AOLiza

This is pretty rich. Remember the old AI program Eliza?

AOLiza Using a publicly available Perl version of ELIZA, a Mac with nothing better to do than play psychoanalyst, a few applescripts, and an AOL Instant Messenger account that has a high rate of ‘random’ people trying to start conversations, I put ELIZA in touch with the real world. Every few days I’ll put up the latest ‘patients.’ Names have been changed to protect the… well, everyone.

Call it a honeypot for the bored and loney.

Happy Kid

Today we had a chat with Tyler’s teacher and she reports that he is a good listener with improving motor skills (he’s doing better at coloring between the lines) and is “exuberant, one of the happiest kids in the class.” He is ready for Kindergarden next year.

Tyler’s Paper Airplane

Tyler tries out his latest paper airplane design, the “triple-decker shooter.”

Solar System

I taught Tyler a little bit about the solar system and I could tell he was taking it in and trying to apply it to the world around him. A few days later, when I told him that I’m going on a long plane ride for a business trip (I’m in San Francisco for a few days) he asked, “Which planet are you going to?”

Names

Next time you need to come up with an interesting cast of characters for a short story, try the Kleimo Random Name Generator. Taking publicly available data from the US Census, this little script pulls together first and last names with wonderful consequences. Modesto Loofbourrow?