Markovian Parallax Generate: On digital writing and poetics

All the Action is Over at Gnoetry Daily

Posted in Blog Update, Gnoetry by Eric Goddard-Scovel on February 8, 2011

This website isn’t wholly dead for me yet, but my activities have shifted over to Gnoetry Daily, a community poetry blog centered around human-computer poetry generation. I’ve got some new ideas now for this blog and my other personal blog, wlal.

The last update I had on my work was my series The Same, which has died and come back and died again a few times in the last year or so. It’s past now. Dead to me. I’ve moved on to better things.

Some highlights on the Gnoetry Daily site:

  • A range of poetry generators are being used (Gnoetry, ePoGees, n+7, diastic reading, mchain, JanusNode)
  • GnoetryLeaks is a new series that Eric Elshtain started recently using Wikeleaks for source material and threatens to go viral
  • Poems written using of popular music and rap lyrics as source texts
  • Obscene Anti-Poetry of the End Times (6x6x6)
  • Gertrude Stein makes some hypermediated appearances (gertbot)
  • 1337 (that’s LEETSPEAK)
  • SciFi Gnoetry
  • And much much more


Welcome to the new URL

Posted in Blog Update by Eric Goddard-Scovel on December 31, 2007

Some things to look forward to in 2008:

  • new posts (at some point)
  • some explanations of my work with mchain 0.3 and Gnoetry 0.2 over the past several months
  • some reviews of books and author spotlights
  • a link to a development site for mchain 0.3, which has migrated from python to C++

Thanks to all who have interest in this blog.

Progress Update

Posted in Blog Update by Eric Goddard-Scovel on August 3, 2007

I’ve been taking a breather from this mchain writing for a few weeks here.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m doing, what I want to do, and what this process has to do with that: my answer continues to be “I have no idea.”

I want to keep that stance and defend it.

I’m going to be starting a new input file using some new sources I’ve been looking into: fan fiction, tv and radio transcripts, news and political essays.  I have no idea what I’m trying to make out of it, and my selection criteria this time will be loose to non-existent.

The idea to start a series of poems entitled Clinton, Stella’s Ride (based off of a line in an earlier mchain poem that my workshop wanted cut out) has occurred to me, but what I want to do with it is unclear.  Everything is unclear.  My head is unclear.

The new project will begin soon.  Check back next week for posts.

A New Member Has Joined

Posted in Blog Update by Eric Goddard-Scovel on July 1, 2007

Adam Scovel, my brother and the programmer who wrote the Python script that this blog is based around, has become a contributor to the blog.  Now somebody who actually knows how the thing works can explain it all for you.  I look forward to it, too, as it seems I’ve forgotten much of what he has told me about it.

Comments Are Open For Business

Posted in Blog Update by Eric Goddard-Scovel on July 1, 2007

I’m not sure if this has been a problem for any of the blog’s viewers, but I just realized that I had it set so that you had to be registered and logged in to WordPress to post a comment. I have turned this feature off now.

So please, be verbose. Be kind. Leave a comment.

Blog Update

Posted in Blog Update, Mchain Program by Eric Goddard-Scovel on June 28, 2007

I’ve just finished updating the Mchain Download and Installation page, and migrated the run instructions for each platform to it’s own page (see the pages links on the right-hand side of the blog).

I have also uploaded the script to my university webspace and linked to it on the Mchain Download and Installation page, so you can download the program from this blog now if you are at all curious.

For any willing participants in this project, please check out the new Become a Contributor page to the right. Using Markov chains to compose poetry (or whatever) is not a new technique, but I believe it deserves at least the attention of this little blog. If anyone out there wants to become a user of the Mchain script and would be interested in contributing some guest posts or becoming a full or part-time contributor to the blog, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the Become a Contributor page, or email me at