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Perl Haiku Poetry Contest

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 22, 2004 at 02:58 UTC ( #323080=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Tell us why you love Perl

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 21, 2004 - ActiveState is pleased to announce the ActiveState Perl Haiku Poetry Contest. Do you love Perl as much as we do? Then prove it with your passion, creativity, and wit!

Categories include Best Haiku Poem Written in Perl and Best Haiku Poem About Perl. All entries will be featured on our website. Winners will be selected by ActiveState's Perl development team.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries in each category and include licenses for ASPN Perl featuring Komodo Professional Edition, and cool ActiveState gear.

Enter the contest now!

The deadline for entries is 12:00PM PST, February 8, 2004. Winners will be announced on February 10.

Full contest rules are listed here.

Good luck!

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Re: Perl Haiku Poetry Contest
by Coruscate (Sexton) on Jan 22, 2004 at 06:53 UTC

    My little creation (note that the whole thing is made of perl builtins, even the punctuation. And no repeats.):

    no time for alarm?
    dump last package; join our flock
    do accept sleep, stat!

    poetic translation:

    have big problem, need a solution now?
    forget the other language, join the perl community
    finally get to sleep, knowing you are safe

    (btw, the "forget the other language" part doesn't mean other languages suck and/or aren't useful. I spent forever trying to come up with english-language sentenecs using only builtins and 'dump last package' was one of the things I came up with :))

Re: Perl Haiku Poetry Contest
by ajt (Prior) on Jan 23, 2004 at 12:13 UTC


    CONTEST PARTICIPANTS: The ActiveState Perl Haiku Contest (the “Contest”) is open to all individuals who are: (i) 18 years or older; and (ii) physically located in the United States or Canada(a “Qualified Individual”), except employees of ActiveState and their affiliates, their agents, and persons with whom they are domiciled.

    A lot of us are not allowed to enter... :-(

    UPDATE: The competition has also been discussed on use Perl; were a few people commented about these rules in a humours manner. Anyhow somehow the rules have since changed, and anyone from where ever they are can enter (employess etc still can not).

Re: Perl Haiku Poetry Contest
by kutsu (Priest) on Jan 23, 2004 at 05:18 UTC

    In case you need to know how to write a haiku, this node has some information and this site has info on the traditional Japanese haiku.

    "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

Re: Perl Haiku Poetry Contest
by RMGir (Prior) on Jan 23, 2004 at 12:04 UTC
    Some of the haiku in the comments thread about this on /. are pretty good.

    Can't wait to see what the winning entry looks like.

    My money's on Abigail-II writing a haiku that's poetic, follows the form, and solves travelling salesman when executed :) ( D'oh, contest not open to anyone not residing in US or Canada :( )


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