The Arbitrary Poem

Last year, a project called Poetry Assessor sprung up, claiming to be able to assess a poem’s worth by applying computational linguistics, facilitating high volume filtering of poetry submissions. One of the poems that were ranked by the Poetry Assessor that caught my attention was Dylan Thomas’ “The Hand That Signed The Paper”. Here, I … Continue reading

The Pursuit Of Happiness

The following is my response to a question posed by a newly acquired Facebook friend: “is it possible for everyone to be happy at the same time?” A few years ago I defined happiness as an exaggerated response to the feeling of content, but now I think it’s more chemical than that – and also superficial. Forget happiness, it can’t … Continue reading