Art from the virtual scrapyard

(Last changed: 2019-09-27.)

Poetry from search terms, spam comments, and other gems from the virtual scrapyard.

I don't know what art actually is. I am just reassembling enigmatic snippets spit out by search engines and my spam folder.

It's also self-referential: I also create poetry from my own content, even older internet poetry of my own. I will be done, when it does not change any more after infinite cycles.

Organic 'bio' space probe

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Hacker's Writeup Poetry (2019-11-13)

Turning my hackthebox writeups into poetry: One line taken from each documentation of how I had owned the machine.

Thumbnail: Sources of Heat, Life, and Everything

Sources of Heat, Life, and Everything (2018-07-10)

Same procedure as every summer: Science and tech blogging comes to a halt – look at (engineering-themed) avant-garde art instead.

Thumbnail: The First Search Result: New Genre of Search Term Poetry

The First Search Result: New Genre of Search Term Poetry (2018-03-03)

[Summary for list of article in category page] OK - I forgot to edit the summary placeholder! But this is the subversive / Art category - so, why not!? This poem makes about as much sense as this 'summary'!

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

The Subtle Power of the Top Snippet. A New Sub-Genre of Google Poetry. (2018-02-18)

A New Sub-Genre of Google Poetry. New rules: Only the top result can be used for search term poetry.

Thumbnail: Things You Find in Your Hydraulic Schematic

Things You Find in Your Hydraulic Schematic (2018-01-12)

I am starting the New Year of Engineering Blogging at a lighter pace – don’t expect too much content this time!

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

Bing Says We Are Weird. I Prove It. Using Search Term Poetry. (2017-07-28)

Bing (Places, Business) has done so repeatedly. What else should I do than creating poetry from search terms that Bing users submitted to find our websites?

Thumbnail: Self-Referential Poetry, Edition 2016

Self-Referential Poetry, Edition 2016 (2016-10-24)

Bizarre Poetry from my Weird Prose, channelled by Google.

Thumbnail: Spam Poetry: 'Cris-Crossing the Universe'

Spam Poetry: 'Cris-Crossing the Universe' (2016-10-10)

Less spam comments, but raising the bar nonetheless: Spam comments must be used immediately, in the same order as comments.

Thumbnail: Blinded by the Light: Links Not Considered Click-Worthy

Blinded by the Light: Links Not Considered Click-Worthy (2016-05-03)

Links Not Considered Click-Worthy. Poetry from search terms displayed in Google Search Console – in Impressions, not clicked.

Thumbnail: Google-Mediated Self-Poetry - Holiday Edition

Google-Mediated Self-Poetry - Holiday Edition (2015-12-16)

One more attempt to poetry-size my prose, and to try to decode the hidden meaning of my posts.

Thumbnail: Self-Poetry, catalyzed by Google

Self-Poetry, catalyzed by Google (2015-11-13)

As usual: There is no poetry devoid of Google.

Thumbnail: Travelling Like Spam Poetry

Travelling Like Spam Poetry (2015-08-01)

How spam poetry actually started - doing it in real-live instead of writing it. In 2005 The Chief Engineer and I visited more than 100 villages whose names started with letter Z. This trip finally became our company's Founding Myth.

Thumbnail: What the Internet Asks of Me

What the Internet Asks of Me (2015-07-02)

A cross-over between Search Term Poetry and trying to seriously learn from the searchers' questions.

Thumbnail: Elkement's Poems - The Definitive List and Introducing: Poetry from Poetry

Elkement's Poems - The Definitive List and Introducing: Poetry from Poetry (2015-05-25)

The Elkement is a Netizen and living in many places. Its most innovative poetry has actually seen the light of the virtual day elsewhere.... But we invent a new genre as we go: Poetry from lines of all existing poems at elkement's blog.

Thumbnail: Again: Defining 'Subversion'

Again: Defining 'Subversion' (2015-04-01)

We are flabbergasted as we notice that we tied 'Subversion' to hackneyed clichés from managers' self-help books and Dilbert-style satire.

Thumbnail: Virtual Book Spine Poetry (Edition 2014 + 2015/6)

Virtual Book Spine Poetry (Edition 2014 + 2015/6) (2015-03-13)

Merging two posts: 1) the 2014 edition of my yearly book reviews, a tradition I started last year, and 2) my next experimental poem, in a new experimental genre.

