September 21st, 2015




August 4th, 2015

All the questions from PeeWee’s Big Adventure:


Can I have my “Mr. T” cereal?
Guess what I want?
A new brain?
What’s so funny, Pee-wee?
-I know you are, but what am I?
-I know you are, but what am I?
-I know you are, but what am I?
I know you are, but what am I?
I know you are, but what am I?
I know you are, but what am I?
-I know you are, but what am I?
Why don’t you make me?
Remember when I first saw your bike?
Are you just browsing today?
How do you like school?
Fake blood, or is it?
Super stink-bomb?
Shrunken head?
Regular size?
Trick gum?
Headlight glasses?
Come in red?
-What’s up, man?
-How’s it going?
Is Dottie still working on your bike?
What’s she doing to it?
Is my horn ready yet?
Where is it? Let’s hear it.
I want to know, if you will do something?
Like where?
Are you the owner?
Can I do anything?
Where are you going?
Why exactly do you believe the Soviets were involved?
You know what I’d do?
Can you think of anyone who’d want to take it?
Busy, doing what?
Where are they hosing him down?
Still want to buy my bike?
Are you all right?
What’s going on in there?
What is going on?
Have you lost your mind?!
Do you have any proof?
We don’t have to involve the authorities, do we?
Here. Would you care for some gum?
Would you care for some?
Spearmint or fruit?
You do believe me, don’t you, Dad?
How are you ever going to pay a reward like that?
Where are we going now?
Let’s begin, shall we?
Shall we?!
What’s missing from this picture?
Is this something you can share with the rest of us?
What is this?
Why? What’s the significance?
Well, when will that be?
Supposed to mean? Supposed to mean?!
Hot?! Who’s hot? Feels just fine to me! I feel just perfect.
You got cash?
Yes! Is it okay?
Where is it?! Can you see it?
Where is it?!
Where is it?
How about some music?
What did you do?
You know those “Do not remove under penalty of law” labels on mattresses?
You’re telling me?!
What’s going on?
Right, honey?
Have you seen this man?
-Some sort of problem?
Why don’t you take a picture?
What’s it like in the big house, Mickey?
Where’s those headlight glasses?
Some night, huh?
Did you say Large Marge?
I beg your pardon?
Before you go will you come and watch the sunrise with me?
Do you have any dreams?
Do you ever have a dream like that?
Why not? What’s stopping you?
-Who’s Andy?
But what?
Care for a sardine?
And Pedro is working on an “adobe.” Can you say that with me? Adobe.
Do I hear someone’s stomach growling?
Do we have any Mexican-Americans with us today?
Are there any questions?
Where’s the basement?
Aren’t we going to see the basement?
What’s wrong?
Hello, Dottie? It’s me, Pee-wee.
Where are you calling from?
What, Pee-wee?
Will you still help me find my bike?
What is it?
Could you wire me a bus ticket?
What’s your name?
Where you from?
Can’t you remember anything?
Did anybody tell you that this is the private club of the Satan’s Helpers?
Wait! Don’t I get a last request?
Why not?
Do you have a pass?
So the fellow said, “What do you think I have down here, a duck?” A duck!
Where can I find Kevin Morton?
Do you know what stage Kevin Morton is on?
All right, Kevin?
…except how can I when she’s so late on her cues?
Well, is everything straightened out?
Doesn’t it look like I’m ready?!
Remember me? Let’s go!
Son, are you all right?
Can you hear me?
My story. A movie?!
Do we have a deal?
Pee-wee, can I have your autograph?
What did they pay you?
Have you got any message for Room 104?
…but what am I?
How’s the X-1?
Where’s my candy?
When did you become blood brothers?
And you say you taught Pee-wee to ride his bike?
How about a picture of me on it?
If it wasn’t for me, none of this would have happened to you, right?
Right, Pee-wee?
Don’t you want to see the rest of the movie?

(unedited source)


March 27th, 2015



I am greatly irritated by the contemporary use of “swag” as derived from “swagger” (AFAICT).

As far as I’m concerned, you’ve only got “the swag” if you’ve got a bag containing the plate, silverware, and candlesticks.

Although not explicitly referenced, I would not be surprised to see Taffy with swag.

Bonus points for wearing the optional domino-mask.

Here are some notes on the origin of the word ‘swag’ that generally agree with me (ignore everything in the article that doesn’t agree with me).


