"According to whim or taste" implies a conscious entity performing choices according to a free will. This need not be the case. In my mind, random means selected without cause (or without procedure/algorithm)."
Russell picked my example from a language which has no equivalent to the word "random" . Besides: I deny free will, except for the "Creator Almighty" when the world was drawn up. <G> Since then all free will is subject to I/O circumstances, prior art, experience, whatever (un?)conscious consideration one may include. "A lot has been written on randomness, and its problematic nature. I don't for one minute suggest I have anything new to say on the matter. " Maybe some choice anong controversial versions? I find Bruno's choice remarkable about the incompressibility. Will think about it, thanks, Bruno. JM