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April 11, 2017 2:43 PM   Subscribe

Oulipo.social is a Mastodon instance [previously], with one special rule: you cannot use the letter E.
posted by brecc (54 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
The instances are absically what makes it not Twitter, and if you can play silly buggers with them I suspect that's going to be what endeers it to a few folk and leaves everyone else scratching their heads.
posted by Artw at 2:48 PM on April 11


can all of us avoid _ in this thr.... i don't think so.
posted by randomkeystrike at 2:48 PM on April 11


This hits right in a most wondrous spot! Thank you so much! If a trick is at hand, it is not to simply void words of bits that do not comply; it is to cast out such words and work without!
posted by chavenet at 2:58 PM on April 11 [37 favorites]


But that is muy difficult without swiping from Spanish occasionally.
posted by dinty_moore at 3:09 PM on April 11 [6 favorites]


I am happy that all parts, including that Law of Conduct, can say what is important to say without using that glyph that oulipo.social disallows.
posted by moonmilk at 3:09 PM on April 11 [17 favorites]


laves vryon ls scratching thir hads.
posted by sammyo at 3:10 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


"This cannot possibly go wrong."

I can say that, so I'm good to go.
posted by Etrigan at 3:11 PM on April 11 [6 favorites]


Not with that Username you can't.
posted by Kabanos at 3:16 PM on April 11 [8 favorites]


A handful of Hungarians have been seen posting forlorn, pathetic messages along the lines of "T t tt t tt t tt t tt t?"
posted by Wolfdog at 3:20 PM on April 11 [6 favorites]


Unicod℮ ҽsoterica com𝙚s in handy y𝕖t again!

(And by "y𝘦t again", I m℮an "still nеv𝓮r").
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. at 3:20 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


"This cannot possibly go wrong."

A dog in a hat sits in his chair, staring vacantly forward. Around him, bright sparks flash as if to catch his focus. Distant warmth turns to hot discomfort as a conflagration grows in alarming proximity to him. A choking miasma billows upward with an odor of sulfur. Hark! Said dog grins and talks!

"This is OK."
posted by knuckle tattoos at 3:29 PM on April 11 [44 favorites]


I am happy that all parts, including that Law of Conduct, can say what is important to say without using that glyph that oulipo.social disallows.

But for a glyph marking a subsidiary law (a, b, c...), sadly.

(Or possibly constituting an ironic application, as that subsidiary law prohibits said glyph?)
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 3:40 PM on April 11 [3 favorites]


I just got an account. Who's in? I was lucky that "numan" was vacant.
posted by numaner at 3:41 PM on April 11 [2 favorites]


all parts, including that Law of Conduct, can say what is important to say without using that glyph that oulipo.social disallows.

A solitary mark of that form is in Olipou's Law Of Conduct, in defining said law of omission. You could claim that as it is just prior to Law 5 it is not in application at that point, but I think it is probably just wry/smug hijinks. Smartarses.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 3:43 PM on April 11 [2 favorites]


Account just built.
posted by acb at 4:07 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


Can't jump into this fun thanks to difficulty with my 'nym...
posted by Lexica at 4:24 PM on April 11


(makes “time out” sign with hands)
I wonder how hard it would be to code up an instance that requires all posts to be in one of various permitted poetic metres (iambic pentameter, haiku, limerick, &c.) I imagine the syllable-counting and rhyme-checking code all exists (though whether it'd work reasonably on the client side in JavaScript is another question; after all, doing so accurately would involve huge lists of exceptions and special cases. And it'd have to be spot on; the algorithm couldn't miscount things, and would have to be aware of syllable count differences in different dialects of English (or at least “British” and “American”).

Perhaps one could even gamify it, with scores given to posts based on linguistic virtuosity; iambic pentameter would get 1 point per line (which would be shown below, much like MeFi favourite counts), a limerick 10, a villanelle, 100, and so on.
posted by acb at 4:37 PM on April 11 [3 favorites]


Tak nots, twittr.
posted by oceanjesse at 4:48 PM on April 11


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
posted by Going To Maine at 4:50 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


My username would be fucked.
posted by peeedro at 4:51 PM on April 11 [4 favorites]


acb - that sounds awesome! Wanna hack out a prototype together? I can do Ember / FE / JS and I write great doggerel.
posted by sixswitch at 5:02 PM on April 11


As would my own. "Grg_Ac" sounds as if an orc is choking.

