Meditation #3

Piece #1

My first piece was created from a random Sherlock Holmes text by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I had found through Project Gutenberg. I took a few paragraphs of the text and put it into TextEdit, then used Text Mechanic to create lines, remove all proper nouns, and then randomize the lines until I ended up with something that I was happy with. I then added formatting and punctuation into the poem as I saw fit. I love the sinister tone that the poem ended up with – to me it brings the same dark tone that many Sherlock stories employed. The finished piece is written below:

The Sherlock Holmes piece in TextEdit.

The Sherlock Holmes piece in TextEdit.

I formatted the Sherlock text into separate lines.

I formatted the Sherlock text into separate lines.

I used the find/delete tool to eliminate all lines that had proper nouns.

I used the find/delete tool to eliminate all lines that had proper nouns.

Finally, I randomized the lines that I had until I ended up with something I liked.

Finally, I randomized the lines that I had until I ended up with something I liked.

A Gibe and a Sneer

Employing his
had drifted us away –
lenses would not
position. He never
arisen out of his
civil practice,
observer—excellent
drug, and the
the reigning family
figure pass twice
upon the scent of
patient (for I had
seized with a keen
wooing), and with
and that woman was
reader.

Piece #2

For my second piece I decided to focus on money. I took an image of a one-hundred dollar bill and converted it into its source text via TextEdit. I then inserted two poems that are critical of money and economic systems into the image: Velocity of Money by Allen Ginsberg and Money by William Henry Davies. The result is a mangled and marred dollar bill, and I hoped to show how this literature can have a very literal effect on the way we view and value money. The result is below:

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The Velocity of Money by Allen Ginsberg – added to the coding of the image.

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Money by William Henry Davies

My completed piece.

My completed piece.

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