The Subtle Power of the Top Snippet. A New Sub-Genre of Google Poetry.

New game, new rules!

I have tried to make the rules tougher! Here is some context and history.

  1. Search for your site on Google: site:elkement.blog
  2. Pick the first search result in the language of your site[*]
  3. Pick a chain of words, a contiguous snippet from this Google search result (use only the snippet on the results page – don’t click on it). This becomes the title of your poem.
  4. Copy your chosen snippet and search again, now for this phrase.
  5. Pick the first snippet from the new search results, choose a phrase. This is the next line of the poem; re-arrangement, editing or skipping search results is not allowed.
  6. Goto 4.

[*] The major challenge in this game is one strange attractor: All the poetic chaos is finally is sucked into this black-hole: Dictionaries and thesauruses. I’ve used a private browser window with both preferred language and display language set to English. Yet Google knows my IP address and keeps showing me translations to German as the first search result.

Unless you want to pick a term like German-English translation, your worm-hole out of the dictionary attractor is the innocuous reference to the web page in Cache. Fortunately, when searching for Cache there was a ‘reasonable’ English snippet on the first results page, and I felt entitled to choose it, according to rule 2. The poem shows that I was stuck in the potential well of the cache. The same happened with less severe attractors, and eerily enough these events always had a self-referential flavor. I was also leading and pacing, leading and pacing, leading and pacing… until I was in sync. And the pop-up, pop-up, pop-up was hard to get rid of, as in the real world.

I also had to appeal to Google themselves, and the poem describes itself correctly as a treasure hunting game – to find hidden objects or places.

Enough of the meta-analysis and over-explanations, this is no Worstward Ho!

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Combine Just Anything

your transactions are now in one beautiful place
anywhere in Europe

search engine for
facts and stats. Oh and Gifs

Reaction
Adverse reaction
Cache
Cache
Cache
Cache
How to clear
If you don’t want a record

switch to another program
You don’t have to close
The Virus of Life

I am your disease
I’ll invade all your thoughts
I want governance of all worlds

negotiating responses to problems
strategies to solve
The comprehensive nature of the list

all elements or aspects of something
denoting a system of
powers of ten

people both nationally and internationally
gain real credibility
as content creators can attest

state that something is true or real
of a satisfactory standard
engaged for an indefinite period

sentences containing
gold coins

Canadian Maple Leafs
and Backdates
To mark or supply
Trailers for Sale

a leading provider
leading
Pacing and Leading
Pacing and Leading
Pacing and Leading
Cache

fix issues
Cache
temporarily stores
temporary stores
Pop-up-Store
Pop-up-Store
pop up
pɒpˌʌp

a treasure hunting game
find hidden objects or places
throughout hundreds of custom designed maps
in just a few seconds
a few seconds
a few
‎Quite a few

translate.google
Google

Day 10 of the Doodle
a fluttering glimpse of today’s action

hoping to prove themselves best in class
With such fierce competition
Im Cache

Random image, first thing I saw in my media collection now.

Bots, Like This! I am an Ardent Fan of HTTPS and Certificates!

This is an experiment in Machine Learning, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, whatever.

But I need proper digression first.

Last autumn, I turned my back on social media and went offline for a few days.

There, in that magical place, the real world was offline as well. A history of physics museum had to be opened, just for us.

The sign says: Please call XY and we open immediately.

Scientific instruments of the past have a strange appeal, steampunk-y, artisanal, timeless. But I could not have enjoyed it, hadn’t I locked down the gates of my social media fortresses before.

Last year’ improved’ bots and spammers seem to have invaded WordPress. Did their vigilant spam filters feel a disturbance of the force? My blog had been open for anonymous comments since more than 5 years, but I finally had to restrict access. Since last year every commentator needs to have one manually approved comment.

But how to get attention if I block the comments? Spam your links by Liking other blogs. Anticipate that clickers will be very dedicated: Clicking on your icon only takes the viewer to your gravatar profile. The gravatar shows a link to the actual spammy website.

And how to pick suitable – likeable – target blog posts? Use your sophisticated artificial intelligence: If you want to sell SSL certificates (!) pick articles that contain key words like SSL or domain – like this one. BTW, I take the ads for acne treatment personally. Please stick to marketing SSL certificates. Especially in the era of free certificates provided by Let’s Encrypt.

Please use a different image for your different gravatars. You have done rather well when spam-liking the post on my domains and HTTPS, but what was on your mind when you found my post on hijacking orphaned domains for malvertizing?

