Same rules as for search term poetry or spam poetry:
- Search your own site or profile on Google, using: site:elkement.subversiv.at/en/.
- Open each page in the order Google dictates.
- Pick one phrase from this (your own) post or article. Don't think about it too long! Editing is not permitted.
- Each phrase becomes a line in this 'poem'. Re-ordering or re-considering previous lines is not allowed.
reconnected with my roots
just reassembling weird snippets
since the turn of the millenium I have been experimenting
Alas, I stick with
Which also contains the expected meta-musings
a world taken right out of a gothic movie
We are now going to challenge this, and we will ask Google
I'll pontificate about anything nonetheless
This is done deliberately
I can hardly see a problem at all
pathetic attempts of mine
It turned to a second 'branch' of
a Perpetuum Mobile
Off-the-wall geek humor versus existential philosophical questions
You be the judge on lightness and darkness.
We are flabbergasted
Instead of a 'Bio'
The subscriber may not be happy with that
I rather pick and add what I stumbled upon
created from cookies
as sort of a mental exercise
allusions to the mystical without knowing about
in the glorious era of THE GREAT dotcom HYPE
my post adolescent postmodern gloomy stanzas
boiling down knowledge to the essential information
somewhen in 2003
a combination of my eternal laziness and lack of motivation
I got involved in some serious discussions
No human being on this planet registered the historical event.
my inner clock
spontaneous outburst of my creativity
the structure is always work in progress
in contrast to standard mantras of modern 'information and knowledge worker society'
We are using the Babylonian system of numbers
in sunny Pannonian Plain
Or could we be subversive all the time?
The Elkement is a Netizen and living in many places. Its most innovative poetry has actually seen the light of the virtual day elsewhere.
Shamelessly plagiarizing ourselves, we cross-post the whole list of Poems from the Virtual Scrapyard Below. But we add bonus material and - again! - invent a new genre (first seen @ subversiv.at): From each of the historical poems, one line is picked to be inserted in a new poem (So this is Poetry From Poetry). Rules: One poem needs to be processed after the other, in chronological order, and you must not go back to older poems and change the picked line. So you don't know how the story will unfold. As real life as it can get in experimental poetry!
Poem from Poems
One line taken from each of the poems / articles on poems listed below, starting with the oldest. Note that some blog postings are meta-postings on poetry; so not every line was poetry in the 'original'.
just received a blank piece of paper in the mail
irony vs oxymoron
I ain’t saying your information isn’t solid,
A Digression – There is no digressification, is it?
I don’t dare to do more research!
and things should be back to normal
make sure there are no hidden phrases
poems standing on the shoulders of others
to flush the toilet
everything has already been told
40 below summer fire at zero gravity
you might want to put that on your blacklist.
You must not edit the original lines in any way
If you are inside the horizontal scenery
These are actually enormous ideas
irrevocable, eternal – insert you favorite legal phrases
un-ambiguity and preserveness
alien themed control panels
abilities in narrating an event
travel in past by falling asleep
engineering and art meets
let us determine what you think
i need to remember this
dark side of me is even more interesting
gloomy and cynical futurism
That was a difficult period and I couldn’t maintain my sanity
It doesn’t matter if you forget the lyrics
Fun and adventure that is
Exploding the Phone
What should become a manifesto
sealed by the tokens of 20th century’s civilization
To be continued...
The list of seed poems
[2015-08-01] Travelling Like Spam Poetry. How spam poetry actually started - doing it in real-live instead of writing it.
[2015-07-02] What the Internet Asks of Me. A cross-over between Search Term Poetry and trying to seriously learn from the searchers’ questions.
[2015-03-18] Virtual Book Spine Poetry (Edition 2014 + 2015/6). 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.
[2014-12-22] Google Translational Poetry – Austrian Christmas Edition. 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.
[2014-12-04] Imaginative Poetry. Inspired by the Second Name of Collected Space. 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.
[2014-11-01] Poetry of Anything. Now I Know This Is Called Flarf! 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.
[2014-08-24] The Destiny of the Universe. 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.
