ActionScript Poetry contest submissions due next week

Just a quick reminder… You’ve got until Tuesday to submit your candidates for “Best Absurd Use of ActionScript To Describe a Literary Work.” We had a lot of fun with this last year, try and I hope to see more great submissions this week. See last month’s announcement for rules and guidelines.

Thanks, and we look forward to the vote!

Announcing the 2006 ActionScript Poetry Contest

Thanks for the great submissions this year! The submission window is now closed! If you still want to show off your work, phimosis however, feel free to send it to us (or better yet, wait until next year’s contest!) Thanks!

It’s that time of year again: The 2006 ActionScript Poetry Contest is on! What’s an ActionScript poetry contest?

To quote last year’s entry rules:

Translate your favorite poem (any poem, but remember: “Nantucket” is not an accepted ActionScript keyword), and post it here in the comments section of this article before March 21 (which is UNESCO’s official World Poetry Day). Once the deadline has passed, the judging will begin.

Judging will be based on several factors, including public reaction to the poem (as noted in comments here), its poetic appeal, creativity and the ungodly whims of our nameless, faceless panel of judges. Extra credit will no doubt be given if the “poem” actually does something in ActionScript, or if it somehow manages to retain some sense of poetic integrity.

Please include a link to the original poem in the comments of the script, so that the less literary among us can also figure out what’s going on. And as always, keep in mind that this is not a call for Flash animations interpreting literary works, but a real, honest-to-goodness, geekfest in which the code itself becomes the poetry.

As inspiration, check out last year’s entries or the original ActionScript Jabberwocky poem.

And to see what it takes to win, here’s last year’s winning entry, as penned by Ammocell:

[code]
// El Dorado
// Edgar Allan Poe
//
// Translated by Ammocell
// Original poem can be viewed at:
// http://www.mat.upm.es/~jcm/poe–shadow.html
// ========================

var elDorado = new Object();

var knight = new Object();
knight.bedight = ‘gaily’;
if( sunshine && shadow ) {
knight.gallant = true;
}
while( knight.journeyed > knight._x + 1000) {
knight.singing[’song’] = true;
knight.search( elDorado );
}

while( ground.spot != elDorado ) {
knight.grow(age++);
knight.bold = true;
createEmptyMovieClip(’shadow_mc’, 1000);
knight.heart.setMask(shadow_mc);
}

if( length ) knight.strength = false;
shadow = new Object();
shadow.pilgrim = true;
knight.meet(shadow);
knight.query(shadow, elDorado.land[where]);

shade = shadow;
knight.search = knight.seek;
shade.reply = function() {
if( knight.seek == elDorado ) {
knight.ride = function() {
moon.mountains._y++;
shadow.valley._y–;
}
}
}
[/code]

For his prize-winning efforts, AmmoCell was awarded an ActionScript Jabberwocky T-shirt which we’re sure he treasures daily (assuming it arrived). This year’s winner will receive their choice of a custom T-shirt featuring their own poem on the back or the classic ActionScript Jabberwocky digs.

The submission window closes March 21, and judging will begin immediately thereafter. We look forward to seeing what you can do!

The contest begins… NOW! Just leave your entries in the comments form below. To make sure the code formats correctly, please add the tag [code] (in square brackets) at the beginning, and [/code] at the end.If they look screwed up; don’t fret — we’ll straighten it up asap. Thanks!)

And the winner is… Ammocell’s “El Dorado”

The judges have spoken, symptoms and their message is clear:

poetryWinners.push ({poet: 'Ammocell', geriatrician poem: 'El Dorado'});

Damn, I’m a geek…

Regardless, congratulations to Ammocell, who is the crowd’s favorite in the first annual Turdhead.com ActionScript Poetry contest! His winning ActionScript translation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “El Dorado” is presented here for all to gaze upon, and we’re rushing him the Grand Prize, an ActionScript Jabberwocky T-shirt, as we speak. Congrats, Ammocell!

[code]
// El Dorado
// Edgar Allan Poe

// http://www.mat.upm.es/~jcm/poe–shadow.html
// ========================

var elDorado = new Object();

var knight = new Object();
knight.bedight = ‘gaily’;
if( sunshine && shadow ) {
knight.gallant = true;
}
while( knight.journeyed > knight._x + 1000) {
knight.singing[’song’] = true;
knight.search( elDorado );
}

while( ground.spot != elDorado ) {
knight.grow(age++);
knight.bold = true;
createEmptyMovieClip(’shadow_mc’, 1000);
knight.heart.setMask(shadow_mc);
}

if( length ) knight.strength = false;
shadow = new Object();
shadow.pilgrim = true;
knight.meet(shadow);
knight.query(shadow, elDorado.land[where]);

shade = shadow;
knight.search = knight.seek;
shade.reply = function() {
if( knight.seek == elDorado ) {
knight.ride = function() {
moon.mountains._y++;
shadow.valley._y–;
}
}
}
[/code]

Screw it, I’m going to let you pick the winner…

The submission window has closed on our first ActionScript Poetry contest, abortion and I have to say I’m impressed with the entries! I was planning on quickly picking my favorite and posting the results by now, view but after reviewing the “poems,” I figured I could use some help.

So rather than leave the task to Turdhead.com’s esteemed Literary Review Board (i.e., me), we’ve decided to let you, our loyal readers, have a say in who should win the coveted “ActionScript Jabberwocky T-shirt.”

Judging should be based on several factors, including public reaction to the poem (as noted in comments here), its poetic appeal, creativity and the ungodly whims of you, our loyal readers (and perhaps a few of you disloyal ones, as well). Extra credit might be given if the “poem” actually does something in ActionScript.

Keep in mind, the code itself should become the poetry. The purpose of the contest is to basically “translate” poetry into Macromedia’s ActionScript programming language. When voting, try to focus on originality, cleverness and — perhaps above all — the poet’s ability to capture the essence of the original poem in the scripted language. (Of course, feel free to vote just because you happen to like one!).

You can check out all the great entries in this year’s contest, then return here to vote on your favorite entry! The voting begins today, World Poetry Day, and ends April 15, National Send-Your-Money-To-Washington Day!

Remember: this is a democracy, so vote early, and vote often! We’re not going to bother checking whether anyone tries to “stuff the ballot box,” but we kinda hope you’ll keep it fair.

Final results will be posted and a lavish ceremony conducted shortly after Tax Day (the winner, of course, will not be invited to this ceremony, however, so don’t get your hopes up)!

Thanks, and congratulations to all this year’s entrants! You did great.

Feel free to use the comments area to plead your case to the judges!

[Note: I’ll add the voting booth to the original post as well, so you don’t actually have to return here. ]