Saturday, October 9, 2010

Haiku Error Messages

Kitagawa Utamaro

I was surfing around recently and came across the following message:

You step in the stream,
but the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

- Cass Whittington

I went looking for Cass and found that she had entered a Haiku Error Messages Contest run by Salon Magazine.  Some of the entries are amusing, others would infuriate me!  Here are some more:

The website you seek                            A file that big?
cannot be located,                                It might be very useful.
but endless others exist.                        But now it is gone.

- Joy Rothke                                                                      -  David J. Liszewski

I ate your web page.                             Windows NT crashed.
Forgive me.  It was juicy                        I am the Blue Screen of Death.
And tart on my tongue                           No one hears your screams.

- Unknown                                            - Peter Rothman 

Yesterday it worked.                             Three things are certain;
Today it is not working                          Death, taxes and lost data.
Windows is like that.                             Guess which has occurred.

- Margaret Segall                                                             -  David Dixon


Wanda..... said...

Well, they all made me laugh... in your post!

alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda...they are a giggle; preferable to those horrid error numbers that send you around in circles!

Derrick said...

Hi Alaine,

The first is particularly stylish, I think, in the spirit of haiku. The others all amused me so I'm guessing it was some of the ones you didn't select that would infuriate?!

Anonymous said...

What a perfect illustration you found for the first! I do enjoy these, as long as I'm not faced with them for real.

Wanda..... said...

You new header photo is extremely nice, Aline!

alaine@éclectique said...

Derrick...amusing yes but as dancingbeastie said, 'as long as I'm not faced with them for real'!

alaine@éclectique said...


alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda...thank you. It's the view across the road - I took it this time last year. The trees along the river, touched by the afternoon sun, the smoke curling up; it was awesome.

Nancy said...

Good ones - I especially like the web page and tart tongue.

Betsy said...

"no one hears your screams..." oh dear! LOL!

Your blog decorating is looking lovely, dear! :)

vicki archer said...

Very clever and amusing.....xv