PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR JOHN BAUER
This is what you've done, each Week. I arrange the rows in reverse chronological order, because there are some Losers, and they know who they are, who check up on my points-awarding every Week.But I would just like to reiterate that such checking up is not a problem for me. I have said many times that each Loser's enlightened self-interest is my best QA.
If you wish to see what your ink was, refer to the Master Contest List or search All Invitational Text. Remember that Types I, P, some H, and sometimes A are seen "above the Report" -- that is, if they are listed here for Week 7777, for example, they will be found in text files or images of Week 7777. Everything else will be found in a "Report" section of a file two, three, or four weeks later; 7781 in this Example.
If you see any error, please let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key to Ink Types:
- 1: 1st Runner-Up; rarely seen now, last awarded to Jon Dixon in Week 792.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||Divining comedy: 2021 predictions
||Name some humorous news event to happen in 2021.
||Slightly change the name of a nonprofit organization and describe it.
||We Beg You To Differ
||Take any two items from the truly random provided list and explain why they are different or why they are similar.
||Blues It or Lose It
||Write the first verse of a blues song expressing some Washington area woe.
||Poems Where the Heart Is
||Take any recent news event and summarize it in a rhyming poem of eight lines or fewer.
||Spit the Difference
||Take any two nouns that appear on the front page of today's Washington Post and explain how the nouns differ from each other.
||What is going on in these cartoons?
||H H |
||Osama Chanted Evening
||Write poems about Osama bin Laden.
||Which item in each series does not belong? Explain your answer.
||Explain the difference between any two of the above items.
MOST OF YOUR INK
Here is, I hope, most of your ink to be found in the All Invitational Text list. I have to find these with what are called regular expressions, which is a method used in a lot of programming languages to find and modify certain text strings in larger corpora. Basically I look for something like this:
"Report From Week 758"
"And from The Style Invitational four weeks ago . . ."
and then some text, your name, and your town, arranged in this familiar way:"GlaxoSmithKline: I have six kids named Chesterfield, Winston, Lark, BensonHedges, Doral and Kool. If I name my new baby Nicorette, can I get a free coupon for your products? (Jennifer Hart, Arlington)"I don't catch everything, but I believe I find 90%.
Unlike in the table to the left, I've arranged these in chronological order, so you can see how your humor matured, like a forgotten cheese deep in the walls of an old house. You started out, perhaps in Year 1, sending in riddles you sort of remembered from grade school, and now look at ya, ain't you Dorothy Parker.
[still working on this ...]