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Which author are other people like [Jul. 13th, 2010|04:28 pm]
Richard Clegg
Seems everyone is playing with this today.

Trial texts by Dickens, Lovecraft and Shakespeare were correctly identified but it curiously identified Sonnet 116 "Let me not to the marriage of true minds..." as being like Dickens.

Text: Paragraphs from "How to be Topp" by Nigel Molesworth (aided by Goeffrey Willans) -- James Joyce

Text: House of lords science select committee report on complementary medicine -- H. P. Lovecraft

Text: O2 broadband terms and conditions -- Dan Brown

Text: My writing about computer games and sex -- H. P. Lovecraft

Text: My writing about condoms -- Chuck Palanuik

Text: My writing about multi-tasking -- Stephen King (I should bloody sue)

Text: Gettysburg address -- H. P. Lovecraft

Text: A DIY guide to vacuum cleaner repair -- Stephen King

Text: Potato Junkie by Therapy? (I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister) -- George Orwell

Text: Section 47 of the Digital Economy Act -- Issac Asimov (if anything the DEB writer should be offended here)

Text: ZX81 instruction manual -- Stephen King

Text: BBC article about Tiger Woods using new golf club -- Shakespeare

Text: Lyrics to space Oddity -- James Fenimore Cooper

Text: Middle chapter from Moby dick -- H. P. Lovecraft

Text: Lyrics to Wannabe by the Spice Girls -- Issac Asimov (oooh, so nearly right)

Text: Wikipedia entry about Charles Dickens -- Charles Dickens (did have some short quotes by him though)
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[User Picture]From: valkyriekaren
2010-07-13 03:38 pm (UTC)
Apparently I was like James Joyce, which confused me slightly. I mean, I like Joyce, but I don't think I write in his choppy, impressionistic, stream-of consciousness style.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I'm not too sure we should be so confident of the abilities of an analysis engine which thinks that sonnet was by Dickens.
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[User Picture]From: morbidfrog
2010-07-13 03:41 pm (UTC)
you couldn't just enter your own text :) i tried twice got brown and joyce but you took it that step further

those 2 are great results
Text: O2 broadband terms and conditions -- Dan Brown

Text: My writing about computer games and sex -- H. P. Lovecraft :)))
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 03:42 pm (UTC)
I hope I don't actually have sex like an H.P. Lovecraft novel. That would be worrying.

Edited at 2010-07-13 03:43 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: morbidfrog
2010-07-13 03:46 pm (UTC)
that would be indeed :) but would make great discussion subject at our lunches:)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 04:01 pm (UTC)
I don't think a discussion of HP Lovecraft and sex would be 100% ideal for lunch.
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[User Picture]From: ms_siobhan
2010-07-13 03:41 pm (UTC)
Apparently I write like Nabokov :-(
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 03:42 pm (UTC)
So I saw (on someone else's journal I think). I bet I could tell your writing from his if I had a few paragraphs to look at.
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[User Picture]From: ms_siobhan
2010-07-13 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think so - I mean he never wrote about Daniel O'Donnell salt and pepper sets and Steven Seagal and Lady Diane.
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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-07-13 03:54 pm (UTC)
Lolita would have been much more fun if he did
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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-07-13 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to suspect it's just randomised and is proving to be the hit of the day for no other reason than blatant flattery... (telling endless yawnsome bloggers that they write like Tolstoy or James Joyce is a guaranteed way to up your hit rate)
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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-07-13 03:57 pm (UTC)
Actually that's probably not far off... all gung-ho and jolly English.
(hmmm, I still suspect it's a bit random though)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 04:00 pm (UTC)
And now best beloved, the story of how the smuggler of pirates cove got his long jail sentence.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think if they included results like "brain damaged teenager", "lolcat", "person having fit on keyboard and trying to email for help" and "adolescent goth" then people would be a lot less happy to post the "I write like" meme.
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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-07-13 04:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh, please will somebody write this version? It would be lots more fun (and you could post other people's text into it for evil kicks)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 06:11 pm (UTC)
I actually write like
someone about to go on a killing spree

I Actually Write Like Analyze your writing!

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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-07-13 06:25 pm (UTC)
Her hee! That's more like it :-)
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[User Picture]From: nisaba
2010-07-13 04:10 pm (UTC)
I keep getting Dan Brown. I feel soiled.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 04:24 pm (UTC)
Maybe you really write like the O2 Broadband terms and conditions but Dan Brown is the nearest it could find?
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[User Picture]From: nisaba
2010-07-13 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think I hate you.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 06:21 pm (UTC)
Could solve your problem with further analysis of your writing here.

http://www.richardclegg.org/write/
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 05:00 pm (UTC)
You ALWAYS say that.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-07-13 06:12 pm (UTC)
BUSY BUSY BUSY!
I actually write like
a drunk working through issues

I Actually Write Like Analyze your writing!

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[User Picture]From: foxy76
2010-07-14 01:32 pm (UTC)
'Don't you have any work to do?'

My thoughts exactly.... and it would sound so much better if I wasn't *reading* this at work... ho hum :-)
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