Did statements like this attract the army of bots?

… some of the pages contain links to other websites that advertize products in a spammy way.

So what do I need to do to make you all like this post? Should I tell you that have a bunch of internet domains? That I migrated my non-blogs to HTTPS last year? That WordPress migrated blogs to HTTPS some time ago? That they use Let’s Encrypt certificates now, just as the hosting provider of my other websites does?

[Perhaps I should quote ‘SSL’ and ‘TLS’, too.]

Or should I tell you that I once made a fool of myself for publishing my conspiracy theories – about how Google ditched my blog from their index? While I actually had missed that you need to add the HTTPS version as a separate item in Google Webmaster Tools?

So I despearately need help with Search Engine Optimization and Online Marketing. Google shows me ads for their free online marketing courses on Facebook all the time now.

Or I need help with HTTPS (TLS/SSL) – embarrassing, as for many years I did nothing else than implementing Public Key Infrastructures and troubleshooting certificates? I am still debugging of all kinds weird certificate chaining and browser issues. The internet is always a little bit broken, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

[Is X.509 certificate a good search term? No, too nerdy, I guess.]

Or maybe you are more interested in my pioneering Search Term Poetry and Spam Poetry.  I need new raw material.

Like this! Like this! Like this!

Maybe I am going to even approve a comment and talk to you. It would not be the first time I fail the Turing test on this blog.

Don’t let me down, bots! I count on you!

Update 2018-02-13: So far, this post was a success. The elkemental blog has not seen this many likes in years.… and right now I noticed that the omnipresent suit bot also started to market solar energy and to like my related posts!

Update 2018-02-18: They have not given up yet – we welcome another batch of bots!

bots-welcome-experiment-success-2

Update 2018-04-01: They become more subtle – now they spam-like comments – albeit (sadly) not the comments on this article. Too bad I don’t display the comment likes – only I see them in the admin console 😉

bots-welcome-experiment-success-3

Self-Sufficiency Poetry

Our self-sufficiency quota for electrical energy is 30%, but what about the garden?

Since I haven’t smart metered every edible wildflower consumed, I resort to Search Term Poetry and random images. This is a summer blog post, lacking the usual number crunching and investigative tech journalism.

(Search terms are from WordPress statistics and Google Tools)

Direct self-consumption quota was nearly 100% last year (no preservation), and self-sufficiency was very low, with one exception: Yarrow tea.

This year we will reach 100% herbal tea self-sufficiency:

Yarrow TeamThe solar/air collector is boosting yarrow harvest – and we have yet to include its cosmic quantum free energy focusing effect in the marketing brochure.

fringe science theories
can efficiency be greater than 1

Collector, yarrow, poppy

But it also boosts vitality of other life forms:

alien energy

Slimey Aliens near collector

I cannot prove that these particular slimy aliens – edible and a protected species in Austria – are harmful as I never caught them red-handed. You just need to be careful when collecting vegetables to avoid the slimy parts.

We are self-sufficient re green ‘salad’ and ‘fake spinach’ for about half a year. Our top edible wild flowers in terms of yield are Dandelion, Fireweed, Meadow Goat’s Beard …

why does the grim reaper have a scythe

Meadow Goat's Beard

… and White Stonecrop: both tasty …

jurassic park jelly

White Stonecrop and snail

… and ornamental:

zeitgeisty

White Stonecrop, Sedum Album

With standard vegetables (accepted as edible by the majority) we did crop rotation – and the tomatoes look happiest as solitary plants in new places …

analyzing spatial models of choice and judgment

Tomatoe Plant

The Surprise Vegetable Award goes to an old heirloom variety, called Gartenmelde in German:

slinkyloop antenna
physics metaphors

Gartenmelde

Last year exactly one seedling showed up, and we left it untouched. This year the garden was flooded with purple plants in spring:

virtual zen garden

Gartenmelde in spring

There are two main categories of edible plants – and two different branches of the food chain: Things we mainly eat, like tomatoes, herbs, onion, and garlic …

old-fashioned

Garlic, tomatoes, herbs

… and the ones dedicated to alien species. Top example: The plants that should provide for our self-sufficiency in carbohydrates:

simple experiment

Potatoes

In the background of this image you see the helpful aliens in our garden, the ones that try to make themselves useful in this biosphere:

force on garden hose
so called art

Helpful Alien

But looking closer, there is another army of slimy life-forms, well organized and possibly controlled by a superior civilization in another dimension:

the matrix intro
protocol negotiation failed please try again

Slimey aliens and potatoes

microwaving live animals

This garden is fertilizer- and pest-control-free, so we can only try to complement the food chain with proper – and more likeable – creatures:

solutions to problems

Hedgehog, Potatoes

Yes, I have been told already it might not eat this particular variety of aliens as their slime is too bitter. I hope for some mutation!

