For your viewing pleasure, a rat staring contest
: Online tech training (animation, video editing, graphic editing, application creation, etc) for youth - nonprofit and totally free. Featuring activities and contests
I get a cut of your good Karma if you win.
So Google has committed $10 million to fund up to five ideas selected by their advisory board.What's the kicker? Anyone can submit an idea. [more inside]
The "Most Beautiful Goat"
competition. SIx pictures from the Mazayen al-Maaz this year in Riyad.
It's that time of year again, folks... don't forget to put in your vote
for the World's Ugliest Dog. [more inside]
The $100 House Essay Contest.
Write a 500 word essay on why you deserve to win the house
. Submit it to James Mathias, along with $100. If he receives 2,500 entries... a winner will be chosen
and awarded the home. If enough entries aren't received, he'll return the money. Finally, a chance to get that dream home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Or... an extra $179,900
Psychologist Might Outsmart the Math Brains Competing for the Netflix Prize
The girl who stares
(her only talent) is quickly becoming a youtube phenomenon. Participate in the demise of our culture and watch her do nothing.
Win a free MRI machine:
An odd medical equipment distribution scheme, winanmri.com will give away a free MAGNETOM to the hospital that gets the most votes for their submitted video. (videos on right hand side).
IN MEMORY OF
Who died October 23rd 1703
Aged 33 Years.
In bloom of Life
She’s snatched from hence,
She had not room
To make defence;
For Tyger fierce
Took Life Away.
And here she lies
In a bed of Clay,
Until the Resurrection Day
In anticipation of Halloween, BBC History magazine announces the winner
(pdf link) of its "Mysterious Memorials" contest. (It's not the one above.) View the complete list of runners-up here
This is James Savage's spare room
, which contains one hundred Apple computers
. He has more than 150 in his house and all of them are working perfectly, from an Apple II+
and a Lisa
to the latest MacBook Pro. (One entrant among many in Gizmodo's Best Computer Rig
We've discussed ways to win
the New Yorker caption contest for its cartoons (use "previous" to see more)
, but the tradition
of attacking the cartooning institution continues. One long-time mocker has been the anti-caption contest
, which has strict rules
on how to write the worst captions. Compare this
, and this
, to get the idea. Now, Gawker has invited people to draw the worst possible New Yorker cartoons; here are some results
. [prev and prev.]
The Buckminster Fuller Institute is now accepting submissions for it's new, annual design challenge contest.
Submissions must be applicable with real-world technology, solving real-world problems with a minimum of ecological impact. The offered prize is $100,000, on par with some of NASA's challenges. ( Buckminster Fuller on Wikipedia
, and E2
A hoax that embarrassed the art world: Pavel Jerdanowitch and the Disumbrationist School of Painting
. This "joke on the art critics" was perpetrated by Paul Jordan-Smith, a former pastor who had left his calling after being charged with heresy. He went on to become a writer, editor and journalist, and in 1924 he decided to commit blasphemy against "the strange gods of modern art." The Pavel Jerdanowitch Painting Contest
was inspired by the hoax. "The challenge is to produce the worst painting every painted."
It's not too late to submit your own entry for 2007. You can check out last year's entries
, including the "loser" (winner), for inspiration.
Since January 1st, men in Shamrock, TX
, have been working on their
they were judged on how they did. Missed it? Maybe you can watch the
by Mike Woolf
or listen to a song
from the soundtrack
by The Gourds
The Singular Image
recognizes outstanding individual photographs in color and black and white. Center
, formerly known as the Santa Fe Center for Photography, was founded in 1994. Center is a nonprofit organization that honors, supports and provides opportunity for gifted and committed photographers. Our programs bring exposure to worthy photographic projects and series, and create fellowship among photographers and influential members of the photographic community. (some images NSFW)
At last, the Receda Cube is found. Perplex City
season one is at an end. The winner explains
how he found the cube.
iPhoneMania, Catch It
When Steve Jobs answered his iPhone
at this year's MacWorld, he ignited a frenzy
months before the gizmo will even hit stores. Now sneakmove
, who first presented the "diy: cut and fold paper iphone"
is back with a contest that challenges musicians to make the best song they can using the a sample of the phone's distinctive ring.
