Farewell Pandemic Poetry

I've lost many chances to create poetry from pandemic politics. So many metaphors weren't used to serve the fine arts. But finally I rise to the challenge. Our grand opening-up-anything is being celebrated in each of our provinces. Text snippets from one of these press conferences this week are intruding my waking and sleeping mind. … Continue reading Farewell Pandemic Poetry

Edginess: What I Was Searching For

First Spam Poetry since a long time! Every line is an unedited snippet from about 100 spam comments on this blog. Process: View spam comments at random Either pick a phrase from the comment or discard it, then delete the comment. Jump to the next spam comment - spam comments can be processed in any … Continue reading Edginess: What I Was Searching For

Sources of Heat, Life, and Everything

Same procedure as every summer: Science and tech blogging comes to a halt, and the daring 'internet artist' is summoned. But also unorthodox avant-garde art is rooted in down-to-earth engineering. In summer elkement leaves the programmer's cave (a bit) and sees the sun. The local elkemental microcosmos is a fully functional biosphere-2-like ecosystem with lots … Continue reading Sources of Heat, Life, and Everything

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. Search for your site on Google: site:elkement.wordpress.com Pick the first search result in the language of your site[*] Pick a chain of words, a contiguous snippet from this Google search result (use only the snippet on the … Continue reading The Subtle Power of the Top Snippet. A New Sub-Genre of Google Poetry.

Bing Says We Are Weird. I Prove It. Using Search Term Poetry.

Bing has done so repeatedly: In order to learn more about this fundamental confusion I investigated my Bing search terms. [This blog has now entered the phase of traditionally light summer entertainment.] Rules: Raw material: Search terms shown in Bing Web Master Tools for any of my / our websites. Each line is a search … Continue reading Bing Says We Are Weird. I Prove It. Using Search Term Poetry.

Spam Poetry: “Cris-Crossing the Universe”

I have tried my hands at different kinds of experimental internet poetry, and all of the poems turned out to have a dystopic touch or tantalizing hints to some fundamental philosophical truth. Perhaps this says something about 1) The Internet or 2) about my subconsciousness. Since I have reduced blogging frequency, the number of spam … Continue reading Spam Poetry: “Cris-Crossing the Universe”

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. … Continue reading Self-Sufficiency Poetry

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 … Continue reading Blinded by the Light: Links Not Considered Click-Worthy

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 … Continue reading Google-Mediated Self-Poetry – Holiday Edition

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 … Continue reading What the Internet Asks of Me

Google Translational Poetry – Austrian Christmas Edition

I am at the nadir of my online reputation - my Google page impressions plummeted by a factor of about 100. This is very liberating, and I start enjoying the irony of being considered a notorious link scammer. Now I will harvest Google for any weird purpose whatsoever. For poetry nobody will read. The title says it all. I … Continue reading Google Translational Poetry – Austrian Christmas Edition

Imaginative Poetry. Inspired by the Second Name of Collected Space.

First, some terminology: Sammelraum is a life-form (allegedly - maybe it is an art bot). The German word means Staging Area in the military sense, Storage Space, or Collection Space ... so perhaps collected 'pure' space as such, or space for collections. Second Name is a series of unworldly images created by that life-form. Random … Continue reading Imaginative Poetry. Inspired by the Second Name of Collected Space.

Poetry of Anything. Now I Know This Is Called Flarf!

So. I. Have. Forgotten. To. Save. Last Quarter's Search Terms. I hope you missed my poetry already. What could I do to compensate for that? Inventing an allegedly new genre. Poetry of Anything. The rules are similar as for Search Term Poetry or Spam Poetry: Use continuous, unedited snippets from questionable internet sources. Pick snippets … Continue reading Poetry of Anything. Now I Know This Is Called Flarf!

Poetry from the Virtual Scrapyard Anniversary: I Subconsciously Think about This Element

Today is an anniversary: The first Search Term Poem has seen the light of day one year ago on my Facebook timeline - this was my debut as a search term poet on WordPress on 12-12-12. I have created tons of artifacts from the virtual scrapyard since then. Spammers had enough time to hone their skills since … Continue reading Poetry from the Virtual Scrapyard Anniversary: I Subconsciously Think about This Element

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 … Continue reading The Science of Search Term Poetry

Quarterly Search Term Poetry Results (Overdue!)

Due to my time-out from social media search terms submitted in Q2 2013 have not yet seen the light of day. Shareholders, I apologize! Going for a new level of efficiency in creating poetry I try to anticipate your comments and questions. I have announced it several times: I am poeticizing your comments now! I … Continue reading Quarterly Search Term Poetry Results (Overdue!)

What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope.

It is time to purge the spam queue again! Spam commenters are still gloomy and plagued with existential questions and answers. I am very proud of the simple and powerful title. What? was a complete spam comment. I even clicked the associated link as it felt so genuine. What? there is no danger If you … Continue reading What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope.

