Blinded by the Light: Links Not Considered Click-Worthy

I promised more experimental internet poetry — here it is!

The problem: Spam comments have petered out, their number seems to scale with posting frequency. The quality of search terms for this blog has improved, and most terms are technical and dull.

I turned to untapped raw material – finally I know what last year’s web development project was good for. As predicted, views plummeted after merging three sites into one and picking a country domain. The upside is that search terms got much better.

The following ‘poem’ is built from phrases displayed in Google Search Console (formerly called Webmaster Tools) for my personal website. I am picking from search terms in the list of Impressions: which means my pages appeared in the list of results but most of them were not clicked; hence the title of this post.

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blinded by the light
despicable me

subversive activities
inconspicuous in a sentence

blinded by the light

blended movie stream
spooky black without you

offensive security
issued by an authority that is not trusted

offensive security

how does a steel plow work
educated guess

definition of tossed
krypton
deflector

energy armor
was last opened
across the universe

prevent the details of
dubious battle

energy armor

galaxy life hacked
mathematical modelling of zombies
lest means
gloomy sunday lyrics

meaning of strangeness
toilet success hacked

letterbox company

educated sentence generator
template missing

define subversive humor
farewell letter to customers
reply all bcc
without papers

subversive (humor)

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What the Internet Asks of Me

… via search terms submitted by blog visitors, of course!

This is a cross-over of search term poetry and using search terms for serious investigations: A collection of phrases from 2015 WordPress statistics, plus comments [in italics and bold].

As usual, phrases are unedited except from truncations at beginning and end, and I have added ‘suitable’ images taken recently. 

[What will remain an enigma forever]
how to control alien spaceship
why isn’t probability deterministic
a i am poem about microwaves for science
why i feel im succumbed to my own dark side

alien spaceship[What you really should know]
63,42 divided by 3
calories burned swinging a scythe
understand thermodynamics intuitively

scythe[What this (blog) is not]
english short poem
popular science books on solid state
one test location where slinky wouldn’t slink

one test location[What this blog (maybe) is]
desublimation pot
surrealist paradise
scrapyard poem site
a website where you can combine anything

don't climb the art[What people only dare to ask here]
what was the importance of garden hose theory and what was it
i enrolled without turnprinting,how am i sure that i have enrolled?
elkement

elkement's garden hose

[What the internet gets right about what I do]
plot the performance curves for heat pump versus temperature of water delivered
cistern-based water-source heat pump system design
heat transfer from submerged plastic pipe
some daily calculation in physics
can bus technische alternative
heat pump ice storage
sniff router traffic
datalogger
uvr1611
pki

sniff router traffic

[What the internet thinks I am a top and foremost expert in]
development the art of constructing error messages
how.to respond to notification for award nomination
connecting slinkies

message or art

[What I should learn more about]
card dialing
worst cistern pumps
cattle panels tomato supports
horizotal press risk assessments

tomato support

[What I should turn into a business]
phreaking practice
management metaphor diagrams
quote juassic park multiple lines of reasoning converging on a single point

metaphor, security

[What should become a manifesto]
we combine theory and practice at the same time
any device control by internet
work hard play hard culture
poetry theory now
zen capitalism

fake zen garden

[What finally is true poetry]

what do you see when water vapor sublimes on windows
on a cold night
resist being baited

can a substance be made
to describe
an object rotating around a central force

search a poem related to the theme of the poem try again
practice everything in the universe
pump for ice

ice storage

Crowdsourcing Poetry (Again)

This is Search Term Poetry created from terms harvested in the second quarter. I even owe the post’s title to a valuable searcher.

As usual, all lines are taken from search terms in WordPress Stats – no editing allowed except for truncation at the beginning and the end of phrases.

But I could not resist harvesting also some search terms also from Google’s Webmaster tools this time. There are so many ‘unknown’ search terms indicated by WordPress’ blog statistics which are most likely due to Google’s encrypting the search results.

Now … forget all nerdiness and technology … and just get lost in the overwhelming beauty of this piece of art.

