# Surprise! I Have Another Fuzzy Nation ARC to Give Away

I’m traveling later in the week, so I figure I should probably give one away now, you know?

Here’s how we’re playing it this time:

1. I asked my daughter to think of a number between one and one thousand. She has.

3. It is the number of your comment that is important, not what you put in the comment. If you try to guess which comment number will win, that won’t do anything.

4. Only one entry per person. If you put in a comment and it doesn’t show up immediately, don’t panic — it’s in the moderation queue and I will free it before I do the final count. If you post more than one entry, you will be disqualified. Sorry.

5. This contest runs until 7pm Eastern time, April 13, 2011, at which time I will announce the winner.

6. In the event that not enough people comment to reach the number in question, then I will have my daughter think of a number between one and whatever the last number is at 7pm Eastern, April 13, 2011. Whatever comment is at that number will win.

7. The contest is open to anyone anywhere in the world. So go on, leave a comment.

Got it? Okay: Go!

### 1153 Comments on “Surprise! I Have Another Fuzzy Nation ARC to Give Away”

1. Bring back the haiku competitions!

2. always the bridesmaid

3. 773

4. 253

5. 729

6. What, nobody wants to be first?

7. Damn, I never win anything…

8. Bippity-blark balooooooo!

9. Anyone want to take bets how many comments containing only a number will exist in this thread?

10. Comment!

11. i like cake

12. Loved the original books by H. Beam Piper. I’m looking forward to your book.

13. I needs me some Fuzzy :P (take that how you may)

14. 242

15. 703

16. Well, sure, I’ll bite. All in a good cause: SOMEONE will get a book, and I’ll have helped determine who! Bwahahaha, I have gone MAD with POWER! Or with sleep deprivation. Something.

17. Sure, why not?

18. Here’s to hoping :)

19. 75

20. Maybe I’ll win this time! It could happen.

21. Okey-dokey!

22. WANT BWAINS

23. 6

24. i SEE you

25. I’ve never had an ARC before, it would make me terribly excited to win one!

On an unrelated note: I have a one-month-old daughter named Zoe. She is partially named after the character. (Mostly we were trying to think of a name and I happened to have just read The Last Colony and we both liked the sound of it.)

26. 1

27. 42 (yeah, I went there)

28. I miss the Scott Westerfeld gets eaten by Cthulhu for dissing Pluto video. :-(

29. Just got my 1st-ever copy of one of your books delivered today. Look forward to reading it.

30. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

31. “I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.” – Umberto Eco (I love this quote.)

32. 314

33. it sure would be nice if this were the winning comment.

34. Trying.

35. This is a comment/blog contest entry.

36. commenting…

37. I have only the smallest hope of winning; but small hope is better than no hope at all.

38. /dev/null :)

39. I really hope she likes <100 numbers.

40. In the odd hopes that she likes Herbie the Love Bug, I’m shooting for #53

41. I went to random.org and asked for a number between 1 and 1000 and it gave me 321.

42. Let’s try it one more time!

44. 347

45. I hope I win!

46. Lucky 13.

47. Thanks for the chance

48. Thrilled!

49. This takes away all the fretful attempting to guess, and leaves it to “when did I get around to leaving a comment.” Perfect!

50. Whatever comment number this is.

51. Cranberry juice is tasty.

52. Wow. People just really don’t pay attention to the way things work, do they?

53. As soon as he put on the light, something inside the shower stall said, “Yeeeek!” in a startled voice.

54. Totally doing this on work time to get in before comment #1,000.
*sneaky glances*

55. My guess is that, given a large range, she would tend towards the top of that range, at least 4 digits. However, I have to run, so rather than just not play, my comment is just a placeholder so someone else can win. I wish you the best.

56. Oooh! I’m gonna choose (insert correct comment # here)! it’s my lucky number!

57. 743

58. My comment.

59. Even harder then the last arbitrary contest. Well done!

60. Woo! show me the Fuzzy Nation ARC!!

61. comment

62. woo. Thanks for taking the grunt work of having to guess a number out of the guess-a-number contest.

63. She probably chose a 3 digit number, but it is a \$10 book, so it hardly seems worth waiting to post….

64. lorem ipsum

65. She likes this low number because she has taste and panache.

66. Oh man, this is such a difficult competition! I’m sure to do something wrong and my entry will get disqualified.

67. wooooo

68. this number tastes funny

69. Will there be pie?

70. Crossing my fingers. They shall remain crossed until the close of the give away. :D

71. 742

72. lets try that :) im bad at winning things, but not trying is the safest way not to win.

