I’ve been including synthesized vocals in my music recently. The last song I wrote was Hymn for the Polymorphic Goddess, and it incorporates some Google text-to-speech. I have no skill or interest in writing lyrics, so for this song I used the first few terms of a famous integer sequence. This fits the theme of a technological deity nicely, but won’t make sense for my other songs. I needed a new approach.
So I decided to write a program that would generate random poetry. It didn’t have to be any good, or make sense, just have the right rhythm. If…
Slither link is one of my favorite pen and paper puzzles. It’s in the same genre as Sudoku, but I prefer it because it has a smoother difficulty curve as you solve it. You start with a grid of numbers like this:
The goal is to draw lines between the dots to form a single connected loop with no branches. Each numbered cell must have that many lines surrounding it.