Live Performance Videos at WikiRhymer

Hey WikiRhymers:

We are considering allowing WikiRhymer Pro Members to use WikiRhymer as a platform to host live video of their live performances. We are not sure of the exact video technology we would use for this, but as you have seen at the bottom of our Home page, we are displaying a Ustream feed right now.

We are soliciting input from you. Is this something you would take advantage of? Email us at budncheng@wikirhymer.com.

“Poo” Contest Winners!

Hey WikiRhymers:

Poets extraordinare weighed in on the subject of poo. The winners and their work are reprinted below. Congrats (and a free-one-year WikiRhymer Pro membership to all of them).

These are in no particular order as we did not award a winner and places—they are all winners to us.

Also, hey poets: poems need names. The ones asterisked, we had to make up names ‘cuz you punted on that. Be loud, be proud, be creative. Name your work!

Identities were also omitted on most so we used whatever “handles” you gave us. (Why would anybody want to remain anonymous about their fine turd work? Don’t understand it!)

 “What’s Wrong With Poo?” by Joseph C.

Your website stinks like poo you guys
Like poo from Meghan Fox’s thighs
That is to say, I’d keep that turd
If I don’t win, I hope i’m third

“Hi Ho the Dairy-o”* by ps45

Your website stinks like poo
Your website stinks like poo
Hi ho the dairy-o
Your website stinks like poo.

(We had some copyright/plagiarism issues with this, but it made us laugh, so it gets the nod.)

“The Odor That Lingers”* by Yellowdog

Your website smells like poo?
This I had to think through.
The odor that lingers must come from the fingers
Of the typist that sent that to you.

“No Ending”* by Margo Feiden

Your website stinks like poo?
I pray your patent’s pending.
Once other websites learn your trick,
Good Lord, there’ll be no ending!

“Stool Stew”* by ProfessorFrost

Your website stinks like poo!!!!
I ventured onto this searching for a “tent” rhyme or two
I knew I’d rue it when I viewed the content, after some time I was through.
Wikirhymer crew, Your staff smells of stool stew, Regardless, I still love you.

* – These entries did not have poem names, so we made them up based upon poem content.

More On Forum Spam

Hi Campers:

Continuing to work on this. We have gotten rid of all spammer members. I don’t think we deleted any of our “real” forum members, but if we did delete you, please sign up again.

When you do sign-up now, you will see that we are now requiring the Forum Administrator (moi) to OK new members.

I can’t tell you how much we hate to do this, but it is the only sure-fire way to keep these creeps (spammers) out of our forum.

So, have patience. We will endeavor to get you cleared in a day or intra-day. (We look at WikiRhymer email every day and usually several times a day.)

Best regards,

Bud

WikiRhymer Spambot Forum Problems

Hey Y’all:

We have been fighting a war with spammers. We think we have it pretty much licked, but in order to clean up the Forum, we had to mass delete inactive accounts. (Apparently, these creeps sign up hundreds of accounts and then use them over time. Just when you think you have deleted all of the spammer users that have been posting, they start posting with these older accounts.

So, if you have been inactive on the forum for awhile, we may have deleted you too. Sorry about that. Please sign-up again.

WikiRhymer Founder Bud Tower Plays Old Hickory (Nashville) venue Jacob’s Well

Come out and hear WikiRhymer founder Bud Tower play a Songwriter’s Round at Jacob’s Well Coffeehouse with fabulous artist/writers Casey Kelly & Kirsti Manna.

Event is Saturday November 2, 2013, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Show is filling up fast so DO IT NOW!
Jacob’s Well has great pizzas and other eats. Patrons are welcome to bring bottles of wine and beer (there is a small cork fee).

Jacob’s Well is a new venue in Old Hickory Village. It is a really cool Christian Coffeehouse with a great sound system and performance area and very much a listening room.

Casey Kelly is a two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter for “Soon” (recorded by Tanya Tucker) and “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight” (recorded by Kenny Rogers/Dottie West). Kelly also penned hits “Cowboy Rides Away” recorded by George Strait (and the name of George’s current and final tour!) and the “That Road Not Taken” (Joe Diffie). Other hits include: “Only Game In Town” (America) and “Somewhere Down the Line” (T.G. Sheppard). A headlining artist upon the release of his two solo albums (“Casey Kelly” and “For Sale”) on Elektra Records, Casey started out as a sideman with artists such as Tom Rush and toured for years, sharing the stage with artists including The Neville Brothers, America, the Beach Boys, BB King, Boz Scaggs, and Loggins & Messina. Casey will be joined by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Leslie Ellis who  moved from California to Nashville in 2003, after a successful career as a jingle singer and as a vocalist for Sony Music where she worked with the legendary Walter Afanasieff. In Nashville, her focus has been on co-writing with the great writers of Music Row and since 2004 performing live with hit writer Casey Kelly. As a writer, Leslie’s “The Flyer Song” was adopted by the US Navy and made into a video as a tribute to the troops and their families. (Listen/buy. More bio.)