73. I’m looking forward to reading Fuzzy Nation. ARC’d be nice, if not I’ll wait longer…

74. This comment intentionally left blank.

75. Fuzzy!

76. Sure, why not.

77. This, I believe, is the one number to rule them all.

78. 271

79. Fuzzy Nation for me!

80. What the hey, I’ll give it a try. The way my day is going, I’m sure not to win. :D

81. @34 Chris
I too have a 4month old child with the middle name Perry named for John Perry. I bet he’d like an ARC Fuzzy Nation, when he can read.

82. Sure, count me in :)

83. Witty comment here.

84. It was the beast of times, it was the wurst of times.

85. 998

86. I would like a copy of the book for free, but if I don’t get it free, I’ll undoubtedly buy it.

87. I’m trying to hit my lucky number 128.

K

88. Too early I’ll bet – but I’m going to be busy for a while so………………..

89. Here’s hoping!

90. Who knows.. maybe this one?

91. Meta comment is meta.

92. hmmmmm is this the lucky entry?

93. Yay, another chance to win!

94. I also suspect that I am too early. But what fun is waiting?

95. Gahhhh! The last time I won anything was back in the ’70s when I won a Snoopy doll at the local premier of a Charlie Brown movie.

Gahhhh! I’m old!

96. This one.

97. Yeah numbers!

99. I am entering! For Great Justice.

100. Hi Athena!

101. I want to wait for comment 772, but I have a feeling that either a) we won’t get that far in, or b) I’ll be asleep about the time the comment numbers reach that point.

So, something in the mid-to-high 150s sounds good.

102. Athena –
This is the number you picked.

103. is a comment

104. *less witty comment*

105. Deploying surprise in 3… 2… 1….

106. I’m busy writing a villain’s POV in my current WIP so I cant help but imagine there’s some nefarious plan behind these “innocent” comment games. Every comment is code to lower the hog-tied hero ever closer to the certain death inside a pool filled with laser-wielding sharks. Or some such.

107. Just a chance.

108. I’m doing this instead of studying for my exam on Jane Austen, who was insightful enough to predict “Jersey Shore” with “Pride and Prejudice”. Oh, the parties and hookups and gossip and shallow people!

109. Me. And my friends.

110. I am not a number! I am a … eh? This is a chance to win a Fuzzy Nation ARC?

Count me in!

111. Wheeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

112. C’mon low number.

113. Maybe this time?

114. Daddy wants a “Fuzzy Nation”!

115. I might as well enter at least one of these~

116. 877

117. Me?

118. Ceci n’est pas une comment.

119. I like bacon.

120. Winner,winner, chicken dinner.

121. WINNING!

122. Thanks in advance for the free book.

No? Damn.

123. Look at me, I can comment! Maybe…

124. I can haz Fuzzy Nation ARC?

125. You’re going to need to transform that number.

126. 999

127. Long Live Athena!

128. Me!

129. there’s only one number worthy: 42

130. If Athena picks 42 you have raised her well.

131. Waves hello to Athena…

132. Any number in the 200 range seems like a solid guess.

133. A MILLION AND SEVEN. Wait, what?

134. This time for sure, nuthin’ up ma sleeve… Presto!

(wrong hat!)

I take a 7 and a half…

135. perhaps today is my lucky day…

136. I suppose I’d be willing to get a book.

137. My guess would have been 588

138. Me, me! [Bacon].

139. Right, if I don’t win I’ll just have to- gasp- spend some money. But it’s plain stupid that I don’t have more of your books, since I always love your writing.

140. “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

141. Yes, that might be easier.

142. Crossing fingers

143. Mmmm fuzzy.

144. I guess I will take a shot.

145. I am known for winning the door prizes. People are jealous. I don’t care.

146. 877

147. This is my comment. There are many like it but this one is mine.

148. Surprising how many people don’t read the instructions…

149. weeeeeeeeeeeee

150. 42…I know, its the post count, but I had to..

151. This time for sure!

152. random crap here . :)

153. Okay, I’ve made my calculations and decided that this is the optimal comment number to have. Here goes nothing.

154. I have a feeling the winning comment number will be posted some time during my REM sleep.

155. post

156. GO GO GADGET FUZZY NATION ARC!

157. I always pick a number in the 700s, but I’m sure Athena is cooler than me and will pick THIS comment.

158. One can only hope.

159. 384

160. I expect the clever are holding back to get a large number, but what the heckaroonie…

161. Or this one?

162. It’s amazing how many people place numbers in their comments anyway. Fools!

163. Just laughing at all of the people that didn’t read the post and see the comment number is what matters.

164. 1 in 1,000.