Thumbnail: Google Translational Poetry - Austrian Christmas Edition

Google Translational Poetry - Austrian Christmas Edition (2014-12-22)

Poem already created from Google results - transformed once more by running them through 10 languages in Google Translate. Bonus: Literary critique and a connection to a Wikimedia image related to Christmas and to Austria.

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

Imaginative Poetry. Inspired by the Second Name of Collected Space. (2014-12-04)

Flarf taken to the next level: Inspired by images created also by a flarf-y method. And printed on real paper - for the first time.

Thumbnail: Being Creative with What Is Available

Being Creative with What Is Available (2014-11-27)

Build something from anything and to use whatever tool is at hand! Refers to anything we ever did or built - in the physics lab, as software developers, on designing the heat pump system.

Thumbnail: What Is Art?

What Is Art? (2014-11-08)

This seems to be fundamental question The Subversive Element is trying to answer on numerous Red Pages.

Thumbnail: Instead of a 'Bio' ...

Instead of a 'Bio' ... (2014-11-08)

... we proudly present ...

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

Poetry of Anything. Now I Know This Is Called Flarf! (2014-11-01)

I learned two things: 1) I am very late to the poetry-from-the-internet-scrapyard party, but 2) that stuff is serious art. I am also trying something new - poems unrelated to my websites but fuelled by Google only.

Thumbnail: Processing My Poetry and Merging Google's Poetic Talents with Mine

Processing My Poetry and Merging Google's Poetic Talents with Mine (2014-09-27)

In order to allow English readers a glimpse into my post adolescent postmodern gloomy stanzas I resort to Google Translate.

Thumbnail: The Destiny of the Universe

The Destiny of the Universe (2014-08-24)

My darkest spam poem so far, not for the faint of heart. I owe to the spammer trying to sell games involving the killing of aliens.

Thumbnail: Subversive Newsletter Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience

Subversive Newsletter Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience (2014-07-31)

Nearly 10 years have passed, so The Subversive Element can speak about it in public.

Thumbnail: Crowdsourcing Poetry (Again)

Crowdsourcing Poetry (Again) (2014-07-28)

Search terms from the second quarter, blended with terms from Google Webmaster Tools and some enigmatic - and typically Austrian - images.

Thumbnail: WOP!

WOP! (2014-06-22)

Finally we know where this fond addiction to eerie spaceships materializing out of thin air stems from...

Thumbnail: 'A pink spaceship lands on the secluded glade.'

'A pink spaceship lands on the secluded glade.' (2014-06-21)

You Had Your Share of Douglas Adams book, Do You?

Thumbnail: Uh-oh, No Posting in March

Uh-oh, No Posting in March (2014-04-27)

But now - here it is. An Englisch-German cross-over based on a search term poem published on my English blog.

Thumbnail: Gödel, Escher, Bach, and Strange Loops: Nostalgia and Random Thoughts

Gödel, Escher, Bach, and Strange Loops: Nostalgia and Random Thoughts (2014-04-26)

Re: Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. Probably one of the three most influential science books I read as a teenager. Intellectual nostalgia!

Thumbnail: Search Term Poetry - Spring Edition

Search Term Poetry - Spring Edition (2014-04-04)

Very condensed search terms, mixed with some pathetic images taken by an ancient smart phone.

Thumbnail: Non-Linear Art. (Should Actually Be: Random Thoughts on Fluid Dynamics)

Non-Linear Art. (Should Actually Be: Random Thoughts on Fluid Dynamics) (2014-02-05)

Why is fluid dynamics hard? Where does that infamous non-linearity sneak in?

Thumbnail: The Eerie Art of Spam Poetry

The Eerie Art of Spam Poetry (2014-02-02)

Spam poetry has long been underrated. I admit I have considered it something lesser - compared to the intriguing soothing voices of search terms.

Thumbnail: Generation X. (I Resist Adding a More Zeitgeisty Header.)

Generation X. (I Resist Adding a More Zeitgeisty Header.) (2014-01-22)

About Generation X by Douglas Coupland. A novel about a generation stuck in a cultural void – quite literally and somewhat voluntarily. My generation, that is.