August 15th, 2014

Continued from bad.art : the horrible, wonderful world of Harry Stephen Keeler.


Here’s Keeler’s on explanation of his webwork-plot technique: The Mechanics (and Kinematics) of Web-Work Plot Construction


10 years ago, I missed the obvious: Wikipedia:Harry_Stephen_Keeler and the Gutenberg text of John Jones’s Dollar.


The Harry Stephen Keeler Society points us to 4 e-texts of Keeler novels, including an alternate source for ‘’John Jones’s Dollar.


Roger Ebert wrote an interesting post on Keeler back in 2010, that also includes a nifty book-cover-gallery and bizarre quotes.




June 6th, 2014



November 26th, 2013



November 7th, 2013

It's all about the infinite-text-space, baby!

From that list of alternate singularities. Need to find it back.

UPDATE: possible this.


In other other news, it’s NaNoGenMo.


September 23rd, 2013

I haven’t done any sketches in a while, but I have continued to think about them, and how to create|invoke|provoke interaction with the reader/viewer.

A word I’ve used in the past is “frustrating”, as in “frustrating the reader,” but I always felt uncomfortable with that.
I’ve more wanted to entice the reader to continue.
Not the right word.
The frustration I was working with was by obscuring the text, and only revealing parts of it when the reader interacted.
Frustrated, as in “the reader can’t see the (whole) text without (some, minimal) effort.”

There’s another word, just can’t get back to it now.

Thoughts again today looking at the work of Darius Kazemi.

Check out his “game” At Dawn. NOTE: when you reach the center of the screen, keep walking to the right.

I’ve also been trying to figure out how to reward the reader — as in, what’s the payoff for reading? Solving a puzzle? Defeating the final boss? Following the narrative flow through to it’s conclusion?

In the absence of the last two, and difficult puzzles, I’m not sure what that payoff might be.
Perhaps I’m overthinking this.
I enjoyed reading and interacting with these texts.
Most people aren’t going to get the same reward from viewing them.
But I do, and some others might.

That should be enough.

UPDATE 2013.09.23: I wrote the above about a month ago, and haven’t edited it much, much less come up with the words I thought I wanted. So these words will have to do (like Xanadu).

See also: Gamebooks such as Choose Your Own Adventure.


August 22nd, 2013

I haven’t done a new sketch since the un-finished (but workable to some extent) animator.

I’ve been doing other projects and contract work, keeping busy. But not doing word-art. :::sigh:::

Now I’ve had a few things flash through my head when I’m waking up that I’d like to realize.

Something akin to scripting the text, however. yikes!
Instead of scripting, maybe more meta-data on each frame (segment of text) is sufficient.

Like the animator.
But with the ability to indicate color, size, duration, etc. for each frame.
Including then the duration of blank spaces.
Currently, the animator has no meta-data, just a collection of frames.

I partly remember seeing rows of crosses and dots,



blown up, centered on the screen… which isn’t required.
But I suppose definigh the position of each element would be useful.

The existing animator would work as a subset of this – centered text, blobs, specific size, each frame the same rate, no blank frames, etc.


August 13th, 2013

Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | The art of William Burroughs

This post has sat in my draft-queue for eight years (since August 25, 2005, it seems).

So, time to shove it out the door.
No drama, no nuance.
Maybe I’ll put some there there, later.

I had this book, then loaned it to somebody.
Who promptly disappeared.
A year or two later somebody pressed a piece of paper into my hand at a bar:

I still have your book, asshole!

So, I hope it serves him well.


July 26th, 2013




But the simplest and most radical thing that Ridley Scott did in Blade Runner was to put urban archaeology in every frame. It hadn’t been obvious to mainstream American science fiction that cities are like compost heaps—just layers and layers of stuff. In cities, the past and the present and the future can all be totally adjacent. In Europe, that’s just life—it’s not science fiction, it’s not fantasy. But in American science fiction, the city in the future was always brand-new, every square inch of it.




Cities seem very important to you.




Cities look to me to be our most characteristic technology. We didn’t really get interesting as a species until we became able to do cities—that’s when it all got really diverse, because you can’t do cities without a substrate of other technologies. There’s a mathematics to it—a city can’t get over a certain size unless you can grow, gather, and store a certain amount of food in the vicinity. Then you can’t get any bigger unless you understand how to do sewage. If you don’t have efficient sewage technology the city gets to a certain size and everybody gets cholera.


