1045: "Constraints"

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Re: 1045: Constraints

Postby JimsMaher » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:53 am UTC

ConMan wrote:The dark side of constrained writing is when your constraint is to look as though there is a constraint, but one that isn't immediately obvious. Particularly if you make it look like you've had to make some ridiculously arbitrary word substitution just to pineapple the constraint.

I can't concisely state how much I agree with your remark. So I will. How's them pineapples.

Anti-art references aside, placing constraints is just one generalized means of playing games whilst moving towards a specific goal.
Do you actually have to do the thing to accomplish the results? Or is thinking about it enough to get you there?
Vulgarities aside, if you want to direct the mundanity of your task into something more evocative, then why not simply call it a game, a sport, or a puzzle?
If it makes you laugh, does that mean you're not taking the task seriously? In all cases?

The world is not Black or White, it's a grayish mix of dull flavors left-over from last week's feast; a memory of something that never lived up to what you expected; so you lie, to yourself and everyone around you, until even the lies get boring and you have to create a game to make it all seem a little more interesting.

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Re: 1045: Constraints

Postby jackal » Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:24 am UTC

Vael wrote:
Apeiron wrote:Well done, Randall!

Waladil wrote:Panel 2: Brevity is the soul of wit.

Brevity is wit.


Wiz wit.

(The ultimate expression of brevity is ordering a cheesesteak in Philly. Although I prefer a provolone wit.)

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Re: 1045: Constraints

Postby SpringLoaded12 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:17 am UTC

glasnt wrote:
SpringLoaded12 wrote:It took me a minute to realize what she was saying was self-demonstrating.

Here's a fun one: http://bash.org/?406381.

(In case you didn't notice, each word is one letter longer than the previous one.)

Came here to post this.

Instead, I'm just here to say what's in my sig.

I was inb4 glasnt? I'm honored. :D
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Re: 1045: Constraints

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:20 am UTC

Carteeg_Struve wrote:Zikes. Yearning... xylophones... weirdly voice...Ugh. This sucks. Really quite poor. Oh, no matter. Listen, kids. Just ignore how godawful funky everyth- DAMMIT! Cursed brief alphabet.

(Yeah, I suck.)

Actually, this is my favorite one in this thread thus far. Not only constrained writing AND self-describing self-reference (like the comic itself) but also breaking the fourth wall with self-judgemental self-reference. And it sounds quite natural, unlike many others that have strange word choices.
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Re: 1045: Constraints

Postby DoMakeSayThink » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:29 pm UTC

Apeiron wrote:
Waladil wrote:Panel 2: Brevity is the soul of wit.

Brevity is wit.

+1 :lol:, very very good.

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Re: 1045: Constraints

Postby Tryss » Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:05 pm UTC

Relevant to the comic subject :


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Re: 1045: "Constraints"

Postby ACowboyKilla » Tue May 01, 2012 7:17 pm UTC

A basic dilemma every early epigrammist faces is knowing many obscure synonyms.
Sometimes, success ties them together to unleash unparalelled wit within.

You'll wan't words with very unique tastes to show style.
Remember, perusing online often makes meaningful messages look intelligent.

- Forever and always,


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