Monday, August 01, 2011

New Edition Day

Congratulations to ME, for successfully keeping the URI! Zone (née The URI! Domain) alive for the past fifteen years! I have several taglines I might use to advertise this longevity, including:

  • The URI! Zone: Slightly longer than Gosford Park but way more interesting.
  • The URI! Zone: Older than Google and catching up to The Simpsons.
  • The URI! Zone: Once hosted on Geocities, but always too good for Angelfire.
  • The URI! Zone: Elucidating the need for a 22nd Amendment on blogs since 2004.

For the first five years, this website was a funhouse of crap, similar in nature to eBay without the concept of auctions. It has now been ten full years since I moved to Florida, pretending to be a musician, and converted it into a blog. I resisted branding it as a blog for many years though, because I thought (and still think) that "blog" is a mildly retarded word, like "pwn" or "dumpling".

It feels quite nice to look at the right sidebar of this site and see ten full years of daily updates (barring the occasional summer month in the early years where I only had dial-up access). Ten years is the magic number for blogs to reach syndication, so I'm hoping that you'll be able to watch a show where William Shatner reads my posts on TBS at 7 and 7:30 every evening.

To celebrate the 15th birthday of this literary gem, I am giving away a $15 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com to one lucky reader who is capable of following instructions. Simply leave a comment on this post that answers these questions:

  • When was your first visit to the URI! Zone (even if it's today)?
  • Where are you visiting from (geographically speaking)?
  • How has the URI! Zone cataclysmically changed your life for the better?

I will pick the best response to win the gift certificate next Monday, August 8. If every response is an insipid lipid bubbling in mediocrity, I'll let a random number generator do the work. By entering this contest, you grant me permission to include your positive stories when I apply to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to get urizone.net designated as a historic site. I really want one of those white metal signs to hang in my living room.

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