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.

Channel Sk1n

I
go
out
this
giant
iconic
monster
standing
I
am
the
same
woman
moving
through
location
I
am
the
eyes
never
looked
towards
daylight

Automated Alice

I
am
the
hill
which
looked
through
clouding
I
am
the
time
Alice
forced
herself
together
I
by
the
only
other
things
already
hurrying

Vurt

I
am
the
real
words
coming
through
doorways
I
am
the
hair
still
living
bullets
punching
I
am
not
like
these
little
message
scrawled

Pollen

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!