Here are the results (published yesterday):
That's interesting to say the least.
One important distinction that can be made between most bloggers and most journalists is bragging. Whenever a blogger states the obvious or inevitable and then said obvious or inevitable product is released or said event occurs ... the blogger will post on his or her blog about how genius they were with their prediction.
Today, my opportunity to be like most bloggers came along:
And here's where I asked:
Most journalists don't get the opportunity to "follow up" on a news story ... but it is almost certain that if editors and producers would let them - they would. (And brag as most bloggers do.)
Today also marks my similarity to "most journalists" as I bring to you a "follow up" on a story that ONLY this site brought you. An investigation of Bill Palmer and his recent "iProng Name Game Contest"
As you may know I won a prize in this contest. After a long delay in announcing the winners (3 weeks after contest end) and after a long delay (4.5 weeks) of receiving my prize (and being promised said prize within 2 weeks of winners announcements) ... I am pleased to announce that last Wednesday I received my iProng TShirt.
This didn't come without controversy though. Since I feel like the contest was fixed for the top winners to win, I should make a big deal out of it. And while it is statistically possible that I did not win the grand prize of an iPod Nano, it remains statistically improbable that I did not win the grand prize. Further, it appears as if Bill is required by Florida law to publish a list of winners or at least a public notice saying that a "Winners list" is available. I'm not so pleased that FIXYOURTHINKING wasn't mentioned as a winner. (Only as "...and 5 others won t-shirts")
Readers and my own Google searches have provided me with a lot of writing on this topic and I promise a followup with pictures of my new TShirt soon ... I just wanted to wash it first ... for various reasons.
In the meantime, enjoy a snapshot of the email I was sent (that was highly condescending and rude) and a snapshot of the packaging in which my T was received ... professionalism at its finest? Notice the date of the email and the date on the package. (You can click on the pictures to make them full size)
And finally, i'm not getting all Dvorak on you ... I welcome reader corrections and reader insight ... but recently the comments have been filling up with "corrections" that aren't necessarily corrections. See ... the thing is you guys have been used to the normal Mac news outlets only reporting the "fluff" and the "regurgitation" ... usually when I say something I know what i'm talking about as I have researched it thoroughly (as I do with everything on this site). I'm wrong sometimes. Occasionally I'll either mistype a fact or have a date wrong ... and I appreciate the corrections ... just make sure you know the facts before you correct the truth.