Emily Short – Five Strategies for Collaborating with Machines

Interactive fiction author Emily Short created a procedural generator for her project The Annals of the Parrigues – a spoof of quirky English guide books.

In her system she created 5 symbolic categories:

  • Salt – dray, organized, orderly, colorless
  • Beeswax – busy, diverse, warm, artisanal, chaotic
  • Venom – brightly colored, ornate, sneaky, deceitful
  • Mushroom – fertile, fermenting, growing and decaying
  • Egg – simple, hierarchical, elegant, exclusive