Candorville by Darrin Bell for January 20, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    You’re a cruel one, Miss Garcia.

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    saobadao  5 months ago

    I think she killed him or at least provoked a stroke….poor Lemont, I knew him well

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    Concretionist  5 months ago

    I’ve seen the results of something like that. Much shorter. It wasn’t good, but it was sort of readable. And it had no “proof reading glitches”. The second one was the same. Almost exactly…

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    boydpercy Premium Member 5 months ago

    I like his snazzy green shoes!

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    Pharmakeus Ubik  5 months ago

    You have to be cruel to be cruel, Susan.

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    Algolei I  5 months ago

    All I need now is a random news generator and I won’t need to own a TV anymore.

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    PraiseofFolly  5 months ago

    It’s been said that there are only a few basic story plots — the rest is filler that might well be inserted from selected generalities, the final details shuffled and cut as from a deck of cards.

    It’s been tried before in a systematic way. One especially elegant early method was attempted by Ramon Lull (b. 1232) through his series of treatises that comprised his “Ars Magna.” Martin Gardner discusses this in his long article (30-plus pages), “The ‘Ars Magna’ of Ramon Lull” in his book “Logic Machines and Diagrams.”

    The complex methods involved and the results claimed by Lull were mocked by many eminent scholars. Gardner points to Jonathon Swift’s satire [Gulliver’s Travels, Book III] of a device “invented by a professor of Laputa … This contrivance was a 20-foot square frame containing hundreds of small cubes linked together by wires. On each face of every cube was written a Laputan word. By turning a crank, the cubes were rotated to produce random combinations of faces. Whenever a few words happened to come together and make sense, they were copied down; then from these broken phrases erudite treatises were composed. In this manner, Swift explained, ‘the most ignorant person at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labor, may write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, law, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study.’”

    Imagine how the application of computer programming would speed this process. It has already been attempted with poetry, and the results are adequate, if rather soul-less — perhaps best suited for ordinary song lyrics. Can whole novels be soon to appear?

    (See also the novels “Brave New World” and “1984” for references to mechanized methods of writing.)

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    Darryl Heine  5 months ago

    No face masks today?

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    uniquename  5 months ago

    More like a de-generative novelist.

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    mourdac Premium Member 5 months ago

    Hmm, I think A.I. has taken over drawing Alt-Reich political strips, absolutely no originality nor cleverness to most of them.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 5 months ago

    I say she’s a really classy lady…indeed!

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    FassEddie  5 months ago

    Now we know what happened to all those monkeys and typewriters.

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    David Huie Green-HavePityOnOthersYouWillNeedItToo  5 months ago

    Mean gurl!!

    (Funny, though — unless Lemont dies of shock and/or commits suicide.)

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    NWdryad  5 months ago

    Does that really exist?

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    ernie  5 months ago

    So Susan is a fructiferous author producing novel concepts beyond the present limits of the art.

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    Squoop Premium Member 5 months ago

    Has Lemont ever actually written a novel? That got published? Or is novelist his pipe dream while he remains editorial columnist / paid blogger?

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    Zarnof  5 months ago

    And here’s the scary thing….she’s not making the AI generator up…

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    suñña  5 months ago

    For some reason this reminds me of Wittgenstein’s quote: “A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.”

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    Just So So Premium Member 5 months ago

    And it will probably end up on NYT bestseller list.

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    willie_mctell  5 months ago

    In “Godel, Escher, Bach” there’s a quiz where the reader has to decide whether a paragraph is a quote from an art critic or AI generated. It’s hard.

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    Night-Gaunt49  5 months ago

    But was it worth reading?

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    WentHulk  5 months ago

    Hahahahahahaha! That sure freaked him out. I don’t blame him.

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