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Old 11-18-2016, 11:53 PM
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irrational word sequence

This is a game about creating a sequence of words that is 'irrational'. That is, it subverts or destroys the idea of making a 'sequence' of words. In 'spirit', imagine you're taking one of those "standardized tests" where someone wants you to provide the 'next' word in a sequence of words to demonstrate how 'smart' you are. Except that we're all artists here, we're creative, and we know that such tests can be serious bs in various ways.

So, with that framing in mind, in the next post I will provide such a sequence that I deem to be 'irrational'. Go to town on it as you will. Also realize that technically a sentence is a "sequence of words", but that may not be the best way to subvert the notion of a sequence, as sentences do generally have sentence structure in order to be sentences. Of course if you actually have a way to subvert sentence structure and make a reader aware that that's what you're doing...

Enough pondering the abstracts. Onwards to subversion!
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Re: irrational word sequence

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I don't think any of us really understand exactly what it is you are wanting Brandon.
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Old 11-19-2016, 06:43 PM
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Re: irrational word sequence

I think we can wait and see whether "any of us" don't understand. In the meantime I'll provide another example.

one,
twenty two,
three hundred and forty four,
four thousand five hundred and sixty eight,
nine million sixteen,
four googleplex and thirty-two...
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Re: irrational word sequence

Oh, this should be easy. I'm pretty irrational!

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Nope, no idea what any of you are on about. :-)
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Re: irrational word sequence

sword, fish, another fish, carp, basketball
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Re: irrational word sequence

Don't get it....just be random?
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Re: irrational word sequence

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Don't get it....just be random?

As snoball demonstrated, it's a bit of an art form. :-) The aesthetic I'm trying to explore here, is not entirely easy to explain. I'm trying to retain the notion that "a sequence of some kind does exist". Often I try subverting expected sequences in order to be funny.

For instance when I wrote "sword, fish, ..." one might assume from those 2 words that I might then write something having to do with swordfish. But I didn't. Instead I made fun of the assumption by saying "another fish", which isn't even 1 word. Which would probaly get one a "F" or low percentile score on one of those "standardized tests". Clearly I can't be terribly intelligent if I come up with such? Then I came up with a really stupid, banal kind of fish, then something that isn't a fish at all.

I think if you have some historical appreciation for Dada or Surrealism, this game will be a lot easier for you.
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1, 2, 3, 4, 3.14159265...
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a, b, z, t, p, knee, whee, tree
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