My Zen-ny Search Terms: Where Engineering Meets Art Meets Physics Meets Geekdom. (And Rodents, Sometimes.)

I am overwhelmed with spam comments such as "You should take part in a contest for one of the greatest blogs on the web!", and I really appreciate thoughtful quote spam as: Perfectly composed articles, appreciate it for entropy. “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” by … Continue reading My Zen-ny Search Terms: Where Engineering Meets Art Meets Physics Meets Geekdom. (And Rodents, Sometimes.)

My Google Searches Might Heat Your Home

Sorry, but this is not about Search Term Poetry! Rather the contrary: Imagine your search terms could be utilized for something down-to-earth, for something useful. Google states: See more comparisons for Google services here! (Though I am disappointed they did not convert to bath tubs!) If Google's computers run in their data centers in the … Continue reading My Google Searches Might Heat Your Home

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and Not Recognizing It

Unfortunately I need to quote myself again and again: Every time I figured I had been very original and creative, The Internet tells me I am not. Others have come before me. I am a lousy historian of geeky art. I have been made aware on Google+ of the fact that there have been other spam … Continue reading Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and Not Recognizing It

Spam Poems and Search Terms Poems: Preliminary Results

[ Spoiler ] I started drafting this post when I has been waiting anxiously for [Spoiler] this blog post [/Spoiler]. In order to set the stage for this I need to let the narrative unfold - the unbelievable story of Search Term Poetry. [ Unnecessary Egocentric Intro Comment ] Actually I once figured I would … Continue reading Spam Poems and Search Terms Poems: Preliminary Results

Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level?

Regular readers know that I indulge in creating poetry from my blog visitors' search terms. (Non-regular readers should be aware of the fact that this is not at all a serious endeavor). This blog post by Alex Brown (2019: Link broken) and the related discussion has given me a new idea, very avant-garde, leading edge and … Continue reading Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level?

2012: The Year We Make Contact

What happened? I started blogging here in March. My posts evolved from lengthy walls of text to geeky stuff. Thanks to my readers who follow this blog despite the strange combination of topics covered. But I know: Resistance is futile. I have halted pseudo-blogging to my ancient non-blog sites for some months, but resumed it  to write … Continue reading 2012: The Year We Make Contact

Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms

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 (... … Continue reading Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms

Retro-Geek: On the Fascination of Machinery

I have no clue about art or design. I learned recently from The Time Traveler that stuff like this the following has its own genre and sub-culture: It is called Steampunk. I am intrigued - as I was by the illustrations in Stephen Hawking's book Illustrated Brief History of Time long before I knew this was Steampunk at … Continue reading Retro-Geek: On the Fascination of Machinery

Microwave Ovens Are Not Rodent-Ready

It happened again.  It took me four years to cope with, and now I have to start again from day zero. (Insert 2 minutes of silence and grieving here) Any device we use on a daily basis is designed for safety. You find hundreds of little logos near the serial number of the device which tell … Continue reading Microwave Ovens Are Not Rodent-Ready

How to Avoid Exponential Inflation or How to Respond Appropriately to an Award Nomination

I have been nominated for an award by a true philosopher despite the cartoon I have posted recently. More precisely, I have been nominated by Daniel who runs The Unemployed Philosopher's Blog! The award comes with some really tough conditions, I try to rise to the challenge: (Italics: Questions designed by the unknown originator) 1) … Continue reading How to Avoid Exponential Inflation or How to Respond Appropriately to an Award Nomination

Physicist, Philosopher, and Engineer

The headline indicates that I am going to tell one of this old jokes: A physicist, a philosopher and an engineer meet ... This is in fact correct, but in an extremely subtle way. As the title of this blog and the pseudo-intellectual summary in the left pane should imply I am of course considering myself … Continue reading Physicist, Philosopher, and Engineer

Discovering Your Life Being Cliché

You are browsing the internet in order to test - by anecdotal evidence - if your original ideas are that original or your most creative writing that creative. Within milliseconds you detect that everything has already been told, shared, pictured, thought, sketched. For every clever business idea I had, I found zillions of companies that already had implemented version 3.0 of this idea. … Continue reading Discovering Your Life Being Cliché

My Blog Name Corresponds to a Mistyped Term

I am aware of this. Therefore, it will never be indexed correctly. Google will consider me one of those typo URL hijackers - or whatever the technical term is for people who own domains like micorsoft dot com where they host these web sites that only contain a bunch of other URLs. Elkement is a … Continue reading My Blog Name Corresponds to a Mistyped Term