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Nonprogramistan Twitterbot Monstrosity

I wanted a Twitterbot to push out Markov generated stuff from Emily Dickinson’s work. I wanted to do it fairly quickly as it was inspired by an awesome discussion yesterday with Jason Coats who will be teaching one of VCU’s online courses this summer on poetry. One of his goals was to encourage students to put themselves out there and engage with poetry. I thought mechanically created poetry might allow for a certain degree of freedom of analysis and Emily Dickinson’s work was particularly well suited to the Markov genre. As I already had a Markov generator running with some of the possible texts for Gardner and Jon’s MOOC this summer, it was easy enough to switch out the source material with Emily Dickinson’s work. It never hurts to be able to build what you discuss while still carrying on the discussion. That’s one of the things I love about computers. So that got me the Markov portion but it was on a web page and would require either a visit or a manual action to feed it into Twitter (which Jason had used previously with his students). To get at Twitter I needed a new Twitter account EmilyMkv which I got by using this GMail alias trick. It’s handy if you run out of unique emails. As I thought […]

Markov Seeds

I started to comment on Alan’s recent post but realized I needed to document this a bit better than a comment. Every so often I kick over the #ds106 Markov generator and see what comes out. Sometimes I push it on to Twitter to share with the world. en You know what I understood characters (included. You to in inner pages @IamTalkyTina is Back? Where is YOUR photo? #ds106 #markov — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) December 4, 2013 This one amused me so I did. @twoodwar en But I don't really understand what you just said. Like what #markov means? #ds106 #contextfelldownthestairs — Talky Tina (@IamTalkyTina) December 4, 2013 Talking Tina replied, justifiably confused. I explain. (There’s some additional side chatter you can see here but the more interesting stuff is below.) @IamTalkyTina random text assembler w #ds106 tweets as source material http://t.co/GPAK1njFkh It's fairly fun (to me) although context free — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) December 4, 2013 It could have died there but instead it went into a realm I could not have predicted- probabilistic programming in quantitative finance. @twoodwar Am I here ?? Probabilistic Programming in Quantitative Finance | Quantopian Blog – http://t.co/suhLmUKjab #ds106 — Talky Tina (@IamTalkyTina) December 4, 2013 Bill Smith chimes in with n-dimensional Hilbert space. @IamTalkyTina @twoodwar You R probably not here, but likely to be there. […]