PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR MICHAEL PECK
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:
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- I: Idea for Contest.
||The core ridiculum
||Come up with a comical class (any type of school) and provide a course catalog description.
||Breed any two of this week's winning foals and name the grandfoal.
||Come up with a fortune cookie line that you'd like to see.
||Write a caption for any of the cartoons pictured here.
||Here are your 12 possible answers. Tell us your joke in the form of a question, please.
||Describe any of these Googlewhacks in the form of a question, "Jeopardy"-style.
||What Kind of Foal Am I?
||Breed any two of the 100 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown and provide an appropriate name for their foal.
||Time-Wastes For Everyman
||Describe activities that make entering The Style Invitational seem like a constructive use of one's time.
||Know Your Market
||For any of the provided photos, supply two captions: one that would appeal to The Style Invitational and one that would appeal to the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
||Spell a word backward and define the result, somehow relating the definition to the original word.
||Tour de Fours III
||Coin and define a word containing -- with no other letters between them, but in any order you like -- the letters L, E, A and F.
||Just Sign This
||Write a funny message for an overhead highway sign.
||Give a mini-sermon explaining how some innocuous object or event signals the End of Days.
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 ...]