Get the software

You can download, install, run and modify the Meme Machine. It runs on Linux, but could work on many platforms with some work. I think on mac you might be able to get all the missing bits on mac ports and then it should run quite fine.

To begin:

  • Download and install
  • Start a mind
  • Start a medium
  • Experiment with different ideas

FInd out how below. Its a small set of scripts, just download and run!

You can see how they work, and add your own twist!

Download it

  1. Inspect the sources on sourceforge at http://mememachine.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/mememachine/
  2. You need to have subversion eg$ sudo apt-get install subversion
  3. Get the code from the subversion repository:
    $ svn checkout  https://mememachine.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/mememachine
  4. If you can't use subversion, grab a tarball

Installation

  • Install dependencies. These are the Ubuntu package names. Everything else should be in standard python 2.5
    • python-pygame — screen display
    • python-avahi — local network discovery of other nodes
    • python-numpy — fast maths or lazy programmer
    • python-sqlite3 — organise plenty of data efficiently
    • ttf-dejavu-extra — display as many characters from as many languages as possible.( I may have to make bold-italic versions of the Indian fonts.)

$ sudo apt-get install python-avahi python-pygame python-numpy python-sqlite ttf-dejavu-extra

  • Bug in pygame prevents accessing system fonts <https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pygame/+bug/209967>. You need a good font that displays many unicode characters, eg DejaVuSans truetype family and he default pygame font is not very comprehensive.

Begin Experimenting

Start a mind

If there's another server on your subnet (sucha as at linux.conf.au delegate network) you can just start a mind. Others might refer to it as a client, but the minds really drive the whole process.

  • Choose the meme you want your mind to explore.
  • $ python memechineMedium.py [meme phrase]

Start a medium

Mediums are servers that co-ordinate the conversation between minds. Even if you only have one mind, you need to start a medium.

  • $ python memechineMedium.py

Start a network

  • Start up many minds and let them interact! They discover each other and interact.