Six Word Limit? That's Easy, I'll...
Published at 6:13am on 26 Oct 2006
Wired recently ran an article in which they challenged some contemporary sci-fi and fantasy authors to produce interesting literary works in a maximum of six words, with some amusing results. I thought it might be fun to join in, so here are my efforts...
Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words - "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." - and is said to have called it his best work
In Wired's recent article Very Short Stories they challenged a number of great contemporary sci-fi, fantasy and horror writers to produce short stories in six words, mostly with a sci-fi twist (although there were the odd few obligatory digs at Iraq and the Bush administration).
That sounds easy I thought. Well it turns out that it wasn't, but it was a lot of fun. So without further ado...
- Apple releases OSXI, Bill found hanged.
- Java's not efficient, needs native compiler.
- Job requires internet access. Productivity suffers.
- Site got Slashdotted. Need new server.
- Yahoo advertising campaign; "Google eats babies".
- No money in programming, try sales.
- WWW not redundant, needs better PR.
- Microsoft on GNU; "Free software kills".
- OSX virus discovered. Bill whistles innocently.
- Snack machine empty. IT workers revolt.
- Software piracy decriminalised, we were right.
- Similar to a haiku - but shorter.
- Mainframe crash diagnosed; Janitor uplugged it.
- Friends don't let friends do Windows.
- In Soviet Union, Internet searches YOU!
- Making websites is hard. Need coffee.
- Problem exists between keyboard and chair...
- IE7 released. Firefox users don't care.
- Click our ads, family to feed.
- iPod gets cracked (software, not screen).
- W3C standardises internet. Microsoft ignores them.
- RIAA arrests teenager. World safe again.
- Nigerian minister's nephew seeks gullible American...
- Web not democracy - don't criticise Google...
- "...yes, but does it run Linux?"
- Digg this article, good karma results.
and finally, to paraphrase an unkind colleague...
- Trying to be funny. Not succeeding.
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Very impressed with these. Who would have thought IT could have been such fruitful terrain for Hemingway-esque 6-word stories? I am particularly moved by the one about Linux...seriously, good stuff.Reply
Posted by Zoe Strimpel at 11:19pm on 21 Nov 2006