165. I’m completely confident in my raffle-winning skills.

166. Veen der veer bork bork bork

167. I choose 677.

168. Hi

169. Hey-o!

170. what, no cats ?

171. 459

172. 777

173. If I were guessing, I would have guessed a number somewhere in the 300s.

174. ?

175. Nothing could possibly go wrong with this plan. Nothing.

176. comment

177. The only number we can be sure it is not is this one. See you May 17th. I’ll be the one with the Hebrew copy of Old Mans War to be signed. And a couple of Fuzzy Nations to give to my friends.

178. 789

179. I love these contests. So simple, so egalitarian.

180. If I win, I’ll give Athena Warren Ellis’ daughter’s pony*.

I’m totally lying, Warren would eat my soul, if he hasn’t already.

181. A free book to win.
One girl – a thousand choices.
A comment to write.

^_^

182. Woot!

183. 1 in 1000 …. good odds? Cheap cost of entry though.

184. For great justice (and an ARC)!

185. I can’t see comment numbers on my iPhone, so I won’t know what I hit. :-(
(Around 330?)

186. Nearly contentless comment!

187. Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsy were the borogroves, and the mome wraths outgrabe.
Beware the Jabberwock, my son, the jaws that bite, the claws that catch
Beware the jub-jub bird and shun the frumious bandersnatch.
He took his vorpal blade in hand, long time the manxome foe he sought
So rested he by the tum-tum tree and stood awhile in thought.
And as in uffish thought he stood, the Jabberwock, with eyes of flame
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood and burbled as it came!
One, two, one, two and through and through! The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead and with its head he went galumphing back!
And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy
Oh, frabjous day, calooh, calay, he chortled in his joy.

188. I love how many people don’t read instructions.

189. Oh what the heck, I’ll bite.

190. FTW

191. here goes nothin’

192. This is more fun than a drunken monkey. That’s not true actually. The drunken monkey is more entertaining. But he doesn’t read.

193. I wanted to put something clever here, but I have neither the wit nor the patience to think of something. Also, brain melting from reading the other comments. Some of which are very awesome.

And some of which are not. I’m looking at you number people

194. This post is the winner, for sure.

195. If only I could figure out how to hold the Internet to my forehead, I’m certain I could divine the winning comment number.

196. 312

197. A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves. “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”

198. I like pie.

199. 357 is clearly correct, on account of it being composed of 3 consecutive odd numbers.

200. *crosses everything*

201. Why not?

202. The last time I won anything was 6th grade; it was one of those hollow chocolate Easter bunny things and I ate the ears off first.

203. Ceci n’est pas un commentaire.

204. Fooble

205. 732.

206. $e^{\pi i}+1 = 0$

207. Free Comic Book Day is coming!

208. /* You are not expected to understand this. */

209. Looks like many people are not reading past rule #1.

210. Nothing particularly juicy, but I totally caught a dude flipping through the owner’s manual of a Yamaha RM1x sequencer.

211. Sorry to say that I haven’t been reading long enough to know what your book is about, although I’m not too dense to figure out that it’s most likely science fiction. If I get the winning number, I get an autographed copy right? heehee

212. Commenting like a Communicative Communist.

213. Hi – let’s try 555

214. I always feel like somebody’s watching me.

215. fingers crossed!!

216. No comment.

217. Word

218. I love fish and chips.

219. I’d really like to win

220. When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? — John Maynard Keynes

221. It’s like playing lotto, but without having to go to the seven eleven. Or pay for my ticket. Yay!

222. Relax everyone… the ARC is mine.

What is an ARC, anyway?

223. “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx

224. ping

225. Okay, but did she tell her Mom? Because we all know we can trust her Mom.

226. Me?

227. The winning comment?

228. 781

229. I wanted a higher number but was too impatient.

230. 731

231. Count me in!

232. I never win these things…

233. Could this be the winning comment? Only Athena knows for sure…

234. This is the exact number I wanted!

235. howdy. Ok, Ms Scalzi, pick me, pick me!

ah, whom am I kidding, I never win anything…

236. Could it be me?

237. @346- I was totally about to post that exact same poem. I’m not kidding. Whenever I have to say/write something random, I usually end up spouting poetry. Especially that one. People tend to give me strange looks.

Anyways, I want to read Fuzzy Nation!

238. And here is my comment

239. Here goes nothing!

241. 676

242. I’ve had the lousiest day in the lousiest week ever in my life. The universe owes me an ARC of Fuzy Nation!

243. The winner is me!

245. Comment comment comment

246. 42 is the best number.

247. Commenting commently commatose….

248. Commenting.

249. Best. Number. Ever. This one. Above me up there.

250. Might as well.

251. This is not a comment

252. Anywhere in the world eh? OK…

253. Nothing clever to say. Move along.

254. I guess this is as good as any body else’s number. Hopefully a lot better!

255. Comment!

256. Anywhere in the world? Whee!

257. I’m commenting!!!

258. I just want to point out that I tried the “my guess is my comment number” approach in the first contest, and it didn’t work. :-)

259. Nope, still not winning

260. Aw, I wanted an odd number. Oh well ;)

261. comment!

262. I suspect that this is not the winning comment.

I hope that my earnest request to see the Cthulhu vs Scott Westerfield videos once more is a winning one, though.

263. Ok then I won’t say anything interesting.

265. I’ll give Athena Brian’s post-Ellis digested soul. And Warren’s daughter’s pony. I’m sure it would fit in the house.

266. I can has??

267. Oooh, I’m comment #496 (before I press the submit button, anyway)!

This has GOT to be a winner.

268. I feel quite strongly about the number that has been randomly generated for me! Go my number!

269. So I’m just curious. If the comments were to exceed 1,00 before 7PM on the 13th should we be smart enough not to bother posting, or would you have your daughter re-think a number between 1 and whatever number over a thousand was the last comment be 7 PM EST on April 13th?

270. Have I commented here before?

271. Winning this ARC is what stands between me and a tour in the CDF… I’ll be that desperate.

272. I feel like there’s a Burma-Shave joke just waiting to be made in here.

273. Comment

274. This is a comment. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Without my comment, I am useless. Without me, my comment is useless.

275. Generic comment.

276. Purple

277. Why not give it a try, since I’m planning on getting it anyway?

278. this is it. i can feel it.

280. Since it is the number of the comment not the guess, I have a chance as we are still below 1000.
good luck to everyone. (and me8^D)

281. So here’s my comment.

282. I’m a BookCrosser and I released one of your books although I hadn’t read it. It has now been read by three different people who loved it. See this site for the details. Since then a number of people have told me how much they like your books (and one of them directed me to this site) so I obviously have to read them. So you could despoil a Scalzi virgin by picking me.

283. C’mon…no whammies!

284. This is my new favorite number

285. This comment may or may not be #527. But what I put here is not important.

Dr. Phil

286. This is my comment!

287. Number whatever-this-is.

288. I’m feelin’ lucky!

289. At least I’m before 1000!

290. Goodness, yes.

291. Woo!

292. Glad I got in before the cutoff number!

293. I’ve spent the day in the hospital with a torn Achilles tendon. I NEED this!

294. Sure, I’ll give it a shot.

295. I’d like to use lucky 13.

296. I don’t have high hopes, but my low hopes are quite hopeful.

297. OK. No whammies, no whammies…Stop!

298. I was waiting for the minute to change before I posted this, then I laughed and said “Oh yes, I am having teh dumb.”

299. *fingers crossed*

300. Here’s hoping…

301. 470

302. Now’s as good a time as any. I was off by five minutes last time. >_<

303. I bid one dollar, Bob!

304. This seems like a very unusual way to get a lot of comments.

305. This number is unlike any other number.

306. BANG!

307. Will I get any extra credit for introducing someone to Little Fuzzy yesterday? (I know….I couldn’t believe he’d never heard of Little Fuzzy but at least he did know who H Beam Piper was!)

308. Hi ya Scalzi compound!

309. Oh Oh Oh, Pick me pick me pick me

310. Third time’s a charm, right?

311. My house is already covered in fuzz from our cats, so a book about fuzzys will match.

312. It’s worth a try!

313. 721

314. Throwing my hat in. I loved the H. Beam Piper version, and I’d like to read the Scalzi version.

315. I’m willing to bribe your daughter with Yodels. Thought she should know. #564, Young Scalzi!

316. I’ll take some of that action!

(Last time I said that, I won a free pass to a local conference. Here’s hoping it’s lucky again.)

317. Red.

No, wait, BLUE!

Aaaaaiiiiieeeeeee!

318. Is it… this one?

319. Unlike most lotteries, the value of a 1/1000 chance of winning this ARC might actually be worth more than the time it takes to type this. So I’ll bite!