[2014-07-28] Crowdsourcing Poetry (Again). Search terms from the second quarter, blended with terms from Google Webmaster Tools and some enigmatic – and typically Austrian – images.
[2014-04-04] Search Term Poetry – Spring Edition. Very condensed search terms, mixed with some pathetic images taken by an ancient smart phone.
[2014-01-10] I am determined to subvert Google’s efforts to hide this precious raw material for Search Term Poetry: Search Term Poetry Sans Google.
[2013-12-06] Celebrating one year of so-called poetry with a stream-of-consciousness-style Spam Poem: Poetry from the Virtual Scrapyard Anniversary: I Subconsciously Think about This Element.
[2013-10-12] Breaking News on Search Term Poetry (Good, Bad, Ugly). 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?
[2013-10-03] The Science of Search Term Poetry, using mostly physics-related search terms from the third quarter.
[2013-09-08] Quarterly Search Term Poetry Results (Overdue!) based on search terms submitted in the second quarter. For the first time comments left on the previous post have been included.
[2013-08-14] Welcome to the Real World! – warm-up after a time-out from social media with an haiku-style short Search Term Poem.
[2013-06-06] What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope, and Lifeless Faces: combining Spam Poetry and images for the first time. (Warning: This poem is not for the faint of heart.)
[2013-05-26] Decoding Myself: Searching for Hidden Clues in My Blog Posts’ Titles – founding a new variety of the genre (again) by creating poetry from headers of posts of mine.
[2013-05-16] Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag takes the concept of dialogue one step further: We hear a disciple appealing to his or her cult leader.
[2013-05-07] Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors 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.
[2013-04-26] My debut as a literary critic and spam poetry expert – a review on the (alleged) first book of Spam Poetry: Surprise Potatoes in the Soldiers’ Vegetable Soup!
[2013-04-16] Impolite and Humiliating Spam and Why We Really Need Tags for Spam Comments More than Time Machines, a poem made from nasty spam only.
[2013-04-04] Spam Poets Write Weird Things 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.
[2013-03-29] I Need More Trivial Content 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.
[2013-03-22] On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things – not really poetry, just two search terms. But the post itself could be called art from the scrapyard.
[2013-03-03] My Zen-ny Search Terms: Where Engineering Meets Art Meets Physics Meets Geekdom. (And Rodents, Sometimes.) and providing the concise How-to-guide readers have asked for.
[2013-02-13] Turning Flattering Chatty Spam into Postmodern Art.
[2013-02-01] An attempt to transcend the genre: The Art of Error Messages.
[2013-01-24] What a let-down: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and Not Recognizing It.
[2013-01-18] Spam Poems and Search Terms Poems: Preliminary Results. I have started a movement – this is an account of its history.
[2013-01-14] Taking Crowdsourcing of Art to the Next Level? by including spam comments in my poems, in addition to search terms.
[2012-12-31] The end of the year and some some life events are celebrated in a search term poem: 2012: The Year We Make Contact.
[2012-12-12] The very first search term poem saw the light of the blogospheric day: Crowdsourcing of Art: Poetry from Search Terms.
Heat pump usage in different countries and history of heat pumps
- Swedish Ground Source Heat Pump Case Study (2010), by GNS Science (New Zealand based consultancy)
- History of heat pumps - Swiss contributions and interntional milestones, by Martin Zogg, Process and Energy Engineering
Unusual heat sources
- Aquifer at Oslo Airport
- (Former) Cisterns - a paper documenting research done in Iowa in 1993. I have also summarized the paper in this blog post.
Sizing heat pumps - I am trying to learn the terminology of standards commonly applied in English-speaking countries:
Power grid and availability
- March 20 (2015) Solar Eclipse - a challenge for European Transmission System Operators: Announcement by ENTSO-E, Analysis by US-based company, success story. Electricity production in Germany (select week 12 of 2015) - the dip in March 20 is visible.
- Squirrels a major issue for the power infrastructure of the US: Squirrel Power!
- #DarkNL - outage in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in January 2014.
Hydro power plants
In Sweden the world's largest pumped hydro storage plant might be built:
- See bottom of page 30 of
this research paper:
Besides the official estimations there are some discussions [28b] about building pumping capacity between the lakes Vänern and Vättern in Southern Sweden. The difference in altitude is 44 meters between these lakes.?
