Wednesday, August 08, 2007

AutoBry

Having been mentally drained by yesterday's Problem with Nige and Frank not to mention the hours of effort I put into Oh Okay- Caption Contest, it was with wild surmise, silent on a peak in North Norfolk, that I looked upon this site, usefully sent to me by my ironic daughter. AutoDave automatically generates your very own Dave Barry column on the basis of a simple form. It works very well. This is one paragraph from my customised column.

"As the French say, au contraire (literally: "slimeball!"). I have here in my hands a copy of an Associated Press article sent in by alert reader Nige, whose name can be rearranged to spell "NEIG", although that is not my main point. "Nige", by the way, only has the letters "Nie" in in common with "Monica Lewinsky", so there is no other reason to mention Monica Lewinsky in this column.'

Perfect. Now can any geeks out there come up with AutoBry to generate posts and relieve me of the burden of informing, irritating and entertaining on this blog?

8 comments:

  1. who needs an AutoBry when you got a Nige.

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  2. Well done Ian - you're the first person to twig that I am in fact a computer programme. No idea who the clown in that picture is...

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  3. I'm no techie, but I'd have thought this ought to cover it for the AutoNigelyard Machine:

    10 PRINT "I SPOTTED ONE OF THESE WHILE STROLLING ON THE COMMON"
    20 PRINT "I WAS THE FIRST JOURNALIST TO INTERVIEW IT BACK IN 1983"
    30 PRINT "IT WAS CONSOLING"
    40 GOTO 10
    RUN

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  4. ha ha, yes, I've seen that before, Nige. It's true then - nothing ever dies on the internet.

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  5. I'm not sure the idea is neo-Dadaist enough. At present, when you press the button on AutoDave you get back an article - very predictable.

    At the very least, you should receive something else: a picture of a zebra, perhaps, a Sufi drum riff or perhaps a call telling you that your pizza is ready for collection.

    Eventually, one would abandon the whole, erm, IT paradigm situation thingy and expect to see "An Article by Brian Appleyard" as an installation at Tate Modern.

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  6. You say you were mentally drained, Bryan. What about me?

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