2006/02/26

RSS Feed of New Words

I've just made it easier to get a view of the words coming into the database: an RSS feed. Put http://leonatkinson.com/random/index.php/new-words in your favorite aggregator (I use Thunderbird) and you'll get a daily report on the words added.

2005/11/12

Band Names as Concert Posters

Check out the new design for the band name generator. Gone is the ancient red-blue rainbow. Here now are random images with names overlaid in in a style of a concer poster.

2005/06/05

Down, Down, Down

Well, it looks like the new functionality for voting words out of the database is getting some attention. I see that the work 'a' as singular noun is just one vote away from getting kicked out. The uncapitalized 'african' has been stuck needing seven votes for a while. Maybe I ought to drop the level down to 5 from 10.

Marko writes, "Your band name generator is awesome. I love it. I just have one problem: please change the background colors on the song lyrics generator. I can only read the last bottom lines!"

Really? Anyone else have this problem? Should I rip out the weird coloring?

Kirk writes, "You shouldn't let people add new words."

I think it's working well so far. This voting words out thing has legs, I tell you.

An anonymous person said, "Erm, at the risk of looking stupid, this site just confuses me... and the jokes... they aren't funny.."

It's funny to give people like this stuff out of the generators without telling them what it is.

Obi Wan Seven Beard writes, "I enjoy thsi site and adding words to it's database... thank you for your cooperation."

Move along.

2005/05/03

Vote 'em Down!

I added code last night to allow you to vote against a word. Once it has too many votes against it, it stops showing up in the generators. Let's see how well this works.

2005/05/01

Hardening I lip, hardening I might

Herman asks, "I would like to commend you on the great random generators! I am wondering if you still do updates on it?"

Thank you, and yes.

Chris says, "I am the lead guitarist and vocalist for Super 17, a Band out of Melbourne, Australia....Is there a copyright law on Randomly Generated Files/Data/Stuff etc.?"

The text is all random. I don't claim any copyright on it. The images in the random comics are the ownership of the people who made them and can only be used for that exact purpose.

Ryan told me, "Hi. You may remember me. I wrote a song called Skull Cracking Windchime using lyrics from your random lyrics generator. You may be interested to know that Skull Cracking Windchime was played on the radio. It was number one on Louisville's local music show's request list for two weeks. I still perform it live, and I always plug your site."

Awesome! Ryan's band is Thirtysilver. You can email him to buy a copy of the CD.

It would be interesting if there were a compilation CD of songs inspired by the random generators.

Harry Cheesman writes, "My name is Harry Cheesman. At the following link amongst lots of famous people's names I saw my name! How is this?" And then he links to the dump of the database.

OK, who put Harry Cheesman's name in the database?

Another Chris said, "I have just found out that you are a googlewhack. It means that you are the only person who has the two words antidisenstablishmentarianism and hermaphrodite on your website."

It's a side effect of that database dump. It's attracting lots of strange google traffic, I guess. There are probably many, many googlewhacks from the database. For example, I found "trepidatiously tribally" pretty easily.

Craig asks, "What language are you coding in?"

I think the answer you want is PHP. There's a good book about it called Core PHP Programming.

Craig continues, "I started a new random URL site called CraigsRandomWebsite.com and would really really really appreciate it if you mentioned it on your site or in your blog. I also have other 'random' content that your readers might enjoy."

I thought the Jokes with Realistic Endings article on Something Awful was hillarious. It kind of reminded me of the random jokes. Maybe I should see if there are a few more patterns to pull out and put into the generator.