I go out this giant iconic monster standing
Well that'll teach me to tweet too soon about something I'm playing with, or at least give away my sources ;) The other day I found this rather wonderful post on tumblr: i am the path along unseen heather, and figured I'd have a go. I posted a quick result on twitter...
You can now also read about here: Automated constrained poetry, made from Markov Chains and Project Gutenberg, which I guess is for the best as there'll actually be (hopefully) some comments over there, rather than here 'cause I broke commenting when I last updated the template and haven't been bothered to fix it yet.
If it isn't already obvious Snowball poems increase in length by one character each line. The effect is more obvious with a monospace font.
Seeing as I already have Markoved up text from Jeff Noon's books, which you can read more about here: Notes on remixing Noon, generative text and Markov chains, I figured it wouldn't take much to scan it for pairs of words, each slightly longer than the previous.
I go out this giant iconic monster standing I am the same woman moving through location I am the eyes never looked towards daylight
I am the hill which looked through clouding I am the time Alice forced herself together I by the only other things already hurrying
I am the real words coming through doorways I am the hair still living bullets punching I am not like these little message scrawled
I am not very still making flowers entangle I do you over their leaves against possible knowledge
It is kinda fun, but does seem to get a touch self centered after a while, the results by their nature tend to start with "I" and obviously work up from there. One or two I can handle, more than that it it starts to get a bit much.
But yeah, anyway, next time: write blog post first, then tweet about it. Which means I'd better keep quiet about my N+7 experiments!