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A little specialist, but whatever.

Lacanian Fantasy Generator

A toy of sorts, that randomly generates fantasies and complexes in the style of Lacan, built up from some mathemes that he commonly used. I have derived some modest pleasure from it.

It can be found here.

There is a very rough key to the symbols that I assembled when I was writing it here.

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You might not have noticed the switcharoo what I performed in my posting of this, but whatever.

Semiotic Square Generator

Here‘s a modified version of some earlier code I write, this time pared down to generate some semiotic square templates as opposed to analogic square templates. I don’t find them anywhere as amusing, but I guess it has some worth of its own anyway…

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and what might one oppose to that most delicious of fruits: the strawberry?

Analogic Square and Canonic Form generators

Following a brief elopement with Levi-Strauss earlier this year, I found myself one evening tinkering with a small program to generate semiotic/analogic squares.

Given two pairs of ‘opposites’ (a,b) and (c,d), one can construct a square by juxtaposing different elements from each pair.

For instance, we might get this

body
bad
body
good
mind
bad
mind
good

While reading this book, I came across a similar interpretation of Levi-Strauss’s canonical formula (more about which I will write in a future post) the form of which I’m sure you’ll be able to see by looking at a single example for a moment:

technology
ends
mental
-> technology
means
mental
nature
ends
mental
nature
means
physical

This interpretation is given by Racine, and is not explicit in Levi-Strauss’s original work. I don’t find it especially rich either as interpretations go, but it was interesting to look at the results it could produce.

The resulting program may be seen here.

Generic Proverb Generator

I’m quite proud of it *proud*, despite the grammatical incompatibilities (which could be fixed, but I don’t really want to put that much time into it).

Generic Proverb Generator