New York Times Roulette

Hitting that button will send you to a random webpage published on nytimes.com in the past 24 hours. It's surprisingly addictive.

About this site:

During a presentation yesterday about the future of news media with Clay Shirky, the idea of "a chatroulette for news" was jokingly mentioned by Chris Thorpe.

Inspired by this, and my love both for serendipity and the New York Times, I decided to build something.

This site is the result of that experiment.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with the New York Times. I actually work for the Guardian in London. This idea is a complete copy of something I did yesterday: The Random Guardian (aka GuardianRoulette).

Unlike random-guardian, this site doesn't keep the little bar at the top of the page, because I didn't like the idea of messing with the nytimes.com framebusting code. So just bookmark this, put it in your bookmarks bar or something, and when you feel the need for some randomness, give it a press.

Some technical details: This is written in Python, pulling data from the lovely Times Newswire API, and running on Google app engine.

Who made this? My name is Daniel Vydra, and I work at the Guardian in London. If you have any questions, send me a message on twitter. http://twitter.com/dvydra