Umberto Eco-inspired Bot invents infinite Fleet of Troja


A Mighty Host, ein wunderbar lyrischer Twitter-Bot von Mike Lynch, der basierend auf Umberto Ecos The Infinity of Lists (dt. Die unendliche Liste) und Homers Schiffskatalog aus der Ilias immer weitere Neuzugänge zur Flotte der ollen Griechen hinzufügt, um sie in den Twitterbot-Krieg gegen das virtuelle Troja zu schicken. (via Procedural Generation)

yc0e8_neI was sadly dipping into Umberto Eco's The Infinity of Lists after his death, and reading about the catalogue of ships in the Iliad, and that's how @amightyhost was born. […]

Faced with something that is immensely large, or unknown, of which we still do not know enough or of which we shall never know, the author tells us he is unable to say, and so he proposes a list very often as a specimen, example, or indication, leaving the reader to imagine the rest.
—Umberto Eco, The Infinity of Lists

Mein Favorite bislang: „Fourteen dozen jokers came from Elmwood Park.“

Some more:

  • Eleven score flat-groined samurai arrived from Willimantic. @
  • From Sector 1, haunt of snowshoe hares, came nineteen dozen slack-smoking guardsmen, who drink the fluoridated waters of the Darah-ye Zū. @
  • Twelve hundred firm-prowed limp-fearing templars, who drink the deep waters of the Malbike, arrived from Chhātāpur. @
  • Weinheim, place of sires, sent eight score revanchists, who drink the brackish waters of the Övre Ripplingen. @
  • Sagay, land of polyphemus moths, sent fourteen dozen noble-backed samurai, wearing amber puttees. @
  • Wearing mocha athletic socks, seven score furies arrived from the inselbergs of the Meseta de Maloñehue. @