The Science of Search Term Poetry

In the break after the second session on Quantum Field Theory I am showing off light edutainment with a scientific touch.

Every quarter I save the search terms as displayed in WordPress Stats for highly sophisticated statistical, psychological and linguistic analysis. That is, I do create a Search Term Poem.

Rules are as follows:

  • Every line of the poem including titles is copied from the search terms as displayed in Stats. Search terms must not be used in more than one poem.
  • Editing is not permitted; typos must not be corrected.
  • Words must not be cut out from the middle of search strings. Truncating words at the beginning or the end is permitted.
  • Different search terms or fragments cut out from different terms must not be concatenated. There is a bijective correspondence of lines in the poem and search terms.

The focus of this blog has changed back to physics – and so do the search terms. Searchers’ usual question about rodents in the microwave could also be classified as sciencey (biology and electrical engineering)  considering the way the pitied rodent died nearly one year ago.

humiliating poetry
poems on fear
poems that have the word danger in them
best crowd sourcing site to publish poetry

technology is the theory and practice of science
cyber nightmares
“extended self”

myth and magic
butterfly effect
microwave a rodent
travel in past by falling asleep
forward feed and backward feed

outsider physics
“new physical evidence on the axis of rotation of the earth”
physics on the fringe: smoke rings
is theoretical physics crackpot science
quantum resurrection

engineering and art meets
steampunk icons electrical panel
interactive floor tetris
geeky fascination
back to the future

trivia about physics
where’s centre of mass in world?
if we plumb the air throw an object, what is the direction of the coriolis force
toilet flush rotating too strong

at large in particular
is “befire we know it” a cliché
why is existential questions are avoided in most conversations?

what is sleek weak geek in a poetic term
unemployed philosopher

who invented the org chart?
Einstein
feynman
turing
maslow

dangers of social networking
fun and action are the rule here

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. The line that most jumped out at me was “microwave a rodent.” I wonder how the person proposed to get the rodent into the microwave, and for what purpose. I remember hearing an account (though I don’t know if it was true) of a woman who put her little dog in a microwave because she thought she could dry it off that way after it got wet.

    1. elkement says:

      “Rodents in microwaves” is a recurring search term – due to an older post about my accedental killing of a mouse “in” my microwave (it was rather suicide – killed by electrical power, and in the rear parts of the appliance).
      Researching similar events I found discussions on the internet like: “Should I put a mouse into the microwave before I feed it to my snake?”

      1. Thanks for those clarifications.

  2. M. Hatzel says:

    I had some good laughs through this. Thanks. Now I’m off to the new computer to bang my head against it in the hopes that I can learn new systems more quickly through physical contact. (That might add to your search terms for the next poem.)

    1. elkement says:

      Thanks, Michelle! Good luck with taming the new computer – I hope for a blog post of yours about your encounters!

  3. So, the third image of smoke rings … when I first looked at it (before reading the poem) I thought it showed a Jellyfish with trailing tentacles! This new genre … of Search Term Poetry is growing on me … slowly! D

    1. elkement says:

      :-D This potential confusion with jellyfish might be a reason I picked a dark images of smoke rings unconsciously – in contrast to smoke rings floating before the blue sky.
      Searchers’ intentions are enigmatic – so are the pictures.

  4. The poem is lovely. Managed randomness suggests so much. The result rivals Surrealism and the generative rules are very Oulipo.

    1. elkement says:

      Thanks, Steve – I always learn from your comments!
      Reading the Wikipedia article on Oulipo tells me ‘The group defines the term littérature potentielle as (rough translation): “the seeking of new structures and patterns which may be used by writers in any way they enjoy.” Yes – this could be applied to search term poetry!

  5. Your spam comes out a lot more interesting than mine. It’s a fair bit more meaningful now, than before you helped it along :-)

    1. elkement says:

      This time it’s search terms, not spam. But the difference in terms of ‘quality’ is not too pronounced :-)
      I haven’t looked into my spam comments for a few months now – but I can see that the number of spams scales with the frequency of posts.

      1. Ahhhhhhhhh right. That makes more sense as it’s in line – obviously – with what you write.

        1. elkement says:

          ‘more sense’ is kind or ironic of course – also in relation to search terms :-)

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