But we are optimistic: We managed to tune in other life-forms to our philosophy as well and made them care about our energy technology:

so you want to be an engineer

Blackbird and air pump

This is a young blackbird. Grown up, it will skillfully de-slime and kill aliens, Men-in-Black-style.

Life-forms too quick or too small for our random snapshot photography deserve an honorable mention: Welcome, little snake (again an alien-killer) and thanks mason bees for clogging every hole or tube in the shed!

It is a pity I wasted the jurassic park search term on the snail already as of course we have pet dinosaurs:

Pet Dinosaur

So in summary, this biotope really has a gigantic bug, as we nerds say.

sniff all internet access

Bug or Feature

Blinded by the Light: Links Not Considered Click-Worthy

I promised more experimental internet poetry — here it is!

The problem: Spam comments have petered out, their number seems to scale with posting frequency. The quality of search terms for this blog has improved, and most terms are technical and dull.

I turned to untapped raw material – finally I know what last year’s web development project was good for. As predicted, views plummeted after merging three sites into one and picking a country domain. The upside is that search terms got much better.

The following ‘poem’ is built from phrases displayed in Google Search Console (formerly called Webmaster Tools) for my personal website. I am picking from search terms in the list of Impressions: which means my pages appeared in the list of results but most of them were not clicked; hence the title of this post.

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blinded by the light
despicable me

subversive activities
inconspicuous in a sentence

blinded by the light

blended movie stream
spooky black without you

offensive security
issued by an authority that is not trusted

offensive security

how does a steel plow work
educated guess

definition of tossed
krypton
deflector

energy armor
was last opened
across the universe

prevent the details of
dubious battle

energy armor

galaxy life hacked
mathematical modelling of zombies
lest means
gloomy sunday lyrics

meaning of strangeness
toilet success hacked

letterbox company

educated sentence generator
template missing

define subversive humor
farewell letter to customers
reply all bcc
without papers

subversive (humor)

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Google-Mediated Self-Poetry – Holiday Edition

A new sub-genre of my experimental internet poetry! Is Google able to capture the essence of this blog?

Rules:

  • Search your own site on Google, using site:[your site].
    This ‘poem’ is based on results from site:elkement.wordpress.com.
  • Open the first search result in a new tab.
  • Pick one phrase from this page (your own content) and note it down as a new line of the poem.
  • Open the next search result, pick the next line.
  • Editing of phrases is not allowed, and you must not re-visit the pages already processed or re-shuffle the lines.

This is so-called poetry from the first three pages of search results, as usual combined with my images.

I’ll stay away from social media for a while so you have time to digest it!

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Nothing you have not seen in more elaborate fashion elsewhere
the true connection between my diverse activities

Mutant Tomatoe

a nitpicking stickler and painstaking submitter of DMCA complaints
a pioneer who did such an experiment long before the social media era

In past years I tried to eradicate it
a rotating alien-fighting device throwing darts
It is utterly exhausting

Scary Rotating Things

the phase portrait deviate from the circular shape
So what to do with all those old sites?
Steampunk seems to allude to a part of our common DNA

The tank will also be used as a cistern
shining laser light on the dark filament and analyzing the diffraction pattern
due to different spontaneous freezing temperatures of supercooled water.

ice storage

I am in need of trivia.
mentally insert black and white images inspired by Philip K. Dick‘s short stories.

Black and White

driving hansoms and communicating by wired telegrams.
We abandoned some gadgets and re-considered usage.

I finally added permanent redirects
you should try to use energy more efficiently first

Subconsciousness already takes the decision but you do not notice yet.
so there is no violation of energy conservation.

Bullerjan: Fire!!

Don’t panic – I have left the lofty heights of political analysis for now!
As a fallible human you might give in to the most intrusive requester

denying cap-and-gown costume as I detest artificial Astroturf traditions
I have a secondary super-villain identity.

Super Villain

Here is a typical example of very volatile output:
the irony of being considered a notorious link scammer

salt crystals should easily glide downwards from a tilted plane.
It’s time to compare costs again

Otherwise the grass might always be greener over there.

