Tuesday, August 26, 2008

1,000,000 monkeys

Have you heard of the infinite monkey theorem? According to Wikipedia, it states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

And so is born One Million Monkeys Typing. On this collaborative story-telling website, you and others read snippets of stories and are presented with three paths. If you like one, rank it high and keep reading. If you come to an end, just graft your own snippet. Straightforward, right?

Here's where it becomes interesting -- basically, publish (and be liked) or die. If your snippet is rated well and has enough shoots, it stays. It not, it withers and -- well, snippet gets snipped.

Please read my first snippet (under The Clever Cat, naturally! See Project Name: Random), sign up, rank highly, and if you like, write one of your own! I'll do the same for you. I'd love to eventually start my own tree, but I'll need a seed first...

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