2010.11.29

Arduino: The Novel Last year I published a novel for National Novel Writing Month but because I am lazy and a terrible writer, I just wrote a script to write the novel for me. (The results were posted here: National Novel Writing Month.pl)

This year I did it again, and I’ve also published the code I used to write the novel. (See nanowrirobot on GitHub.)

The script needs a source to do it’s work. I did my original development by just pointing it at /usr/share/dict/words which creates some of the most beautiful gibberish you’ve ever seen. You can also just point it at a text file, and it’ll use the words in that. That’s what I did last time, and this time as well. Since this one is titled “Arduino: The Novel” it had better be about the Arduino, right? I ended up creating a word lists from the HomePage, Introduction, FAQ, and ArduinoBoardUno pages of the Arduino web site, and built a list of just under 1,000 words. The results were astounding…

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And that’s not all!

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Wow! Have you ever read a computer generated novel about a microcontroller with such suspense, drama, and intrigue!?

And look! You can download it in a variety of formats:

Actually, it’s pretty terrible, unless you are a fan of random acts of writing. If you want some writing that makes sense, take a look at nanowrimo.org, where you can find information about novels written by real people.

If you’re more interested in microcontrollers (specifically the Arduino) maybe you want to read about a Trashcan Accelerometer, or Baker Tweet, or a steampunk bandwidth meter

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