Joe’s computer recently generated these Mac Prose gems:
So vertiginous a tale replied, but his boat — loss against models — was my cloud.
The vocation is sound.
Before anybody was so grave a tsunami, to emerge was sin.
I don’t know about the first one, but the second one is like having a computer that makes fortune cookies. Bill, my old boss from Shakespeare & Co., had an I Ching program on his computer. It would play the sound of running water and tell you to meditate, then you’d hit the spacebar when you felt the moment was “right” and you’d get an I Ching reading. (Why weren’t we working?) Personally, I don’t think it’s any weirder than actually throwing the coins yourself or reading tarot cards or whatever. These divination methods have an uncanny way of describing the present, in my experience, though I wouldn’t depend on them to tell the future. Facade.com offers readings for free, including some really interesting stuff like bibliomancy (opening a page of the Bible at random and applying the first verse at the top of the left-hand page to your current situation), as well as runes and a virtual floaty pen that tilts to “yes” or “no” for those in need of a quick answer.