- ... and the
last page of this presentation:
Possible future? Mariestads Kraftverks AB & others 50 km tunnel between the lakes Vänern & Vättern Cost: 250 billion SEK. Installed capacity: 50000 MW .
Free long-term weather data
Inputdaten für eigene Simulationen.
Germany and Austria.
- FTP server of the German weather service. Extensive and detailed datan, e.g. ambient air temperatures, for some locations since 1950!
- Annals by ZAMG - Austrian national weather service. Daily averages since 1994 as CSV files (only if you pick the link for German readers. The EN version still links to data in the older HTML format that requires you to run a browser in compatibility mode.
- Climate data for the last decades. The navigation is something you need to get used to (Pick: Cities, Climate, Climate Robot...). Therefore I start with Ice Days for Vienna. It is a bit weird that available data seem to depend on the choice of the language (less data for Vienna in English).
The winter 1962/63 was the coldest since 250 years in Europe (German article:
Winter 1962/63 in Europa. Englisch article:
Winter of 1962–63 in the United Kingdom).
More data from a talk / slides avaiable at the website of the Royal Meteorological Society: The bitter winter of 1962/63 - this winter was unusually mild in Canada and Greenland (p.17)
Could such a winter ever happen again? "The 1963 winter is well within the population of other cold winters that have been experienced in this country ... It is not necessary therefore to seek some very special cause in order to explain it." – H.C. Shellard , Meteorological Magazine , 1968 (p.21 of PDF)
Different heating systems
Statistics for Austria: Heating 2003 to 2012 by fuels used and heating system (in Austria). Less than 15% of (primary) heating systems are stoves, and they have been on a decline in the last decade.
Units, heat values, energy costs
Tools for converting units
- Heizwerte von festen, flüssigen und gasförmigen Brennstoffen auf Wikipedia.
- Heat values of different varieties of wood, per cord.
- Energy Content in Common Energy Sources (engineeringtoolbox.com)
Properties of water (for comparing the energy stored in a water / ice tank)
- Interesting properties of water as per Wikipedia: Specific heat, density.
- Thermal properties of water (engineeringtoolbox.com)
Costs of energy - international
- Photovoltaic systems are more expensive in the US than in Germany (2014), despite prices have dropped.
- Comparion of costs of kWh electrical energy worldwide. Costs seem to be much lower in the US and in Canada than in German. This article about the details of a typical US electrical bill implies that there are delivery fees on top of energy fees. On the other hand, the value for Germany seems to include anything.
Monitoring, Control, IT
Metering and monitoring electrical power consumption
- Smart meters with data loggers and/or various interface for attaching
loggers - to be installed behind the official smart meter:
- EMU Professional, different types available with different interfaces such as M-Bus, Modbus TCP and RTU, HTTP, included logger.
- Specification of the EMU meter's Modbus RTU interface.
- EM Series by B-Control / TQ-Systems (The SMA Smart Meter is an OEM meter of that type): EM210 has a web server for online monitoring and stores log files, EM300 supports real-time logging via Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP and a simple HTTP interface (but does not store log files, and uses the web server for configuration only).
- Parsing an online monitoring website is perhaps the most universal 'real-time protocol' in case not other interfaces are available. E.g. by using Powershell, I tested with the local website of a Fronius Symo inverter and their web portal www.solarweb.com. One option: Start an InternetExplorer.Application comobject and identify the html containing the interesting value per its ID (getElementById).
Manuals of data loggers by Technische Alternative Gmbh (for control units UVR1611, UVR16x2)
- C.M.I - Control and Monitoring Interface
- BL-NET Bootloader
- Logging with CMI and BL-NET on the same CAN bus in parallel is not supported.
- Bus topology. Note that UVR1611 is automatically terminated by default.
Heating with computers
Computers installed in private homes provide their computing power to cloud services - while heating those homes.
- Paper presented at the conference Hotcloud 2011: The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing.
- A prototype based on a similar idea, in need of crowdfunding, 2015: Project Exergy wants to build a home computer that also heats your house.
