERE, for He is the author of the Fourth Gospel."

  • "Why don't we" = "why don't we Do It Our way, or the Highway to HELL. Highway To hell. Highway To hell. Highway To hell. Highway To hell."

  • Finally, I entered "[My real name] loves to", and quickly the algorithm returned "[Moon] loves to read. And write." What followed was gibberish, but it was striking. Because Moon does. And does.


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