RWET: Assignment 2

Excerpts from that one time we did not get into a fight

– Yves Pokakunkanon

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Continuing from the last assignment, I wanted to do some analysis on the conversation I had with my girlfriend a week ago. We’ve been having small nonsense arguments every single day after that night. Maybe knowing that no one is recording or listening to us can somehow make me feel like I can be as cocky and mean as I want? I knew that I was being very careful on that day. I talked way less that I usually do. I also didn’t snap when she ignored me.

I went back to the conversation and was trying to look for the point that could have turned wrong and could have led us into an argument. After going through the whole thing again, it surprised me how, with all those small house chores talk, we didn’t call each other out on being irresponsible even once. We had so many chances to start a fight but we didn’t. If I rewrite phrases with the vocabulary from that conversation, can the results sound like something a couple would quarrel over? Can they be topics for us to discuss next time we talk about relationship improvement?

I listed out the vocabulary we used that can come off as negative and has potential to lead us to a disagreement.

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I used the techniques from both A House of Dust and Taroko Gorge to create my poetry generator. I simply print() out the output which has been generated with random.choice() function. I use += to put S after the verb that follows singular nouns, unfortunately this doesn’t always work in my case. Sometimes S also appears after I or you. I intentionally break the phrases in separated lines for my own visual satisfaction. I like that it looks more dramatic this way.

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As expected, most of the output doesn’t really make much sense. They all sound like random words jumbled together. I would have to improve the way I constructed the sentence to make them sound more natural. However, to my surprise, there were also some interesting results. I have posted some of the funny ones on the top of this post. I hope you like them.

Link to code

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