Dan Piponi has a very cool article on nth degree quines on his blog. It's much more understandable than his fascinating but mostly over-my-head postings which I read often, only to be struck by serious feelings of inadequacy.
Okay, revamped the basic idea, now using the irclib, which in spite of a lack of documentation, actually proved to be pretty easy to use. You should be able to figure out what it does, and modify it to use your own nicks and channel.
#!/usr/bin/env python import sys import os import optparse import irclib network = "irc.freenode.net" port = 6667 channel = "#somechannel" nick = "SomeNick" name = "SomeNick is a bot." irc = irclib.IRC() server = irc.server() server.connect(network, port, nick, ircname = name) server.join(channel) lastspeaker = None def handlePubMessage(connection, event): global lastspeaker target = event.target() speaker = event.source().split('!') msg = event.arguments() print target, ">", speaker, ":", msg p = os.popen("festival --tts", "w") if speaker != lastspeaker: p.write(speaker + " says ") p.write(msg) p.close() lastspeaker = speaker irc.add_global_handler('pubmsg', handlePubMessage) irc.process_forever()