Tuesday, February 24, 2009
new week, new ideas
Algorithms. They've revolutionized fields as diverse as baseball, finance, and biology. But only when that one iconoclastic pioneer had the courage to employ them. I am that pioneer. I lead that vanguard.
The man who can simplify cartoon captions to a mathematical formula will dominante. I will now propose and test an algorithm.
1) Look at cartoon image
2) Find the incongruous thing
3) Choose a noun related to the incongruous thing
4) Go to rhymer.com and find words that rhyme with the noun of part 3 (note: I am in no way affiliated with this website)
5) Is someone in the image speaking?
6) Can this person be saying a rhyme identified in part 4?
7) I allow for some creative license here
8) Enter the New Yorker cartoon caption contest
Let's try it on the above image.
2) Cats are stacked up
3) Totem pole
4) buxom, whoredom, hokum, condom, datum, eardrum, bedlam, flotsam
6) Yes, although none of the "rhymes" have anything to do with cats, and many of them seem actually not to rhyme at all
8) "They seem to have formed a flotsam pole."