Since I had access to the log files of my first hosted web server (in the past millennium) I had been addicted to analyzing my log files – browsing text files with a simple text editor. In particular, search terms submitted to search engines had intrigued me. I know I am not the only one.
People (… I guess … it might have been animals or artificial life forms as well …) sent full sentences and questions in natural language to the omniscient oracle Google. Such as:
Should I take decisions from heart or mind?
What is going on in the mind (or heart) of somebody asking such a question on Google? I am not a psychologist and cannot solve that mystery. I can just make use of this phenomenon, applying a pragmatic approach:
Nowadays everything is crowd sourced, crowd funded, crowd & cloud whatever. So why not crowd source poetry from these search terms?
Technical note to potential fellow search term poets: I strongly recommend to use the WordPress Webmaster Tools and verify ownership of your blog on Bing or Google tools – this gives you access to even more great search terms.
Italics: Titles added by myself. But soon these titles will become part of the global consciousness of the internet, eternal quotes in pop culture, and they might appear in somebody else’s log files.
Bold: Search terms, unchanged. These will also be amplified in the subconsciousness of the web by this posting.
Bing poetry (1): On Web 3.0 – Animals Communicate via Household Appliances (I might re-consider this prosaic title)
anything new in microwave ovens?
posts in dark
comment via microwave
the dark side is strong in this one
Bing poetry (2): On Theory and Practice
the word cliche address
theory of trying
i am trying to not get attached to a psychologist
i am interested in combining theory and practice
These are re-arrangements of the search term poems published on Facebook initially, but I split my original poems into two. The messages of these search terms are so intricate and aphoristic – you should not cram too many into a single poem.
WordPress stats poem (1): On Corporate Clichés
just received a blank piece of paper in the mail
original idea already cliche
theory about stupid questions
reconcile corporate goals
universe life combine
burn org chart
WordPress stats poem (2): On Science, Engineering and a Bit of Biology
silly questions on microwave engineering
heat pump outer space
stiff wire instead of helium
sniffing of path
dead mouse smell around microwave
I needed to backup the poems somewhere before Facebook decides again not to show some arbitrary subset of messages on my timeline. But this is another story. It is interesting though that strange Facebook issues started the day before yesterday when I published my Bing poem, and yesterday Facebook was offline for half an hour. I digress – this is just to add a disclaimer: I do not know how dangerous and subversive these poems really are.
Editors, magazines and committees that fund alternative internet art (or whatever this may be called (*)): Please refrain from contacting me – I need to contact my lawyers first to clarify issues with intellectual property. Who owns the search strings? The anonymous users? Google, Bing or WordPress?
(*) Asking Google myself I learn that there is really something as ‘croud-sourced art’. And again I have considered myself to be so original – again in vain.