PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR PAUL VERNOOY
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:
- 2: 2nd Runner-Up; this is second in esteem after the Win, and earns a Loser the crappy prize that used to go to the Winner.
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||Golly gosh, it's Limerixicon XV
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term, beginning with "gl-" through "go-".
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "fa-".
||Eat our dust!
||Write a limerick humorously describing a book, play, movie, or TV show.
||Can You Up Chuck?
||Come up with entirely new and funny Chuck Norris Facts.
||H H |
||Take Another 'Whack
||Send us a phrase of two or more words that produces exactly one Web page on the Google search engine and describe the phrase.
||Write a humorous poem about a well-known personage who died in 2007.
||We Err The World
||Give us a motto or short slogan for any country in the world.
||Look Back in Inker
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 680 through Week 731.
||Time-Wastes For Everyman
||Describe activities that make entering The Style Invitational seem like a constructive use of one's time.
||Supply a humorous limerick based on any word in the dictionary beginning with cl- through co-.
||Pitch Us a No-Hitter
||Send us some genuine Googlenopes. A Googlenope is a phrase or very brief sentence that, entered into the Google search engine with quotation marks around it, produces no hits.
||Your Mug Here
||Send us an idea for a slogan for the back of the new Loser T-shirt.
||Making Short Work
||Write a humorous six-word story.
||Spell a word backward and define the result, somehow relating the definition to the original word.
||The News Gets Verse
||Sum up wittily in verse -- but not a limerick -- any article appearing in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4.
||Supply a humorous limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with ca-.
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 ...]