Aniboom bills itself as "the home of animation," a place to discover new up & coming artists online. Towards that end, they've sponsored a $50,000 competition for the best animation across five categories. The field has been narrowed to 25 finalists, and all 25 entries are online for viewing/voting here
Wii = "wee." Water-drinking radio contest ends in tragedy. Water intoxication
caused the death of this mother. Radio pranks and contests
are nothing new. Some have resulted in lawsuits
, but I don't recall any resulting in death before.
Prepare yourselves, teenaged Trollope
fans! You have
just four months remaining in which to send your Barchester Towers
fanfiction to the Anthony Trollope Society's annual £1000 Short Story Competion. Previous champions
have been feted at luxurious club dinners by titans like Andrew Davies
and P.D. James.
Could you be next to join their august ranks?
Software Pop Idol
If you're a software developer, what happens when you run out of ideas? You ask the community of course! Then you sort, rate and have the ideas voted on. Make it a contest and give away prizes. And that's exactly what the Mac Programmers behind My Dream App
have done. Entries are due by Sept 1st. Rules
here. Idea Submission form
Design Lab 2006 (flash and sound)
Are you a college student with an eye toward design? Design a cool appliance and win 5,000 Euros. For the rest of us there are previous winners, such as this airwash waterless washing machine
1 week left!!!
"Gizmodo Idol" competition to win some serious headphones
Not too many entries
yet,you have a chance still but look out for serious competition
Weddings, no matter how grand, are comprised of many intimate, unforgettable moments, and wedding photographers have just one chance to capture them. The judges of this year's Top Knots competition felt that the work featured in this online gallery succeeded in preserving these moments in a creative and innovative way.
It's Hard Out Here for a (Ta)Hoe:
The smartypants over at GM are running a contest to "make your own" commercial for the gas-guzzling Tahoe SUV. People are giving them just what they deserve
These are likely to be yanked sooooooon, so get 'em while they're hot!
Name Tom's Tumor.
Tom Lunt has a brain tumor
. It’s a benign tumor and not life-threatening; the symptoms are "merely strange." Turn his misfortune to your personal gain by winning the contest and taking home the tumor.
2 4 8 16 32 64
, an ordered archive of nanofiction. It's been done before, by syllables (17
), by the masters (Classic Short Stories)
, and by comedians (Book-a-Minute
). But in a dense natural language, with a high meaning-per-word, perhaps bytes would value infodensity more objectively: 256b
. But then again, isn't a spec
as much of a cop out as a rigged dictionary? Perhaps the highest infodensities are achieved by works which will have no human readers.
50 Years of Eurovision
--pics, video, info on 14 of the best(?) songs ever performed in the contest. Tonight they're picking the Number One of all time.
1. Take Pictures.
is a running contest of programming challenges to hone your algorithm skills.
"Each problem is designed according to a 'one-minute rule', which means that although it may take several hours to design a successful algorithm with more difficult problems, an efficient implementation will allow a solution to be obtained on a modestly powered computer in less than one minute."
Is your child an angel with attitude?
Time to win yourself some Angel Dollars. "Entries will be judged on facial beauty, expression & fashion, and overall appeal of photo. These should be professional pictures, but should not be extremely or overly retouched. (We are judging the child - not the retoucher!) Divisional Winners will receive 25.00 Angel Dollars, and 1 Overall Winner will receive 50.00 Angel Dollars."
The New Yorker's ongoing Caption Contest
is seven weeks old. Think the the cartoons are dumb
? Well here's your chance to show your skills.
Poop on Ryan Seacrest!
TV Squad has a story about a guy who is having a contest. Be the first to take a dump on Ryan Seacrest's walk of fame star and win $50. Personally I think it should be more cash, considering you could get arrested.
If you won
for every ten seconds
of a feature film, you'd be a hamburger millionaire.
Four high school students -- gold chains, fake diamond rings, patchy, adolescent mustaches and sharp brains -- take on MIT and others in a robot competition.
They're undocumented Mexican Americans living in trailers and shabby houses in Arizona. They raise only $800 from the community to fund their project, while the MIT team raises $11,000 from corporate donors. They have to scrounge for the "most best tampons" at the last moment to fix a leak in their robot. The other teams snicker at their garishly painted robot when it's unveiled poolside. You know how this is going to end. You know
. But it's very satisfying to read nonetheless. (via Amygdala