The Null Device

Graham's mention of "supreme bootywhang" in blogging reminded me of an idea I had a while ago, which would apply that idea literally: an automatic weblog using genetic algorithms. The weblog engine would monitor several other blogs and, using a set of weights/rules/criteria, steal items from several blogs a day. Each item in a daily edition would be put there by a different chromosome from that pool; the daily hit count and/or a user rating mechanism à la BlogHop would assign accumulating fitness scores to the day's chromosomes. After each chromosome had been rated a number of times (to smooth out discontinuities and help ensure meaningful scores), the next generation would be produced, by randomly breeding the chromosomes, with each having a probability of breeding proportional to its fitness.

I don't quite have the time to code this right now (especially the link-stealing code), but if anyone wants to do it, let me know what you come up with.

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