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January 06, 2006

Haiku Contest: It's time for a vote

Steve Hamm

Thirty plus years ago, Paul Simon asked: Is poetry really dead? I'm here to tell you it is not. We got 33 entries for the BW TechBeat Haiku Contest. The participants included Business Week colleagues and old friends whom I arm-twisted into taking part; a CEO of a tech company (Marc Benioff), a real poet (Kit Robinson), a 9-year-old boy (Ari Fay), and his grandmother.

Now it's time for the popular vote. Please send in your votes (by number) as comments. There are two categories: Best, and Funniest. Voting ends a week from today. Read on for the full list of the 33:

Heather Green:

1)

Blogs, oh, bloggy blogs

ever changing, ever new,

Now video, blog

Eric Sohn:

2)

Comment spam on blog

Compares unfavorably

To Blue Screen of Death

3)

PortalPlayer chip

The heart of 5G iPods

Keeps boredom at bay

4)

Let's use AJAX for

A haiku generator

Web 2.0 rocks!

5)

Wikipedia

Curry rewrites history

"Podfather", indeed!

B.L.Ochman:

6)

want to blog, compulsively

growing your reputation

or get a real job?

Jim Turner:

7)

Companies should blog

It's the wave of the future

If not wave goodbye

Anonymous:

8)

popular post hits home

my site dies fast and quiet

in monster blogswarm

June Klein:

9)

Mainframe architect.

Needs evolution museum.

Global money biz.

Sarah Lacy:

10)

Open source software

Getting more mainstream every year

Sorry Microsoft

11)

Software IPOs?

Where are they? 2005 only had a few

And few on tap for 2006 :(

Alex Bellinger:

12)

Stop it RSS

Simple yes, but a thousand

feeds give me nosebleeds.

Ari Fay:

13)

green technology

frogs master. when they rule the world

they use it wisely

John R:

(a vote that?? also a haiku, I guess)

14)

Eric Sohn's haiku

about Web 2.0 is

the best so far.

Phil Gomes:

15)

Tech haikus? Pshaw! ...

I've been pitching in haiku ...

For quite a long time ...

David Singer:

16)

Haiku about tech?

Syllables: five, seven, five.

Don't quit your day job.

Anonymous2:

17)

Web 1.0 - Bursted

Web 2.0 - Bloated

jane

Rob Weisman:

18)

A Google PC --

No more climbing through Windows

to compute?

Kit Robinson:

19)

Torrent of data

Forest of zeros and ones

I am on my way

Dave Clark:

20)

P.C.: Boot daily --

The solid, humble mainframe

keeps running for years.

Klim:

21)

i'M a sPaM comMenT

AwEsomE blOg, cLicK herE, wIn cAsH

WhY yoU hAte mE sO?

22)

No spam post blocker?

Thanks for helping my S.E.O

Link, Link, Link, and Link.

23)

RSS is great!

Instead of surfing for news,

I get drowned in it.

24)

I'm tech haiku

for business week contest

I think I will win!

Ari?? Grammy:

25)

Latest techno

gee, it's not just for the young.

Grey heads get it too!

Bob Van L:

26)

would love to haiku blogs

what is the format again

five six seven blog

Marc Benioff:

27)

There is no software.

Live or Dead. Microsoft decides.

There is only software.

Bruce Francis:

28)

Bill?? future is Live

Dead code fills today?? coffers

Microsoft?? tough choice

--

29)

Life at Oracle

Old software must rest

Bingo games, chamomile tea

Larry?? Shady Pines

--

30)

Life at Oracle

Old software must rest

Bingo games, chamomile tea

Safra cashes checks

--

31)

Redwood Shores Elegy

Old software winds down

Bingo games, chamomile tea

Oracle?? grand plan

Steve Baker:

32)

Ancient Paterno

in sultry Miami

grins as dawn nears

Andrew Watson:

33)

Web two point zero

Last year?? catch phrase, this year?? thing

Whatever it means

10:42 AM

poetry

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Posted by: Annie N. Moss at January 6, 2006 05:26 PM

umm... Didn't Paul Simon sing, "Is the *theater* really dead?"?

Posted by: Klim at January 8, 2006 03:10 PM

Since I shouldn't vote for my own entries, I'll vote for #19.

Posted by: Eric Sohn at January 9, 2006 01:17 PM

Re: Paul Simon. Whoops. Klim's memory is better than mine.

Posted by: Steve Hamm at January 9, 2006 02:24 PM

Honestly, if my vote is the only one (and so far it is), change it to #4 (one of mine). I deserve to win just because I'm actually participating...

Posted by: Eric Sohn at January 12, 2006 01:42 PM

I've got to say I'm disappointed with the paucity of votes. But, at least we got some good haiku submissions. Without further ado, the winner, with 100% of the votes, is Eric Sohn's:

Let's use AJAX for

A haiku generator

Web 2.0 rocks!

Posted by: Steve Hamm at January 13, 2006 03:28 PM

Can I vote for #9 and win the silver medal? I guess Woody Allen was right, 80% of life is showing up.

Posted by: June Klein at January 14, 2006 03:47 AM


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