[New readers, this was irony in case it is not obvious from the following poem.]

crowdsourcing poetry

attention seeking designer freaks poem
poems about overdue

existential poetry
virtual zen garden
thought like time is never linear

Time

Time is never linear.

why does theoritical physics deny outsiders
false intuitions about physics

picture quotes never stop living
emoticons blackboard lightning bolt

Light

Light and nostalgic emotions.

the theory of the water tank
for popular reading

classroom experiments with relativity
energy creating machine

Power Lines

Here is the energy.

spaceballs calculus
confused maths puzzles

greatest innovations ever
vortex garden hose

what is thoery of toilet flusing to find map location
hyperbolic decay

Tree at the edge of reason

Hyperbolic decay.

diy gas turbine
running gas line to an island through a vertical pillar?

find i a strangle loop-douglas hofstader wth articles
smoke ring letters

Clouds

Smoke rings. Sort of.

poems in terms of electrical engg
information of tension change

what the user wanted
an equation for the perpendicular bisector of the line segment

Lake

The surface of the lake is nearly perpendicular to the sides of the image.

images of decease memerial
toilet duck in 1960s

is it normal not to like social media
zeitgeisty

Speakers

Social Media.

what does the grim reaper do
cut anything

dark side of me is even more interesting

Dark Side of the Elkement

Me on the dark side.

to unravel me you need a simple key, no key that was made by locksmith’s hand, but a key that only i will understand.

memepool dead

______________________________

For the bi-lingual poetry fans: Here is the German Q2 edition, also enriched with Google webmaster tools’ terms and some other but equally bad photos.

Search Term Poetry Sans Google

Times have been rough for search poets since Google has decided to encrypt search results.

But you could also argue that search terms should be more non-mainstream, hip, and sophisticated now as submitted by users preferring non-mainstream search engines.

So this is Google-less search term poetry, created from terms harvested in Q4 2013. As usual, lines of the poem are taken from search phrases, unedited, and probably truncated at beginning and end. Search terms must not be concatenated.

[Interlude: Scholarly Wisdom]

I am reading a book highly relevant for the psychology of creating art from the virtual scrapyard: Daniel Kahneman’s seminal book Thinking, Fast and Slow (Thanks, Maurice!). Kahneman describes our shortcomings in dealing with probabilities and in making sound, rational decisions in general. He gives a lot of evidence from psychological research on how our so-called intuition fails us spectacularly.

Our educated guesses on numbers – such as the age of a celebrity – are impacted by random numbers brought to our attention via a wheel of fortune. We feel that 90% fat-free is better than 10% fat. And we are insist on seeing patterns in truly random structures.

Kahneman calls the different modes of thinking or sub-entities of our mind system 1 and system 2. Yet, these are conceptual entities describing the research results; they and not intended to be related to specific parts of the brain. Physicists would call this a phenomenological approach.

System 1 jumps to conclusions quickly and helps us with making the world simpler by substituting hard questions (Why should I vote for X?) by easy questions (Do I like X?). It does al this with ease. System 2 is our strained machine for mental arithmetic. It is at work when you multiply big numbers (unless you are savant) or create list of pro’s and con’s.

Actually, system 1 seems to be in control most of the time – but my special kind of poetry is created when I give system 1 full control deliberately. Gleefully and using zero mental energy it scans search terms or spam comments in order to see patterns and relations – dialogues and stanzas – where they are none.

