Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Australian
says the complaint-letter generator is "somewhat of a Cyber-Cyrano
de Bergerac gone to the dark side" and that my program's "eloquence
and ever-changing range of profundities suggest Kasparov could have
used this to spook Deep Blue in their recent matches" (17 June
I'm a hit in Stockholm! Sweden's second-largest morning paper,
Svenska Dagbladet, mentioned the
complaint-letter generator in their 23 July 1997 issue (p.
While not exactly a place I would have expected to
hear mention of my program, CNBC
says the automatic complaint-letter generator demonstrates
"wonderful creative writing." (3 May 1998)
The automatic complaint-letter generator was mentioned on Neal Boortz' radio show on
Atlanta, Georgia's NewsTalk 750 WSB (13 May 1998).
MTV UK/Ireland's Up For It Live Show said the automatic
complaint-letter generator "really rocks us, lights our ring!" (21
The Technology section of the Dallas Morning News had a
blurb about the automatic complaint-letter generator on 21 July
The complaint-letter generator was mentioned in the San Diego
Reader (?? Sep 1998).
What better way could Britain's second-oldest daily newspaper,
The Guardian, fight
"scurrility and slander" than with the help of the automatic
complaint-letter generator? On 12 Sep 1998, their magazine
supplement "The Editor" ran a complaint about Britain's Trade and
Industry Secretary ("Peter Mandelson is ruining us", p. 21).
Not wanting to be outdone by The Guardian, The Independent mentioned
the automatic complaint-letter generator in the Net Gains section
of one of their magazine supplements (26 Dec 1998).
Not wanting to be outdone by The Independent, .net, the "UK's
best-selling Internet magazine," mentioned the automatic
complaint-letter generator in its December 1998 edition ("Quick
Hits", p. 9).
Reviewer, the last newspaper in Canada to be printed using
letterpress printing techniques, named the automatic
complaint-letter generator one of "Dark Wing's Web Links" for
January, 1999 (vol. 7, no. 1, "Just for Fun" section).
30 more seconds of fame! I was interviewed about the automatic
complaint-letter generator on Associated Press radio
(~10:20 EST, 27 April 1999).
The British are coming! The British are coming! To the
automatic complaint-letter generator, that is. The Observer, the Sunday
complement to The Guardian, mentioned my program in their Internet
The diary of a Texan nobody", 1 August 1999).
The automatic complaint-letter generator was listed in USA Today in an article called
"Write earnestly in more than 100 languages" (1 September 1999,
"Life" section, page 6D).
Greece's RAM magazine mentioned the automatic
complaint-letter generator in an article on automatic text
generation (September 1999). What would Socrates have thought?
Earthlink, one of the
largest ISPs around these days, pointed its members to the
automatic complaint-letter generator in its weekly newsletter,
eLink, in the "Weird Web" category (15-21 November
got a kick out of my use of "Microsoft" as the sample company to
complain about. They mentioned the automatic complaint-letter
generator in the March 2000 issue of their magazine (Shut Down
Someone sent the editor of H-Tiller Magazine a
complaint produced by the the automatic complaint-letter generator.
And, because the editor had "longed for this kind of passionate
hate for an eternity," she printed it (issue 17).
The Daily Mirror has
"[finally] discovered where all those mad complaint letters come
from" (Kelly's I, 1 August 2000).
The automatic complaint-letter generator was mentioned in the
Spring 2001 (February?) edition of Mountain Biking UK magazine (p.
37). Apparently, someone used the program to complain about MBUK in
the previous issue.
Kelso's column in the Austin American-Statesman described a
humorous incident involving the automatic complaint-letter
generator and the former mayor of Austin, Texas (19 August
The automatic complaint-letter generator is mentioned
in the book
505 Unbelievably Stupid Web Pages (1 September 2003).
As the first newspaper to mention the automatic complaint-letter
generator's new location, the Toronto Star hypothesizes that the
"crazy ranting people" who drive front-line receptionists mad get
their "nutty scripts" from the automatic complaint-letter generator
("27 Million Ways To Live Your Life",
30 March 2004).