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ANNOUNCE: The 2000 Perl Haiku Contest

Damian Conway
April 4, 2000 21:05
ANNOUNCE: The 2000 Perl Haiku Contest
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			The 2000 Perl Haiku Contest

Haiku are the Perls 
of the literary world: 
short, dense, and priceless.  

So it comes as no 
surprise that they're popular 
with Perl programmers.  

Nowhere was this more 
clear than at the '99 
Open Source Conference. 

An ad hoc two-day  
haiku contest received more 
than 50 entries.  

The judges (Elaine, 
Damian, and MJD) 
chose two joint winners...  

Michael Schwern triumphed 
with a meta-haiku that's 
true Perl poetry:  

	#Life ends with a crash 
	require ''; 
	&laughter while $I, die;

Kevin Hackman won 
too, for this chill augury 
against the Dark Side:  

	fall leaves blanket ground 
	redmond dreams darkly -- beware! 
	winter brings penguins

Not content to rest 
on our laureates, this year 
we're going global.  

Thus we unveil a 
haiku contest for the whole 
Perl community!  

And in the spirit 
of form following function, 
we've entitled it:  


...or "the CHI" for short. 
(Yes, the Sino-Grecian pun 
is deliberate.)  

The contest runs from 
now until the 2000 
Open Source Conference. 

Your mission (should you 
choose to accept it) is to 
send us a haiku.  

It must be in the 
orthodox 5-7-5 
syllable format  

And it should be on 
a topic related to 
the Open Source world.  

Real Perl poetry's 
acceptable, provided 
it actually runs.  

But ordinary 
natural language verse is 
also most welcome.  

Each entry must be 
released to us under the 

All entries will be 
judged on artistic merit 
and technical skill.  

The winners will be 
announced during the Second 
Open Source Conference. 

Apart from fame and 
glory, the victors will win 
fabulous prizes.  

The winner receives 
an O'Reilly voucher for 
100 dollars. 

The runner-up wins 
a 50 dollar voucher; 
third place, 25. 

Note that you don't have 
to be at the conference to 
take part (or to win!)  

You can enter at:
/CHI/ Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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