[/Interlude]

Lines have been formatted in bold in italics in order to denote headers (System 2 tries to contribute by providing a table of contents).

scientific terms poems

calculations to determine
42 plus 63
42 divided by 63

do not fall
quantum boffin
with counterweight

proton animation
smokerings icon
earth rotation
toy elevator
it has to be tried in practice

power grid turned off
welcome to the real world
the subversive element

analytical essay

name the four element
space balls
phase space

mouse in a microwave
is always tangential to axis

which countries
german hills
jurassic park

“the new worst slogan”
best innovation ever
harvesting ice

cultural spam(food) poetry

metaphors on a scrapyard
anti-stress spiral spring

a break on my blog
sniffing a path
decoding hidden identity

zen capitalism
google culture
the jelly bing

confessions of a luddite
feel dumb in theory

clap hands
instead of falling over

Wheel of Fortune

Breaking News on Search Term Poetry (Good, Bad, Ugly)

This is a break from quantum physics – you deserve it! Based on your questions – no un-follows so far fortunately – I will follow-up with attempting again to pick the right metaphors for 1026 dimensional spaces and tons of enormous vectors.

But there is more (enigmatic) to this universe than quantum field theory – such as search terms submitted by our blogs’ visitors.

Samir Chopra, philosophy professor and published author, has said it very well in his freshly pressed post on search terms “The Peculiar Allure of Blog Search Terms” which also features this poem of mine.

I quote from his post:

Most of all though, search terms are a glimpse of the hive mind of the ‘Net: a peek at the bubbling activity of the teeming millions that interact with it on a daily basis, seeking entertainment, amusement, edification, gratification, employment.  They make visible the anxiety of the questions that torment some and the curiosity–sometimes prurient, sometimes not–that drives others; they remind us of the many different functions that this gigantic interconnected network of networks and protocols plays in our lives, of the indispensability it has acquired.

This quote would certainly improve the quality of my future search terms a lot…

But Google is going to spoil our playful crafting of poetry from our blog statistics: Starting 2011 SSL (https) has been used with Google’s search results pages if you had been logged on to a Google app such as Google+. Now pages are encrypted even for anonymous users according to this article.

This had been called a reaction to the NSA spying on us. I tend to agree to the following:

We also can’t help but think that, because Google is encrypting search activity for everything but ad clicks, this is a move to get more people using Google AdWords.

From an internet standards’ perspective this is fine: RFC 2626 – which defines HTTP – states that

Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure) HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure protocol.

… which means that if you click on a link displayed on a page whose address starts with https the target website will not know / log where you came from.

What does it mean for search term poets? Will this history of my meteoric rise to fame as a search term / spam poet suddenly come to an end?

Here are some ideas of mine:

Use  other stuff as spam, comments, error messages – as I did in some poems already. I had even poeti-cized my own blog posts’ titles and a full post of mine. But search terms from unknown visitors have been the most inspirational snippets from the virtual scrapyard.

Use Google / Bing Webmaster Tools’ output instead of WP Stats – I have done this, too. The poem quoted by Samir Chopra was one of those peppered with terms from Webmaster Tools. This is a violation of my own rules, though a documented one.

In order to setup your blog with these tools you need to prove ownership by adding a meta tag in your WP blog’s settings. The downside: You can only access the search terms submitted within the last month at every point in time so you would need to save them every day, and Google only gives you a number of clicks if it was higher than 10. Otherwise (<10) it might just have been an ‘impression’ – your blog just showing up in search results, but users did not click your link.

More ideas?

The Matrix | Jamie Zawinski [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

engineering and art meets
steampunk icons electrical panel
interactive floor tetris
geeky fascination
back to the future

(Snippet from my most recent search term poem)

The Science of Search Term Poetry

In the break after the second session on Quantum Field Theory I am showing off light edutainment with a scientific touch.

Every quarter I save the search terms as displayed in WordPress Stats for highly sophisticated statistical, psychological and linguistic analysis. That is, I do create a Search Term Poem.

Rules are as follows:

  • Every line of the poem including titles is copied from the search terms as displayed in Stats. Search terms must not be used in more than one poem.
  • Editing is not permitted; typos must not be corrected.
  • Words must not be cut out from the middle of search strings. Truncating words at the beginning or the end is permitted.
  • Different search terms or fragments cut out from different terms must not be concatenated. There is a bijective correspondence of lines in the poem and search terms.

The focus of this blog has changed back to physics – and so do the search terms. Searchers’ usual question about rodents in the microwave could also be classified as sciencey (biology and electrical engineering)  considering the way the pitied rodent died nearly one year ago.

