Jul 14 2010

Is the code even trying?

Type something in at the “I Write Like” site, “iwl.me”, and you’ll get an allegation that the text is written “like” that of someone famous.   Now, I’m sure it’s doing something kinda computational with its input, but…

H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness (from here): George Orwell.

George Orwell, Burmese Days, chapter one (from here): Margaret Mitchell.

Charles Manson quotes (from here, both pages, with the words “Charles Manson” removed): Kurt Vonnegut.

Mao Tse Tung (in translation, sources of quotes removed, from here): Kurt Vonnegut.

Unabomber’s Manifesto (from here): Mario Puzo.

Hitler’s Mein Kampf, chapter one (in translation, from here): Ernest Hemingway.

German news magazine article (from here): Edgar Allen Poe.

Poe’s “The Tell-tale Heart” (from here): Vladimir Nabokov.

Nabokov’s “Signs and Symbols” (from here): David Foster Wallace.

Twain’s “The War Prayer” (from here): David Foster Wallace.

Bourne shell source code (from here, both main.c and word.c):  David Foster Wallace.


Addendum (2010 July 16): Jim Macdonald has documented how the site serves as a lead-in to suck money out of you via the old vanity press scam.  (To help foster the site’s coming and well-deserved fall into Internet history’s trash heap, I’ve edited out this post’s active pointer.)

Furthermore: by handing it real texts, I was already giving it far too much credit. Here, Bruce Cohen writes:

Maybe it has something to do with the author’s diet?

banana banana banana banana banana – Kurt Vonnegut
peach peach peach peach peach peach – Agatha Christie
watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon – Mark Twain
broccoli broccoli broccoli broccoli broccoli broccoli – Chuck Palahniuk
steak steak steak steak steak steak – Ian Fleming
clam clam clam clam clam clam – Chuck Palahniuk
squid squid squid squid squid squid – Mario Puzo

And putting my previous comment into the mix:

word salad word salad word salad word salad word salad word salad – P. G. Wodehouse

For my part, I resolve– and I call on my friends and colleagues to join me– to banana watermelon clam steak clam steak clam steak.

Jul 1 2010

San Francisco Pride 2010

These are from the day of the San Francisco Pride 2010 Parade: 2010 June 27.

May 31 2010

Carnaval Grand Parade 2010

This year’s Carnaval Grand Parade took place on 2010 May 30.

May 25 2010

Tour de Castro 2010

On 2010 May 22, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. held the “Tour de Castro”, a charity tricycle race benefiting AIDS/LifeCycle riders.

I’m trying something new, here; all these images are 1080 pixels high. You may want to enlarge your browser window.

May 13 2010

11th Annual How Weird Street Faire

The 11th Annual How Weird Street Faire took place on 2010 May 09.

May 11 2010

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu at Yerba Buena Gardens

On 2010 May 08, the Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu dance troupe performed at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

Members of the Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu dance troupe

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May 5 2010

T-t-t-t-t . . .

I’m not– not for a second– suggesting anything unusual is going on.  All I know is I was out working on a photograph of some street furniture, and two guys came by– separately– and did quick mugs for the camera.  Thing is, each posed by getting down and leaning on his knee– a peculiar position nobody who’s spontaneously posed for me has ever adopted before.  Then I happened to look more closely at part of what I’d been shooting…

T-t-t-t-t . . .

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May 4 2010

Immigration Reform / Arizona SB 1070 / May Day March

On 2010 May 1, an interesting coalition marched through San Francisco’s Mission District to the Civic Center: folks calling for immigration reform, folks specifically protesting Arizona’s SB 1070, and labor unionists.

Apr 27 2010

Walk Like a Felt

Walk Like a Felt

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1680×1050 version of that last one: IMG_3512_B_1680x1050.jpg.zip

Apr 25 2010

Felt Like a Walk

Felt Like a Walk

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