Thumbnail: I am Standing on the Shoulders of Subversive Giants

I am Standing on the Shoulders of Subversive Giants (2014-01-19)

This site contains a messy collection of allegedly original creative texts which are most likely unintended plagiarisms of really subversive thinkers. This might be true for all pseudo-subversive websites

Thumbnail: The Early Days of Search Term Poetry

The Early Days of Search Term Poetry (2014-01-12)

The Elkement has published its first Search Term Poem on its blog on 12-12-12. The first weeks of living as a practicing search term poets were exciting, intense... and heart-wrenching at times. It designated itself as a leader of new cult, attracted new comrades quickly, and transcended the scope of its art to other items from the virtual scrapyard such as spam comments.

Thumbnail: Search Term Poetry Sans Google

Search Term Poetry Sans Google (2014-01-10)

I am determined to subvert Google's efforts to hide this precious raw material for Search Term Poetry.

Thumbnail: Facebook: A Social Network That Lends Itself to Fine Art

Facebook: A Social Network That Lends Itself to Fine Art (2014-01-05)

Intellectuals are scathing Facebook in error. This is not at all the preferred network of amateur food photographers, humblebragging spammers of personal success stories, or creators of uncalled for inspirational quotes.

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

Poetry from the Virtual Scrapyard Anniversary: I Subconsciously Think about This Element (2013-12-06)

Celebrating one year of so-called poetry with a stream-of-consciousness-style Spam Poem.

Thumbnail: Breaking News on Search Term Poetry (Good, Bad, Ugly)

Breaking News on Search Term Poetry (Good, Bad, Ugly) (2013-10-12)

A post by an accomplished author featuring one of my search term poems has been Freshly Pressed, but Google has started encrypting search terms. The end of Search Term Poetry?

Thumbnail: The Science of Search Term Poetry

The Science of Search Term Poetry (2013-10-03)

Using mostly physics-related search terms from the third quarter.

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

What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope. (2013-06-06)

combining Spam Poetry and images for the first time. (Warning: This poem is not for the faint of heart.)

Thumbnail: Is There Anything That Can be Said about This Site?

Is There Anything That Can be Said about This Site? (2013-05-28)

These are the famous red pages of the Subversive Element, also known as Elkement or El(k)ement.

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

Decoding Myself: Searching for Hidden Clues in My Blog Posts' Titles (2013-05-26)

Founding a new variety of the genre (again) by creating poetry from headers of posts of mine.

Thumbnail: Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag

Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag (2013-05-16)

takes the concept of dialogue one step further: We hear a disciple appealing to his or her cult leader.

Thumbnail: Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors

Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors (2013-05-07)

is a surprisingly apt self-referential comment, promoted to the title of this post and the spam poem (sub-)titled: searching for sanskrit tattoos. This poem was the first showing off dialogues containing fortune-cookie-like pearls of bizarre wisdom.

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

Missing Policies for the Mad Tea Party and What to Learn from The Jabberwocky (2013-05-02)

Post-mortem analysis of the most recent award nomination process having run wild. Bonus: Funny internet RFC.

Thumbnail: Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers' Vegetable Soup!

Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers' Vegetable Soup! (2013-04-26)

My debut as a literary critic and spam poetry expert - a review on the (alleged) first book of Spam Poetry.

Thumbnail: Spam Poets Write Weird Things

Spam Poets Write Weird Things (2013-04-04)

was a Search Term Poem. For the first time the title of a blog post was borrowed from a search term. Since search terms on WordPress Stats started to repeat themselves I have also added terms from Google Webmaster Tools. On the other hand I introduced length ordering of search terms.

Thumbnail: I Need More Trivial Content

I Need More Trivial Content (2013-03-29)

which was: A Spam Poem created from snippets of a blog post of mine that had been pasted into a spam comment in its entirety.

Thumbnail: On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things

On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things (2013-03-22)

WordPress blogging on top of Maslow's hierarchy of needs (Cartoon).

Thumbnail: Subversive Newsletter No. 3: Internet Apocalypso

Subversive Newsletter No. 3: Internet Apocalypso (2013-03-10)

The original newsletters are more than 8 years old, and it is hard to understand what in hell was on my mind when I had written those.

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

My Zen-ny Search Terms: Where Engineering Meets Art Meets Physics Meets Geekdom. (And Rodents, Sometimes.) (2013-03-03)

… and providing the concise How-to-guide readers have asked for.

Thumbnail: Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art

Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art (2013-02-13)

As a spam poet you need to avoid the Ground Hog Day Effect: Spam messages are re...