Basics (Physics) - Mechanics, Electrodynamics
The Feynman Lectures of Physics
This seems to be fundamental question The Subversive Element is trying to answer on numerous Red Pages.
subversiv.at has been a feeble would-be protest against Dilbertesque world of work. After I had risen to the challenge, lamented, fought, and transmogrified myself I consider that resolved, once for all. What remains to be done here? Write comments on my comments on my old articles, the ones I recoil in horror when re-reading them. Sometimes I comment in English on German stuff or vice versa. Sometimes I resort to Google Translate to reach one more meta-level in creating Google-based poetry from existing Search Term Poetry or Spam Poetry.
Can that be art? Never, I'd said a few weeks ago. But recently the Element has learned that this is indeed art, called 'Flarf'. So I have been creating Flarf for nearly two years - or perhaps longer, if some of my early subversive art here counts as well - although I was not the innovator I had hoped I was.
But there is an eerie effect - you experts will explain that to me. Each Flarf poem has the same signature style or flavor - I call it the post-modern, the dystopian. It is experimental sci-fi movie crossed with Dilbert going New Age. It is being ironic about irony. Or maybe not. This is independent of the details of the Flarf method used - search terms, spam comments, arbitrary Google searches, even snippets from my own posts, or readers' comments - they speak to me in the same way.
Here is an example: my latest Spam Poem to date, cross-posted from the elkementary blog. The complete list of all Flarf poetry listed chronologically is curated here - if and which ones I re-post here remains an enigma to myself, much like Flarf.
the destiny of the universe
my honest, preconceived thoughts
a great unreal dream
when you con the destiny with your artistry
gloomy and cynical futurism
that any mortal should avoid
you arrive from the Victorian England
in the known galaxy
dark and cynical sci-fi
forces an illusion
of that time gone by
When skyscrapers were first built
you are not understanding anything
what if i told you
There are undoubtedly more color options nearby
started to be repetitive
one of the big deterrents to me
your deprecating coherence
is a potpourri
this type of despicable hypocirite
it will be the future of the human race
handing more control over
lets us progress even deeper into this sci-fi nightmare
armor and weapon
usually do not adhere to regulations
The glare of the goblin sparks partially blinded him.
player in cyberspace
heed your call of duty
I’ll certainly come back
through the dust
or snipe the undead beasts
talk with other mentors
men and women dressed in cartoon costumes
The cartoon is attractive
corporate, regal, or fair-minded
reported to have ghost activity
called Glass Collective
never publicly dated anyone
Put your prowess to evaluation
removing their skin
rapidly rose the reputation
conditional upon the execution
Disgrace on Google
the cosmic horror
We do know these people analyze
Numerous aliens in space will traumatize you
with the fantasy stars
Your toddlers shall like it
none of the visions has borne fruit
as a matter of fact
in public areas nevertheless
The spring of 24
most is inconsistent
becomes a virtual community
something that we are hoping
i could truthfully do something to be able
Slowly return your head to the original position
Will there be a part 2?
the last sentence of the page
On the German version of this page you do indeed find my original poetry, written in 1998. In order to allow English readers a glimpse into my post adolescent postmodern gloomy stanzas I resort to Google Translate. This is done deliberately to add that flavor of Search Term Poetry or Spam Poetry.
By the Subversive Element
in the depths of consciousness
on the surface
overdraw my picture of the world
with thousands of multicolored drops
rich like tentacles
in my reality
and tug at unwavering.
Burning streams of lava
Streams of water
wet the parched land
dig their tunnels
through my mind
let my soul
go on swaying bridges
about locations of past struggles
whose meaning I have forgotten
flow into my reality
here and now
and satisfy themselves
in a world
which has changed
in this moment
This is even worse than the German version. But with more help from Google I know we can do better.
I am running this now through Google Translate again and translate it - using
one result as an input for the next round:
>> to Spanish >> to Italian >> to French >> to Zulu >> to Nepalese >> to Korean >> to Finnish >> and back to German
The result (shown on the German page) is quite remarkable - to me this sounds like a Zen koan.
Now I am ready to translate it back to English - and this is what I call poetry!
