August 27th, 2008

color cycle (slow)

Twitters of the day

  • 00:44 I'm not used to Northern seasons yet. The change in light makes this feel like winter already. #
  • 10:14 Mental association is strange. I expect things out of a coffee cup to be hot, even though I just poured the cold juice in myself. #
  • 22:09 Just got home from a Tarot class; this marks the first time I've correctly read a Court card without looking it up. I'm improving. #
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Nostradamus, remixed

For entertainment, I've been wandering around a web site of Nostradamus' prophecies. What Nostradamus wrote and what people are extrapolating from this in the present day seem entirely divorced from each other, which amuses me greatly.

I want to take the entire written works of Nostradamus and feed them into a Markov chain generator with three-word look-behind (but allowing novel groups of four or three words, although not of two), and commas and newlines as lexical elements. Then I want to see how reliably people can tell the difference between Markov-generated prophecies and Nostradamus-generated prophecies; I suspect the actual distinction rate will be very low except for people who have actually studied the source material...
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