Thumbnail: Newsletter Resurrection

Newsletter Resurrection (2013-02-09)

These are the preliminary results of the Website Resurrection Project. In spring 2012 rotten web pages have been de-linked. In 2018 I corrected fake German tag Bizarr to Bizarre; now you now.

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Retrospection (2013-02-09)

The Element indulges in web nostalgia - remembering its Subversive Newsletters, sent to (a very small selection of) German readers from July 2004 to July 2005. ┬┤These pivotal works have been resurrected today! ...

Thumbnail: The Art of Error Messages

The Art of Error Messages (2013-02-01)

An attempt to transcend the genre.

Thumbnail: Spam Poems and Search Terms Poems: Preliminary Results

Spam Poems and Search Terms Poems: Preliminary Results (2013-01-18)

I have started a movement - this is an account of its history.

Thumbnail: Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level?

Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level? (2013-01-14)

by including spam comments in my poems, in addition to search terms.

Thumbnail: 2012: The Year We Make Contact

2012: The Year We Make Contact (2012-12-31)

The end of the year and some some life events are celebrated in a search term poem.

Thumbnail: Subversive Yearly Report

Subversive Yearly Report (2012-12-23)

The Subversive Element is delighted to report on our progress in Elementary Subversion: All web sites that are controlled by The Element have been resurrected and updated in an extremely professional fashion. We do go to great lengths in explaining the details via appropriate communication channels.

Thumbnail: Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms

Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms (2012-12-12)

Since I had access to the log files of my first hosted web server (in the past m...

Thumbnail: Is My Life a Cliché?

Is My Life a Cliché? (2012-11-18)

It is, and Google proves it.

Thumbnail: Microwave Ovens Are Not Rodent-Ready

Microwave Ovens Are Not Rodent-Ready (2012-11-16)

One of the top posts on this blogs. I am happy to help out fellow netizens with their issues with mice in microwaves.

Thumbnail: Tech Nostalgia and Indulging in Cliché

Tech Nostalgia and Indulging in Cliché (2012-11-02)

You can turn into your own cliché. In a self-consistent way - absolutely, positively.

Thumbnail: The Rise and Fall of an Intermittent Netizen ?

The Rise and Fall of an Intermittent Netizen ? (2012-11-02)

Online since the early 90s. Yet The Subversive Element might be an impostor netizen. I have never discussed in Usenet, learned programming on a C64, or compiled a Linux kernel.

Thumbnail: Knowledge Worker's Daily Subversion

Knowledge Worker's Daily Subversion (2012-10-27)

I have returned to where I started from. This website closes on itself.

Thumbnail: The Element is Back!

The Element is Back! (2012-09-22)

This website is currently participating in our website resurrection program. Extremely successfully, based on the metrics we have defined...

Thumbnail: Offline

Offline (2012-04-29)

Just what the title says.

Thumbnail: A Desperate Attempt to Write a Witty Introduction.

A Desperate Attempt to Write a Witty Introduction. (2011-04-22)

subversiv.at: Next Iteration of THE START PAGE.

Thumbnail: I am an Expert.

I am an Expert. (2011-03-22)

I am the total antithesis of a dilettante and an amateur. Ha!

Thumbnail: I Have No Clue About Art

I Have No Clue About Art (2008-01-06)

That's the whole point of all that self-referential navel-gazing here.

Thumbnail: Subversive Newsletter No. 2: On Self-Reference

Subversive Newsletter No. 2: On Self-Reference (2008-01-06)

Presenting trivial and pseudo-funny facts. 2 is a prime number - go figure.

Thumbnail: Subversive Newsletter No. 1: On Subversion at Large

Subversive Newsletter No. 1: On Subversion at Large (2007-05-10)

The market for subversive consulting was increasing rapidly.

Thumbnail: What is the purpose of this site? (Re: subversiv.at)

What is the purpose of this site? (Re: subversiv.at) (2005-06-10)

Based on my scientific, extremely thorough logfile analysis this is the main exit page of subversiv.at So I hope you enjoyed flying with us! The element has finally managed to really put you off!

Thumbnail: The Scary Part

The Scary Part (2004-12-01)

subversiv.at: The first English page.

Thumbnail: The Subversive Element

The Subversive Element (2004-10-15)

Fundamental questions.