For my code poem project, I went and did lots of unnecessary things. The biggest and most challenging of these things wound up being modifying, reusing, and changing code from Samuel Reed‘s STRML.net.
Believe it or not, there were a lot of changes I had to go through to modify his code and use it for my own purposes, including modifying the way HTML is rendered in the flipping source code box and changing the style of the page to actually fit my poem.
In the end, the poem is short, but the experience of watching it write itself is much more interesting and raises greater questions pertaining to web-presence, the role of the reader as participant, and human perception of hidden messages.
I like how it turned out, and I was careful to provide fair credit to all the code I borrowed in the CSS style comments on the right of the page.
Thanks for reading and feel free to mess around with the source! It can be edited live.