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Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 12:10 PM

I am sure you have seen the Gmail invites going around (If not, check out whitespace, dezwozhere, jluster, minjungkim, widgetopia, wholelottanothing, and about 100 other sites). Well, just because it's the trendy thing to do these days: I have seven, yes seven (7) Gmail invites to give away. So instead of doing some kind of contest, I would like to do a scavenger hunt. Yes, that's right, a virtual scavenger hunt to be exact. Your results can be sent to me via the feedback page. Do NOT post your findings in the comments as we want to keep this as fair as possible. With that said, here is what I need:

- The cost in USDs of a 1 year (Group A) Professional membership at AIfIA.
- The URL for the canard launching art.
- The first and last name of the animator and illustrator that "boxes with jewels."
- Who said, "I fall more and more in love with this tool everyday." and about what.
- The names of Ernest Kim's former and current employer.
- The tile of chapter 10 of Christina Wodtke's last book.
- The year in which my current employer founded their company.
- The name of the person who came up with "Wordpress"
- The total length in inches of a medium sized clip-n-seal.
- The current URL for Veen Diagram.
- The date of Jeffrey Zeldman's birthday.
- The first year WebVisions was held.
- What the "D" stands for in D. Keith Robinson.
- The difference in numbered pages between the 1st and 2nd edition of the Polar Bear book.
- The keynote of the first WebVisions and approximate room temperature.

Comments

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 2:47 PM

How about some hints? Ok, sure, I'll post some hints every once in a while right here. First hint: "canard launching art" refers to a specific piece of hand-drawn art by someone who I know personally.

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 4:15 PM

Ok, another hint: My current employeer is ZAAZ.

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 4:22 PM

Congrats to Jess McMullin for scoring a perfect 100% on his scavenger hunt. 6 more Gmail invites left!

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 4:40 PM

next hint: The artist who did the canard launching art is on the AIfIA Advisory Board.

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 6:06 PM

Congrats to Chris Moritz for a 3rd time's the charm approach to the scavenger hunt. 5 more Gmail invites left!

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 6:09 PM

Next hint: the amazon page count includes all pages, not just numbered pages. The first edition had less pages.

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 7:08 PM

Ok, next hint: the company Ernest Kim currently works for sells products that include an altimeter.

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 7:13 PM

ok, next hint... just because I want to make sure this is fair to all. If you are trying to find the veen diagram you have to be Defining The Damn Thing

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 7:28 PM

Next hint: The first WebVisions was in an old church that was converted into a theater, and it took place in the middle of summer. Someone with a deep voice keynoted.

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 8:05 PM

Congrats to B. Adam for a 3rd time's the charm approach to the scavenger hunt. Only 4 more Gmail invites left!

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 8:07 PM

Another hint: The key to "D" can be found in the FAQ.

Nick Finck

June 15, 2004 at 9:55 PM

another hint: To find the URL for the canard launching art check Widgetopia.

spoilsport

June 16, 2004 at 12:53 AM

This is so funny. But trends like this one make me laugh. Gmail is the last thing I want.

Needhelp

June 16, 2004 at 2:50 AM

The 2nd and 3rd question seem difficult, more hints are welcome ;)

Dave Marks

June 16, 2004 at 4:39 AM

Can I give a hint? I already have a Gmail account, but i think i know the answer to No.3 The hint is 37Signals ;) Good look people!

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 8:28 AM

Congrats to Manny Otero for never giving up and beating the scavenger hunt! Only 3 more Gmail invites left! You better get cracking, tons of emailed guesses are pouring in by the minute!

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 8:29 AM

hint: don't believe hints by those other than Nick Finck ;) Sorry Dave, that doesn't help much as some people have been unable to identify his current employer.

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 8:45 AM

Hint for #3: We are not looking for the producer of this product, we are looking for someone who uses this product.

Jay

June 16, 2004 at 9:53 AM

still missing the 'canard launching art'; 'the polar bear book page question' and the 'approximate room temperature'(which i can only guess to be very high. answers come out, come out wherever you are. Any hints left on those questions ?

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 9:55 AM

Congrats to Jim Rain for giving it the good ol' collage try. The answers are much harder than most people then to think. 2 more gmail invites left!

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 9:56 AM

hint: 'approximate room temperature' is going to be a qualitative response, not quantitative.

Jay

June 16, 2004 at 10:01 AM

The answers are much harder than most people then to think. you think so eh :) this canard thing is gonna be the death of me.

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 10:02 AM

Congrats to Mark Olson for doing the math. Only one (1) more gmail invite left!!!

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 10:04 AM

Hint: the page that links directly to the canard launching art is linked from the page you are reading right now.

Jay

June 16, 2004 at 10:10 AM

ok now that i found it i feel incredibly stupid.

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 10:35 AM

Congrats to Jo Deman for never giving up and geting the final gmail account! This contest is now closed. There were a few others who emailed in all correct answers but they came in after Jo's email. If I do get more gmail invites I will pass them out to those few people who have already emailed me the correct answers as of right now.

Nick Finck

June 16, 2004 at 11:14 AM

The Answers: - The cost in USDs of a 1 year (Group A) Professional membership at AIfIA. $20.00 USD, found on the AIfIA signup page - The URL for the canard launching art. http://www.eleganthack.com/blog/images/canard.gif, linked from the Widgetopia contest page and also from an archived blog page on Elegant Hack. - The first and last name of the animator and illustrator that "boxes with jewels." James Hutchinson, found on the Who's Jewelboxing page. - Who said, "I fall more and more in love with this tool everyday." and about what. Dave Cadoff about Basecamp, found on the what people are saying page at BaseCamp - The names of Ernest Kim's former and current employer. former: 37Signals, and current: BigHa. Found from a interview with Jason Fried and in a Digital Web Magazine blog post. - The tile of chapter 10 of Christina Wodtke's last book. All Together Now, found via Amazon's look inside page. - The year in which my current employer founded their company. 1998, found on the about ZAAZ page. - The name of the person who came up with "Wordpress" Christine Selleck, found on the about WordPress page. - The total length in inches of a medium sized clip-n-seal. 10.1", found on the Purchase a Clip-n-Seal page. - The current URL for Veen Diagram. http://www.jjg.net/ia/veen_diagram.jpg, linked from the IAwiki: DefiningTheDamnThing page and also mentioned not to long ago on the AIfIA-memebers mailing list. - The date of Jeffrey Zeldman's birthday. January 12th (year witheld to protect the innocent), found via an archived post on Consolation Champs, used to be posted on Altsense for those who were good enough to mark the date in your calendars. Some people even knew the year, which scared me. - The first year WebVisions was held. 2001, found on the WebVisions 2004 page. - What the "D" stands for in D. Keith Robinson. David, found on the Asterisk FAQ page. - The difference in numbered pages between the 1st and 2nd edition of the Polor Bear book. 259 pages, the book is, of course Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by O'Reilly, this one is only accuratly found by having physical posesion of the books. Both Amazon and O'Reilly count the total number of pages, where we were looking for the total number of numbered pages. - The keynote of the first WebVisions and approximate room temperature. Jeffrey Zeldman, 90 degrees (but would accept anything from "hot" to "uncomfortably hot"), found in the Digital Web Magazine interview with Brad Smith (conference director) and from Shirley Keiser's archived blog post.

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