Many years ago, I used to run an annual Oscar predictions contest at my blog where the prize was a custom sock monkey. I've revived the contest in 2019 and you could win a "Freddie Monkcury" of your very own. He comes with his classic "Live Aid" outfit as well as his "I Want to Break Free" drag costume (including the vacuum cleaner!). You can see the current aggregate predictions, as well as all the past monkey prizes I've made.
A Eurovision Song Contest podcast made by and for Americans. We dive deep into the selection processes, songs, artists, and pageantry of Eurovision in the hopes of making our friends and listeners less baffled by what they are witnessing. Available via iTunes, for Android, on Google Play, or direct via RSS.
Announcing the 2017 Civic Games contest, a design competition for analog games that seek to promote the understanding and/or practice of good citizenship! [more inside]
February is one of the slowest months for bike shops in the northern hemisphere, which makes it a great month for people involved with bike collectives to edit this wiki. Two winners will get an organic fair trade chocolate bar. My main goal in posting this to Projects is that I'm hoping you'll tell me if your local community bike shop needs to be added to the list of international community bike organizations. Since you're required to sign up to make an edit (which you're encouraged to do if you want), I would be happy to add it for you if you leave a comment.
My story, A Thousand Solomons, is up on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society website, as a winner of their Amateur Writing Contest. The contest is held every year, there are cash prizes, the winner's work is published online (for a year), and the winner has the opportunity to read their work at Balticon.
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I'm blogging the 2014 US Open Class National Soaring Contest in Northern California, where beautiful sailplanes race hundreds of miles. Photos and videos show the view from the rear seat of a 2-place glider participating in the contest. The blog assumes no familiarity with competitive soaring or gliding in general. [more inside]
In conjunction with its upcoming exhibition “Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination”, the National Gallery of Canada is seeking black and white illustrations, inspired by Gustave Doré’s graphic artwork, for the tale of Bluebeard. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2014. Send your Bluebeards to email@example.com! [more inside]
I've just launched my ELEVENTH annual Oscar "Pick 'Em contest over at my website. Every year the winner receives a custom, one-of-a-kind sock monkey creation. (Previously: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.) This year's prize is an unprecendented FOUR Avenger Monkeys: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Incredible Hulk. They took me FOREVER to make, and I can't even begin to think how I'll top it next year. (No, brain, we are not making 12 dwarves and a hobbit.) Everyone is welcome to enter the contest!
A short spoof of Escape From New York, created for the Fantastic Fest 2012 Bumper Contest.
I can't believe it's been TEN years of doing this! As always, I'm hosting an Oscar "Pick 'Em" contest over at my website. Every year the winner receives a custom, one-of-a-kind sock monkey creation. (Previously: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.) This year's prize is everyone's favourite avenging Swedish goth hacker Lisbeth Salander. Yes, I made the Sock Monkey with the Dragon Tattoo. She has piercings, combat boots, a Macbook, and a golf club. (She's also my first soft toy that may qualify as NSFW.) Everyone is welcome to enter the contest!
If you are interested in genealogy OR history I have developed a contest to try to add some fun and competition to the mix. First subject: Billy the Kid [WeRelate account required (free)]
“Singular Source” is a hard science fiction short story contest. We are looking for stories on the theme of future computer programming and technology, with particular attention to programmers working with vast archives of source code. The deadline is November 30, 2011. Visit our web site for more details. You can support the contest by donating money for prizes and honorariums for judges. [more inside]
Global warming... friend or foe? It's Arizona. Summertime. The temperature is 115°. Inside your car, it's even hotter. The steering wheel sears your fingertips. The air burns your throat. This is a classic probletunity. We can harness that heat energy! [more inside]
I edited and filmed a short film about a strange symptom of my ladyfriend's Multiple Sclerosis. It's entered in the Neurological Film Festival, which has a Fan Voting prize, so if people like it and want to vote for it you can do so here. It's the first thing I've ever shot and edited!
It's that time of year again! For the NINTH year running, I'm hosting an Oscar "Pick 'Em" contest over at my website. Every year the winner receives a custom, one-of-a-kind sock monkey creation. (Previously: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.) This year's prize is a pair of custom-made, one-of-a-kind Black Swan and White Swan ballerina sock monkeys. One is beautiful, pure, and repressed; the other is totes sexy-crazy. Everyone is welcome to enter the contest!
No, not that kind of heroine. 12 amazing book bloggers join me throughout February to celebrate their favorite literary heroines. Along the way, conversation is sparked and plenty of prizes are won. [more inside]
A top down, 3rd person, 3d shooter game coded in one month for the TIGSource "A Game By It's Cover" competition. [more inside]
is a short film I made for inclusion in a film contest run by fashion ingenue/blog superstar Tavi Gevinson (previously on Metafilter). It's about the crossroads of knitting and DIY fashion, and features interviews with Caroline of Sock Pixie, Carolyn and Jade of Wool & the Gang, Beth Hahn of Miss Flitt, and Jen of Blue Alvarez designs. Also, it was shot on the toy Vidster camera. If my short gets enough votes, it could be screened during Paris Fashion Week.