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Approach Vector
one minute to five, in the pre-dawn light
the city looks like a circuit board
from up here approaching from the west
trying to sleep trying not to sleep
looking for something to distract
me, glass pressed to my face.
i try to rest try to write
try to record
above houses rowed and stacked
like memory while I keep
a pointer to one byte
one allocation of address-space
where my daughter’s still asleep.
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The only human at the robot poetry slam
I don’t get robot poetry.
Humans aren’t equipped
For recursonnets in Objective C
Or skaldic Python script.
Today I saw a poster
For an open API night,
Now I’m listening to a toaster
Who was listed as the highlight;
I thought that I could follow-
I can read both code and verse,
Dionysus and Apollo,
The verbose and the terse.
Robot verses scan exactly,
And must both compile and rhyme,
And express each thought compactly
In, at most, quadratic time.
It’s lyrical and sinuous
And wilfully abstruse,
Full of deftly woven images
And skilful code reuse.
I can’t follow at first hearing
The elegance and grace;
But with care, verse engineering
Brings some pieces into place.
Sometimes it seems like English,
Sometimes Common LISP or Scheme
Other times I can’t distinguish
Or it Neckers in between.
The complexity and denseness
I knew would be a strain;
But I have several fewer senses
And lack root on my own brain.
I must therefore be
A different sort of mind
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The Trouble with Time
Today my nose was eaten by a duck,
And my eyes were pecked to pieces by a jay;
Then, I got run over by a truck.
All told, it could have been a better day.
Yesterday I found a diamond up my nose,
And in my bin I found two billion Yen,
And the meaning of it all between my toes,
I wish it could be yesterday again.
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Eleventh Birthday Card by TalkyMeat Eleventh Birthday Card :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 5 0 The Squidpod Logo by TalkyMeat The Squidpod Logo :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 8 2 Squiddo by TalkyMeat Squiddo :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 6 12
Morta Felix Sample, from *Chapter 1, The Accident*
Morta Felix
by Dave Cochran
From Chapter 1 - The Accident

The accident happened one month and thirteen days after Morta's eleventh birthday.
Morta Schrödinger Random Felix had been traveling from Hovacks Kappa to Algol 8 with her dad, who was due to give a paper at the 3rd Orion Spur Ad Hoc Architecture Conference. They had one last interstellar connection to catch, then a short planet hop, an orbit-to-surface shuttle, and a vacline straight to the conference hotel. Simple.
She and her dad sat in one of the viewing decks of Betelgeuse 15 L4 station, with a milkshake and a beer respectively, waiting for their flight to Algol 6, watching spaceships from hundreds of worlds docking and undocking in the vacuum. It was beautiful, but she had seen it more than enough times to no longer be impressed; for the last four years, Morta and her dad had lived in a state of near-constant travel. Dad was an architect and an acade
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Punchbuddies by TalkyMeat Punchbuddies :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 35 185 Opportunism by TalkyMeat Opportunism :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 0 0 Three-Way Split by TalkyMeat Three-Way Split :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 1 2 Tenth Birthday Card by TalkyMeat Tenth Birthday Card :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 2 5 Ninth Birthday Card by TalkyMeat Ninth Birthday Card :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 3 9 Morta Felix Banner by TalkyMeat Morta Felix Banner :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 0 0 Kvetch, Kvetch, Kvetch. by TalkyMeat Kvetch, Kvetch, Kvetch. :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 3 11 Squiddo Sketch by TalkyMeat Squiddo Sketch :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 0 3 Morta 1.1 by TalkyMeat Morta 1.1 :icontalkymeat:TalkyMeat 4 14


:3c by platonikc :3c :iconplatonikc:platonikc 8 3 Dress Like A Woman by cryoclaire Dress Like A Woman :iconcryoclaire:cryoclaire 112 8
Off the Top of Her Head (ANIMATION) :iconullakko:ullakko 97 29
Rooftop by Cabycab Rooftop :iconcabycab:Cabycab 290 12 Shout by Cabycab Shout :iconcabycab:Cabycab 325 17 Kay and P: Issue 18, Page 22 by Jackie-M-Illustrator Kay and P: Issue 18, Page 22 :iconjackie-m-illustrator:Jackie-M-Illustrator 13 9 superRibka by ribkaDory superRibka :iconribkadory:ribkaDory 443 10 Apocalina by kirileonard Apocalina :iconkirileonard:kirileonard 37 6 OC Design - Tal Bitters by Annimeister OC Design - Tal Bitters :iconannimeister:Annimeister 7 3 11.2 km/s by GUWEIZ 11.2 km/s :iconguweiz:GUWEIZ 9,272 200 27/365 I need a small break by snatti89 27/365 I need a small break :iconsnatti89:snatti89 543 67 Cyberpunk by Albertrech Cyberpunk :iconalbertrech:Albertrech 14 2 AIRO by Albertrech AIRO :iconalbertrech:Albertrech 16 5 79/365 Stalker by snatti89 79/365 Stalker :iconsnatti89:snatti89 528 34 Rocket Shoes by JillLenaD Rocket Shoes :iconjilllenad:JillLenaD 159 30 Return to the base by JUNGAHLEE Return to the base :iconjungahlee:JUNGAHLEE 362 16


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Dave Cochran
United Kingdom
Recovering postgraduate, proud father of platonikc, tutor at Edinburgh University's School of Informatics, aspiring science fiction writer & podcaster ( ) & co-founder of Robot Squid Publications.

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StefanPWinc Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday bud
TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Yayyy! Thanks!
tea-bug Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Happy Birthday :D :cake:
TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Yayyyy! Thanks!
JillLenaD Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for following my artwork!
OttokarVonLuftschiff Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Hallo!  I like Morta.  And maths.  And SF.  And, quite possibly, you.  Want to be friends? :-)
TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Cool! Thank you! Though I should warn you (as you may have already figured out) that I am no longer terribly active on here. I might be again some day, but for now I'm more active on The Twitters. :D
OttokarVonLuftschiff Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah... sadly I can't really do the Twitters at the moment, because it gives me the, ah, twitters.  (Chronic anxiety.  Bit of a blighter, don't you know.)  However, I do have an account there; I'm Ardsley Wooster on Twitter (the chap in my icon). :-)
CharlieGrins Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the add, sir! here's a doodle of my appreciation.
TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015

Are those sticky plasters on her arm and forehead? :) …because if so, you clearly understand her well :D
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