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Home Screen - Responsible Cat Behavior
By The Verge • Issue #13 • View online
Good day to you, loyal reader!
I’m pleased to say we have a winner for the first Home Screen Internet Scavenger Hunt. Congratulations to Tom, who graciously asked for the prize to be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
Thank you to everyone who participated! It was a lot of fun. I’ll make the questions a little bit easier next time. The correct answers to last week’s contest are at the bottom of this newsletter, if you’re curious.

🐒 Fast Monkey, Fast Car
It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times.
It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times.
Given enough time, monkeys could theoretically place themselves among humanity’s greatest artists. Russell Goldenberg and Amber Thomas at The Pudding set out to prove this theory by having virtual monkeys bang on a piano to recreate riffs from famous songs.
The infinite monkey theorem experiment is easily one of the best web pages I’ve ever visited. The technical ambition of the project is impressive, and the presentation is really slick. Since April 13th, the team has had a computer performing millions of random attempts to accidentally play part of a famous song. Each time they stumble on success, they increase the complexity of the challenge.
Starting with the first two notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, the experiment has ratcheted the difficulty up to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Another One Bites The Dust.” It’s currently trying to figure out Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”, which is expected to take around 30 days. So far, the computer has made 310 billion attempts to start that car.
The experiment’s final challenge is to accidentally play the Nokia Ringtone, with an estimated probability of 1 in 15,943,230,000,000,000,000. Russell and Amber expect that to take about 30,334 centuries.
Seriously: leave this newsletter, and check out The Infinite Monkey Theorem Experiment.
🔮 Say Yes To The Orb
My friend Adi spotted a delightful mini-game called Orb Farm, which lets you build a little aquatic paradise in your web browser:
Orb Farm was inspired by Life in Jars?, a YouTube channel dedicated to self-sustaining jarred ecosystems. It’s a simple pixelated ecosphere that you fill with grass, fish, and water fleas, plus all of the bacteria and natural resources they need to live. The simulated days and nights pass as your little animals dart around stone formations and driftwood, snapping up algae and ricocheting between fronds of grass. They’ll live as long as you keep your oxygen levels balanced, hanging out in a spare browser tab.
Unfortunately, what I thought would be a cute and easy experience quickly turned into a cold war between algae and bacteria. My fish did not survive. I wish you better luck.
🐈 <- These Cats Are 6 Feet Apart -> 🐈
If you build it, they will come.
The Philippine Star
These stray cats were spotted occupying the circle marks intended for the implementation of social distancing protocols in front of a store in Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City on Sunday amid enhanced community quarantine. https://t.co/EqOORqCJMa
🏁 Scavenger Hunt Answers
Thanks again to everyone who played. I’m thinking of making a casual internet scavenger hunt a more regular part of this newsletter without all of the contest formality.
Here are the correct answers:
I spy some blue, some red, and some green; a bit of luck, and a box in-between. What is the URL of the website I am looking at?
Answer: Google.com
On the front page of the internet, what is the name of the community where the fun begins?
Answer: Prequel Memes
In Decorah, Iowa, three young streamers are getting their start on YouTube. They all live in the same house. What species are they?
Answer: Bald Eagle (or Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
View the source at the source of the World Wide Web. What is the <title>?
Answer: The World Wide Web project
Which state does California go hang out with at the end of ze world?
Answer: Hawaii
At $1 per pixel, this classic homepage is worth how many dollars?
Answer: $1 million
It’s currently the most expensive item being sold on Etsy. What is it?
Answer: A Ty Beanie Babie (Princess Diana Bear)
It’s a list. Of lists. Of more lists. What’s #11 on this list?
Answer: Miscellaneous
See the man pictured below. What is the city, state, and ZIP code where his PO Box is located?
Answer: Oakview, CA 93022
Who is the best kid to make fun of, according to the webpage of 15-year-old Mark Zuckerberg?
Answer: Pete
This YouTube channel exerts a lot of pressure. What did it crush at 0m40s on January 15th, 2017?
Answer: A Nokia 3310
Somehow the website for this 1996 animated movie is still online. What’s the first section listed on its Site Map page?
Answer: Jam Central
In its terms of service, Apple says you may not use an iPod for “development, design, manufacture or production” of which four things?
Answer: Missiles, nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons
37°18'08.3"N 76°37'42.0"W. This establishment is located within 10 miles of these coordinates. What is its name?
Answer: King’s Arms Tavern
This green sea turtle, an 18-inch juvenile weighing 32.3 lbs, is currently being tracked. Where is she?
Answer: Maui, HI
It’s a famous ship with a silly name, but it’s not the only one. Another water vessel with the same first name also also flies the Union Jack. Attach a picture of the less-famous boat to this email.
Answer: Boaty Woaty
👋 Later, Dudes
See you on Friday, which is two days from now.
-tc
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