When we realize that coding is a creative act, we not only value that part of the coder’s labor, but we also realize that the technologies in which we swim have assumptions and ideologies behind them that, perhaps, we should challenge.
kottke.org: Legend of the Black Perl
Black Perl is a poem written in valid Perl 3 code:BEFOREHAND: close door, each window & exit; wait until time. open spellbook, study, read (scan, select, tell us); write it, print the hex while each watches, reverse its length, write again; kill spiders, pop them, chop, split, kill them....
"The idea was that the words would form a meaningful haiku – or 'haik-ewe' as Valerie called it – however they were viewed on the backs of the grazing sheep."
By constructing poems with regular expressions what is really being built is a descriptor for a multiplicity of poems that exist in a state of potential…I get all the same things said, simultaneously (as preferred) rather than in an artificial order imposed by an inability to say more than one thing at the same time, plus, I get some other possible combinations that were previously unsaid.