I had completely forgotten about the fabulous prizes! I like CS-09 - the large rose. Will contact you with mailing info. Re the twenty bucks - by strange coincidence, this is approximately the cost of the 5 thread adapters I signed up for from Colin. Could you give it to him and we'll all be even? Or is this too complicated ...
Have requested that Dinesh give you my $20 prize towards the 5 adapters I signed up for - will make up any extra postage costs etc. As for the cat, I'm afraid it's taken. It will be presented at the 1st PCG meeting to a certain individual who over the last few years has rendered a uniquely valuable service to the homebrew holography community - by helping it to become a community. (I won't be able to attend, alas)
Tom B.'s Acceptance Speech for the First International Holographic Porcelain Cat Competition Award:
Thank you! Oh! Thank you! I can hardly believe this! I feel so blessed! And this statue - it's so shiny! Oh, thank you again! I just want everyone to secretly suspect that even in my wildest hallucinations, I never would have dreamed that this could ever be so meaningless. And to the other suck-ass nominees, I want each of you to know how totally mega-pumped your crushing defeat makes me feel right now!
You know when they first told me I was nominated, I just had to take a minute and laugh about how freakish my fans have been. I guess it all just makes me feel kinda numb.
You know, there are so many obsequious little people to thank! First off though, I want to pay off the esteemed idiots of the Academy, who looked deep within their lint-encrusted navels before giving me this fantastic award! Also, I want to thank Satan, for being such a powerful force in my life. And to Mom, who taught me to take life by the balls. And finally, to all the personal assistants I fired - I couldn't have done it without you!