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Thursday, June 09, 2005

We Have a Winner

After a late surge in the voting, the Butterphant of Excellence goes to Artist #2... which is ME! So I keep all the prize money... Sorry to the rest of y'all... Kinda funny how that worked out. Soapy was actually Artist #3, and Diane was Artist #1. The only specific photo to receive more than one specific mention was this one, entitled American Darling.

Some additional Stave It Off awards and comments:

Most Bizarrely Inappropriate Response goes to Hippy Shauna.
Most Desperate Attempt to Jump on the Bandwagon goes to Soapy for discarding his ethics and logging in to vote... for me!
Most Inventive Voting Vernacular goes to Dan for using the word culvert.

Diane noticed that all of her votes came from women.
I noticed that everyone who played the "guess which artist took which photos" game fared poorly. Apparently the three of us did a terrible job reflecting our personalities in our work.
And Soapy pointed out, quite rightly, that square-shaped photos appeared larger than 3x5 (displaying instead as 5x5). I did not intend for this to happen (the photos were automatically sized by an application called Hello) but I probably benefited the most as two of my photos appeared significantly larger than everyone else's.

Oh, and the two photos that are of the same object were this and this. _Photography

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13 Comments:

At 6/09/2005 05:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, what's the deal pulling the plug on the voting? You said a couple more days, LIAR!

Diane

 
At 6/09/2005 07:09:00 PM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Soapy had already (sort of) given away which photos were his, so I decided to end it... besides, 14 comments is the most that I've ever seen... I didn't imagine any more were forthcoming. Sorry if that ruined your ballot stuffing plans!

 
At 6/09/2005 07:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos! Or as Freddie Mercury would say, "YOOOOUUUUUUU ARE THE CHAAAAM-PION, MY FRIE-END!!"

Next time I'm actually going to go through all the photos I shot (in this case 436) rather than just glancing at the first 50 and tossing 5 into the mix to get you to stop bugging me. So expect a longer wait. ;)

Howabout next time we do photos of Clay in a brawl? I'd get the macro close-ups of the bruises, John would somehow artify the surroundings into a still-life, and Diane would capture the whole scene from the rafters with a wide-angle.

Soapy

 
At 6/09/2005 09:31:00 PM, Blogger walaka said...

Goodbye! Me am Bizarro-Walaka! On Htrae, all my guesses were right, so I lose contest! Yippee!

 
At 6/09/2005 11:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I buy your explanation John---perhaps you pulled the plug at the exact moment your point tally exceeded the other artistes!
Anyway, I don't believe in artistic 'competitions' as such (which is better, Picasso or Manet?). I think it was fun to throw the photos up and engage folks, even encourage the general persuit of personal expression. The actual experience with you and Soapy on the day of shooting was the best part for me, regardless of how the photos turned out. I laughed my ass off and was also scared a tiny bit shitless at one point. Are we going to share the drug trailer experience and photo with everyone?

Diane

 
At 6/10/2005 12:50:00 AM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Well, first of all, Picasso was better than Manet, hands down.
Secondly, I'm still waiting for Soapy The Excuse Maker to give me a copy of the famous photo so that I can post a little annecdote about life under the viaduct.
I do agree however, that the actual day of walking around and shooting photos was great (and the burrito afterward was heaven.)

 
At 6/10/2005 12:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how the grasp of justice is stricken with carpal tunnel syndrome. Your prize for winning is that you get to see that cool, scary trailer photo. Sometime this July.

Besides, I'm too busy practicing with my excuse lightsaber. And drafting the rules for our next photo "contest."

Rule 1: All entrants must submit photos no larger than 1"x1.5" thumbnails. If your name is John, your photos may be 8"x10".

Rule 2: All photos must be 16-color .gif files so they load quickly and take up as little bandwidth as possible. Unless your name is John, in which case million-color .jpgs and .tifs are allowed.

Rule 3: No Photoshop perfection. Just pick five shots you like and email them in raw format to John. Unless you are John, in which case cropping the heck out of your stuff is okay, and high-contrast black and whites are perfectly acceptable.

Rule 4: If you get more votes than the other artists, your photos will be added to John's photos. Unless your name is John, in which case voting will end immediately.

Rule 5: If you throw ethics to the wind and vote for someone other than yourself, your vote will count but you will be disqualified. And forced to listen to the "Stave It Off" song 50 times.

Rule 6: Only a Sith believes in art contests.

Soapy

 
At 6/10/2005 06:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed that Picasso is 'better' than Manet...but wait, the voting is over, as Soapy so painfully acknowledged.
I think for the next photo contest (open to all blog readers), everyone should enter ONE photo, sized equally. And there should be a theme.

Diane

 
At 6/12/2005 02:18:00 PM, Blogger Ned said...

To throw a spanner in the old monkey works (meanwhile mixing my cliches): on just what criteria is Picasso to be deemed "better" than Manet?

 
At 6/13/2005 09:57:00 AM, Blogger walaka said...

He could bench-press more.

 
At 6/14/2005 03:50:00 PM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

My judgment of Picasso being "better" than Manet is based soley on their contributions to the field of art. As far as I know they were both worthless human beings.

 
At 6/21/2005 11:14:00 AM, Blogger helioshamash said...

Oh yes. Picasso has contributed "more" to the world.

Let me remind you of one remarkable restaurant which has contributed the most to the world, out of all other such establishments:

McDonalds.

Picasso had many peaks 'n' valleys; similarly, Dali comes to mind. At what point do dinner napkins and plain white paper constitute significant contributions?

;)

 
At 6/21/2005 11:15:00 AM, Blogger helioshamash said...

P.S. Domo arigato, Mr. Johnbai. Without you the world would have more trouble turning upon its axis...of...evil!

 

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