Software-authored book of conversation-starters


JanusNode sez, "Janusnode is 'a user-configurable dynamic textual projective surface,' AKA a programmable text generating application. It has released a book entitled 'You can bring an elephant to a Broadway show, but you cannot make it drink Chablis: 365 computer-generated excuses to converse', self-published (copyright-free) through Lulu.com. As the title suggests, the book consists of 365 automatically-generated (but human-curated) topics for discussion, ranging from the bizarre to the profound. The rule set for generating the discussion topics ships with JanusNode (among many other rule sets), which is free from JanusNode.com, so you can also generate and choose your own discussion topics if you don't want to spring for the printed pre-curated set."

You can bring an elephant to a Broadway show, but you cannot make it drink Chablis: 365 computer-generated excuses to converse (Thanks, JanusNode!)

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    1. Indeed: I bought that book thirty years ago (and still own it) and that was one of the inspirations for working on automatic text generation: first with McPoet (now long-obsolete, v. 1.0 released in about 1989) and then its descendent JanusNode. I loved Racter, but JanusNode is much better than it ever was. Old things do sometimes get improved. Cheers- JanusNode

  1. Been using JanusNode since the McPoet days, great to see it get some boingboing coverage. :) Great software!

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