Bringing the fun of improv to the web.
Over the years, I've taken many improv classes. It's the most fun you can have with your clothes on. I was initially drawn in by the laughter, but something else also happened: profound life lessons would regularly hit me like a ton of bricks.
The mission of Randomly Inspired! is to take the improv experience on-line, facilitating creativity any time you want.
Notes/credits for the individual games:
- Fakespeare: to create this game, I parsed the excellent public domain collection of Shakespeare's works found at The Lost Continent.
- Golden Spirals: I saw someone at the gym with a golden spiral tattoo and it made me think it would be a neat thing to mix with random photos from the Flickr Commons (your mind tends to wander when you're on the stair climber!). Technically, these collages are Fibonacci spirals, which are an approximation of the golden ratio. I really like the result: your eye can follow the spiral both inward and outward and the overall effect is a pleasing way to view a repeated image. I also posted a more detailed description of the inner workings of this project on my troubleshooting blog.
- Haiku: the inspirational images for this game are also from the Flickr Commons. I like the combination of visual randomness and the minimalism of Haiku. It's fun to count the syllables on your fingers and make your idea fit into the small box of the 5-7-5 format!
- Inkblots: this one involved a bit of magic, specifically Imagemagick for ruby.
- No Views: this scheme was a serendipitous offshoot of my YouTube study (Tube of Plenty: Analyzing YouTube's First Decade), where I analyzed the metadata of over 10 million videos. During the course of that investigation, I was surprised to find that many YouTube videos have never been watched!
- Tough Sell Tours: many thanks to the GeoNames project for the location data used in this game.
To making stuff up,
P.S. I also write about fixing things at The Art of Troubleshooting.