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
Global corporations have their brand names tested for potentially unwanted connotations in different cultures and languages. Now I understand why.
One minimum requirement is perhaps: Being able to get it across on the phone.
...That's my surname, in German it's pronounced like [Add phonetic cryptic signs here]. But never mind, I will spell it out...
That's Latin and means Roots. It is a bit similar to radicles. Well, I realize now it differs just by a single letter... that may be unfortunate, sorry!
All our domains have their issues, also in German. This is the only one that causes no troubles in German. But in English you need to stress:
It's the German translation of Subversive, just remove E at the end!
Wow - that works well in English! You just have to mention the dash!
It's just a non-sensical acronym, I'll spell it out... Yes, name really is a top-level domain!
Now we enter the realm of business - and we have obviously tested the domain with utmost diligence:
That's an artificial German word, Punkt actually meaning Point or Dot. Hadn't I mentioned that it might have been less confusing in English than it is in German. But I'll spell it out for you...
To make it more confusing in English, we could create better sub-domains and e-mail addresses - to convey the spirit of the German confusion:
I wonder if the US Department of Transportation has similar issues.
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?
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.
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
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.
(subversiv.at: Next Iteration of THE START PAGE. Hyperlinks refer to the old main pages that denoted the major categories back then. Pages might have changed their position in the hierarchy of pages. <-- This comment is not subversive!
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.
(Referring to the German letter sent in 2004.)
There are people who might indeed believe that using HTML style quotes in normal text is funny or subversive - or both. In its initial subversive period the Element was struggling hard to define its unique selling proposition (USP) as THE Element. The market for subversive consulting was increasing rapidly.
Though there was no content to present that was either subversive or funny. The Element started to develop its own school or subversive art or artificial subversion which is based on circular self-reference. In the meantime this art is well established and practiced by so-called bloggers every day. The Element eventually foresaw the next step in the evolution of the fine art of self-reference. That is: Including some more nodes in the referring circle to obscure self-reference. Again this can be observed in so-called blogosphere (Somebody blogging about anything nobody wants to read).
Due to the lack of really active community members at that time the Element included some of its other identities in the self-referential circle by referring users back and forth to the web pages of these (alien?) identities.
What is this website all about? Most of the time this was not clear even to The Element itself. This is the history of the content of the default page.
Hello all you anonymous IP addresses ... out there in the net ...
I find your traces in my log file and ask myself: Why do you enter just the single word SUBVERSIV into the Google search form?
I suppose you are disappointed, because that page is not what you expected, despite the red background (the background color of subversive pages is usually either red or black - do not ask me why)
But I have to frustrate you even more: This is an Austrian website written in German. I apologize for having such a high Google ranking, luring you to my site.
So, the English part is over...
"OK, the scary part is over now. You can come out. It's safe. " (Christopher Locke, The Cluetrain Manifesto - Chapter 1)