By the Subversive Element and Google
deep knowledge of the
Search in my view of the world
Thousands of colorful drops
Subscribe to the rich
In fact, my
Hold on tight and pull.
burn the floor
swivel the foot
In the past, a state of war
Monuments of the past
The meaning is forgotten
And to ensure
Finally we know where this fond addiction to eerie spaceships materializing out of thin air stems from:
What happened next they could not ignore. With a noise like a hundred thousand people saying "wop'', a steely white spaceship suddenly seemed to create itself out of nothing in the air directly above the cricket pitch and hung there with infinite menace and a slight hum.
--Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything, Chapter 4.
Now more than one initiative had been started to actually collect and mix these 100.000 WOPs - it seems without success.
- The Great WOP Project. Once a substantial number of 'wop's have been collected, the great mixing will begin...
- 100000 WOPs: What is the sound of a Kricket Warship? So I'm asking everyone to record themselves saying "wop". Put include a few seconds of silence before and after.
- Welcome to yet another WOP project. This is not the first site with that purpose, but the difference is, that this site is automatic.
- The Torch Is Passed... That's right, the Great Wop Project has once again been passed on to new management. Why, you may ask? Well, it was a combination of my eternal laziness and lack of motivation.
Do we need a new attempt? Do we need a Facebook page?
This is off-base, I know. But there is no point in translating some of my German texts. Nevertheless, I cannot bring myself to accept the glaring gaps in the English version of this site. So this is German stuff, quoted on the English page.
The goal of the exercise was to associate freely or whatever. Participants should write a short story, each sentence had to start with a letter in your full name.
This is what Google Translate makes of the German version:
A pink spaceship lands on the secluded glade.
Slowly, the hatch opens.
No human being on this planet registered the historical event.
An event that will carry out a change in the timeline to the fact that the history of mankind is to be rewritten.
It makes sense is actually not to report it, since the landing of the spaceship will not take place in the other timeline.
Dancing lights appear to move on the outer shell of the spaceship, when the setting is reflected in it.
All members of the team have now left the spaceship and begin to bring the time converter in position.
Still continues the old timeline of the earth for 5 minutes ...
All of a sudden the existing space-time continuum is destabilized with the inconspicuous Click the Einschaltknopfes the time converter.
Slowly, the prehistoric life on earth newly created starts to rain.
But now - here it is.
An Englisch-German cross-over based on a search term poem published on my English blog.
This poem in turn was a cross-over of Q1 search terms and pathetic attempts of mine to take photos with my smart phone. Photos of a trip would have deserved something better.
English lines: © My blog's visitors.
German lines: © Elkement.
This is not a translation.
It is an experiment.
the theory and practice of combining just about anything
quality assurance poem
funny ways to combine 2 cliches
Warum praktisch alles verbinden - wenn es theoretisch nicht geht?
Gedichte haben Qualität - aber bieten keine Sicherheit
Lustiger kann man Klischeés nicht verbinden
hoops smoke effect
response to existentialism
Bunte Reifen hüpfen in glitzerndem Rauch
Die einzige Antwort auf düsteren Existenzialismus
shallow and deep reading
Soll ich dieses Gedicht oberflächlich lesen oder in der Tiefe
die vielleicht nicht vorhanden ist?
non linear art
describes the tendency of the force
oder doch nur, was die Kraft uns vorschreibt.
what is the measure
Polarisierend und antifragil
Wie finden wir das rechte Maß?
Nur ein leeres Blatt
oder doch ein vertrauenswürdiges Zertifikat?
google on my heat
Wärme sollte man googeln
und Engineering ist Zen
build einstein refrigerator
steampunk heat sink
Bauen wir den berühmten Einstein-Kühlschrank
aber nicht ohne Kühlblech im Steampunk-Stil
call center puzzle
Callcener geben uns Rätsel auf
nicht nur wegen der automatischen Uhren
Eine Chinesische Mauer
und was man sonst noch auf dem Schrottplatz findet
aber bitte nur Linien die sich schneiden
entropy and no momentum/energy
Der Kreisel ruht
nicht so Entropie und Impuls
i need to remember this
Ich hoffe, ich werde mich erinnern
elastic glancing collisions
Streifender Einfall - wie elegant
die Wirking ist minimal
center of mass
Im Zentrum der Schwere
sollst Du das Schnippselchen wegschleudern
fringe science theories
Am Abgrund unserer besten Theorien
warten intuitive Symbole
which is more important
to just roll over bump
Was ist nun wichtiger
einfach nur schnell drüber und durch und weg?
