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Describe your job as a haiku or limerick - contest

  1. Dec 29, 2017 #1
    In connection to the publication of @Orodruin's new textbook Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering, CRC Press has graciously offered Physics Forums three free copies of it to use as prizes in various competitions of which this will be the second.

    Note! The book is aimed towards advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physics and the prerequisites for understanding the contents are therefore rather high. If for this or any other reason you feel that you do not want the book, you are still welcome to participate in the contest.

    Note (2)! Due to shipping costs, we can offer free shipping within the United States only. If you want to compete for the book from another country, be aware that shipping costs may have to be imposed.

    Contest closes Jan 5th. Post with most likes wins.

    Haiku rules
    -There are only three lines, totaling 17 syllables.
    -The first line is 5 syllables.
    -The second line is 7 syllables.
    -The third line is 5 syllables like the first.
    -Punctuation and capitalization are up to the poet, and need not follow rigid rules used in structuring sentences.
    -A haiku does not have to rhyme, in fact usually it does not rhyme at all.
    -Some haiku can include the repetition of words or sounds

    Limerick rules
    Limericks are short poems of five lines having rhyme structure AABBA. It is officially described as a form of 'anapestic trimeter'.

    The 'anapest' is a foot of poetic verse consisting of three syllables, the third longer (or accentuated to a greater degree) than the first two: da-da-DA. The word 'anapest' shows it's own metric: anaPEST.

    Lines 1, 2 and 5 of a limerick should ideally consist of three anapests each, concluding with an identical or similar phoneme to create the rhyme.

    Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, constructed of two anapests each and again rhyming with each other with the overall rhyme structure of AABBA.
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  3. Dec 29, 2017 #2
    Microwaves echo
    From objects around your car.
    My code helps you know.
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    This one is obviously just meant for inspiration and is submitted out of the contest but is related to the contest prize:

    From the students all hope it took
    They all had that quizzical look
    It got out of hand
    They did not understand
    The curriculum so I wrote a book

    More inspiration can be found at Harvard's physics limerick page.

    Also check out the photo contest for the first opportunity to win a book!
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2017
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    Contrary people
    Go to and fro as they will
    Electrons just flow
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  6. Dec 29, 2017 #5

    Charles Link

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    I work for pleasure
    I get to be my own boss
    I am retired
  7. Dec 29, 2017 #6
    Shortly before becoming learned
    Giving to those who also yearn
    to construe
    what I knew
    But still pretending to discern
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    The blue screen of death
    Eliminates all my hopes
    Linux is better
  9. Dec 30, 2017 #8
    I get paid for the subjects I teach
    And the students that I try to reach
    It can be quite draining
    To give them proper training
    But my attention is given to each
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    I used to know physics I thought
    And many a text book I bought
    With QM I'm a dope,
    But PF gives me hope
    And my books are no longer for naught
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    When I taught, in college no less,
    My daily routine was a stress.
    But since I retired,
    No longer I'm wired
    So my life is happy, I guess ...
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  12. Dec 30, 2017 #11
    My early work showed my best wits
    With code of few cycles and bits.
    Then a promise from Moore
    Let me tally and store
    'Till the size of the code gives me fits.
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    Smart devices and
    people in desperate need
    are both my focus :smile:

    (I already bought a copy of the book -- it was my Christmas present to myself) :biggrin:
  14. Jan 5, 2018 #13
    Last day to enter and vote in this content for @Orodruin's book!
  15. Jan 5, 2018 #14
    I sat in silence all day, give me a break
    Your job is to cover some kind of mistake
    I've broken no law
    Offended no one who saw
    So pull your strings and get me out of this jail
  16. Jan 6, 2018 #15

    Wes Tausend

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    A late offering just for fun...

    • PF Waters
    There once were students, lost at bay
    Who nets cast null, sand ebbed away.
    Let them fish here with boat,
    And fill hull with note,
    To find well worth stay, the moor cast'n PF Bay.

    The last line could be better for sure. Go ahead and redo any of it. :smile:

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2018
  17. Jan 6, 2018 #16
    @kuruman wins the contest! That was fun all, thanks!!
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