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README.md

The Seeker

(I am very tired and melty-brained right now so this is not going to be a very good README for at least a few days!! Sorry!!)

This is the repository for my 2014 NaNoGenMo submission, The Seeker. You can also call it Logs of the Seeker if you like. I haven't really decided yet.

Assuming you're here for the final output: The Seeker (PDF). There are also plain text files in the out/ directory, which were used to generate the PDF.

If you are here for the code: I am so, so, so sorry. It is up here but it is definitely not runnable by anybody other than me at this point because it is the most tangled heap of spaghetti and duct tape you can imagine, filled with comments at myself about how I should maybe do a better job of organizing it. But! I would love to refactor it and make it actually parseable by other human beings at some point, since I think it is important to share how these things work.

Here are some bullet points about The Seeker:

  • Every run of The Seeker is completely unique, because it relies on external randomness (in this case, WikiHow).
  • The Seeker is at once an algorithm, an agent, a protagonist, a narrator. At its essence, it is an entity that parses, deconstructs, and reconstructs text. The output of this algorithm are its "logs" of doing this.
  • The Seeker operates in three modes: Work, Scan, and Imagine. When the Seeker Works, it is scraping concepts about human activities from WikiHow. In Scan mode, it searches plain text "memories" for a seed concept it encountered during Work. It uses the concepts it doesn't recognize from Scan mode (i.e., the ones which are censored out in its logs) to Imagine an "unvision" around the seed concept. And so on. And so forth.
  • The Seeker is a piece that is better explained by itself than by whatever other bullet points I could write here about it.

PLEASE READ WHATEVER YOU LIKE INTO IT

"apophenia is humanity's secret sauce" -- a friend not realizing he was definitely assuring me that Everything is Okay

<3<3<3 ~thrice

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