Etsy Haikus
October 13th, 2009

Inspired by Peter Norvig, I have created a quick hack to generate haikus from Etsy listing titles. Check it out here.

Technical details for those who are interested:

  • The listings are downloaded from the Etsy API by an offline process, and stuffed into a MongoDB database if their titles are either five or seven syllables.
  • The CMU Pronunciation Dictionary handles the syllable wrangling.
  • The frontend is a very simple Django application.

All in all, about three or four hours of effort. Note that Etsy has nothing to do with these haikus, and doesn’t endorse this app.