Digital Writing with Python: Wrap-up

Photos from the final performance. Here’s the full set.

I was extremely impressed with the work my students turned out in this class, especially given the time frame (only six weeks!). The final performance attracted a small crowd and a bit of press coverage from the Chronicle of Higher Education. It was also featured on Networked_Performance and Nick Montfort’s Post Position. Also, thanks to Eric Scovel for serving as a guest critic on the last day of class!

Update: Leonard Richardson’s write up of the event includes photographs from the other side of the room!

Not all of the students have posted their final projects to their blogs yet, but I’ve included samples of their final projects after the jump.

Sara Bremen’s You’re Not Wrong, Barton, You’re Just an Asshole: A Coen Brothers Python Mashup in performance:Chris Jennings read a selection of pieces from his work in the class, culminating in the elegant The:


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so we at the
and the
the we so
And the red the in air
the our was
O say yet
the of the and the of the

Brian Jones made acrostics from drug side effects, including the following:

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Lymphedema (Swelling Of Lymph Nodes)
Increased Hair Growth On The Face And Body
Pain In Back Or Joints
Irregular Heartbeat
Trouble Telling Blue From Green Color
Organ Failure

Younyil Kim’s word frequency visualizations using Python and tk:

Nathan Roth’s pieces from Of Origins: the Fibonacci Syllabic Generator sounded great when read aloud, but I personally prefer the way they look on the page. Here’s an example:


Sample output from Jim Lamiell’s Traveling Wikipedia: