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 Fibs2006-04-12 00:30
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by Flemming Funch

What's a fib? It is a 20 syllable poem written in the 1/1/2/3/5/8 Fibonacci sequence. Lots of stuff in nature follows this sequence. Mathematically it is formed by adding the previous two numbers together to make the next one. So, 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, etc. So, brilliant idea, you can make a poem like that, similar to a haiku. I.e. 1 syllable in the first line and second line, then two syllables, up to 8 in the last line. More examples here. OK, I'll have to try this. I suck at counting syllables, but let me give it a shot...
One
Two
Two words
I can count
Syllables are fun
Fibonacci now here I come
Hm, not very poetic.
New
Day
Get up
Coffee cup
Paper, hat and door
An office bee can't ask for more
Argh, now I seem to be rhyming too, and about boring people.
Life
Blood
Deep Red
Take a breath
Fire in the belly
Ready for a day in the sun
OK, that's a little better
I
Can
See you
So clearly
Why are you out there?
Darkness blew away with a puff
Hm, strange. I'm not sure I'll be a Fibonarian, but it is a good exercise.

If you're unsure about counting syllables, this is a page that will calculate it.




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13 Apr 2006 @ 00:02 by Ed Dawson @66.245.205.42 : LOL!
Okay Flemming, now I know you have too much spare time! ;-)))
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Oh my, this is cool!  


21 Apr 2006 @ 05:21 by Ed Knight @69.115.68.136 : Fibonacci sequence
If I'm counting correctly, when you listen to the French horn (or some other horn, but I believe they're French, ) portion on Sgt Peppers by the Beatles shortly before Billy Shears gets announced, the beats fall in a roughly fibonacci-like sequence.  


21 Apr 2006 @ 14:56 by dempstress : My goodness...
what have we come to when even Ming is telling us fibs? Only joking: great idea. Bit simpler than a haiku.  


22 Apr 2006 @ 02:15 by Gregory K. @24.126.47.69 : Good Fibbing!
And now I have to go get our Sgt. Peppers just to see. Normally, I find that things like music/lyrics falling to Fibonacci numbere beats/patterns are accidental... but with that album, probably no accidents.

Thanks for the link and the Fibs.  



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2 May 2006 @ 17:35 by Ed Knight @69.115.68.136 : Correction to post; "Fibonacci Sequence.
After a re-listen, the horn sequence comes in very early in the song just after "The Band" is announced.  


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