Spam poetry has long been underrated. I admit I have considered it something lesser - compared to the intriguing soothing voices of search terms.
But suddenly it was clear to me: Spam comments on blogs speak to me, originating from a parallel universe, a world taken right out of a gothic movie. A Victorian dark novel, perhaps blended with one by Douglas Coupland.
Spam poetry at its best has to be eerie. The rules are the same as for Search Term Poetry - phrases have to be taken from spam comments (submitted to my WordPress blog) without modification except truncation at the beginning or the end.
searching for sanskrit tattoos
too enforced a Political platform
that roam across the surface over periods of numerous millions of years
Your house is valueble for me
Good luck for the next!
Use your music or television as a continuous
Are you sure concerning the supply?
Teeth are not made of bone
Will there be a part 2?
If you are inside the horizontal scenery
The caribbean have an infinitely more elementary reach
The instruments that lag in real life, lag
I lost track of what I had been performing
A creative bent of mind and an eye for detail
to a great extent kind of free in bizarre grades of refinement
Such is the case, you must purchase tokens
but eventually you have to deliver
Could it be only me or does it look like a few of these remarks come across like they are written by brain dead visitors?
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.
But it was existentially frustrated by discovering - as usual - that it just had been a later adopter, at least with respect to spam poetry. Find an account of those tumultuous days here.
However, in relation to Search Term Poetry the judgment is still out. Today, as per 12-02-14 it still believes it founded search term poetry.
This was the first poem based on terms delivered via Bing web master tools. Titles have been added, but search terms are unmodified - one line corresponds to one search term.
Bing poetry (1): On Web 3.0 – Animals Communicate via Household Appliances (I might re-consider this prosaic title)
anything new in microwave ovens?
posts in dark
comment via microwave
the dark side is strong in this one
Bing poetry (2): On Theory and Practice
the word cliche address
theory of trying
i am trying to not get attached to a psychologist
i am interested in combining theory and practice
At New Year's Eve the Elkement was rewarded with more great search terms. The following philophical poem was crafted from a mixture of search harvested using WordPress stats, Google and Bing webmaster tools. And after all, this is a tightly managed projects. Following the standard operating procedure we need to tick off search terms every quarter.
poetry by crowdsource
theory and practice are different in real life – poem
your search term
resurrection project 2012
the darkside took me
combine 2 cliches
trying to be strong through art
nostalgia and steampunk
irony vs oxymoron
blank sheet theory
philosophy and weird intuition
f as in
fringe science theories
quantum physics in a nutshell
moonlighting with einstein
theory about stupid questions
microwave oven day 2012
can a mouse get in a microwave
rodent electric chair
a sustainable product
the first heat pump
it was built
fundamental research in physics done by outsiders
full steam productions
braving the elements
dark side strong it is
how to avoid inflation
total topics kafkaesque
people become interested in the dark side and want to gain knowledge in using it to their advantage
original idea already cliche
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. It it more of a philosophy, a framework, and an -ism probably that we subversive artists have been waiting for.
About one year since in having indulged in Facebook inspired art we are proud to present the results.
The Subversive El(k)ement has been on its meteoric rise to fame as a spam poet and search term poet since December 2012. However, only the most diligent historians of that sort of art know that the very first elementary search term poem has been published on Facebook. It is hard to find now due to a glitch with FB's timeline back then - one more telltale sign of the Siren Server (© Jaron Lanier) resisting subversion by poetry.
On December 6, 2012 the following poem has seen the light of day 5 minutes before midnight. This poem has been stiched together from search terms submitted by the visitors of the Elkement's Wordpress blog:
burn org chart
theory about stupid questions
just received a blank piece of paper in the mail
universe life combine
heat pump outer space
reconcile corporate goals
stiff wire instead of helium
sniffing of path
original idea already cliche
silly questions on microwave engineering
dead mouse smell around microwave
Find the complete and definitive history of Poetry from the Scrapyard here.