Green Grass, and more

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What the Internet Asks of Me

… via search terms submitted by blog visitors, of course!

This is a cross-over of search term poetry and using search terms for serious investigations: A collection of phrases from 2015 WordPress statistics, plus comments [in italics and bold].

As usual, phrases are unedited except from truncations at beginning and end, and I have added ‘suitable’ images taken recently. 

[What will remain an enigma forever]
how to control alien spaceship
why isn’t probability deterministic
a i am poem about microwaves for science
why i feel im succumbed to my own dark side

alien spaceship[What you really should know]
63,42 divided by 3
calories burned swinging a scythe
understand thermodynamics intuitively

scythe[What this (blog) is not]
english short poem
popular science books on solid state
one test location where slinky wouldn’t slink

one test location[What this blog (maybe) is]
desublimation pot
surrealist paradise
scrapyard poem site
a website where you can combine anything

don't climb the art[What people only dare to ask here]
what was the importance of garden hose theory and what was it
i enrolled without turnprinting,how am i sure that i have enrolled?
elkement

elkement's garden hose

[What the internet gets right about what I do]
plot the performance curves for heat pump versus temperature of water delivered
cistern-based water-source heat pump system design
heat transfer from submerged plastic pipe
some daily calculation in physics
can bus technische alternative
heat pump ice storage
sniff router traffic
datalogger
uvr1611
pki

sniff router traffic

[What the internet thinks I am a top and foremost expert in]
development the art of constructing error messages
how.to respond to notification for award nomination
connecting slinkies

message or art

[What I should learn more about]
card dialing
worst cistern pumps
cattle panels tomato supports
horizotal press risk assessments

tomato support

[What I should turn into a business]
phreaking practice
management metaphor diagrams
quote juassic park multiple lines of reasoning converging on a single point

metaphor, security

[What should become a manifesto]
we combine theory and practice at the same time
any device control by internet
work hard play hard culture
poetry theory now
zen capitalism

fake zen garden

[What finally is true poetry]

what do you see when water vapor sublimes on windows
on a cold night
resist being baited

can a substance be made
to describe
an object rotating around a central force

search a poem related to the theme of the poem try again
practice everything in the universe
pump for ice

ice storage

Crowdsourcing Poetry (Again)

This is Search Term Poetry created from terms harvested in the second quarter. I even owe the post’s title to a valuable searcher.

As usual, all lines are taken from search terms in WordPress Stats – no editing allowed except for truncation at the beginning and the end of phrases.

But I could not resist harvesting also some search terms also from Google’s Webmaster tools this time. There are so many ‘unknown’ search terms indicated by WordPress’ blog statistics which are most likely due to Google’s encrypting the search results.

Now … forget all nerdiness and technology … and just get lost in the overwhelming beauty of this piece of art.

[New readers, this was irony in case it is not obvious from the following poem.]

crowdsourcing poetry

attention seeking designer freaks poem
poems about overdue

existential poetry
virtual zen garden
thought like time is never linear

Time

Time is never linear.

why does theoritical physics deny outsiders
false intuitions about physics

picture quotes never stop living
emoticons blackboard lightning bolt

Light

Light and nostalgic emotions.

the theory of the water tank
for popular reading

classroom experiments with relativity
energy creating machine

Power Lines

Here is the energy.

spaceballs calculus
confused maths puzzles

greatest innovations ever
vortex garden hose

what is thoery of toilet flusing to find map location
hyperbolic decay

Tree at the edge of reason

Hyperbolic decay.

diy gas turbine
running gas line to an island through a vertical pillar?

find i a strangle loop-douglas hofstader wth articles
smoke ring letters

Clouds

Smoke rings. Sort of.

poems in terms of electrical engg
information of tension change

what the user wanted
an equation for the perpendicular bisector of the line segment

Lake

The surface of the lake is nearly perpendicular to the sides of the image.

images of decease memerial
toilet duck in 1960s

is it normal not to like social media
zeitgeisty

Speakers

Social Media.

what does the grim reaper do
cut anything

dark side of me is even more interesting

Dark Side of the Elkement

Me on the dark side.

to unravel me you need a simple key, no key that was made by locksmith’s hand, but a key that only i will understand.

memepool dead

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For the bi-lingual poetry fans: Here is the German Q2 edition, also enriched with Google webmaster tools’ terms and some other but equally bad photos.