Wednesday, March 18, 2015

IBM Watson Demo Psychoanalyzes Your Writing

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So I came across this the other day, I guess many people will have already known about it, or maybe it's even been posted here, but it's interesting.

Basically, copy and paste a few paragraphs from something you've written into the text field and hit analyze, and it evaluates your writing and spits out a bunch of statistics on some typical psychology criteria like Openness, Empathy, Creativity, etc.

Presumably this is done simply by your word choice, so do be aware that the topic likely will have a significant bearing on the results - ie, pasting a long, intellectual bit of "thinking aloud" about the complexities of life and your own experiences is likely to give you a dramatically different result than posting a block about why Knuckles the Echidna is your favorite Sonic character.

I did notice, though, when I posted two fairly different but still related "articles" of mine on the same topic, many of the values in the majority of properties remained fairly consistent, while a handful changed wildly. It does list me repeatedly as 94% Cautious and 98% Melancholy (I have clinical depression so I guess it shows through, if this is accurate, which is interesting), and says I'm "100%" creative - I don't know what practical meaning a number has in something like that, but it's interesting. It also gives you a few sentence general summary of its findings and a visual diagram representing the text values it came up with.

So if you are interested, try it out, maybe post your results here and compare and discuss. Kind of an interesting time waster. For thoroughness, if you are someone who is concerned about people "stealing" your ideas or finding out things about you, do remember that ANYTHING you post ANYWHERE on the internet is theoretically read and stored and could even be hacked even from the assumedly secure/objective site (like an IBM demo), so maybe don't post the entirely of your tween vampire romance novel or your own last five year journal of coming to terms with the fact that Justin Bieber really helped you become the adult you are today...

I don't necessarily agree with a lot of the things below that Watson determined, but a person can't really just be reduced to a pile of labels and numbers, and even two samples of writing on different topics on different days could yield vastly differing analysis, so I'd recommend you do like me and take it with a grain of salt. =)

Challenge 100%
Closeness 100%
Curiosity 100%
Excitement 100%
Harmony 100%
Ideal 4%
Liberty 100%
Love 13%
Practicality 82%
Self-expression 100%
Stability 98%
Structure 56%

Conservation 1%
Openness to change 88%
Hedonism 73%
Self-enhancement 76%
Self-transcendence 58%

You are heartfelt and confident.
You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life. And you are unstructured: you do not make a lot of time for organization in your daily life.

Your choices are driven by a desire for prestige.
You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider independence to guide a large part of what you do: you like to set your own goals to decide how to best achieve them.

Monday, February 23, 2015


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Okay, this is just a goofy one-off, but seeing so many posts on Facebook about this new cold front and winter attack, I made this, thanks to a very intrepid weather reporter!

Frankie Macdonald reports the weather and he is AWESOME at his job!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Modern Crossbow Hunter Silhouette

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This is a freely downloadable black silhouette of a modern day crossbow hunter. It's available in two formats:

SVG (scalable vector graphic)


Small Demo Image:

Sunday, February 8, 2015

36 Questions for Character Development

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36 Questions for Character Development

This is taken from a New York Times article, considering the possibility of falling in love being a process encouraged by sharing 36 questions between two people and staring into each other's eyes for 2-4 minutes. While the jury is likely still out on that idea, I found the questions themselves, by and large, very solid ones one might ask of a character, to help a player develop a more fully realized personality and sense of being, for roleplaying purposes.

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call or having a planned discussion, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Creating Coherent RPG Adventures From Random Elements

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Obviously, what you want, as a tabletop RPG designer or GM, ultimately, is to come up with a few good solid components to make a coherent adventure. Sadly, even the best "adventure generator" you find online or PDF or book you buy, can provide you with elements or the skeleton of a framework, but the content itself, the specifics, often do not lend themselves to combinations.

There are good, creative designers and GMs that can work with about anything and make awesome adventures with the strangest ingredients, but that type of genius may not come that easy to the rest of us, me especially. But I do want to discuss and hopefully give an example of how this type of thing CAN be done - it IS possible, but it isn't magic - it does take effort and some rather unintuitive conclusions and leaps of deduction, to make a plot.

Among other things, I've created a random plot element generator, for lack of a better term, uncreatively titled, "22,000 Count Word Generator", which you can find here:

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Now first off - I created this primarily for inspiration, so in its most basic form, it just spits out random things - adjectives, nouns, whatever, in no particular order or relation. From there I tried to refine it a bit and built one option to give some structure - a person or thing, an action or verb, an event or other thing - to sort of artificially give some hierarchy of usefulness to the random words. Then I decided to make both viable, so when you generate info with it, it may give you one style, or the other. And overall, this is of variable use - you can get crap no matter what, or some may be compelling. Both are set up in the form of Acts and Scenes, with a few scenes per Act, as per the standard narrative story or plot structure. Ideally, the elements of each would make sense and tie in to others, but as it is, these designations of "Scene 2, 3" are really just suggestions.

Let's just start with the first page I get, and we'll see what works and what doesn't, and what we can do with what works. Here is the first of the result sets that my generator gives us.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Top Six RPG Elements Video on Youtube

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Table Scraps: Top Six RPG Elements: via @YouTube
Table Scraps has reviews, humor and other videos on tabletop board, card, dice and RPG games. This is a collection of a few different "top six" lists generated by some "toys" I made and have online. NPCs, useless items, wrestling movies, scene/plot elements, just to name a few. I'd love to get feedback from anyone on this! Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Mac wants the what?" Cafe Press Scifi-Horror Merchandise - Perfect for Christmas!

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Here is my new "Mac wants the what?", scifi-horror, flamethrower-and-tentacles section of Cafe Press items. Give that special someone a shirt, mug, sticker or sexy thong (a Thing thong?) for Christmas!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Room - The Coloring Book

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Hello movie lover, you have found the right place! This is THE ROOM - THE COLORING BOOK! Well, it's the first section of the phenomenal hit by Tommy Wiseau, where Lisa winds up in Oh Hai Mark's lap. Download it for your kids today!

Download [The Room - The Coloring Book]