Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Thanks to Will Benton I'm having a Translation Party: type in a phrase and the site translates it back and forth between English and Japanese until "achieves equilibrium" — that is, you get the same output every time. Sometimes that happens quickly, sometimes not at all.

This yields something interesting: “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

Also the first sentence of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129: “The expense of spirit in a waste of shame is lust in action.”

It gives up on this one: “And malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s ways to man.”

On this one (a line from Richard Wilbur) it seeks simplification: “The sky became a still and woven blue.”

With this one it says it has achieved equilibrium when it really hasn’t: “I repose by the sills of the exquisite flexible doors” (Whitman).

And here's a party waiting to happen: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."


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