Saturday, February 16, 2002

the random poetry generator now does sonnets! (still void of any meaning, but with the proper rhyme scheme and syllables.)
my random poetry generator can now create limericks. they even sometimes hint at making sense.

Friday, February 15, 2002

the limmerick-haiku transitional format (LHTF):

announcing the LHTF - a poetry format that allows words to be applied as either limmericks or haiku (thereby seperating form from function). the limmerick form is a standard limmerick (with constraints), and the haiku form consists of two haikus with a five-syllable title. these are the rules:

1) a total of 39 syllables (as in a standard limmerick)
2) word breaks must occur between the following syllables: 4&5, 9&10, 12&13, 17&18, 18&19, 22&23, 24&25, 29&30, 30&31, and 34&35.
3) the words containing syllables 9,18, & 39 and 24 &30 must rhyme.

that's it. ideally the content of the poetry would be suitable to both haiku and limmerick format (including line breaks at appropriate semantic as well as grammatical locations), but that much is left to the poet. i'll try to work an some example limmerick-haikus soon.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

"The House early this morning approved an overhaul of the way campaigns are financed, putting the nation's political system at the brink of its most sweeping change in a generation." opponents criticized the bill as endangering free speech. but free speech doesn't guarantee anyone will listen. businesses can still try to influence legislation. they'll just have to give more persuasive arguments rather than relying on politicians' greed.

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

the best response to terrorism is to show that we're more insane than the terrorists? "the axis-of-evil idea isn't thought through - but that's what I like about it."

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

"With White House consent, the Republican National Committee is lobbying to defeat the Shays-Meehan bill, the campaign finance overhaul measure that would ban the large unlimited political donations known as soft money." i try to remain nonpartisan - i think both the democratic and republican parties are thoroughly corrupt. but then i read this. aren't republicans supposed to be anti-big government?

Sunday, February 10, 2002

vermont's new opt-in law requires businesses to gain consent before sharing (selling) consumer information: "Instead of adapting systems to meet the state's rules, they are warning that Vermont residents may be excluded en masse from the kinds of offers and information that data sharing allows." (via diveintomark)i dream of being excluded en masse from the kinds of offers and information that data sharing is used for. why are all the good lawmakers in vermont?