19.13. An Absurd Amusement
If you have time to waste (and I mean really waste), Emacs has things to keep you occupied. There are lots of interesting special effects, such as "disassociated text." My favorite is a command called "psychoanalyze-pinhead." It's based on "doctor," which is a variation of the classic artificial-intelligence demonstration called "Eliza": the computer plays psychotherapist and asks you questions; you reply, and your answers are the basis for new questions. Nothing new, really; I remember it from my high school days, in the early 1970s. If you think you might be in need of a psychotherapist, save your money and try ESC-x doctor RETURN.
If you want to see something really interesting, try ESC-x psychoanalyze-pinhead. This takes the built-in "doctor" program and feeds it with quotations from the cult comic strip Zippy the Pinhead. The result is indeed bizarre. Here's some typical output:
I am the psychotherapist. Please, describe your problems. Each time you are finished talking, type RET twice. YOU PICKED KARL MALDEN'S NOSE!! Why do you say I picked karl malden's nose? Am I SHOPLIFTING? Is it because of your plans that you say are you shoplifting? Are you selling NYLON OIL WELLS?? If so, we can use TWO DOZEN!!
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