On my free time, I've been learning a new shorthand system (one stroke per phoneme) for college note-taking and I'm hoping that I can practice it to drastically increase my words per minute in handwriting.
It's been a few days, I've realized that I should probably be tracking my progress. I've been doing some so far by simply inventing random sentences and passages and timing how fast I can write them.
However, that method seems a bit dependent on what sentences I use; and I'm sure that after a while, I'll run out of creativity.
Does anyone know of any online web apps or programs that can procedurally generate an English sentence or passage of English that is "normative" (is that the right word?) -- or that contains words and sounds typical of normal English passages -- for my tests/benchmarks?
edit As Niall points out, I guess I don't need a completely procedurally generated passage; really, it could be one that pulls a random sentence from a random book/website. If no app is found, I might just end up transcribing a different paragraph from a random book I have at home every day.