When I get bored, I make random generators. Mostly story/plot or art prompt generators, but there's also one for pub and tavern names, and a collaboration with Yoon Ha Lee on a Tarot-type card reading generator based on the Machineries of Empire series.
I've been gathering up some of my sketches (mostly markers and some digital) from past years and organizing them into stickers for iOS Messenger because they seem well-suited to this medium. So far I have a set of random creatures, a set of aliens/robots and a set of ocean-inspired life.
For those tired of choosing between fighting 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, WYRF generates other options. "Would you rather fight 1 thunderstorm-sized clown or 1000 clown-sized thunderstorms?" [more inside]
Are you tired of the same old dystopias? Why not write about tyrannies that deny different rights? Try Randomized Dystopia! [more inside]
Endless Jingling: an elf singing randomly generated holiday music, forever and ever. Reload for a new combination of carols. Spiff up and/or ruin holiday parties as needed. [more inside]
Most every camera or mobile device uses some kind of default naming convention (iPhone: IMG_1234.MOV, GoPro: GOPR1234.MP4). This site searches YouTube for those default file names, and serves up videos that have a low number of views. Because these videos still retain their default file names as titles, it's unlikely that they've shown up in any searches. And it's very likely these videos haven't been seen by all that many people. [more inside]
Inspired by the awkward phrasing of Automatic Caution Door signs, I made an automatic caution sign generator.
A cool way to find new photos to reblog to your art tumblr
When I am bored, I hit "random article" on Wikipedia. These are the oddities, murky byways, and amazing facts I have discovered.
If you were one of those kids who used to enjoy browsing the encyclopedia for random stuff, this may be of interest. Punch the big blue WAK!, and WikiWak will pop six pages from Wikipedia in separate windows (you gotta allow popups from WikiWak). Unlike Wikipedia's "Random Page" link, WikiWak pulls articles from Wikipedia's "Featured" and "Good" categories. So your liklihood of coming across something interesting to read is quite a bit higher. Why six pages? Well, that appears to be enough for a single sit upon the porcelain pedestal. [more inside]
I've developed my second iPhone app, Robo-Haiku, which lets you generate random english-language haikus that are bizarre, humorous, and sometimes cynical. They can be tweeted or emailed to your friends. It's free, and supported by advertising. [more inside]
Glenn Wichman is one of the three people who made the computer game Rogue, bits of which are visible in roguelikes (of course), many computer RPGs, and MMORPGs. We interviewed him today for the Roguelike Radio podcast.
I'm proud to announce my first iPhone App: Gibberish Generator. This app allows you to generate pseudo-random sentences from lists of verbs, nouns, and the like. Optionally, you can enable your contacts, to allow them to be used in the random fun. The result can be tweeted or emailed to your friends. I can't imagine a more useful app than that. Perhaps I need a better imagination. [more inside]
Enjoy ersatz Damien Hirst paintings from the comfort of your own home. Inspired by the images from this MetaFilter post, you can pretend you're in a gallery without the travel or admittance fees.
Generates random band names and albums w/covers. Integration with Facebook and Google Image Search. (Possibly NSFW) [more inside]
Yayah its like a tumblr but its more pure because everything's found doing random searches on google. Its interesting, trust. More to come.
I wrote an Internet toy/widget/app to pick out random population centres in the United States. Fun and educational! [more inside]