[emphasis added]



See Also: WordSalad.WilliamGibson


July 25th, 2013



For a while it was often reported, erroneously, that you typed all your books on a typewriter.




I wrote Neuromancer on a manual portable typewriter and about half of Count Zero on the same machine. Then it broke, in a way that was more or less irreparable. Bruce Sterling called me shortly thereafter and said, “This changes everything!” I said, “What?” He said, “My Dad gave me his Apple II. You have to get one of these things!” I said, “Why?” He said, “Automation—it automates the process of writing!” I’ve never gone back.


But I had only been using a typewriter because I’d gotten one for free and I was poor. In 1981, most people were still writing on typewriters. There were five large businesses in Vancouver that did nothing but repair and sell typewriters. Soon there were computers, too, and it was a case of the past and the future mutually coexisting. And then the past just goes away.



See Also: WordSalad.WilliamGibson


May 15th, 2013

One of my texts, 5 emotional spam poems, has been published in The Newark Review 3.0.

Local version, Newark Review version.

This was actually back in January. My blog-posting has been a bit…. slow.


May 15th, 2013

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December 11th, 2012

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November 27th, 2012

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October 12th, 2012

On the difficulties of displaying poetry on the web, or in eReaders.


September 28th, 2012

Work on (and from, sadly) TextMunger has slowed down in the past few months. I took a vague break this summer, and am knuckling down on some freelance work this fall. Which leaves even less time for TM work….


Still, things have happened, and there are some plans.


XRML formatter

The XRML-targeted formatter works a bit better (doesn’t get stuck on zero-punctuation for long periods of time) even if the underlying algorithm still has issues.


I’m thinking of rewriting it, or writing another, that would work on multiple-passes over a text-block to allow for vertical text placement a la columns, although hopefully not so dense and delineated to show up rivers of punctuation that delineate actual columns. I would like just enough to encourage a vertical reading, and not just the standard (Western) left-to-right, line-by-line.


A simple implementation of a single-pass would be an offset, so that the next word lines up with the start of the last word. Would want to enhance this so that an arbitrary number of words (tokens, whatever) are printed before the next line alignment.


Multi-pass is more difficult, as it would include the above, as well as requiring an intake of a previously formatted chunk of text for re-writing.


Text library

I’ve done some work on preparing to save lists of selected texts, but it has been exposed to the UI yet.


First, because there is no menu-strip in the UI. I think it’s time to address this (as well as scrapping the diagnostics tab).


But mainly I think the library-system needs and overhaul. Parsing a nested set of folders for .txt files is fine, but it’s a dumb system. Workable, practical, but literally dumb — it returns texts, but no awareness of those texts. And awareness allows us to sort, etc.

 By author, date, other characteristics. And above all, source — which would be a good thing for citations and acknowledgements.


Weighted source texts (for Markov chaining)

I’ve been staring at Edde Addad’s jGnoetry. Not only do I want to integrate some sort of re-processeable template (?) system, weighted texts is a desirable element. I’m constantly irritated by trying to combine two texts — say, Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt and a script for The Wizard of Oz or 1975 Apocalypse Now Workprint, only to find that almost everything is Egyptian due to the massive size of the source. If I could indicate that the Egyptian text, regardless of length should only be considered 30% of the time, I’d be much happier. Currently, I can dump in multiple copies of one text, but that’s a nuisance.


Selectable output as re-processable template

As mentioned, jGnoetry has made me want to be able to keep some words|tokens, but regenerate everything else.


Not just for markov chaining, however — being able to select any arbitrary rule and apply it to a block of text would be great. This would move the UI to a real alt-text-editor tool. Probably would need a rule-toolbar. Or easy way to select (and edit-on-the-fly?) a given rule for application.


rework of the rule selection system

Too many clicks to get to where I want to edit something.


(Assignable) hot-keys is one-option. A serious re-thinking of the rule-selection GUI is a must.



September 13th, 2012

The ABCs of Critical Theory.

‘F’ is Foucault of ‘Knowledge is Power’.
So remember that phrase when told to ‘Go Shower’
’Cos if you provide some good enough reasons
You can stay dirty for up to three seasons.


September 12th, 2012
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