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Random Musings Christmas Contest Results
(Entered Dec. 23, 2009)
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Two things to mention in this post.
christmas prize packageFirst the contest! Thanks to everyone for your creativity and effort, but in the end my favourite was Caterina's poem. Here it is again if you haven't read it yet:

A tempting group of treats I see,
all arranged attractively
Some Pepsi drinks,
A Beer Shampoo
Pepper Fruits and Caramels too
Who will win them?
We will see...
Dare I hope it will be me?

My hair could really use a drink.
Azuki's a nice shade of pink.
Pepper Fruit might make me sneeze
But Shiso's like a summer breeze.

Most importantly, at least to me
(and I think that Genghis would agree)
I need the caramel. That one treat
Would make my Christmas quite complete.

Well, there it is. My heartfelt plea
That the prize will go to me
But if you give it to another
I won't hold that against you, brother.

Nice one Caterina, you've got talent! Send me an email (look in the 'About' page to find mine) with your address and the prize is yours. Don't wait too long though, if I don't hear from you in one week I'll choose someone else!

Everyone else, don't despair as there will be more contests and prizes in the future. Don't feel bad JC, your time will come!


haloscanNext up, Haloscan, the purveyor of commenting software on this site for the last 3 years, has suddenly decided to upgrade to something called 'Echo' and charge for its services. 'Come on!' I say. No reason to pay for commenting software when other free, not to mention better, options still exist! So I've switched over to 'Intense Debate', which is miles ahead of Haloscan in truth, should've switched years ago. Only thing is, all the lovely comments you've made over the years, some 2500 of them, will vanish in a couple of weeks (only to exist as xml files on my hard drive), which I guess is what I deserve for putting my site in their thrall for so long. Still, no guarantee that Intense Debate won't do the same thing in a year or two!
Anyway if there's some way to import all those comments into the new commenting system I'll do it, but don't hold your breath. In the meantime, let me know what you think of Intense Debate.


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