Other than that, enjoy!
Welcome, honourable web surfer, to the world of CPU_Tarot. Here we provide an interactive fortune telling program in which you, the user, tell your computer selected bits of information about yourself so that a deck of Tarot cards can be downloaded and shuffled in a unique and personal way, to give you a reading we're sure will rival that of the most adept psychic. While you wait for the program to download, you can read all about the history of the program and how to use it below.
You and your computer have a great deal of control over what your cards will be, as well as how they shall be interpreted.
The current version of the program is a beta only, which means that it doesn't work yet. During testing, the program told one poor guy (the cook at the little mexican restaurant next door, who hates computers...) that many large animals would come to his rescue at an awkward social situation. It also predicted that he would become a pioneer in the field of recycled shoes. It also told a poor bike courier, who we tricked into trying the program, that he would be better off choosing a line of work where he could get a bit of excitement. So for now, no actual interpretation is publicly availiable.
As I have been trying to come to grips with the subtlties and the realities of reading Tarot, I am working on some web pages that explain some of the "dryer" elements of reading Tarot. Click here to learn more about reading Tarot!
A card-by-card reading, explaining the position and orientation of each card. A summary fortune at the end of the reading, including any refernces to large animals and awkward social situations (if applicable...). A set of winning lottery numbers, generated using your initial input, the cards you recieve, and your percieved "reaction" to the cards, based on how long you spend reading about each. Also look for a bit more snazzy graphics and animations.
CPU_Tarot is an interesting project based on its international development. Pete Gray, a fledgeling java programmer in Toronto, Canada, creates the program which enables people worldwide to benefit from the work of Olaf Lindstrom, a Swedish mathematician/psychic. Mr. Lindstrom is currently under house arrest in Sri Lanka, for the 'crime' of correctly identifying the wife of an important (nay, VERY important) public official as the mastermind behind a plot to have his fortune subtly re-directed to a numbered swiss bank account.
While Mr. Lindstrom is not allowed to have visitors or to perform readings, he has been allowed limited access to the internet. He met Mr. Gray on a chat forum discussing the possibility of programming psychic attributes on a modern microprocessor. They have collaborated extensively on this project, and as soon as they both feel that the software is ready, reading will be made availiable to the public.
The fine folks at U.S. Games Systems, Inc. were kind enough to let me use the images on the cards, which they own, if I put the following credit up with the program: