Note that the word "experiment", like the word "novel", may mean many things.
Isaac Asimov has suggested a triage process which divides scientific claims into three groups: mundane, unusual and hogwash [my terms]. As an example, a claim that "My computer has generated 50,000 words of text" is pretty mundane. No-one would disbelieve me, but they wouldn't be very interested. A claim that "My computer has generated a 50,000-word story" would probably result in mild disbelief and requests to have a look. Finally, a claim that "My computer has generated a 50,000-word novel" would be greeted with cries of "Hogwash!"
— with apologies to the sci.skeptic FAQ
Everything in this repository is in the public domain; see the file UNLICENSE in the root directory for more information.
Now that NaNoGenMo 2014 has passed, the purpose of this repository is a bit up-in-the-air. We may just keep using it for the purposes of continuing to develop the lab equipment and/or experimenting with generated text in the off-season. For what it looked like at the end of NaNoGenMo 2014, see the tag nanogenmo-2014-end.
An experiment a day during November
Having not come up with a really ripping idea for a novel to generate, I decided fairly early on in November to make my goal for NaNoGenMo 2014 to run one little experiment per day (on average) in the generation, transformation, and general mutilation of text (and images, yes those too. See the link for more details.)
In roughly chronicological order (based on when they were started, not when they were finished), the experiments have been:
Plus special bonus experiments!
Plus experiments that were started but are not considered proper experiments mainly because they don't really add anything on top of one of the other experiments:
- narrow-cut-up (not different enough from naive-cut-up)
- naive-spoonerizer (not different enough from advanced-spoonerizer)
Anything in this repo not listed above is either a piece of lab equipment:
or a supply of lab materials: