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  • Community Credit Winners Recognized in September 2007

    Let's see who was recognized with geeky gifts in September 2007 ...
    Note: As always, our prize list with all of the past winners can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"

    The folks listed below have truly exceeded in their contributions to the development community and have been rewarded with some really geeky prizes. How did they win? They simply went above and beyond in their contributions to the development community and logged their contributions here and the geeks with the most points at the end of September 2007 Contest won one of the prizes shown below. 

    But first... a word from our Sponsor:
    This month we are happy to have a brand new sponsor. It is our sister site, . The site only has a few products right now, but they are cool products. Be sure to give them some love.  Drop us an email and let us know what you think.

    And now, onto the winners
    Grand Prize Winner:Shawn Wildermuth with 51,675 Points points won a The Customizable Interactive Robot Kit

    1st Prize Winner:Michael David Austin with 51,650 Points points won a Animated Homer Simpson Multi-USB Port

    2nd Prize Winner:Martin Hinshelwood with 42,150 Points points won a Doctor Who Action Figure with R/C K9

    3rd Prize Winner:David McMahon with 39,800 Points points won a Yoda Slippers

    4th Prize Winner:Adrian Rodriguez with 16,600 Points points won a The Bog Monster

    5th Prize Winner:Teemu Keiski with 13,500 Points points won a Illuminating Car Slippers

    6th Prize Winner:Brad Jones with 12,000 Points points won a Speed Racer: Mach 5 Mini Radio Control Car

    7th Prize Winner:Anand Narayanaswamy with 10,575 Points points won a The Simpsons - Duff Dice Game

    8th Prize Winner:Lou Vega with 10,550 Points points won a Nintendo Action Figure

    9th Prize Winner:Swapnil with 7,700 Points points won a Carpet Skates

    10th Prize Winner:Mikhail Dikov with 6,500 Points points won a The Metallic Red Ladybug Mouse

    10th Prize Winner:DotNetGuts (DNG) with 6,000 Points points won a Mirror Clock

    11th Prize Winner:jasongiles with 5,500 Points points won a Stress Express Flying Helicopter

    11th Prize Winner:Timmy John with 5,500 Points points won a Jenga Keychain

    12th Prize Winner:Jacob Proffitt with 5,200 Points points won a Star Wars PocketModel CCG

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  • Community Credit Prizes for September 2007

    Note: As always, our prize list can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"Check it out to see past prizes and contest winners.

    The items below show the prizes that you can win at Community-Credit this month(September 2007 ). You can have a chance at earning one of these prizes by contributing to the development community this month.  Simply log your contributions (points awarded for close to 100 types) and the geeks with the most points at the end of September 2007 Contest will win one of the prizes shown below. You can also see the past winners and prizes on our Stupid Prize Page.

    But first... a word from our Sponsor:
    This month we are happy to have a brand new sponsor. It is our sister site, . The site only has a few products right now, but they are cool products. Be sure to give them some love.  Drop us an email and let us know what you think.

    Onto this Month's Prizes...
    Grand Prize: The Interactive Robotic Panda

    This robotic panda has integrated sound and touch sensors that enable autonomous interaction without requiring the use of a remote control. Using capacitive touch sensor technology, the panda responds to contact depending on whether he is patted, poked, or caressed and the internal dual axis accelerometer and tilt sensor allow the panda to recognize when he has been picked up. The panda tells stories and asks the user to interact with him to determine the tale's outcome, while touching his foot will cause him to get on all fours and crawl. He has three modes that change at a touch of a button a training mode that instructs how to use the panda, a friend mode in which the robot tells stories and jokes, and a menu mode. The robot has happy, shy, and feisty personalities, and can learn tricks. Includes a plush panda and memory cartridge.

    1st Prize: Remote Controlled Dragonfly

    The world's first radio controlled flying insect! This amazing RC Dragonfly flaps its wings like a real dragonfly for unique flying action. Thanks to the lightweight construction, the Dragonfly can flutter, soar, dive-bomb and glide. Plus, the durable carbon-fiber structure and flexible wings stand up to crashes and rough landings.

    2nd Prize: 2GB USB Memory Watch

    You may recall from Episode IV that R2 was carrying some important files destined for delivery to Obi-Wan. These files were, of course, a distress message from Princess Leia and plans for the Empire's newly operational battle station. These plans played a critical part in the successful destruction of the Death Star. If you want to be a hero, just like R2, then we suggest you carry your files on this USB Memory Watch.

    In addition to displaying the time, this watch helps you carry your valuable data with you at all times (you know - your MP3 files, favorite images, your ThinkGeek shopping list). With 2GB of capacity it has more than ample storage. The USB Memory Watch has a built-in USB connector and can transfer files to and from most computer operating systems. The USB connector is cleverly stored in the watch band and flips up for easy connecting. There is also a LED light that indicates the device status. The watch is surprisingly sleek and lightweight - it is not a bulky watch. The band is comfortable and very flexible.

    3rd Prize: Bare Metal Bender Wind-up

    Everybody loves a sarcastic, galactically saavy, cigar smoking, prank prone, selfish, beer drinking robot. Enter Bender. Bender was his mothers 1729th son. His father killed by a can opener, Bender went on to college and majored in Bending and minored in Robo-American studies. This Unit 22 Bending Unit is proof positive that every desktop needs a tin metal, intriguing wind-up robot before it can be considered complete. Yep.
    8.5" tall wind up die cast interactive Bender, from Futurama (fully licensed). Twist the antenna on top of his head and his expression will change from 'normal' bender to 'angry' bender. Perfect to fend off unwanted visitors. Optionally insert an included cigar into his mouth for those times when Bender just needs to mellow down. Bare Metal Metal Bender includes a can of Mom's Old Fashioned Robot Oil and a cigar! And arms articulate! Wind up key to make Bender walk inserts into side and is removable (his arms will also swing while in motion!). Open up Bender's ribcage compartment and see what's going on inside! Or just wind him up and let him walk all over your TPS reports. He doesn't care. He's bender, you new best desktop friend with an attitude.

    4th Prize: Desktop Repeater Rubber Band Gun

    Use the Desktop Repeater to turn your office mail cart into a gatling-gun fortified "war wagon." While yours might not have the firepower of the War Wagon John Wayne and Kirk Douglas encountered in the classic movie of the same name, this rapid-fire rubberband repeater will ensure your office mail gets delivered on schedule. Nothing clears a hallway or puts 'em back in their cubicles like sheer overwhelming firepower!

    5th Prize: Pocket Laser Light Show

    Didn't you always want to be the exciting guy at the party? Err, not that kind of party. The other kind. You know, you were a 16th level Halfling Paladin but no matter how the dice rolled, it seemed like your DM always slightly favored Bob the dwarf mage. Why? Because Bob was a dwarf mage and because Bob brought the cheetos. Screw Bob. You have a Pocket Laser Light Show now. Whenever you are feeling down and out, just break it out, point it to the nearest cavern wall, turn it on, and stare in awe as you deftly control the opposing dials and switches to change the mesmerizing and seemingly endless display of pulsating, morphing laser beam patterns. It even includes a wrist strap so if you happen upon a Chromatic Dragon, and roll to save, you AND your pocket laser light show will live happily ever after...

    6th Prize: Rubberband Plane Kit, The Crow

    This rubber band propeller airplane kit is from Yoshida in Japan. The Crow design dates from 1889, when its inventor based his model on the crow's wingspan. The kit uses balsa wood, ultra-light Styrofoam, rubber bands and 125mm reverse pitch propellers. Illustrated instructions and glue are included. The kit is packed in a box with appealing graphics in Japanese and some English.

    7th Prize: Atari 2600 Plug and Play Keychains

    In the olden days of gaming, when quarters were a hot commodity and color graphics were the newest innovation, one name stood out as king: Atari. The games were visually simple, but still retain their hold as some of the most challenging and fun games ever created. Sadly, it's just too difficult to carry around an Atari system and a bag of cartridges and controllers (both joystick and paddle) with you wherever you go. So, we've found a pocket sized solution.

    Each keychain has a secret - they contain real games. Plug in the included 6 foot cable (on a battery powered reel) into the keychain and your TV , and you really can enjoy the games of yesteryear. Yes, you read that right: these keychains contain real Atari games, and are fully playable!

    Here's how the games break down:

    • Joystick 1 - Asteroids and Millipede
    • Joystick 2 - Centipede and Yar's Revenge
    • Paddle - Pong,

      8th Prize: USB Humping Dog

      Here's a really weird little USB drive that has one thing that is really unique - it features moving parts. As soon as you plug the humping dog into your computer it starts humping it. Whoo! Whoo! Who let the dogs out!

