More for the "geez, past me" department, I had grappled with

this bot in 119 commits over five months. It passed phrases through automatic translation services multiple times in order to try to generate a result that was funny or interesting. The vast majority of the time, it just made shrugworthy stuff.

It was never good, but I just kept grinding. I started this a month after the guy was born and was sleep-deprived. Maybe in that state, I just did not feel safe enough to step away from a failure? I'm surprised I had time to do any coding at all. I vaguely remember taking time out each morning to go to a coffee shop before getting on the train to go into town. This is probably what I hammered at during that time.

Look at this baroqueness in the README:

**clockworkPair** deterministically picks a pair of numbers from a range from 0 to *c* - 1, where *c* is the upper limit, and a seed, such that:

- The first element of a pair generated from seed
*s + 1* will follow the first element of a pair generated the seed *s*.

- Unless p[0] (the first element of the pair) generated from
*s* is *c* - 1. In that case, p[0] for *s + 1* will be 0.

- If
`pickTranslationLocales`

is called for every seed from 0 to *c* * *(c - 1)*, every pair combination will be generated.

- Basically:

clockworkPair(upperLimit, seed) =>

- Let base = seed % upperLimit

- Let gap = floor(seed/upperLimit) + 1

- Let wraparound = fn(x, c) => x < c ? x : x - c

- return [base, wraparound(base + gap)]

- If seed >=
*c* * *(c - 1)*, seed will be seed % *c* * *(c - 1)*.

I can't remember why I thought it was important to explain this and explain this in this "math" style. Maybe I was caught up in some kind of "mathematics is the real programming" trend.