(JanusN)ode to facebook

facebook is bland street’s dogmatic heaven
facebook is the display of talent’s desolation
facebook is the dying’s joyful philosophy
facebook is the photogeneity of prayer
facebook is a credible crappiness
facebook is a holy mischeviousness
facebook is the paw’s strange hatred
facebook is the concrete unicorn
facebook is unbelievable girl
facebook, the fictional head

JanusLOLs 6/3/13

To make JanusLOLs you will need: JanusNode, Google Image Search, and a meme maker such as MemeMaker.

First, generate some language using JanusNode. Next, select a language string and use it as your search term on Google image search, then choose an image from the results page (extra points for using the first entry). Finally, upload the image to a meme maker and caption it using your selected language string. Here are a few I made earlier:

an omniscient midwife
modernist metaphysics
bertie maccoon

JanusNode Sonnet 0116050313

A transparent ironing board, a record, a curtain
14 umbrellas on the right of a flute
The drunken hermeneutics of heaven
A tooth and a football rolled up in a boot
One slab of polystyrene in an origami box
Some taxis tied to a metronome
A cutout of a paisley paper-mache pair of socks
Some kind of metronome/metronome.
Passport photo of a lightbulb
The drunken semantics of a Calgarian skull
One polished silicone pile of bones
Honey, in a camouflage traffic cone
A radioactive heat-sensitive heart
A dark green t-shirt with 20 arms.

13:48 27/7/12

His existence
Had been lavishing a secret wish
To earn money (even if logic were married
To every perfect individual).

Art was closed.
“You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together
Matter!” (And that is grossly offensive –
Of an indecent, obscene or menacing character…)

It was nothing.
A week later, he was arrested by four police officers
An important decision (for the philosophers
Whose atrophying effect chrysalises

Like a joke).

Made with JanusNode, Tristan Tzara’s Dada Manifesto and ‘Bomb Joke Tweet Man Wins Case’ Guardian article 27/7/12

Chipstep Spacecore – an electronic music genre name generator for JanusNode

STOP PRESS: Chipstep Spacecore is now available in JavaScript! Link. (Refresh page to generate new names.)

To make this I visited the Wikipedia page List of electronic music genres and harvested the contents according to the following rules:

For genre names of two or more words, the final word is placed in the noun category, and previous words in the adjective category.

Genre names of one word which are not neologisms/compound words are placed in the noun category.

In the case of genre names of one word which are neologisms/compound words, the word is split into its composite parts; the first part is placed in the adjective category, the second in the suffix category. If the word is separated by a hyphen, the adjective keeps the hyphen. If the composite parts have lost some of their letters in the neologising process, those letters are returned to the composite parts.

Therefore I produced three files, one each for nouns, adjectives and suffixes.

Next I created a simple TextDNA file to be run in JanusNode (see janusnode.com) which uses these files to generate names of electronic music genres. I later named it Chipstep Spacecore after an output which I particularly enjoy imagining.

You can download the files here. You will need JanusNode to run the generator. You will then need to put the ‘genre_adjs’, ‘genre_nouns’ and ‘genre_sufs’ files in the ‘Brain Food’ folder, and the ‘chipstep spacecore’ file in a new folder in the ‘TextDNA’ folder.

Here’s a sample output:

Nintendo electro-brega
Frenchdarkcore liquid beat
hardcore-industrial eurocore
Balaerichappy power-NRG
acousmatic music
symth-clash darkstep
ambient synthdrum and bass
deep-new house-techno
hardisolation newtempo
lap-euro indie-grind
J–dub dubdance
hardcore-garage house-core
electronic minimaltune
suomi-noise nu skoolindustrial
Eurohouse jungledisco
hard-K- Italotechno
cyber-Latin music-style
acid-music dance–techno
lowercasegabber trance-up
Euro-electro- 4x4trance
uplifting aggro music
handbag glitch
trance electro electronica
Florida disco
ambient breakhouse
euro hardglitch
housesynth house-pop
synthpower breakstep
ill speed breaks
dark electro-beat
hard-nu hardcorebass
K–trance drum and basspunk
hip microtrance
digital hi-breaks
big disco disco
deathvideo game dance-step
electro disco
cyber post- electronica
psyafro- house electronica
vocalimprovisation clash-breaks
acid ambient rock

I’ll take some euro hard glitch thankyouverymuch!

