The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1990 Monday, 22 November 2004
Date: Monday, 22 Nov 2004 00:59:33 -0800
Subject: The Monkeys Are Back
We probably don't have to discuss the theory or practice of this but the
Shakespeare-typing-monkeys are back, at a website that produces random
keystrokes and continuously compares the output to Shakespeare's
complete works. The engine is at
http://user.tninet.se/~ecf599g/aardasnails/java/Monkey/webpages/ If you
are so inclined, you can let the simulated monkeys type in the
background and try to catch them making a record.
Don't expect much but the monkeys regularly type 19 letters in a row.
For example, even as I write, they just echoed Hamlet: "After
3.64939e+37 pages in this session, a monkey typed: 'Barnardo. Who's
thev32VXjwG"7-T,kE;!Nh7Qi!v).Zgn:...' the first 19 letters of which
match Hamlet: 'Barnardo. Who's there? Fran. Nay answer me: Stand &
vnfold your selfe..." (I see the simulator uses the original spelling
text.) Since the simulator began running in July 2003 the high point in
literary recreation was 22 letters from Cymbeline.
BTW there are posts in the Shaksper archives both serious and playful on
this. Hardy's search engine declined to search on "monkeys," but my
random search in 2002 accidentally hit on an article from the Times of
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