I am throwing in some images from Wikimedia that represent my mental connections to the ‘stanzas’ nearly perfectly. I wonder if my so-called artwork is now considered building upon those images and should be licensed under Common Criteria, too.

humiliating poetry
poems on fear
poems that have the word danger in them
best crowd sourcing site to publish poetry

technology is the theory and practice of science
cyber nightmares
“extended self”

Borg dockingstation

myth and magic
butterfly effect
microwave a rodent
travel in past by falling asleep
forward feed and backward feed

Intermittent Lorenz Attractor - Chaoscope

outsider physics
“new physical evidence on the axis of rotation of the earth”
physics on the fringe: smoke rings
is theoretical physics crackpot science
quantum resurrection

Smoke Rings (4446627539)

engineering and art meets
steampunk icons electrical panel
interactive floor tetris
geeky fascination
back to the future

Gold-D

trivia about physics
where’s centre of mass in world?
if we plumb the air throw an object, what is the direction of the coriolis force
toilet flush rotating too strong

Hurricane isabel and coriolis force

at large in particular
is “befire we know it” a cliché
why is existential questions are avoided in most conversations?

what is sleek weak geek in a poetic term
unemployed philosopher

who invented the org chart?
Einstein
feynman
turing
maslow

dangers of social networking
fun and action are the rule here

As I don’t pay for the No Ads Upgrade: Occasionally, some of your visitors may see an advertisement here. This image may add to the experience of the poem.

Quarterly Search Term Poetry Results (Overdue!)

Due to my time-out from social media search terms submitted in Q2 2013 have not yet seen the light of day. Shareholders, I apologize!

Going for a new level of efficiency in creating poetry I try to anticipate your comments and questions. I have announced it several times: I am poeticizing your comments now! I am combining just anything –  search terms submitted by anonymous users, only known to Google and the NSA, with snippets of comments you have left on my previous post.

Rules are as follows:

  • Any line of the search term poem (including titles) is copied from the search terms as displayed in WordPress Stats.
  • Editing is not permitted. Words must not be cut out from the middle of search strings, but search terms might be truncated at the beginning or the end.

The same rules apply to processing of comments. Formatting rules for this poem:

  • Bold: Search terms promoted to titles.
  • Regular: Search terms.
  • Italics: Comments on my last post.

what is a professional online persona
intelligent
undervalued
quote life being a cliche
abilities in narrating an event

Ignoring cooking and flint knapping

why does a spinning top not fall over
gyroscopes are magic
engineering vs physics jokes
i dropped physics and i feel stupid

Todays challenge

can mice get into microwaves
jurassic park determinism
“control system” cyber security

I am very curious

how does a refrigerator work
information theory
spaceship glass panel
enigma chipper machine

you are even more correct than perhaps you were aware.

physic for everyday life
time travel movies
popular science books enjoy
what are some of the classical mechanics for a slinky?

Perhaps this is going back-in-time

zen capitalism ltd
wiggly lines
flattering poems
brilliant education limited

objective knowledge was limited by the capacity of human memory

theories of hard work
die hard 4
outdoor security
the tough-guy macho culture
the strangest man in physics

do your own electric lighting

poems on my new bag
skawee reweert
1960s commercials
art of error message

I am bound to like your choice

Analogue modem

This is a hint for those (kids, generation Y-ers) who did not get the Skawee Reweert joke.

mad tea party physics
satire and technologies
garden hose to flush out toilet
timeline reduction in toilet flush

the more critical is the load

surfing theory
six elkements of weather
gone fishing “best out of office reply”

time has passed

no time for blog awards
funny comments on theory is much more easier than practice

And, this is calculated to help me sleep better?

Edit / Update: Actually I am not able to find Skawee Reweert on any older article of mine. I had referenced it on my subversive website though which includes links to the latest posts on this blog. Why did it show up in WordPress Stats?  #NSA #surveillance #machinesgoingmad #panic