Experiment #1: maturation of elements


‘After a long period of maturation in largely ignored circles, the basic elements of a new game are now appearing. Whether these elements are complementary or hostile, only time will tell.’ Asger Jorn, Pataphysics: A Religion in the Making, 1961. ‘Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions. Jorn describes it as a new religion that dare not speak its own name, for to be recognised as such is to recognise a constant equivalent and to authoritise, which is non-‘pataphysical. So to play the ‘new game’ one must embrace the certainty of total uncertainty, and bask in art and the absurd, which is all that can exist in such a state. Fifty years after Jorn’s argument, however, and we are still none the wiser about how this game might progress. Indeed, many might argue we are locked in a stalemate, or ‘game’s a bogey’. But not this scientist. Through playing with the ‘basic elements’ of two games, using Jorn’s assertion as input data, it is the object of this poem to reveal some clues as to how present and future game activity might operate.


The two games in question date roughly 50 years either side of Jorn’s paper, the former being refracted through the latter. First, of the historical avant-garde, is the dadaist poem method of Tristan Tzara. Rather than complete this process manually, however, the second game – of digital text manipulation – is engaged. That is, the dadafication process was completed by the multi-function procedural poetry machine JanusNode <janusnode.com>. The text was selected on impulse during a pleasure-read. It was swiped from UbuWeb <http://www.ubu.com/papers/jorn_pataphysics.html> and placed in the text editor of JanusNode. The Dadafy button was clicked once; manual tweaking of integers proceeded thereafter. Due to human error all data was lost during the tweaking process; it was reassembled from human memory with an estimated 90% success rate. Further tweaking took place thereafter, during which time the title emerged. After completion, the poem was sent to LibreOffice Writer for minor formatting, then printed and archived in .jpg, .pdf and .odt format. The entire tweaking process, including the reassembly from memory, took approximately one hour and ten minutes, inclusive of breaks for smokes, conversation, etc. The experimenter was pleased with the results, but the poem produced a muted response from his house-guest. It might be conjectured that this was due to the house-guest being otherwise occupied editing a dissertation on the work of Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño, and besides, he doesn’t understand advanced experimental poetry anyway.



Stanza the First

It may be true that these elements (whose nature remains unclear) only ever appear hostile to us but are not so, and we unjustly ignore them, but if they were to receive our attention they could show us the rules and structures of a grand game, perhaps known, perhaps novel, or the means by which that greatest game, life, may alter its operations. Certainly, the game is fundamental; it may be simple, or deceptively so.

Stanza the Second

Might it be that these elements and their showings could be or reveal something genuinely new?

Stanza the Third

A revelation of post-history? An allusion, surely, to the exponential rate of technological development in the contemporary world and the unfathomable effects it will have on human consciousness and relations, not least the manner by which time is perceived, if it be perceived at all! The poem looks forward to that glorious moment when human and artificial intelligence synthesize as one in what Ray Kurzweil has described as the Singularity. None can predict the outcome of this union. But in light of the ‘pataphysical/dadaistic mode in which this poem arrives encoded, it is clear that this state must encompass and reconstitute the aesthetic, social and metaphysical liberties of the great avant-gardes of the 20th century. Not only that, but the poetic moment itself, cherished by the avant-gardes, is as near to a prediction as we can get; it is the Singularity’s epiphenomenal analogue. So the elements of the poem, then, are dual, but tending (through maturation) towards the same: technology and poetry: Singularity.

Final Stanza

Well, one cannot sound too convincing, it’s uncouth. But there is will in these elements, human and not-human, it both is these elements and is surrounded by these elements, and it is willing, largely. And so the image of complementary circles, technology and poetry. They complement, because through the poetic we may imagine the Singularity, which through technology alone is unimaginable, and through technology we may achieve the Singularity, which through poetry alone is unachievable. But circles do not tessellate, and here the spatial metaphor breaks down, hinting at future possibilities of cognition and inviting us to guess what they may be, as these circles be simply and strangely, in a curious, isolated copula. And be, the poem tells us, they certainly will.

Isolated Textual Fragment (of little importance)

Or, they might not. After all, it’s impossible to imagine a period after time, let alone long after time. This poem, like the rest of us, has no idea.