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  1. Monday, February 11, 2019:
    Census Day Results    Congratulations to Katie, who wins a $10 Amazon gift certificate for "showing up" for the  census ! Send me an email and I'll deliver it to your email in return!   There are definitely more lurkers in the ether that did not reply -- over the coming years, I'll have to see how high I need to increase the value of the prize before people start coming out of the woodwork.   Also, Evil Mike is welcome to choose a new adjective for his handle (should he want one), having outlasted Good Mike. 
  2. Monday, February 04, 2019:
    Census Day  Blogging has become a charmingly quaint practice for old-fashioned people, not unlike going into the bathroom at work and hearing someone in the next stall tap out a message on their classic Blackberry, or watching America's Funniest Videos live on an actual TV. It is for this reason that visitors to the URI! Zone have gracefully ebbed over the years like a perpetual neap tide.     Are you someone that reads regularly (for the articles) and not just some undergrad music major that got caught in my honeypot of aural training cheat codes? Come out of lurking and say hello in the Comments section. All 5 trendsetters subscribed to my Atom feed will need to visit this website to find the Comments section.  &nbs...
  3. Wednesday, December 16, 2015:
    Name That Tune: Christmas Edition  I'm on a whirlwind tour of Rhode Island today. While I'm away, try your hand at this Name That Tune contest from last weekend's Holiday Potluck. No prizes, because some of you have already heard the answers! The high score was 16 / 20.   Click on the number to hear a clip, and hover your mouse over the right column to reveal the answer.    table.table151216 { border: 1px solid black; } table.table151216 td { border: 1px solid black; padding: 5px; text-align: center; } td.answer { background-color: #fafafa; color: #fafafa; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold; width: 750px; } td.answer:hover { color: #999999; }       1    Won...
  4. Friday, May 24, 2013:
    Friday Wrap-ups    Congratulations to Kathy, who was one of 9 readers that answered this year's  census  and won a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com! Lurkers were unusually uninterested in free money this year, as those 9 responses were only about half of my usual regular anonymous traffic.     In other news, I have released   and taken today off to start on v0.3.0. I'm meticulously tracking the schedule for this work so I can get better at software estimation, and my spreadsheet reports that I've spent 138.5 hours so far, at an average rate of 2.5 hours per day.   Enjoy the long weekend! 
  5. Monday, August 08, 2011:
    Winner Day   Congratulations to Mike (of Mike and Chompy) for winning the 15th Birthday $15 Gift Certificate contest! It was a very competitive race, with each entrant assigned a number (with  9  being the "donate it to charity slice", where charity is my nickname).   Mike can use this unexpected windfall to buy a book on why the East Coast is better than the West Coast, in advance of his upcoming move to Los Angeles, the city with the worst airport in the nation (and the only city with worse traffic than the D.C. area). Then after he's been convinced, he can sell the book back on the Amazon Marketplace and walk away with a tidy $5 profit.   I'm back to work today, in outfits involving undershirts, and ton...
  6. 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 withou...
  7. Monday, June 28, 2010:
    Caption Contest Results  Congratulations to the following winners of this month's  Caption Contest !        First Place ($15) : Chris Smith for Entry #3    Second Place ($5) : Steve Morton for Entry #9    Third Place ($1) : Katie Morton for Entry #14    Runner-Up (Hugs) : Mom for Entry #6     Sam Edwards will also get a $1 consolation prize, because I left his entry out of the voting pool. Thanks to everyone who participated!       #1 : Doobie       #2 : Anna       #3 : Chris Smith       #4 : Annie      &n...
  8. Tuesday, June 22, 2010:
    Caption Contest Day  We had a surprisingly successful turnout for this month's Caption Contest -- so much so that I cut a few "second" entries that were too similar to others. Vote for your favourite using the Poll in the sidebar of this site by  Sunday, June 27, at 6 PM .  First Place: $15 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com   Second Place: $5 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com   Third Place: $1 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com   Runner-Up: Hugs   The winners will be announced on the following Monday, and all of the entrants will be given proper credit for their entries. Should there be a tie for first place, I will cast the deciding vote. Ties for the other places will just result in extra prizes! Hoo...
  9. Tuesday, June 15, 2010:
    Caption Contest Day  The picture below was taking from  Reuter's Pictures of the Month  and is the subject of this month's caption contest.        Invent a funny, insightful, or witty caption for this photo and submit your caption to me using the email link in the top bar by  Monday the 21st at 6 PM EST . (Limit 2 per person).   Examples can be seen in last year's contest involving shapeshifting tubas and Barack Obama  here . Last year's winner was  Katie Morton .   I will post the submissions next Tuesday ( June 22 ). Entries will be voted on by Zone readers and the winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Amazon.com (there may be second place...
  10. Monday, July 20, 2009:
    Caption Contest Results     Congratulations to  Katie Morton  for getting the most votes in last week's  caption contest ! Katie will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com and bragging rights. The voting was quite close this time around with first place only one vote ahead of second, and the submitters of the various captions can be seen in the image on the right. Congratulations to everyone who entered!   If you have any ideas for future contests, please be sure to let me know. We are always interested in moving forward with the times here at the URI! Zone.       Leesburg DMV now a drive-in operation        Oscar Meyer now delivers in your home&nbs...
