A thing I made: @infinite_words, a word a day from David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, delivered via Twitter.

It starts with a lengthy text file of words and definitions — based on a list from this IJ help packet — and a PHP script. Every day, the script sends a new word to Twitter, after which a modified installation of Tweet Nest sucks it up and drops it into an archive. (I’ll eventually add sorting by letter to that archive, but my PHP-fu is only at the yellow-belt level, roughly, and I’m mostly flailing around and punching myself in the face at this point.)

So, follow @infinite_words on Twitter, and soon you too can elicit baffled looks from family and friends by dropping the day’s word into casual conversation.

Oct. 31, 2011 bot davidfosterwallace twitter webdev