For this week’s assignment, we were asked to “invent an “-omancy,” or a form of divination/prophecy based on observing and interpreting natural events.”.

I spent some time thinking of what could be categorized as a “natural event” on the internet and came to the conclusion that one of the most organic is user experience (in a way). How a user navigates through a webpage / program, the order of the clicks, time spent on it. Even though this in a large way designed to work a certain way, it is ultimately the users decision/actions/interests/subconsciousness that directs how they navigate through it. This can be further capitalized with the content of the page.

With this in mind, I wanted to create a personality test that reads the “constellation” of your clicks / navigation using mouseX and mouseY using the following criteria:

  • the action itself needs to come directly from the user, with no prompts or direction.

  • if x then y

The idea is that these random gestures or ways of navigating will give the user an insight into who "they really are”. Using the corpora list of personality traits and setting parameters for how many ellipses the user can draw, based on the coordinates that are created from it, the program will generate a random personality trait for the user.

Unfinished code: