April 2, 2008
National Poetry Month: Darwinian Poetry
Today's link is a blast from the past. In my sophomore year of college (fall semester 2003), my mother forwarded me a link to Darwinian Poetry. Using a random word generator to create nonsensical jumbles, users select the jumble they like best. Non-selected "poems" die out while selected ones combine together and hopefully begin to make more sense. Playing with the site took up a lot of boring class time (my pre-calculus class met in the computer lab), but eventually I started taking more interesting classes, getting busy with homework and other activities, and I lost track of the site for a good 4 years. But in thinking about National Poetry Month, I got inspired to see if the site still existed and worked. And I'm rediscovering how fun it is.