Kirsti Manna

Kirsti Manna’s 5 week Billboard #1 smash hit, “Austin” introduced Blake Shelton to country radio. She is an actress with numerous credits that include creating and starring in her own national children’s TV show, “Kirsti’s Manor” that was viewed by 34 million children. She’s also the co-writer/co-publisher for Big & Rich’s rockin’ hit, “Loud.” Artists such as Gretchen Wilson (Sony/Nashville), Colt Prather (Sony/Nashville) and Cowboy Crush (Curb/Nashville) have recorded her songs, and Kirsti’s songs have been heard around the world in such places as CMT, ESPN, “The Tonight Show,” “The David Letterman Show,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Dance Wars”. (Listen/Buy. More.)

 

Bud Tower

Bud is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter whose two most recent cuts have been “God & Guns” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Red, White & Pink-slip Blues” by Hank Williams, Jr. Some 50 of his other songs have been recorded by indie artists and used in various movie, documentary, regional theater and video projects. (Listen/buy/more.)

Single-syllable “Orphans” at WikiRhymer

Some words have no perfect rhymes. At WikiRhymer, we call them “orphans.” (Click here for a detailed discussion on orphans.)

If you are writing a song or poem, you may want to avoid ending a line with a word that is an orphan IF YOU INTEND TO LATER RHYME THAT WORD!!

There are way too many orphans in the English language (and in WikiRhymer) to list them all, but the list of single-syllable orphans is a short one (just 161 as of this writing), so we ran a nifty search of the WikiRhymer database and here they are:

alt, angst, asked, babes, balk, beards, beige, berths, blitzed, boosts, borscht, breadth, bronzed, bulb, bulbs, buzzed, cads, calmed, caused, chafed, chaunce, cleansed, coaxed, coiffe, coiffed, conch, costs, cubed, cusp, daubed, depth, depths, desks, didn’t, dirges, don’ts, dwarfed, dwarves, eighth, eighths, else, faiths, feucht, fiends, fifth, fifths, filched, film, filmed, firsts, fugues, glimpsed, golf, golfed, gouge, gouged, gulf’s, gulps, halved, harped, helped, hertz, hoists, hoofed, hoofs, hooves, it’ll, jazzed, kilns, knifed, loafs, loathes, mensch, month, morgues, mosque, mosques, mosques, mouthed, mouths, mulched, nares, neeps, ninth, ninths, noirs, norsk, nymphs, oomph, paths, peaces, pierced, pint, plagued, poised, popes, profs, prompts, pushed, puss, quashed, revved, rogues, scalp, scalped, scarce, scarfs, schmaltz, schoof, scrounged, sculpts, shalt, sixth, sixths, sulked, surfed, swamp, swamped, swamps, swapped, swathe, swathed, swooshed, talc, talcs, tenths, texts, thefts, thoughts, thunk, thwacks, tongs, tongued, toothed, tramps, trying, tufts, twelfth, valve, valves, walth, warmth, warped, wasp, watched, welds, welsh, whilst, whorl, width, widths, with, wolves, wonk, wonks, wounds, yurt (word count=161)

Write On!

Bud & Cheng

Important New Features for Pro Users

Hey Pro WikiRhymers:

In order to cut down on the amount of scrolling and clicking you need to do to browse WikiRhymer, we have made a few key changes in the last couple of days.

First of all, we hope that all of you are aware that the green downward facing caret next to the Search button (it is on every page but the Home page, next to the search box) allows you to jump directly to any rhyme type (like Near Rhymes, Pure Rhymes, Mosaic Rhymes, etc.).

Second, we have applied a filter to WikiRhymer that puts the “best” rhymes first. (This does not apply to pure rhymes or mosaic rhymes but it does apply to End Rhymes, Near Rhymes, and Near End Rhymes.) What this means in practical terms is that the “quality” of rhymes will start to decline after about the first 50 to 100 sets for any Rhyme Type.
Finally: You might be asking yourself “well, if you put the best rhymes in the first 50 or so sets of each rhyme type, why bother giving us the rest of the sets?” Good question. The answer is that what is a better rhyme from a sound standpoint might not be a better rhyme from a meaning standpoint and we know as professional writers, you want both. So, we give you ALL the rhymes we have and you can spend as much time looking as you want. We just wanted you to know there ARE some shortcuts!!

