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2017

Subversive? Physics?

My Philosophy!

Scripts Beget Scripts

2016

Theoretical Physics. A Hobby.

Self-Referential Poetry

Silent Online Writing

'Are You Still Doing PKI?'

My Philosophy (?)

Impact of physics on my life

Not much happened in 2015

2015

Unspeakable

Self-Poetry

Farewell Posting ...

Hacking away...

Web Project - Status

We Interrupt ...

Poetry from Poetry

PKI-Status-Update

Life and Work

Definition: 'Subversive'

2014 in Books

Physics Postings

Engineering Postings

True Expert

2014

2014 - a Good Year

Physics or Engineering?

Engineering Links

What Is Art?

Bio

PKI FAQ

Google's Poetic Talents

Certificates and Heat Pumps

Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience

Technet postings

WOP!

Pink Spaceship

radices = Roots!

IT Postings

Web Projects

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Uh-oh, No Posting in March

PKI Resources

PKI Issues

Subversive Work

Spam Poetry

A Career 'in Science'

Writing

On the Shoulders of Subversive Giants

Search Term Poetry

Facebook Art

2013 in Books

2013

Explain, Evaluate, Utilize

Technology

About Life-Form Elke Stangl

elkement and This Site

No. 3: Internet Apocalypso

Retrospection

Newsletter Resurrection

2012

For Free

Subversive Yearly Report

Is My Life a Cliché?

Indulging in Cliché

Torture Turning Trivia

Intermittent Netizen

Knowledge Worker...

Profile

Physics on the Fringe

Graduation Speech

The Element is Back!

Offline

Physics Links

2011

Not Funny

Calendar and Magic

Expert

In Need of a Deflector

About to Change

A Nerd's Awakening

For the Sake of Knowledge

2008

Profession Or True Calling?

No. 2: On Self-Reference

I Have No Clue About Art

Netizen

2007

The End

No. 1: On Subversion at Large

2005

Emergency Exit

Modern Networker

2004

The Scary Part

Exploring the Work Space

2003

Instead of a CV

Favorite Books

2002

Elke was here

Postings tagged with 'Poem', listed in descending order by creation date. All Postings shown.

It's this time of the year ...

Self-Referential Poetry, Edition 2016

(elkement. Last changed: 2016-10-25. Created: 2016-10-24. Tags: Google, Flarf, Poem, Poetry, Self-Referential, Web, Weird, Writing. German Version.)

Time to poetry-size articles on this website again! As usual, I google for this site - using site:elkement.subversiv.at/en - and take one continuous, unedited snippet from each of the linked pages. Search results must be processed in the order Google shows them, and they must not be re-arranged later.

 

the Existence of the Matrix AKA Corporate World

I had literally been asked
Who will take care of my dear website in 200 years?

run off to the restrooms at a party
As all stressed managers and other pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

Algorithms loom large
look more like a placeholder

I am trying to learn the terminology
Off-the-wall geek humor versus existential philosophical questions

But I was penalized for all this.
Don't think about it too long!

While I gravitated against quantum theory
what I had had in mind but never did
not igniting my entrepreneurial spirits yet

back-to-the-roots stuff will be migrated
I want to challenge my own ideas
in a pang of cheeky self-assurance

a grown-up physicist's biggest ethical dilemma
what I never wanted to know
one more telltale sign of the Siren Server (© Jaron Lanier) resisting subversion by poetry

Global corporations have their brand names tested for potentially unwanted connotations
Especially if they are appealing to your vanity

The proof by contradiction
Our village has changed its zip code
to enter a more detached state of mind

You can turn into your own cliché
I'll pontificate about anything nonetheless.
So after all - it was all worth it.

Each phrase becomes a line in this 'poem'
it is no good rationalizing too much

a small-talk question, innocent and harmless.
Physics or Engineering?

I suck at keeping to my own agenda
Do we need a new attempt?
books trigger some random thougths of mine

you don't know how the story will unfold

Self-Poetry, catalyzed by Google

(elkement. Created: 2015-11-13. Tags: Google, Poetry, Flarf, Weird, Web, Art, Poem. German Version.)

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.

I play

reconnected with my roots
just reassembling weird snippets
since the turn of the millenium I have been experimenting

Alas, I stick with
Responsive Design

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

new counterparts
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.
I've built
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?

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

(elkement. Last changed: 2015-09-29. Created: 2015-05-25. Tags: Poetry, Poem, Art, Flarf, Self-Referential)

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
clap hands
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.

This is a wormhole.

(Remembering a so-called creativity training, autumn 2000)

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.

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.

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