I'm thinking about how many variants of "Knights of Ni"-ish gags will occur...
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:02 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


acb - i did do an okay iambic-finding algorithm at this spot and would happily support your task.
posted by moonmilk at 5:11 PM on April 11


Quick- someone link Andrew Huang's brilliant video "rapping without the letter E"
(I'm on the go and can't look for it)
posted by girl Mark at 5:13 PM on April 11


"Due to exceptionally high traffic, registrations on this instance are closed until quality of service can be assured for existing users."
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 5:16 PM on April 11


i am a Cow
and in ful night
or glowing moon
so round and bright
and midnight gongs
of cloks do toll
i do not nap
i lik the rolls
posted by moonmilk at 5:16 PM on April 11 [14 favorites]


Truly fabulous! Thank you for posting.
posted by motty at 5:19 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


It's not so difficult with a pinch of affort.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:21 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


Argh! Too many clock units did go by and I can't fix my goof. It should say:

...i do not nap
i lik your rolls
posted by moonmilk at 5:25 PM on April 11 [2 favorites]




OK, I did a mastodon thing.
posted by moonmilk at 5:28 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


obligatorily:
This is just to say

I did snack on
your plums
that I found
with your milk

and which
you probably
did want
this morning

sorry
such good plums
so sugary
and so cold
posted by moonmilk at 5:41 PM on April 11 [12 favorites]


Why is this known as "lipograms" and not "ouliposuction"
posted by speicus at 5:49 PM on April 11 [12 favorites]


I'm totally yoinking that thought, Brant.

(OK if I call you Brant? I don't wanna say sp*icus right now.)
posted by moonmilk at 5:56 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]




mod mus says "it was too funny to fix"!
posted by moonmilk at 6:23 PM on April 11 [4 favorites]


I'm waiting for the instance where you can only post 'e'.
posted by Memo at 6:42 PM on April 11 [2 favorites]


Suckεrs.
posted by JohnFromGR at 6:47 PM on April 11 [3 favorites]


There are loads of different oulipo constraints that would make this an interesting endeavor. This book is an encyclopedia of constraints.
posted by njohnson23 at 6:55 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


I was half expecting that link to be some sort of "50 Shades of Grey" rickroll.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:06 PM on April 11


So links don't gotta conform to that constraint!
posted by numaner at 7:18 PM on April 11 [1 favorite]


It would be pretty damn neat if the constraint changes every week. Real difficult to implement, but amazing and addictive if done right.

I'm at Oulipo here.
posted by naju at 7:24 PM on April 11


The net for the set who do not use E is not bad, but it is not all it can be. I now ken how the net for me is a net in Mad Ape Den. Say it in one, or two, or one and two, or say it not at all.
posted by moss at 8:06 PM on April 11 [2 favorites]


mos - if you set up mad.ape.den or its ilk, i'd go to it, yes.
posted by moonmilk at 8:13 PM on April 11 [3 favorites]


I'll jump on this bandwagon.
First, I'll nab an account nick from that tumblr post about robot food.
And now, I can post stuff.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 8:59 PM on April 11


No, do two and it is Mad Ado Dog. It is muy tuf to gab in Mad Ado Dog. Say it in abc-bag of two-cut-by-two, two, or six-cut-by-two; and say it w/o thy top abc-jot too.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:16 PM on April 11 [6 favorites]


Discussion should probably contain a link to author and translator of this notion.
posted by Grangousier at 1:27 AM on April 12


My old bird-account is now a mastodon-account.
It's hard but fun to avoid that fifth glyph!

o
no
you
must
drink
during
hunting
missions
involving
barbarians
posted by Nossidge at 6:34 AM on April 12 [4 favorites]


I saw a tourist from a long-past land
Who said: Two vast limbs of rock, no trunk,
Stand on an arid plain. In proximity, on dry sand,
Half sunk, a split mask lay; its frown,
And scrunch of lip, and smirk of cold command,
Say that its sculptor truly its passions caught
Which still subsist, writ on such pallid things:
A hand to inflict taunts, and a soul to allot food.

And on a platform, such words occur:
"I am Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, thou mighty, and dismay!"
Nothing additional is at hand. Round that blight
Of this colossal ruin, vast and bald,
Forlorn and uniform sands run far away.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:56 AM on April 12 [7 favorites]


Ooof, OK. I'm a....good...work...guy...
posted by Diskeater at 12:18 PM on April 12


Samantha C. at Sin on oulipo.social: “It's Like Tweeting, But You Can’t Use the Letter E”
posted by Going To Maine at 12:07 PM on April 13


So it's Twiiting?
posted by Grangousier at 5:13 PM on April 13


folks talk funny in dolphin.town
posted by knuckle tattoos at 9:50 PM on April 13 [5 favorites]


I am mbrubck. I thought that I would use this less than my "main" account at mastodon.social, but instead I'm posting almost entirely on oulipo. Partly because it's more fun, and partly because I now get automatically annoyed when I see the letter "e" in any Mastodon post.

Currently trying to figure out how much I can write of Hamilton: A Musical of America.
posted by mbrubeck at 8:26 AM on April 14 [1 favorite]


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