November is traditionally “National Novel Writing Month.” The goal is to write a short novel that is 50,000 words in length. I always have grand plans to attempt it and have started a number of times over the years but have never actually finished. (One day, I swear!)
Recently, I stumbled across a geekier take on it, called National Novel Generation Month. The goal of this particular project is to write code that can generate a 50,000 word novel instead. Hey, why not?
I published my code at the beginning of November for my project: The Complete Encyclopedia on 1,449.5 Random Ways to Make a Sandwich.
It uses data parsed from a 1909 book, entitled “The Up-To-Date Sandwich Book: 400 Ways to Make a Sandwich”, written by Eva Greene Fuller and now available for free in the public domain.
For this particular book, new sandwich recipes were generated using Markov chains created from the above text.
Please don’t try to actually make any of the sandwich recipes created with this process. However, if you do, please contact me and show me pictures.
Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for any health issues that may arise from eating any of these sandwiches.
There are definitely some interesting ones…
BUTTERED CHEESE AND OLIVE SANDWICH NO. 3
Use three slices of Swiss cheese, spread fresh butter and two tablespoonfuls of olive oil, the juice of two oranges and knead the mixture.