  11. Wednesday, July 15, 2009:
    Caption Contest  Vote for (only one) favourite entry using the Poll in the right sidebar! Voting closes on Sunday the 19th. Remember that the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com!         Cats exploit humans by purring        Students have the right to an orgasm        Buzz Aldrin and Snoop Dogg team up  
  12. Wednesday, July 08, 2009:
    Caption Contest Day  It's been a while since I gave my Mom any money, so I thought I'd have my annual caption contest. These pictures were taken from  Reuter's Pictures of the Month , and since yesterday was Doobie's birthday, one of them includes a tuba.        Invent a funny, insightful, or witty caption for either one of these images (your choice). Submit your caption to me using the email link in the top bar by  Tuesday the 14th at 6 PM EST . Make sure you note which image your caption goes with.   Examples can be seen in last year's contest involving George Bush and runners  here .   Entries will be voted on by Zone readers and the winner will receive a $10 gift cer...
  13. Thursday, March 05, 2009:
    Name that Tune Results    Congratulations to Anna Ahlbin and Kathy Smith who correctly guessed all ten answers in the Name that Tune contest (within the first three days of the contest, even!)   Each winner will receive a $12.50 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Runner-ups were Doobie (8 of 10) and Rebecca (7 of 10). They were each going to get $2.22, but Amazon is now lame and makes $5 the minimum gift card amount (so Doobie gets $5, and Rebecca gets a hug).   No other guys submitted entries -- are women better at reading lips than men? Or are women just infatuated with my sexy mouth?   Watch the movies below to see the clips from the contest with the original songs dubbed over the top (This is obviously the best part ...
  14. Monday, February 23, 2009:
    Name That Tune!    It's time for my annual Name-That-Tune contest! Past contests have incorporated crazy antics like " five songs at the same time ", " only the breaks ", and " only the bass lines ". The new gimmick for 2009? I have uploaded 10 movies of me singing classic songs. The catch? There is no sound!   If you can figure out the band and the song title for the tunes below, you stand to win a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Depending on how many people submit entries, there may also be runner-up prizes, as my own little stimulus package to the loyal readers of the URI! Zone.    Rules :     There are 26 possible points for the 10 songs. In cases of ties ...
  15. Thursday, October 16, 2008:
    Audience Participation Day   Caption Fun      Post an amusing caption to this photo from last night's debate in the comments section. No voting or prizes this time around -- I'm saving up to buy a wife!       New father names daughter Sarah Palin, without mommy knowing        Suit against God thrown out        Fecal bacteria joins the commute  
  16. Thursday, September 25, 2008:
    Name That Tune Contest Results   Congratulations to Anna Ahlbin for getting 15 points out of 20 on the Name That Tune contest! Anna wins a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com.   Runner-up was the team of "Mike, Chris Green, Kathy and everyone they know" with 8 points, followed by Rob with 4 points.   The original clips are posted below, with a new clip playing the tunes in sequential order afterwards. The clips with stars next to them were not guessed by anyone. Highlight the empty space below the clips to see what the correct answers were!     Clip #1      Clip #1, Separated Tunes     Jazz/Dance:  Herbie Hancock (Maynard Ferguson) - Chameleon   Classical:  Tchaiko...
  17. Tuesday, September 16, 2008:
    Contest Day  Name That Tune: Cacophony Edition    It's been seven months since the last Name That Tune contest, mainly because it took about two months to mix these samples to perfection. There are 20 song fragments bunched together into just 4 clips. The person who correctly identifies the most songs out of 20 will win a gift certificate for $20 to Amazon.com. Read on for the rules!     Each clip contains five songs mashed together, one from each of five genres. You must provide the following information to get a song correct:    Classical Song: Composer & Title (movement not necessary)   Jazz/Dance Song: Artist & Title   Musical: Musical & Song Title   Rock...
  18. Wednesday, July 02, 2008:
    Caption Contest Results          document.write(makePoll("Which Caption Contest entry is the best?", new Array("1 - 2 (13.3%)", "2 - 5 (33.3%)", "3 - 0 (0.0%)", "4 - 2 (13.3%)", "5 - 4 (26.7%)", "6 - 0 (0.0%)", "7 - 0 (0.0%)", "8 - 0 (0.0%)", "9 - 2 (13.3%)", "10 - 0 (0.0%)")))       Congratulations to my Mom, who won first place in last week's Caption Contest. She wins a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com! Thanks go out to everyone who submitted a caption this time around.   In other news, I recently completed a six-month-long clean-up of the News Archives -- removing the News stories that no longer exist because Yahoo is too idiotic to realize that they should stop changing thei...
  19. Wednesday, June 25, 2008:
    Caption Contest  Vote for (only one) favourite entry using the Poll in the left sidebar! Voting closes on  Monday the 30th !        Anti-stink machine to mask sewage smell       Man selling his life on ebay       Man jailed for adopting bear  
  20. Wednesday, June 18, 2008:
    Audience Participation Day: Annual Caption Contest              Invent a funny, insightful, or witty caption for either one of these images (your choice). Submit your caption by  Tuesday the 24th at 6 PM EST .  Make sure you note which image your caption goes with, and who is speaking if your caption involves dialogue.  Examples can be seen in last year's contest involving Sumo wrestlers and babies    .  Entries will be voted on by Zone readers and the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com. I have the final say in ties, cheating, and suspected sabotage.        Introducing high-heels for babies     Ma...
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