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Results of the Google Wave/Voice Invite Giveaway

This weekend, Worthless Genius posted a contest where participants could win a Google Wave and Google Voice invite. Quite a few people entered, but in the end, there were only three winners:

The winners were chosen with the super-scientific MySQL query shown here:

SELECT comment_author, comment_author_email FROM `wp_comments` WHERE comment_post_ID = 1465 ORDER BY rand() LIMIT 3

results of random mysql query for winners
Congratulations to the winners, your invites are on the way. Thanks to all those who participated, and stay tuned to Worthless Genius for future giveaways.

Google Wave/Voice Invite Giveaway

photo of donatello action figure

It’s that time again!  Worthless Genius has 3 Google Wave invites + 3 Google Voice invites to give away.  That’s right, it’s free!

All you have to do is comment on this thread and tell me who your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle was out of the group.  Keep this to the original 4 please, as far as I’m concerned Venus doesn’t count.

3 lucky winners will each receive both a Google Wave and a Google Voice invite.  That’s like having double candy for Halloween!

What are you waiting for?  Enter already!

Comments on this post will be disabled at 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Time on Sunday, November 1st. The three lucky winners will be announced on Monday, November 2nd.

Entries have been closed, and the winners will be announced later today (11/2/09). Thank you to all who participated!

I’m Falling In Love With An Android…Phone

an android with love in its eyes

A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier.  To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.

Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.

I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs.  Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.

So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area.  Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.

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Writer’s Guilt



Every creative person before me has identified and dealt with a little issue that I’m going to call Writer’s Guilt.  Writers Guilt occurs in two distinct–yet definitely intertwined–forms.

It occurs to me that everyone with a creative pursuit must go through this ordeal and come away making a choice in either direction.  I have yet to make that choice, and end up doing 50% on both sides of the coin, rather than picking one and going full force.

What can I do about this?  Let’s first identify the two sides of the story, then we’ll do a little research to find out what ways other writers suggest to get past this social and personal road block.

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Project Visions: iGoverness – Part 4: Back to Basics

Part 4 of our feature on improving our education system using modern technology and the iGoverness idea comes straight from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. If you have not read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 yet, please go back and read them so that you know the motivations for the following article.

When originally envisioning this vast project, I had the idea that I wanted to use my son as the first student for this process. He will still be going to school as a normal child would, but I would like to provide him an extra tutor for anything I can think of that he would need later in life. In effect, this would help me mature this project along with my son’s knowledge, thereby helping to flesh out the majority of the program as time goes on.

I began thinking about the timeline of the overall project, and when I would want to get started. As I was watching my 2 year old son sitting at my computer chair, engrossed in Sesame Street’s website, watching Big Bird asking him to click on the objects that start with the letter “B”, I realised that there is a lot of things we need to do before he could be able to truly navigate any interface, let alone a program that is going to help teach him for the rest of his life.

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