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At 3:02 am, Pacific Daylight Savings Time, July 16th 2002, humanclock.com will offically be one year old. In order to celebrate, I'm running a photo submission contest. Since I'm currently biking
around Australia, I thought I would give the prizes a bit of an Australian theme. Most of you born before 1980 will recognize first prize. If you were born significantly after 1983 and don't recognize the significance of first prize, I suggest tuning into a right of the dial radio station whose playlist leads one to believe that popular culture existed solely between "My Sharona" and "The Sun Always Shines on TV". Somewhere in the "wide variety of songs" they will play (i.e. nine), one will have a catchy little flute riff. This is the song first prize is in reference to.
Simply put, all you have to do is send in a clock photo between now and August 31st, 2002. In early September, the contest will be judged by me along with a diverse group of friends. This group includes art snobs, a compiler engineer, a guy named Dave, a handful of archtitects, a girl born in Lithuania,
a couple GIS dudes, a guy in San Diego who ran 150 miles through the Sahara Desert for fun, a guy who is in a picture circulating on the Internet where he is shaking Al Gore's hand and a guy in the background is picking his nose, Teresa of Troy (NY), a Melbourne couple with a cat named Rufus, a hydrologist in Alaska, the happy guy holding the belt sander below, the original 11:11am girl, the only democratic voter in Texas, my parents, a land surveyor who weekends as a tea dealer, two girls from Jersey, a woman pregnant with a girl in Santa Monica, California, Jim Sandpaperberg, a girl who saw Nirvana play at a house party in 1987, a hardcore Iron Maiden fan, a guy whose last name is "Lover", a former Dodge Colt owner, Barman B from Yakima, half the town of Bridport, Tasmania, and a bunch of other people.
Rockin' 1st prize:
A Vegemite sandwich!
You will be able to enjoy a tasty Vegemite sandwich. I will mail you most everything you need to create a Vegemite Sandwich.
This prize includes:
a sealed jar of Humanclock.com rebranded Vegemite
a loaf of bland white sandwich bread full of preservatives and a taste similar to wallpaper paste
Due to the fact that humanclock.com is privately held by me with about $30 in venture capital, I'm going to leave it up to you to provide the following items if you win first prize (optional of course...but it will greatly enhance your prize winning experience):
- Assembly of the Vegemite sandwich
- Round-trip airfare to Brussels, Belgium
- Upon arrival in Brussels you must locate a six foot, four inch tall man of thourough muscular build. This man must have the capability to smile as he gives you the Vegemite sandwich.
Although Australia has many fine bakeries, I will be mailing you a traditional loaf of preservative-ridden white bread. This will ensure that the loaf of bread (hopefully) will be "fresh" when it arrives on your doorstep. Note: I cannot guarantee the bread will be safely edible when you receive it...this is your call. The sealed jar of Vegemite should be good until the noted expiration date, most likely some time in 2004.
Kinda good 2nd place prize:
A vintage Australian postcard!
I will mail you this vintage Australian postcard (circa 1978) of the Adeladie Casino and Railway station. On the back of the postcard I will write a funny joke about a grasshopper walking into a bar. I cannot guarentee you will be able to read my handwriting however. Due to the kitchy retro nature of this postcard, your chances of picking up a trendy vintage girl and/or a slick stylin' guy will go up dramatically. Better yet, there is even a clock on the building indicating the time is 10:10am.
Note for residents of the United States only:
Adelaide is a town in Australia. Australia is a continent located in the southern hemisphere of the planet Earth, one continent to the left and one down from the one you are currently on. A continent is a large piece of earth moving on an independent plate upon the Earth's crust. Earth is currently the planet you are residing on. If you are still confused, just remember that Australia is where that Crocodile Dundee guy and the dude who yells "Crickey!" are from.
Iffy 3rd place prize:
Your picture on humanclock.com!
a more artsy than fartsy clock photo
If your photo is accepted you will win 3rd prize. The prize is the simple fact that you will be able to see your clock photo on the humanclock.com website and your friends will be amazed at your ability to follow the contest rules.
politically correct 4th place prize:
winning 4th prize!
This Emu Park, Australia resident submitted a belt sander instead of a photo...still a winner!
Just so nobody gets their feelings hurt, you will win fourth prize just for entering. Fourth prize is just that...fourth prize. You don't win anything specific other than the fact that you can put on your resume that you won fourth prize in a humanclock.com photo contest. If you try and upload your Windows registry file instead of a photo, you are a winner! If you think about taking a clock photo for the contest and put it off so long that the contest is over...you are still a winner! If you scan in an old picture of your dog from 1969 with the time typed across the the center of the picture...you are STILL a winner!
Pictures will be judged on:
Can the time in the photo be read when the photo is reduced down to 450x338 pixels? On the cardboard clock that I drag around, the numbers are all about an inch (3cm) wide and take up a full sheet of paper.
Be creative! Be unique! Be arty-fartsy! Typing the time out on your computer screen and taking a picture of it will ensure you won't be tasting Vegemite any time soon. If you look at the submissions gallery you will see kind of what I'm looking for.
Although not a normal requirement for submissions, the clock must have a living/breathing person in it.
Other rules and disclaimer stuff:
- Does your photo follow the rules as detailed on the submit photos page? Believe it or not, I still receive photos with no time in them. Do not alter your photos any. If you make a sign, I would suggest creating the numbers by hand so I don't suspect that the photo has been altered using a photo editor. (sometimes the sun washes out the sign, so people will type in the time or attempt to draw it back in with a paint program...this looks tacky). I STRONGLY suggest using a digital camera, this way you can tell if the time shows up in the photo or not.
- Though not a requirement, try and shy away from photos of existing clocks. I have a bazillion photos of microwaves, VCRs, etc. Unique pictures, such as one of Winona Ryder holding a sign saying "Craig I love you" with a wall clock in the background would probably have a good chance of winning for some unknown reason.
- After the contest is over, no writing me saying that the winning entries sucked and yours was better. If you do this I'll assume you are the type of person who would write Rolling Stone Magazine complaining that Poison's "Something to Believe in" didn't make it onto their list of the top 10,000,000 songs of all time.
- If you win first prize, I will mail the Vegemite and bread via air mail...but you should still check to make sure things look edible before trying so.
- I cannot guarentee you will even like Vegemite.
- Contest is only open to residents of the planet Earth. Despite all of our technical achievements (wheel, the Speak & Spell, three-ply toilet tissue, public tar-and-feathering of people who send spam email), it is still really hard to mail a package to another planet.
- I'm not resposible for any damage you incur to yourself, objects, or other people while trying to take a clock photo. Be safe and smart!
- Submissions for consideration must be received no later than 11:59pm August 31st Mountain Standard Time.
- You are responsible for any taxes if you live in a place lame enough to tax you on a jar of Vegemite and a loaf of bread.
- Photos must be submitted via the submissions interface on this website. I don't have a scanner on my bicycle and no mailing address, so mailing me a photo is not an option.
- Enter as often as you wish! Just don't send in the same photo multiple times, this would be bad.