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#1 2002-05-06 15:02:24

Adrian
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

There's a competition at the Kuro5hin website to create a haiku text advert, and the prize is $60 of free adverts amounting to 20,000 impressions. Needless to say, lots of bright people visit K5 and if we had 20,000 ad impressions for New Mars there, we'd definitely see some action on these forums.

So, all we need to do is to think of a 'strict' haiku that conforms to the 5-7-5 syllable rule and adheres to the tradition of haikus, e.g. seasonal theme, perhaps. It will cost $12 to enter the competition (grumble grumble thieving scumbags) but that will still get us 6000 ad impressions (a discounted rate for the competition) for the haiku - which will have a Mars theme and point to New Mars.

I will put up the money for the competition so all you guys need to do is to send in the haiku submissions by replying to this thread! I will choose a haiku by Wednesday night GMT in time for the close of the entry period on Thursday - so that's 48 hours from now.

My first (inadequate) submission:

Mars, Al Qahira
Waits in anticipation
For a second spring


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#2 2002-05-06 15:11:08

Josh Cryer
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

Hmm, this is basically what I came up with in two minutes. I might throw another at ya later.


Mars, red and dusty
It was not always like this
New Mars; to be blue again


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#3 2002-05-06 16:30:26

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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

Just to bump this thread up and say that there are examples of other haiku entries to the competition at this page - they're the top few adverts. As you can see, there's a fair mix of styles.


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#4 2002-05-06 17:13:27

Shaun Barrett
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

Okay, Adrian. I'll give it a whirl! :-

             Thin cold wind and dust.
             Our Martian future waits
              Like buds under snow.


The word 'aerobics' came about when the gym instructors got together and said: If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it Jumping Up and Down.   - Rita Rudner

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#5 2002-05-06 17:30:45

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Once more unto the breach ...... !!

               Mars awakes again,
               From a cold and dusty sleep,
               To Earth's gift of life.


The word 'aerobics' came about when the gym instructors got together and said: If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it Jumping Up and Down.   - Rita Rudner

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#6 2002-05-06 18:21:16

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One more for the road! :-

                 With whispering winds,
                 A cold and slumbering Mars
                 Beckons life from Earth.


The word 'aerobics' came about when the gym instructors got together and said: If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it Jumping Up and Down.   - Rita Rudner

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#7 2002-05-06 23:46:01

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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

Forgive my ignorance, but what does "Al Qahira" mean.  It sounds kinda Arabic. smile This would have been a good topic to put in the Martian Culture forum. smile


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#8 2002-05-06 23:57:06

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Here's by far the worse one yet: smile

     The Dim Sun Falls Past
     Red Soil Now Black
     Under Deimos Silver Sheen


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#9 2002-05-07 07:34:54

Bill White
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

Mounting streams of flame
New heroes braving the void
Life's promise enlarged


Did I count the syllables right?

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#10 2002-05-07 08:20:18

Bill White
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

I just read the K5 haiku rules but questions remain. Would a haiku be posted as as text ad as follows?

Mounting streams of flame
New heroes braving the void
Life's promise enlarged

*NewMars!*

The last line is not part of the haiku but would be a clickable link, no? Could the red/green/blue New Mars logo appear below (above?) the chosen haiku (as a clickable link) in lieu of additional text?

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#11 2002-05-07 08:38:49

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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

Nah, it'd be:

New Mars
Mounting streams of flame /
New heroes braving the void /
Life's promise enlarged /

where the link points to newmars.com. The /s are because you can't have line breaks on the adverts.

(edited because the url link came out weird)



Edited By Adrian on May 07 2002 at 15:46


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#12 2002-05-07 08:41:01

Bill White
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Okay, Adrian, I concede I know almost nothing about coding - I feel lucky when I am able to format Word documents.

Anyway, do you like my haiku?

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#13 2002-05-07 12:21:57

Josh Cryer
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

This one basically shows my desire to terraform:

Once a light blue sphere
Now a bright red dust planet
It should rain again


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#14 2002-05-07 12:24:49

Josh Cryer
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

This one basically surmises how the atmosphere degenerated:

Mars with oxygen
And carbonate reaction
Carbon Dioxide


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#15 2002-05-07 12:28:57

Josh Cryer
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

I thought I'd make one that rhymed. smile

Mars is red and white
But a lot more red, not white
But men fled in fright


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#16 2002-05-07 12:58:41

Bill White
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On pillars of flame 
Brave heroes venture afar
To answer life's call

A variation on a common theme. . .

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#17 2002-05-07 14:26:49

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Red orange it shines
Drawing us like moths to flame
We seek to know mars

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#18 2002-05-07 14:37:07

Canth
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It might be good to combine lines from some of the different poems to make the best possible entry.

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#19 2002-05-08 01:18:11

Shaun Barrett
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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

Couldn't resist one last shot at it! :-

             Cold and dormant Mars
             Has awaited through eons
             Earth's warm breath of life


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#20 2002-05-09 14:20:48

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Re: Mars Haiku competition!

The deadline has passed, and I've taken out an ad at Kuro5hin for the following haiku:

With whispering winds,
Our Martian future awaits,
Like buds under snow

As you'll see, it combines elements of two of Shaun's haikus. I very much enjoyed reading everyone's submissions, and I hope everyone had fun! We'll find out whether it's won the competition early tomorrow.


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#21 2002-05-09 14:22:19

Josh Cryer
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Congrats Shaun. smile


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#22 2002-05-09 14:31:06

Bill White
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With whispering winds,
Our Martian future awaits,
Like buds under snow

IMHO, the best of the lot - by far. . .

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