"Open source is serious business. Thankfully it doesn't mean
that open source programs can't be fun. It is with that in mind
that I went searching for some fun distractions. Sure, Emacs can
play a mean game of Tetris, but I wanted something other than a
game. Some mindless distractions or some eye candy. After a little
bit of searching, I found both."
"First up, from the department of totally inane and fun wastes
of time, Nonsense. Available here, Nonsense is very similar to a
program on the Commodore Amiga which made spoof news
"The program is a Perl script, so you need Perl installed. A
quick read of the accompanying documentation tells you how to use
the program. It's very simple and it comes with datafiles so you
can make bogus resume and bogus Slashdot headlines. Probably the
funniest mode I found was the "Stupid Laws" creation. This
generated some classics like "It's a violation of the law to put
live squirrels in your pants for the purposes of gambling in
Kansas." and "In North Moorefield City County, Ohio, it's illegal
to serve gasoline as a beverage." Minutes of fun for the whole
family! Actually it's more than that and could probably be adapted
to generate a stupid law every time someone logs in."
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