What are “Orphans”?

Overview
An “orphan” is a word in WikiRhymer that has no PURE rhymes. The classic example of this is the word “orange,” which as most everybody knows, has no pure rhyme.

At WikiRhymer, words are always grouped into sets of words that are pure rhymes for each other. The only exception to this are orphans. So, you will find a set like Near Rhyme Set #76* of 76 for the target word “love” that contains a bunch of words that are near rhymes for “love.” If you peruse the members of Set 76, you will see words like “bulb,” “buzzed,” and “cusp” that are near rhymes for “love”,” but not pure rhymes for each other.

How To Avoid Using Orphans
Orphans complicate things for rhymers. If your target word is an orphan; guess what–you are kinda screwed as to pure rhymes for it–there aren’t any! So how can you avoid setting yourself up for defeat? How can you generally avoid ending a line with an orphan that you then have to waste time trying to rhyme? Here are some tips:

  • The shorter a word is (i.e., number of letters), the less likely it is to be an orphan.
  • The fewer number of syllables a word has, the less likely it is to be an orphan. The vast majority of single syllable words ARE NOT orphans. But, click here for a list that are!
  • Multi-syllabic words whose stressed syllable is NOT its last syllable are more often orphans.
  • A majority of three- or more syllable words whose stressed syllable is NOT the last or second to last syllable are orphans.

What To Do If You Have Backed Yourself Into A Corner With An Orphan
Well, by now you know that an orphan has no pure rhyme, so what are you to do? Use a near rhyme, an end rhyme or a mosaic rhyme. They are all at WikiRhymer!

Opportunities Orphans Create
Because orphans are hard to rhyme, poets and songwriters assiduously avoid them. That creates an opportunity because that which is rare is rarely mundane, boring or commonplace. So, if you manage to creatively rhyme orphans, by definition you will be creating something unique and rare and that may give you an edge.

WikiRhymer 3.0

Hi WikiRhymers:

Well, as you have seen, we have overhauled (some might say “keelhauled”) WikiRhymer!

(If you are not the reading type and just want to SEE how this works, watch the video below:

Why did we do this?

Because you asked us to!

We did a survey earlier this year (click here for discussion) and it was very eye-opening for us. We realized that we had to do a much better job for you to make WikiRhymer the one-stop rhyme shop for rhymers, amateur and professional alike.

The underlying conundrum is the fact that so many users use WR and their understanding of rhyming varies broadly:

  • The sixth-grader writing a poem for school.
  • The professional songwriter.
  • The budding poet.
  • The non-native English speaker looking for a rhyme.

So, we needed to build a tool that the starting-out rhymer could navigate easily that still retained all the power that the pro rhymer needs and wants.

We needed to make definitions of different rhyme types visible, but not obtrusive.

We needed to get rid of the “pointers” we used to use to navigate you to near rhymes and end rhymes, etc. (Yea–we hardly understood them too and they were always an incomplete and stop-gap measure.)

Most of all, we needed to make WikiRhymer a place that any user can navigate by simply scrolling and clicking.

  • No more arcane menus titled “End Rhymes” or “Mosaic Rhymes” because if you don’t know what those are, what are you to do!
  • No more pointers that you really might not even understand are pointers to sets of rhyming words.
  • No more taking you off to pages that may rhyme with your target word, but leave you uncertain as to how to get back to where you started.

In the new WR, which we are referring to as WikiRhymer 3.0, all rhymes for a specific word are organized into what we now call a rhyme “collection.” Within each rhyme collection, are sets of rhymes starting with the Pure Rhyme set, then End Rhymes, then Near Rhymes, Mosaic, and finally Near End Rhymes.

Al rhyme sets are clearly labeled, so you always know where you are at and you need simply scroll down the page to see more. When you get to the end of a page, simply click the “More Rhymes” arrow to keep going.

If you are a power user and for instance, know you want a near rhyme and want to jump directly into those rhymes, click the green downward-facing caret next to the search button in the page header. A drop-down list will appear and you can navigate wherever you want to go.

We have also added Rhyme Type Separators so you know clearly what type of rhymes you are looking at as you move from section to section (and we provide a brief definition there too for “newbie” rhymers).

This interface is the culmination of over five years of being on the web and thinking about how to best present rhyming content. If you have perused the “old” WikiRhymer(s) as well as our “competition,” you will recognize how fundamentally different this approach is. Given that, we decided to file for a patent and we have!

We hope you find WR 3.0 easy to use and powerful too. Use the new floating Feedback button to let us know how your experience is going.

Write On!

Bud & Cheng