Useful things I've made that I can show
- The Oracle Speaks - old project that was based on CGI and runtime text-to-speech, now improved by making browser clients do the heavy thinking, and no more media player embedded binary objects.
- Dandytype - The unicode character set has many characters that look like Latin letters. Useful for messages that humans can read but machines cannot. Or just to look like a fancy-pants in your instant-messaging.
- SF starmaps - autogen for the role-playing game "Diaspora," if you must skip session zero.
- tcica "cheat" - inspired by the old 'fusker' tool for making galleries out of remote image listings. ('fusker' is Swedish for 'one-who-cheats'; 'tcica' is a Lojban predicate for a similar idea).
- Inuktitut cypher, a nearly-accurate method of writing English words in the Canadian Aboriginal Syllabary. This isn't a translation, more of a transcribing, much like when the Japanese use Latin characters and call it 'Romanji'.
- Babbler: madlibs a text widgety thing for wide applications in curated random texts. Inspired by something I saw distributed with Solaris but I could never find again.
- Greasemonkey scripts to alter webpages after they've arrived but before I view them. Usually these are to make web-pages more useful, but lately I've been using them to remove noise from web-pages that get in the way of signal. (i.e.: dedicating 30% of the screen real estate to "you may also like" suggestions)
- Some additions I've made for the IRC client 'xchat': (github)
- Nanofictionary. Another toy, a cardgame for storywriting ideas.
- Television. More a toy than an application.
Turn the knobs to change channels. I have a backend interface for
designing "stations" and "schedules," but I feel the random
channel-surfing is a more appropriate interface.
- "ci'erkei la lojbo":
I taught a computer to play something very similar
to Herman Hesse's Glass Bead Game. It If you're into the constructed
"logical" language Lojban, you might
find this interesting for learning vocabulary. You can play the
game in English or other Germanic languages too, although it's too
awkward in some natural languages. (Even in Hesse's book it
states the Glass Bead Game used it's own specialized language.)
- Harvester: software I've been
using for years to assist me in collecting memes and viral media.
- Babbler: Dada Comics: Like
that beatnik exercise, where you cut up a book's pages into quarters,
reassemble them, and read the result out loud. Also inspired by the
Zen Garfield strips made by Dan at Fairway.
- Stripmaker: inspired by the DilbertHole, software I use to
make dirty filthy imitations of existing comic strips. (made long before
and obsoleted by things like quickmeme)
- Stripper Bingo: mostly finished.
I need playtesting and I need better artwork, something appropriate
to each item on the bingo card. I've spoken to a few artists about
commissioning work, they seem excited, but nobody returns my calls.
Maybe I need to hired a call-girl for some photo sessions or
- Babbler: Markov Chains
- Babbler: MadLibs (aka the
stupid perl meta-trick)
- Tingoth, the IRC bot with toys