As the creator of Silicon Wisdom, yes, it is going through a quote file, but no, it's not strictly alphabetical. Large sections are, but there are also large sections of thematically related quotes as well.
THE CORRECT ATTITUDE FOR THIS BAG IS ONE OF MYSTICAL REVERENCE
--Sean Conner Sat Sep 6 04:47:25 2008
Ah -- yeah, I was doing some research on Unix "quote" -- assume it's the same database split?
I wish I could find out more about the contributors to the "canonical" files, it's all pretty clever, and lots doesn't appear elsewhere...
--Kirk Sat Sep 6 08:41:26 2008
Good work on that btw!
--Kirk Sat Sep 6 08:41:50 2008
Actually, I came across a quote file from a BBS and wrote my own "fortune" program (the quote file wasn't in the proper format). My program also handled the case when you added a new quote to the file by automatically reindexing it. Over time I added support for RFC865.
I'm using that file as the basis for Silicon Wisdom. I filtered the "master quote file" and removed any quote longer than 140 characters, cleaned what remained up (using HTML entities) and used Perl to post a new entry and schedule the next update (using the Unix command "at") at some random point in the future.
And thank you.
--Sean Conner Sat Sep 6 17:29:10 2008
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