Cypherpoetry

Cypherpunks captured

Cypherpunks captured

Cypherpunks are a movement, a couple of episodes of Julian Assange’s television show, and a new book which I am going to review for Slate. They are, as well, poets (who don’t know it; or didn’t, until they read this post right here).

I know it only because I took their Manifesto (and y’all will recall how fond I am of Manifestii) and ran it through the Haiku Finder (and y’all will recall how fond I am of the Haiku Finder). And these were the surprisingly evocative result:

- it needs rewriting,
but for historical sake
I’ve left it unchanged.

+ Why is this so?
Why have these dominated?
What else is needed?

How this is achieve
is what most of the features
here are all about.

Tort law, threats of grant
or contract removal, all
are limiting speech.

- Statements from senior
intelligence officials
reflect this concern.

Niches will be filled.
12.3.4. The deep nature of money
is unclear to me.

12.15. Outlawing of Cash
12.15.1. “What are the motivations
for outlawing cash?

Perforce, people will
engage in contracts only
voluntarily.

- (For those of you who
think such bypasses of laws
are immoral, tough.

With liquid markets
for liquidations, things may
change dramatically.

Dealing with Such Things:
+ never link physical
ID with pseudonyms!

from records that were
public and that I am now
selling access to?

But pretty clearly
some amazing new structures
will be built this way.

“What role, if any,
will MUDs, MOOs, and Virtual
Realities play?

That, my friends, is a question I ask myself every day. And then I google to find out what it means.

5 thoughts on “Cypherpoetry

  1. Recipes can be a good source of haiku. I dropped two of mine into the Haiku Finder and was rewarded with…

    Place the second cake
    on top of the first and dust
    with icing sugar.

    Press toasted almonds
    into the cream spread over
    the sides of the cake.

    Now that’s my sort of haiku,

  2. I am intrigued by the Haiku Finder, but disappointed in the results of running my writing through it. Not a single haiku found yet! And I put a whole academic paper. Clearly, I am going to have learn to incorporate haikus into my academic writing.

  3. Aha! I used something much shorter. I’ll have to try again with something more long-winded.

    And I’m now all the more impressed with your own results!

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