A dream within a dream store: poetic mashups with foursquare tips

I wrote a Python program that mashes up poems with foursquare venue tips. The program finds foursquare tips that match the last few words of each line in the poem, and splices a segment of a random tip onto the end of the line (using the last word of the line as the splice point). Inspired by Eric Mika's amazing midterm project in Reading and Writing Electronic Text last year. WCW above the cut, more examples and source code below.

"That just means no swimming" (4sq versus WCW)

This is just to say its closed but that just means no swimming.

I have eaten a bagel, I would have bought a slice!
the plums
that were in
the icebox cake

and which is pretty Keith.
you were probably get good dessert and much faster. also, i didn't really think they were cupcakes. go somewhere else.
for breakfast ..

Forgive me
they were delicious too!
so sweet and accommodating.
and so cold medicine.


"King of kings plaza" (4sq versus Shelley)

I met a traveller from an antique land of the rookie.
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone is great
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand art near the arch on Saturdays
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown upon this behavior.
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Japanese, the art and design sections, with subsections of tattooing, photography and postcard books, are more than worth the trip.
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed ex.....
And on the pedestal these words appear from the outside.
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings plaza
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair that God fears to go.
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay that was once limited edition is coming back to stores!!!
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare walls.
The lone and level sands stretch far away

"Not the jersey shore" (4sq versus Poe)

Take this kiss upon the brow threading, just 8 bucks!
And, in parting from you now purchase discounted, same-day tickets to Yankee games from a booth inside this store. Prices are reduced as much as 50%.
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem "junk mail". Helpful or Not Helpful?
That my days have been a dream of cereal milk...
Yet if hope has flown away from me. Has come in handy already.
In a night, or in a day every day.
In a vision, or in none big game night
Is it therefore the less gone :(
Chris is gone :( ... But the food is still amazing
All that we see or seem it. See if he gives you free fruit with your change.
Is but a dream within a dream store!!!!

I stand amid the roar at the dinasour and check out the Barbie house!
Of a surf-tormented shore is not the jersey shore.
And I hold within my hand soap and artisan lavender soap from New Mexico. Could wash my hands all day.
Grains of the golden sand
How few! yet how they creep lol
Through my fingers to the deep dish tomato basil
While I weep--while I weep like a sissy when you drop your bro off.. keep it cool
O God! can I not grasp that if you want sugar in your coffee, it actually means to put sugar in your drink. Not the best dunkin out there
Them with a tighter clasp to gold necklace, they cut it in half! Bracelet in separate bag, on sep. Ticket was to be shortened 1"... Major F up!
O God! can I not save here! I do before I head back to the city!
One from the pitiless wave
Is all that we see or seem to care about the poor service.
But a dream within a dream machine


"Deep conditioning treatment" (4sq versus Frost)

Whose woods these are I think I know who I am
His house is in the village though I've seen it pretty chill in the early week (Monday Tuesday).
He will not see me stopping here when The Met closed and it was raining. Kids outside kept looking through the window trying to offer me weed. I stuck with my Venti Nonfat No Whip Mocha.
To watch his woods fill up with snow people make snow sculptures.
My little horse must think it queer who masturbate 10 times a day alone
To stop without a farmhouse near my apt
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year or two
He gives his harness bells a shake shack. it's shake shake
To ask if there is some mistake of showing up on a Saturday!
The only other sound's the sweep them once a year. They are filthy.
Of easy wind and downy flake is rivaling Smith streets best
The woods are lovely, dark and deep conditioning treatment!
But I have promises to keep checking back yourself. Good luck!
And miles to go before I sleep my bed is so comfortable!
And miles to go before I sleep on is insanely comfortable!


"Venues within venues" (4sq versus 4sq's "about" page, enjambed by yours truly)

Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform smells like pee sometimes.
that makes cities easier to use the beck entrance. It makes life much easier.
and more interesting to explore the interesting wine list.

By "checking in" via a smartphone app or SMS Checkins don't work here.
users share their location with friends
while collecting points and virtual badges IFC

Foursquare guides real-world experiences
by allowing users to bookmark information for the asking.
about venues that they want to visit the lounge on the 8th floor. Bring your Kindle.
and surfacing relevant suggestions about nearby venues within venues.

Merchants and brands leverage the foursquare platform in all of New York City.
by utilizing a wide set of tools to obtain, engage in meta-smacktalk with 4SQ employees
and retain customers and audiences around the globe, comes to the Longacre Theatre on Broadway


"She did not say steak" (4sq versus Parrish)

Her and she threw down and she’ll be nice to you. Otherwise, get her namesake pie, and the Diavolo.
Even her rich dress did not plan this
The hunter himself climbed
the maiden and took her and you will be happy!
asked her, "Who art thou
A tree?" But she did not say steak?
in all the languages that he
was dumb to, as a fish. Since when?
the King's heart the necklace!
for her was strong and only $7!
his cloak placed her machines, but really she and her family of three generations are actually all sweethearts when you get to know them.
in his castle. There
he made for her paw pads bleed :(

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