Decoding Myself: Searching for Hidden Clues in My Blog Posts’ Titles

I am inventing a new experimental genre: Header Poetry. I tag this post with Spam Poetry and Search Term Poetry as - theoretically - my headers could show up as search terms or skillfully drafted spam comments. As an innovator in poetry based on recycled material I need to do this - in order to … Continue reading Decoding Myself: Searching for Hidden Clues in My Blog Posts’ Titles

Do I Have an Opinion on Education at Large and on MOOCs in Particular?

Something education-related seems to have hit the blogosphere - many blogs I follow cover online-courses, teaching and education yesterday. My feelings are mixed. Important note: Though this was intended as a balanced review. But it ended up as one of my usual posts attributed to this genre I have no name for. I could invalidate … Continue reading Do I Have an Opinion on Education at Large and on MOOCs in Particular?

The BLAHS #4–Geek of the Year

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Earthlings, bow to me. I am famous. The Elkement has been bestowed upon the most prestigious blog award in the universe – non-propagate-able, handed out exclusively by the founder: The BLAHS – BLog Awards Handed out by Sackler. Yes, this is THE Mark Sackler – serial innovator in Search Term Haiku Art and discerning commenter on The Ridiculous and The Sublime. EDIT: Remove [s] from [https] in the links to Mark’s blog to get rid of the false security warnings. See my comment on this alleged bug below.

The Millennium Conjectures™

“Beware of geeks bearing formulas.”–Warren Buffett

I know what you’re thinking.   Why don’t I give the Geek of the Year BLAHS to myself?   Short answer:  I almost won an award like that in my youth, but lost out to the guy in the picture above.   It was no fair really;  I look far cooler in a leopard skin toga than he does.  Anyway, I am only half geek.  In my ancient past I was both a sportscaster and a classical music radio announcer.  How is that for a cognitive dissonance?

Jokes aside, let’s get down to the serious satire.  It’s time to give out another BLAHS (BLog Awards Handed out by Sackler).   A quick review of the rules is in order:

  1. Unlike the various chain-letters going around that masquerade as awards, this one is given out only one at a time–by me.
  2. The only thing the winner has to…

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Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag

I follow the call to arms by fellow spam poet Michelle(*)(**). Every time she blogs about spam poetry, I have a spam poem in my drafts folder - so I think I need to release the current one now. This time I defined the following goals: there should be a topic and a narrative, and … Continue reading Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag

Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors

Dear reader, enclosed you find my latest spam poem. Each line is verbatim from a spam comment (including typos). The meme pool had comprised about 400 spam comments collected in the past three weeks. This time I forced myself to compile the poem extremely fast, scrolling through these comments in Data-from-Star-Trek-style and letting my subconsciousness … Continue reading Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors

Missing Policies for the Mad Tea Party and What to Learn from The Jabberwocky

I am trying to re-gain control over the blog award nomination process, or I pretend to do so. postmoderndonkey had called it a Mad Tea Party of a nomination process - and right he was. You may accuse me of making this blog the strange attractor of a self-referential loop of weird referrals to itself … Continue reading Missing Policies for the Mad Tea Party and What to Learn from The Jabberwocky

Liebster Blog Award Nomination for Everyone!

postmoderndonkey has now nominated you all – he nominates all blogs everywhere regardless of orientation, quality or intent for the Liebster award. Spacetime is going to collapse! (I know I am over-using this metaphor.)

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Many thanks to the Elkement blog for nominating Postmoderndonkey into a potentially ubiquitous spam nomination process chasing the illusive Liebster blog award presumably never to be awarded as the nomination acceptance process expands by a factor of eight with each completed acceptance straining the limits of the infinitude of the world wide web. Cutting through the virtual red tape as it were, I hereby nominate all blogs everywhere regardless of orientation, quality or intent for the Liebster award. I have spontaneously created and awarded the Liebster Continuation Trophy [here it is, look carefully-( …)] to Elkement who may choose to award the trophy forward or shelve it to sell as an artifact of her career years from now. For further information on this mad tea party of a nomination process and to accept my nomination of your blog please go to:

https://elkement.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/liebster-blog-award-this-time-i-try-to-respond-in-a-more-normal-way/

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Liebster Blog Award: This Time I Try to Respond in a More Normal Way

It happened again - I have been bestowed a blog award despite the way I handled my last nomination. This time I will respond in a different way. I - the Subversive El(k)ement - will adhere to the rules! Geeks, please bear with me though! I still think that blog awards are just ridiculous chain … Continue reading Liebster Blog Award: This Time I Try to Respond in a More Normal Way

Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers’ Vegetable Soup!

Having blogged for more than a year I have finally reached the status of renowned, serious blogger. I have carved out my niche, and I have been asked for providing feedback on a book in that particular category. Of course, it is a book of spam poems.  Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers’ Vegetable Soup ... … Continue reading Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers’ Vegetable Soup!

Impolite and Humiliating Spam and Why We Really Need Tags for Spam Comments More than Time Machines

It has been a while since my last spam poem that was really compliant with the rules. My most recent attempt at Spam Poetry bent the rules. (But it is true - I am usually changing the rules as I go.) Recently I have learned from fellow blogger and spam poet Michelle that there is … Continue reading Impolite and Humiliating Spam and Why We Really Need Tags for Spam Comments More than Time Machines