Call it retroactive boredom. One day — I don’t remember when — a couple years back I was bored. Does that set the stage? I must have been typing odd conversions into Google, calculating the number of hours in a year, or the number of minutes in a decade. It was that type of bored. At one point, if I can pull the dusty file from my memory and recall exactly, I mentally notched out my age in years to a couple decimal points and asked Google to convert it to seconds — and surprise, it was a few millions short of a billion. Again if I recall correctly, I did the reverse: how many years are a billion seconds? And matching that to a corresponding date on the calendar in relation to my date of birth — accounting for leap years — and I came up with sometime in the afternoon of August 3, 2008, local time. I recorded in the calendar, and all week my notification has been blinking with the upcoming event: “One Billion Seconds”
So, be nice to an old guy. I’m in my billions now. Yes, the big one-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.
What, No Party?
In lieu of a party I’ve decided to host a little celebration contest right here, right now. We’re going to play a little game of FACT-OR-FICTION and the winner will receive, via email, a $10 (Canadian) gift certificate to Amazon.ca!
Rule 1: I gotta know you or have met you at least once, face to face.
Rule 2: One entry per person — yes, per PERSON.
Rule 3: Comment on this post to enter. If more than one correct entry is given by midnight TONIGHT I will draw for a winner from those entries. If no one wins by MIDNIGHT the first post-midnight time-stamp with the correct answer wins.
Rule 3.5: It’s not my fault if you “shout out” the answer too quick and lower your odds in a draw. Strategic commenting might be the key.
Rule 4: Contest closes TOMORROW at midnight — August 4, 2008, MST.
Rule 5: Prize delivered via the email you use to comment. No exchanges on the prize and no guarantees, blah, blah, blah…
Rule 6: Every entry MUST answer a skill testing question — name your favorite cheese with a (precisely) five word explanation why — else risk disqualification.
The One Billion Second Challenge
Your task if you choose to accept it…? One of the following ten statements is TRUE. The other nine are FALSE, FLAWED, or otherwise MISLEADING. Figure it out. Tell me which one is TRUE.
Statement 1: For a short while in University I ran a website in my spare time that reviewed movies where bugs were an essential element of the plot.
Statement 2: I was once interviewed on CBC’s Marketplace about copying CDs and music piracy because I had written about it in my blog.
Statement 3: When I packed up and moved out to Vancouver, my first purchase upon arriving in that city was a brand new spatula.
Statement 4: In December 2006 I camped outside a Best Buy in my car to buy a Nintendo Wii, but they were sold out before I got one, and I still don’t own one.
Statement 5: A couple summers ago I burnt my right forearm on a hot lawnmower motor while mowing the lawn and had to see a doctor.
Statement 6: While living in Vancouver, over the course of one tedious November, I wrote a NaNoWriMo fifty-thousand word novel about a pirate named Red who stole the colour red.
Statement 7: In early 2003 someone broke into our Burnaby apartment while we were out shopping and among the stolen items was my first MP3 player.
Statement 8: I placed second in the Provincial Science Fair in Grade 9 and was asked to give a speech at our school assembly.
Statement 9: I stopped donating blood because my iron levels have dropped too low since switching jobs, likely due to the amount of sitting.
Statement 10: “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of my favorite movies and I’ve seen every Jimmy Stewart movie ever made.
Now guess, and we’ll see you in another BILLION! (Or sooner.) Good luck!