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!
Probably this has been sort of paradoxically rehearsal to what would become the most commercial and non-subversive period in the Element's existence ever.
Subversive and weird writing has been resumed; currently the Element focusses on Search Term Poetry and Spam Poetry. Here is what another ridiculous and sublime blogger say about this new avant-garde genres of art.
But the Element is a master of Data Necro and it needs to bring the world's attention to this gems of pop culture tucked away at this obscure .at website. Thanks Google, for your latest changes in 'localization'. Ironically, both of the Element's bilingual pages – subversiv.at and e-stangl.at - are hosted at.at websites while its German-only website is radices.net. But we are determined to lure global visitors to our site nonetheless. Even though this is not a blog and you cannot comment. Hint: You might want to rant here instead.
Pretending I am serious, I would say the Subversive Newsletters already anticipated Search Term Poetry and Spam Poetry as they had been built from self-referential content and snippets deposited in the corporate worker's dustbin.
The Element had started in 2007 to analyze the first newsletters No.1 and No.2 in English – we do hope it will not take another 6 years until we return to commenting in a self-referential way on already self-referential stuff.
The Subversive Element is a species that was had been observed on planet earth especially at the beginning of the third millennium (Hint for future archeologists or time-travelling aliens: This refers to the third planet orbiting around the central star in system 2345745 in galaxy 6569634, and universal time 456578).
The Element is also known as Elkement or El(k)ement - which would be explained by legal / contact information in case such information would be provided.
This website is maintained by the Element approximately since the dawn of the new millennium. Originally the Element has been expired by subversive literature, cloaked as business book. The Element did undercover research in a so-called managerial position. During a so-called management training it stumbled upon other subversive entities: This website had been inspired significantly by spin doctor Paintblog and the collection of random words and characters here resemble the collection of images presented by Sammelraum.
As all stressed managers and other pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago the Elkement is on a journey to a promising destination. Somebody (Irgendwer) is accompanying the Element. He will most likely also influence this site.
What is this All About?
The Element is not a Digital Native, but an Early Internet Adopter - meanwhile it sometimes online-o-phobic. Here are its musing on life as a netizen.
As a modern so-called knowledge worker, nerd, and techie the Element is trying to improve the secure foundation its biotope is built on. The Element is acting in the role of an ambivalent and complex person. The results of these psychological studies are published here.
Anything beyond this scope and related to Live, the Universe and Everything in general can be found here.
Anything even weirder can be found here.
Marginal notes[*]: Yes, colors and layout have been developed carefully. Why red? Because real subversive pages have to be red. This does not increase readibility. That has been done on purpose. These pages lack Powerpointilism. If you find any bullet points, please inform the Subversive Element. Content has been growing over time, it may be inconsistent. Sometimes inconsistency may be the result of deliberately considerung the expectations of typical visitor of this web page. If you find errors, typos, self-reference and redundancy: Do not inform the Subversive Element.
[*]displayed in the left pane in the original Red Version of the subversiv.at website, using a tiny font size.
(Final Insight, 2012)
That's the whole point of all that self-referential navel-gazing here.
Nevertheless I need to admit that these website, wimpy as they are, are The Element's only creative output. The Element is creative with respect to arranging characters on (virtual) paper. But I am not into drawings, paintings, or music.
What is creativity? Actions without purpose, without goals. Above all: lacking any commercial or job relevant hidden agenda. Rather the opposite, actually.
This site has been started despite <..>, but not because of <...>.
What do I need to smoke in order to understand your websites? proves that his is not exactly a revenue booster.
What is Art? (2008)
The Subversive Element does not know what art is. And anybody claiming to be able to explain does not know either.
But you can elaborate on what art is not:
- Tailored to meet the expectations of your target group.
We can give it a try and explain that art is everything... (please also visit our Everything page)
- ... that is not at all created to help the creator make a living (rather the opposite)
- ... which cannot be understood, analyzed and comprehended not even (and especially not) by the creator.