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  1. Just a quick update.

    I've added another option to mix in the top three technology news stories from the BBC. Just to see what happens when you mix "SciFi" future technology with current technology news.

    "She follows his eyes and reclined. "All right, sir, all right, let's move on to host sites around the world, and the fondlers and the whole history of The Lycos 50."Other search engines also reported an explosion in interest in the US but the wind's against me, my shouts rising up past my ears."

    The BBC news feeds are updated every hour. Oh and I've speeded up the server somewhat.


    Comment by Modesty B Catt — February 5, 2004 @ 5:45 am

  2. AHAHAHAAHA. That is friggin' GREAT.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — February 5, 2004 @ 5:47 am

  3. :)

    There's two points of interest to me here.

    The first is that for all the cries of "How can you want your book to be shared for free on P2P networks" that we're hearing in the other comments thread further down. They miss the point that by releasing a book in a non DRM format things like this remixing can happen. I, (or anyone) can cut, paste, sample and mix the text anyway we like.

    In this case the Creative Commons license selected prevents me from publishing derived works. But the very fact that it's been released under a CC license suggests that the person (Cory) releasing it has thought about Copyright and is likely to be more open about what happens to it when asked.

    i.e. I thought "Gee it's in text format, I'll do this and email Cory about it", rather than, "I wonder if the author of such and such would mind if I OCR her whole book and mess around with it."

    The second point is about the BBC feed, Jeff Noon has some interesting thoughts about the creation of stories. By taking things such as the shipping weather report, the valleys of the Moon, and other random text feeds. You can mix them together, perform a set of "Filters" on it (some automatic, some human intervention) and slowly pull out a new narrative from the original input.

    So in theory, by mixing together the latest BBC news, the text from these stories and the instructions from the side of the box of the latest gadget you've bought. You can create a primordial soup of words, from which, over time you can evolve narrative structures.

    You throw the weak structures away and remix/breed the stronger one, making sure you have a good level of mutation (new external text feeds) to prevent you getting stuck in local cliche foothills, while constantly reintroducing your main story sources, to keep your central plot lines going.

    Or maybe you can just read the original book.

    Comment by Modesty B Catt — February 5, 2004 @ 6:32 am

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