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Announcing The HP Envy 15 Giveaway Winner!

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The only sad thing about giveaways is that for every winner there are 300 people that are upset they didn’t win. We’re sorry folks, but there is only one laptop to go around and this time it’s lucky commenter 119, as you can see from the Random.org screenshot. This happens to be commenter “jalp”, who forlornly laments the loss of his own laptop to someone he loves dearly. We’re pretty sure this sweet piece of hardware more than makes up for whatever it is he lost.

Congratulations!

A few notes. “Phlow”, we haven’t forgotten you and although in the name of fairness we couldn’t just outright give this to you for your years of loyal readership, our new emphasis on commenting will ensure you’ll be rewarded soon. Keep an eye out. “McMan”, we’re sorry BuckyBalls seem like somewhat of a letdown next to this, but I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles, whatever that means. Same as Phlow, your presence and your comments won’t go unrewarded.

And same goes for all of you that have been taking a more active part in this community. We’ve been online for almost 5 years now and despite our substantial readership, we haven’t really built the kind of place that people would want to go to to chat and “hang out”. We’re working on it now and I’d like to thank you all for participating in this and our other giveaways. Hopefully you’ll stick around and comment even when we’re not giving stuff away.

Announcing The BuckyBalls Winners

By David Ponce

It’s been long enough since we launched our BuckyBalls Giveaway, and 233 comments later, we have our three winners. First up, BigDanHall, who has a vasectomy coming up in two weeks. Ouch, we feel your pain!

Then there’s Hubbles, who pasted an ASCII image of Obama. Relevance to this contest? None, of course. But it was fun to get the first ever ASCII Obama comment on OhGizmo.

Finally, JoelCampbell who refered to me as “General Secretary of OhGizmo”. Kind of has a nice ring to it.

But here’s the twist. I’m giving away two more sets to our two most loyal commenters on the site: “McMan and Blairf Felgenheimer”. If it wasn’t for you two guys, the site would be a whole lot quieter. Yes, there are other loyal commenters, and I want to thank you. These two are something else though. In the coming weeks we’re going to be ramping up our efforts to get more of our 14,000 daily visitors and our 17,000 RSS subscribers to actually engage in conversation, so stay tuned.

Check Out Exploiting Chaos, A New Book By Jeremy Gutsche

Exploiting-Chaos-Cover-230 By David Ponce

Jeremy Gutsche is the founder and CEO of one of our favorite sites, Trend Hunter. And he’s written a book called “Exploiting Chaos” that explores how periods of uncertainty can and have become the fuel for creativity, innovation and opportunity.

As bestselling author Daniel Pink notes, “EXPLOITING CHAOS is a rousing battle cry for the kind of creative, risky thinking that is most needed in times of change and disorder. Whether you’re a CEO trying to stay ahead of the curve, a daydreaming teenager, or a wannabe trailblazer, this bold guide is the shake-up you need to check your assumptions, get inspired, and turn business-as-usual totally upside down.”

The book launches on September 1st, but in partnership with Trend Hunter, the link below will allow you to download a sneak preview.

Check it out.

[ Exploiting Chaos Sneak Preview ]

Yesterday On BotJunkie: Our 1000th Post And A Contest

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By Evan Ackerman

Yesterday, we celebrated BotJunkie’s 1000th post. After two spectacularly successful years (and counting) of bringing you the latest happenings in the robot world, we’re holding a contest to come up with a collective noun for a group of robots… Like, a “herd” of robots, except something more robot-y. If you have some good ideas, head on over to this post for details… And did we mention there are prizes?

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We have a bunch of awesome prizes for the most creative terms (that’s right, this is not a random drawing, it’s an actual contest), including a VEXplorer kit from Trossen Robotics, a WowWee TriBot, and weRobot t-shirts from Chop Shop. And of course, we’ve still got all the most interesting robot news, (like we do every day), so there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t click here right now, and again every single day from now on. Trust us. When it comes to robots, addiction is a good thing.

[ BotJunkie ]

This Weekend: Maker Faire

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By Evan Ackerman

Why on Earth would anyone want to cook a bunch of hot dogs with a gigantic tesla coil, you ask? Because it’s AWESOME, that’s why. This is pretty much the philosophy behind Maker Faire: things are worth making and building and creating and doing because (first) they are awesome and (second) because they are useful. Sort of. Sometimes. But who cares! Awesomeness!

Maker Faire is an exposition and celebration of people and the awesome stuff they make. It’s the biggest DIY festival in the world, and this year there will be more than 600 Makers showing off their wares and talents, including robots destroying dinosaurs, compubeavers, candyfab machines… Oh, and tesla coils, did I mention those? And we’ll be there, so check back this weekend for lots of pics.

If you’re in the area, you can get tickets here.

[ Maker Faire ]

About Our Comments Situation

By David Ponce

Hey everyone. Just wanted to let you all know why anonymous comments have been temporarily disabled. As you might have noticed from this post, OhGizmo! and BotJunkie were both setting off antivirus alarms over the weekend. We’re not sure what caused the problem and are still investigating. We were able to resolve the issue by rolling back to an earlier snapshot of the site, but short of knowing what went wrong, we’re not taking any chances and are shutting down anonymous comments. Better to be safe.

We’re hoping to open’em up again soon. Until then, our apologies for taking away your God given right to have opinions and tell’em to the entire OhGizmo! readership.

Site Note: We Were A Little Sick This Morning, Now Feeling Better

By Andrew Liszewski

This morning some of you running avast! or AVG may have noticed that OhGizmo! (and BotJunkie) were feeling a little under the weather. We’ve been working with our site host to get the issue resolved, and at the moment we think things are back to normal. However, we will be keeping a close eye on both sites, making sure they drink plenty of fluids and such, and hopefully this morning’s problems didn’t adversely affect any of you.

OhGizmo, By An Artist Friend Of Mine

By David Ponce

The above image is a creation of a street artist friend of mine (click image for higher-res version). It was made entirely by hand, with pencils (remember those?) and felt tip pens. The only digital manipulation was in removing the paper creases that were visible after the scanning process. In case you can’t read it, it’s “OhGizmo”. Each letter is doubled. If you still can’t read it, well, we’re sorry.

After he gave this to me, I told him I’d show it to our readers. So here it is. What do y’all think?

By the way, if any of you are looking for something like this, he can be hired. And his rates are more than reasonable. Just use the contact form, and I’ll get you in touch.

Submit Your 3 Favorite Pieces Of Media To HP’s Campaign… Win A MediaSmart Server!

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By David Ponce

For the last few weeks, HP has been running a campaign called “What Are Your 3?”, which is centered around the idea of sharing the media content that’s the most dear to you. This makes sense for them of course because the conversation swirls around their MediaSmart Server, a piece of hardware that would make it much easier for you to store and share a panoply of digital content with just about anyone you want. It’s a smart campaign that includes many facets. One of them is a contest: you can win your own HP MediaSmart Server just by participating!

Simply visit this page and submit three digital items you think are cool. It can be a picture, a video or some music. Here’s the link to my submission. These can be voted on, and for some reason, I got a paltry six votes… So if nothing else, you guys can get me some votes, right? I’m not entirely sure how a winner is selected, but I can assure you that you can’t win if you don’t participate.

Finally, they’ve asked me to write an article loosely related to sharing digital content. So if you’re interested, you can read that here. Let me know what you think…

[ Win an HP MediaSmart Server ]