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Tuesday March 25, 2003
11:12 PM

psychic signature generator?

[ #11236 ]
I was looking at a journal entry response I had written, and the quote at the bottom of the page was:

Randal said it would be tough to do in sed.  He didn't say he didn't understand sed.  Randal understands sed quite well.  Which is why he uses Perl.   :-)
--Larry Wall in <7874@jpl-devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV>

How did it know to pull up a quote that mentions me? {grin}

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  • Something I've always wanted, but never known how to write,
    is a sig generator in email that looks at what you wrote
    and chooses something apposite.

    When I used to use taglines more often, I'd frequently be
    spending a minute or so cycling through random ones until
    I found one that was reasonably appropriate.
    --
      ---ict / Spoon
    • I have a file of about 120 quotes from Groo The Wanderer [groo.com] (the comic book by Sergio Aragonés [sergioaragones.com] and Mark Evanier [povonline.com]), and I've often been startled by how appropriate the random quote was. (Reviews and quotes can be found here [groo.com].)

      But when it's not appropriate, I know where to grep to find a better one...

    • I was, at one time, convinced that Tom Christiansen had something like this for Usenet postings. He'd always have a different signature quote and some of them were very appropriate to the subject at hand, too much so to be random. Other times, they were really unrelated, but somehow appropriate. Now, in retrospect, I'm wondering if he didn't select the quotes from a file, because sometimes they were too good for automation

      You [google.com] can [google.com] judge [google.com] for [google.com] yourself [google.com].