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other tools: GTR Language Workbench, Rhyming Robot (seuss), Infinite Monkeys

August 2, 2011

I should probably write an extended review of each of these systems, but I wanted to make sure people knew about them ASAP.

First, GTR Language Workbench was developed a while back, went offline, and is now being distributed by the Newark Review through the efforts of computer poetry titan Chris Funkhouser. I need to play around with it a bit more, but the web page calls it “a digital studio for language which allows for any number of literary and aesthetic modifications to texts, similar to the way current graphic design software like Photoshop and audio software like Sound Forge permit artists to create, modify and combine different visual and sound pieces.” Here’s a screencap I swiped from the web page (for review purposes!) The program’s available for Windows and Mac.

Second, Rhyming Robot (seuss) is an n-gram markov generator that produces rhyming lines. Here’s a web interface. The source code is in python, and can be run via command-line, web interface, or IRC interface.

Finally, Infinite Monkeys is a Windows (and Linux/FreeBSD?) template-based poetry and text generator. The downloads page includes The Book of the Damned, an impressive collection of poetry generated with it.

 
 

BONUS: check out some slides by Adam Parrish about Teaching Creative Writing with Python. It doesn’t really stand alone if you don’t know much about programming, but it’s quite possible that “you will be convinced that creative writing and programming are in love.” (Not really! Creative writing likes programming’s money, but thinks that programming’s inarticulate and needs to bathe more. Programming thinks creative writing is kinda cute, but a bit of an airhead. Can this relationship be saved??!?) Anyway for more info, you should check out his pages on Reading and Writing Electronic Text.

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  1. September 1, 2011 2:15 am

    I also came across Icon Poet recently:

    Basically you click buttons that represent part-of-speech classes, which cycle through the words that are displayed in the edit area! There’s no GUI interface to add members to the parts of speech, but it looks the program reads them from text files, so it should be pretty trivial to add them yourselves… (UPDATE: there actually IS a GUI interface to add members to the parts of speech, DOH!)

    You can get Icon Poet from iconpoet.com; it’s freeware so I put a copy on my web page software directory.

  2. April 7, 2012 1:38 am

    Also recently came across robopoem, which apparently is part of Cut n Mix, a $15 payware app with free 7-day trial. (check that out! isn’t it awesome? if you got a million people to pay 15 dollars, you’d have 15 million dollars!)

  3. July 24, 2012 1:13 am

    Yet another tool recently seen on SourceForge: iPoet! It’s a java program, probably using template generation?

    It also contains an editor, kind of simple. Anyway, check out out!

  4. Travis permalink
    January 14, 2013 8:12 pm

    Hi, would anyone be willing to help me get GTR workbench working on my mac, or at least give me some indication of how to approach this error. I’m generally tech savvy but cant interpret the log on my own.

    !ENTRY org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.485
    !MESSAGE One or more bundles are not resolved because the following root constraints are not resolved:
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.486
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.jface.databinding_1.1.0.I20061212-0010b.jar was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 2 org.eclipse.jface.databinding 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.486
    !MESSAGE Missing required bundle org.eclipse.core.databinding_[1.0.0,2.0.0).

    !ENTRY org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.489
    !MESSAGE The following is a complete list of bundles which are not resolved, see the prior log entry for the root cause if it exists:
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.490
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.core.filesystem.macosx_1.0.0.v20060603.jar [13] was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.490
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.core.filesystem.win32.x86_1.0.0.v20060603.jar [14] was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.491
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.core.resources.win32_3.3.0.v20061106.jar [17] was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.491
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.jface.databinding_1.1.0.I20061212-0010b.jar [31] was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 2 org.eclipse.jface.databinding 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.492
    !MESSAGE Missing required bundle org.eclipse.core.databinding_[1.0.0,2.0.0).
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.492
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.swt.carbon.macosx_3.3.0.v3320b.jar [36] was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.493
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.swt.win32.win32.x86_3.3.0.v3320d.jar [37] was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.493
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.ui.win32_3.2.100.I20060627-0800.jar [48] was not resolved.
    !SUBENTRY 1 org.eclipse.osgi 2 0 2013-01-14 17:04:14.494
    !MESSAGE Bundle update@plugins/org.eclipse.update.core.win32_3.2.100.v20061214.jar [53] was not resolved.

  5. January 18, 2013 11:54 am

    Hi Travis. I haven’t tried to run Gtr on a Mac, but you may have some success using a windows emulator. Other than that I have no suggestions.

  6. January 26, 2013 1:55 am

    Hi Travis! It looks like your java runtime (which is associated with the Eclipse IDE?) is looking for some jar files and not finding them. Probably a Java or Eclipse configuration issue somewhere on your machine.

    Java’s had some pretty bad security problems recently, it’s probably time for a clean install, that might fix your problem. If not, try downloading a simpler runtime (i.e. the Java runtime without the compiler or Eclipse) and running GTR Workbench with that. Probably easier than going through all your Eclipse configurations.

    Let us know if you get it working!

  7. February 23, 2016 1:47 pm

    I can’t download the GTR either.

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