User Input

User Input: Short-Form Humour

Look closely!

Our own lilwillie has been having a bit of fun with some of his suppliers; after several attempts to leave delivery instructions for one particular delivery person, he realized nobody was paying any attention to the “notes from customer” section. If nobody was going to read the notes, he might as […]

Communications, Tech Theory

The Deceptively Simple Limerick


Consider this humble submittal
Which poses a cumbersome riddle:
What’s rarely discreet
And has thirteen feet
With two shorter legs in the middle?

The limerick is usually derided as a bit of lowbrow, immature fluff. But penning a truly good limerick is actually quite difficult. It must effectively tell a compelling story, preferably one with multiple shades of meaning, within a framework that is so ruthlessly efficient and so structurally demanding that a haiku is a comparative free-for-all.

We don’t normally think of something as basic and non-scientific as a witty turn of verse as “technology.” But in the case of the limerick, it certainly fits the definition: accomplishing a practical task through the deliberate implementation of specific, repeatable techniques or methods. This deceptively simple form of poetry must adhere to a canon of rules that is at once rigid, sophisticated, and remarkably nuanced.

An in-depth look at what a limerick is, where it came from, how identify (and write) a good one follows after the jump.
Continue reading The Deceptively Simple Limerick

-->