I haven't played with rand, but

Time.now.to_i

should get you a useful seed value.

	-jro



On Nov 28, 2006, at 11:51 AM, Smgspices / aol.com wrote:

> Surely it must be possible to initialize rand with current date and  
> time.
> Documents seem to indicate this is done with rand(0) or srand with  
> no value. I
> have tried both methods and I get the same tired old sequence of  
> numbers. I
> would write my own random number generator except I don't know how  
> to get a
> numeric value out of Time.
>
> Charles Gray