All the New York Times news that’s fit to print — in haiku

That’s pretty much all I need to know for now.

(Credit: Times Haiku screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET)

Not long ago, The New York Times published an article exploring the likelihood of a solar storm hitting Earth. I didn’t get around to reading it, but I probably don’t need to now that I’ve discovered Times Haiku.

The site recasts Times stories in the traditional short poetry form of three phrases containing 5, 7, and 5 syllables. It offers this poetic summary of the solar-storm article: Only rarely does/a giant solar blast fly/directly at Earth. Well, phew.

Jacob Harris, a Times senior software architect, created the site between his more serious endeavors — building news-driven sites for events like the November election. His original algorithm checks the paper’s home page every few minutes for new articles, then scans each sentence looking for complete sentences that fit the haiku pattern. The software does this using a list of words and their syllable counts; if it spots a word it doesn’t know, it skips to the next sentence and logs the unknown words to a database.

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