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28 August 2006 @ 12:54 pm
Winamp is thinking at me  
I was somewhat disturbed this morning when WinAmp played Megadeath's "Symphony of Destruction," which features a clip of Bush Sr's "no new taxes" speech in the middle, and then the randomize immediately followed it up with Jonathan Coulton's "W's Duty," which is made entirely from audio clips of Bush Jr. I was then both amused and disturbed when the randomizer then continued on with "See You All In Hell," and "Screwed" (both also by Jonathan Coulton) and then Matchbox 20's "Unwell."

While contemplating the growing sentience of Winamp and discussing the matter with ceph i was suddenly struck by the inspiration for a new game, Winamp Ouija!! :)

A lot of people try to read meanings into the random selections of music players already (i seem to remember some posts from kallah about especially interesting song/skin matches =) but Winamp Ouija is the advanced version. If you're really gung-ho you take 26 or more songs and rename them for the different letters of the alphabet and possibly some punctuation as well. If you don't have much faith in the randomize you can repeat common letters and vowels a couple times. Then set it going, possibly after asking it a question, and see what it spells out.

If you want more immediately amusing results you could instead come up with a good selection of words instead of letters, this is Winamp Ouija - Madlibs remix. And if you're really desperate for a possibly relevant answer right now damn it, you use various phrases instead of words and see which gets selected first, Winamp Ouija - Magic 8 Ball remix.
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Kirinkirinn on August 28th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
It should have stuck in the version of "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" made entirely from W voice clips in there somewhere.

And as for Winamp Ouija 8-Ball, there was a meme going around like that where you ask questions and just use the literal song titles as answers. Sometimes comes up with completely nonsensical things, of course, but it's amazing what the human brain can justify as a plausible meaning after the fact.
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 29th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
I think that was one of the things i was thinking of. But obviously the method i described is meant to give more exact and less ambiguous answers. Well, presuming you get something legible out anyways :)