Now You Can Also

Smashwords Edition

…read it at Scribd. It’s like “Paradise Lost in haiku”.

(H/T to Peter Dickinson for that phrase! An interesting essay. Ah, some reading to do.)


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Blue GLove Haiku

Blue GLove Haiku
Blue GLove Haiku

An update on the MAVEN contest! Here is the winning one:

It’s funny, they named
Mars after the God of War
Have a look at Earth

Benedict Smith
United Kingdom

(Going to Mars with MAVEN)

Next project, after knitting a Klein beanie/toque, will be blue gloves!


Going to Mars: MAVEN Haiku
Going to Mars: MAVEN Haiku

Only a few days left to send your haiku to Mars!

(h/t to NPR)


Dry Eyes Haiku

No Nostalgia Allowed: Dry Eyes
No Nostalgia Allowed: Dry Eyes (image remixed): A Haiku, of course

original image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

(h/t to NASA- Linear Gullies Inside Russell Crater, Mars; Mission News, Marks on Martian Dunes May Be Tracks of Dry-Ice Sleds)



h/t to NASA -Rock Target ‘Esperance’ altered by Wet History

A P/2010 A2-Shaped Haiku

a P/2010 A2 Haiku
A P/2010 A2 Haiku

Hat Tip to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope suspected asteroid collision picture, and to Antoine Cassar’s Haiku to Mars article.

Quench Ash

StardiBear's Journey
Quench Ash…an excerpt from The Star Bear Odyssey

Warning!: The Star Bear Odyssey is a “haiku horror picture story”. It was written as a cautionary tale for peculiar children of all ages, not for your average 11 year old:

From The New York Times‘ coverage of  Alan Alda’s flame challenge:

“According to Elizabeth Bass, director of the Center for Communicating Science, … a few lessons could be drawn from the entries about successful science explanations. Videos appeared to work better than just words, perhaps simply because the videos required more thought and time to put together. The children appreciated humorous explanations but not jokes that were thrown in simply to be funny.

They hated haikus and other attempts to cast science into verse, Ms. Bass said.

She said one teacher reported, “There was almost disgust in their analysis.”

(My bold. Here is a wikipedia entry on abiogenesis. Starbear’s story is probably closest to a combination of panspermia and evolution…)

Odysseys are popular though, even if haikus for children are not. Everyone (well, almost everyone, I should guess) knows of James Joyce’s version, which satisfyingly (what a horrible word) was an adaptation of the epic-in-all-senses Odyssey for children. (“Joyce first encountered Odysseus in Charles Lamb‘s Adventures of Ulysses—an adaptation of the Odyssey for children”). Surfing  Le Twitter last night, I came upon this interesting  Axolotl Odyssey story; do go and read it. Some further surfing also brought up another version of the Starbear’s story, this one in comic form:

Gavin Aung Than (@zenpencils)2012-06-20 7:43 PMHere are my Neil Tyson and @BadAstronomer comics translated into Portugeuese! thnx @AstroPT
As an aside: I think evolution is true. Hopefully, (which is a word now) you will not read The Star Bear Odyssey purely to find out more about evolution though. (You can read Wikipedia for that 🙂 ; don’t stone me.) Hopefully, you enjoy haiku! Luckily, it is tremendous fun to write these bite-sized morsels.
Also, this is a new interesting way to while away many an hour, should you be sapiosexual:
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Wordflex screen shot for ‘Hopefully’