      9th Prize: Green Laser Pointer II

      This pointer is significantly brighter (about 50 times) than a red laser pointer and because of its unusual color it is much more noticeable. I mean come on, a 532 nm green laser wavelength is obviously superior to a laughable 650 nm red laser wavelength. And unlike a red laser, the green beam itself can be seen in mid-air in dark conditions, not just the laser beam dot. This allows the green laser pointer to be used for pointing to star constellations (skypointing) and also just generally look cool as hell. The green laser beam dot can be seen at much greater distances than with a red laser pointer.

      Since green direct injection laser diodes aren't readily available, this pointer is based on the use of Diode Pumped Solid State Frequency Doubled (DPSSFD) laser technology. A high power IR laser diode at 808 nm pumps a tiny block of Nd:YVO4 generating light at 1,064 nm which feeds a KTP intracavity frequency doubler crystal to produce the green beam at 532 nm.

      10th Prize: STFU Beer Stein

      Whether you went to college or not (or "university" as you Europeeps are wont to call it), you can appreciate the desire to show support for your school. It doesn't matter if you want to put a sticker on your car, paint your chest with funny letters, or wear a furry animal suit at sporting events. If you love your school you'll find a way to show it. Well, we've teamed up with the fine folks over at STFUniversity to provide an outlet to show a little school spirit.

      STFU is our favorite institution, and though many of us attended other universities around the world, we're encouraging as many people as we can to embrace STFU and its ideals. Tuition is cheap at STFU, in fact it's free. There are no books to buy, and since there's no physical campus, you can study as little or as often as you like; though we think you'll find the more you immerse yourself in the STFU lifestyle, the happier and more fulfilled all our lives will be.

      11th Prize: Lava Lamp Night Light

      Invented in the 1960s (just in time for the revolution of, the Lava Light has been a delight and a cultural icon ever since. There is just something hypnotizing about watch blobs of stuff move about interacting with other blobs of stuff. It's sort of like a protoplasmic ant farm. Well, you know us - we're always looking for new ways to make offices hip and trippy.

      12th Prize: Amazing Color-changing LED Gyro

      The LED Gyro Top is utterly incredible! Just give it a twirl and it spins and spins and spins... for hours! Once you start the top spinning, a mysterious force takes over... and keeps the top spinning for up to 4 hours. LEDs inside produce vibrant shifting color patterns as the top spins!

      13th Prize: No Clue SQL Query

      Too bad you cant use SQL queries in the real world. We suppose it's also too bad that reality (whatever that is) doesn't have a command line mode. Or does it? And if it did, would we also have access to replication from this all encompassing command line? Go find out.

      14th Prize: Potato Pellet Gun

      Unleash potassium-rich projectile warfare with the insidious potato pellet gun! Punch the barrel into a standard-issue potato, break off a pellet and bring it! Mostly harmless, the potato gun can shoot pellets up to 50 feet. Potato not included.

      15th Prize: Nintendo Hit Block! Super Mario Brothers

      Hit the block, you can hear the familiar sound. Jump, getting coins and items and more, you can hear the funny effect sounds of Super Mario Btrothers. You feel as if you are playing Super Mario Bros. Enjoy adventure with Marimo and Luigi!

      16th Prize: Nintendo DS Water Game

      With retro water-game nostalgia in a tiny Nintendo DS format these mini Japanese toys are perfect for lording over your die-hard Nintendo fan-boy friends.

      Simply fill with water and a drop of dishwashing soap (To reduce the water surface tension of course). Use the "controls" of the DS to squirt tiny water jets and maneuver the floating objects into the goal. There are three different styles each about 3" wide and featuring a Super Mario Brothers Character. Mario has gold coins that must be coaxed into a POW box, while Yoshi features tiny balls that you try to maneuver into two cups. As expected, Wario is the most difficult with star shaped rings that need to be looped over two spikes. Any will mesmerize or frustrate you depending on your patience level... and they never run out of batteries.

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  • A Close Race!!!

    Well, it is about 10 minutes before this month's submissions are closed and prizes are announced.  In the last week, the top 4 spots were very close, but in the last two days, Shawn Wildermuth and Michael David Austin ( both from Atlanta), broke away from the pack for a very slim race.  At the time of this writing, Shawn is in the lead with a narrow margin of 25 points.  You can't get much closer than that.  Will somebody submit a last minute entry?  Well, only the next few minutes will tell.
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