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Garkov posted on Cheezburger dot com: Garfield comics randomly generated by a spambot algorithm
posted by kittensofthenight to MetaFilter-Related at 5:08 PM (19 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Cheezburger scraping content from Cortex

See, the phrase 'scraping content' implies posting unoriginal content without attribution. That Jeezburgher blog both links back to joshmillard.com and also doesn't wipe out the author tag on each comic.

So anyway, the Internet works as intended! Yay!
posted by carsonb at 5:19 PM on February 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


TICKLE
TICKLE
posted by The Whelk at 5:23 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hey, I was excited! Didn't notice that it was attributed. Still, weird to get to very different parts of my end of work internet experience mixed up.
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:24 PM on February 13, 2013


Yeah, not scraping, just sort of screenshotting and showing off. The fact is that Garkov doesn't actually have a working archive, so screenshotting's about all you can do really.

Been sort of crazy seeing it get a bunch of traffic all day long after being pretty quiet in general. But whee!
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:31 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Kittens are like string... every yo-yo wants one. [CRASH] And I'm Frank Sinatra.

This is bizarre in such a precise and perfect way that even know I know it's Markov'd I keep trying to figure out the joke.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:45 PM on February 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Sinatra's famous line

/you're up/you're down/you're round and round/
posted by The Whelk at 5:52 PM on February 13, 2013


Scooby dooby doo
posted by shakespeherian at 6:01 PM on February 13, 2013


How come not all the balloons are filled?
posted by klangklangston at 7:04 PM on February 13, 2013


Also, I am sad without the Markov generator here. It seems to have been killed.
posted by klangklangston at 7:06 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes please can the markov filter come back? It's ever so much fun and I promise never to sql on anyone.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:21 PM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


How come not all the balloons are filled?

It's an artifact of my hacky heuristics for the markov code that generates the strips. The text generation loops makes several efforts to randomly generate a phrase that will fit in the physical confines of a balloon, but for the smaller ones that's a taller order and so it's possible it'll try ten times, fail every time, and just say fuuuuuuck it and move on.

A more thoroughly featured markov generator might specifically build in a feature to prioritize minimum sentence lengths in choosing its random seeds for each phrase, but my code didn't go that far because it was Hard and this was Good Enough, basically.

Yes please can the markov filter come back?

I would really really like to bring it back some time and hope to do so.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:54 PM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Z
posted by The Whelk at 8:01 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ctrl-Z.
posted by maryr at 9:15 PM on February 13, 2013


Everyone's always trying to control the z's. Once you spend a bit of time in an alternative culture, you'll find you won't need so much control. You'll have a much more meta understanding of the z's.
posted by kaibutsu at 1:59 AM on February 14, 2013


I love this thing. I'm also pretty stoked that the Garfiled Randomizer still works after all these years.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:54 AM on February 14, 2013


Hoop! Hoop! Hoop!

Aren't you going to explode!!
posted by filthy light thief at 10:59 AM on February 14, 2013


I rediscover Garkov once in a while and spend an hour or so obsessively reloading it. Previously, On The X-Files and The Big Markovsky (p.s. cortex fix your link here) are both great and more technically impressive, but there's something really pure about Garkov.
posted by contraption at 12:55 PM on February 14, 2013


Mmmmmmm cheeseburger scrapings
posted by nathancaswell at 4:26 AM on February 15, 2013


Cheezburger scraping content from Cortex

Isn't that like Mod Cow disease ?
posted by y2karl at 5:30 PM on February 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


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