Here you are taken on a short tour of tools using random generation including a modern profile generator, test data tool, card dealer, holiday locator and brainstorming aid.
1) Fake Name Generator
This tool at fakenamegenerator.com creates more than name, detailing an online and offline profile for the name set, country and gender specified. This ranges from the basics of address and name details to employment, blood type and current vehicle.
There are options to use this in bulk it's an example of what tools like Faker for python can be used for.
Onto a heavier tool, with mockaroo you generate lots of fake data at once. You can specify your data in a similar manner to a database table schema, specifying field type and maybe a custom function.
Here I took the default, changed name to be an animal type and added a city.
You choose how much data to generate and if you want it as csv, json or several other formats. There is also an web api you can hook into.
You can find them on Twitter
3) Random Card Shuffler
This tool draws cards for you and shuffles a virtual deck. It's what you might use for drawing a sample poker hand, picking a card for a game or generating initiative in a game such as Savage Worlds
It is noteworthy for it's great filters, giving you options for number of cards, cards and jokers to include and how you want to see new cards.
Building generators like these it can be hard to find the right balance of utility and complexity.
This tool comes from Random.Org which has many other tools and a twitter presence @RandomOrg
The tool picks your next holiday destination. It has no filters and is an example of a random pick from a predetermined list, using data from 3rd party sites.
I got a trip to Malaysia!
As well as using it for a random travel destination it may suggest an unusual place for a conference or as a list of travel ideas
Travelspin can also be found on twitter @Travel_Spin
The Random Words generator from TextFixer is good for 1-10 random words in English, with French and German versions available.
I might use this for brainstorming, for a game, or inspiration or a word challenge to write something about.
They can be found on facebook as TextFixer.
Today you generated profiles and test data, drew cards, went on holiday and brainstormed words.
There are many more useful generation tools out there so tweet @DuncanThom if you have suggestions or leave a comment here.