Saturday, May 1, 2010

GIAC Certified Haiku Master

One of the many reasons why I like the SANS Institute is that the collective SANS community is made up of some pretty sharp and creative people. One of the creative things that SANS did in promoting their upcoming SANS Boston conference was to have a Twitter Haiku contest that was judged by Craig Duerr with the words provided by Stephen Northcutt.

I've always had an interest in Haiku so even though I won't be able to make the conference this year, I decided to take a shot at the competition. It turns out that Dan Crowley also has a thing for Haiku and he decided to participate also. The battle was joined and Dan and I entered what we affectionately began to call the SANS Haiku Thunderdome (Two poets enter, one leaves).

Dan won the first round and I somehow managed to win the next two rounds and emerge the winner. I'll be the first to admit that Dan is a better Haiku poet than I am, but sometimes a blind squirrel finds a nut and that just happened to be me this time around.

The spoils of victory were a certificate proclaiming me a GIAC Certified Haiku Master and I also was awarded a Iron Kung Fu fan as my trophy. Very cool. We'll call this competition reason #214 why I love SANS.

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