320. I’d like to thank all the people who made it possible for me to win this ARC. I really, really want to thank those people, but if I don’t win I can’t do that… ^_^

321. 486

322. Wait! Tuna fish mixer! Glass? Eureka! Measuring tape…

323. This is the first Fuzzy Nation ARC giveaway that I’ve actually seen before it was over. Hooray for timeliness! Or something.

324. Pick me! Pick me!

325. I can haz?

326. I’m feeling both lucky and fuzzy. Hopefully that will be enough.

327. [insert comment here]

328. I had to scroll a loooooooooooooooooong way to be able to enter this comment. Hope all that work paid off!

329. Rereading Old Man’s War now. Hope this is as good.

330. Commentommentomment

331. Itchy State
Wooly Principality
Cushy Community
Frizzy Kingdom
Hairy Empire

332. I’m watching a really depressing Red Sox game and entering this contest might be the most fun I’m going to have tonight.

333. “It’s a metaphor of human bloody existence, a dragon. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s also a bloody great hot flying thing.” — Terry Pratchett, in Guards, Guards

334. I am not a number, I am a free man!

335. It is this one..

336. It’s worth a try!

337. Comment type thing here.

338. Free book? Really? I can heat my house for 10 minutes after I’m done being entertained.

339. com·ment (kmnt)
n.
1.
a. A written note intended as an explanation, illustration, or criticism of a passage in a book or other writing; an annotation.
b. A series of annotations or explanations.
2.
a. A statement of fact or opinion, especially a remark that expresses a personal reaction or attitude.
b. An implied conclusion or judgment: a novel that is a comment on contemporary lawlessness.
3. Talk; gossip: a divorce that caused much comment.
4. Computer Science A string of text in a program that does not function in the program itself but is used by the programmer to explain instructions.
5. Linguistics The part of a sentence that provides new information about the topic. Also called rheme.

340. Ooo, I hope it’s me!

341. So, I.. what?

342. 513

343. Thanks for another chance to win!

344. 42…

345. Ooh! A comment!

346. Do your wife and daughter have as much fun participating as you do coming up with these contests?

347. 785

348. I’m totally coming down to seattle (from vancouver) just for the ARC book tour.

An advanced copy would still rock though.

349. 138

350. If I had a million dollars (if I had a million dollars) I would buy a Fuzzy Nation Arc (but not a real arc cause that’s cruel)…….

351. pick me! pick me! pick me!

352. Dude. Duuuude…

353. This one.

354. Here goes…

355. Comment!

356. Ohhhh Craaaapp!!!!

357. 815

358. She says I am the one!

359. fun times

360. 483

361. Dinosaur DNA.

362. Muahahaha!

363. Hi, Athena!

364. dang it! I wanted 667…

365. Okay – We’ll try again..Thanks!

366. witty one liner

367. :)

368. I would love to be #666, but I think I’m off by a couple. Oh well.

369. comment

370. Well, looks like there won’t be any problem reaching a kilocomment!

371. X

372. This is a comment. It has a number associated with it. I will not post twice this time, and so, invalidate my entry.

373. Oh so fuzzy!!

374. Comment

375. Well, it’s worth a shot, eh?

376. Goodness. Stress testing WordPress.com VIP, I see.

377. Hope I win.

378. ok here’s a gratuitous comment to be numbered as wordpress sees fit

379. My mom once said Lustmord “sounds like Jurassic Park” and she was totally right.

380. Comment!

381. Fingers crossed!

382. =)

383. Wow, the numbers are going fast.

384. Betcha’ she chose 3, and we’ve all been typing in vain since then… :-)

But I hope not!

385. I’m game…. Hope to meet you at your SF appearance at Borderlands…

386. One for the money…

387. Yay!

388. What up, 718?

389. Well, we’re not to 1000 yet so I still have a chance!

390. If only I knew her favorite number(s)

391. Yatzee

392. Trying my luck, Thanks!

393. Numbers people pick are often include 7’s, out of proportion to the expected number – and threes. *crosses fingers*.

394. Daddy needs a new pair of shoes. Or at least another book!

395. Wow, it takes a long time to scroll through 700+ comments! Does Athena take bribes?

396. Good luck everyone!

398. Me!

399. Why not. :)

400. I’m going to feel really stupid if Athena is using base eight.

401. If this count is correct I believe you’ll have too many, not too few, Mister Scalzi.

402. Ferry travel means I get the number I get. Go, ferry number.

403. echo “foo”

404. I won a science fair once.

405. Happy National Library Workers Day!

406. This looks like a fine number.

407. Oh man. I can almost imagine this is actually happening and not a (prescription) drug-induced hallucination…

408. And why not this number?

409. 970. Why? Why not.

411. After the crappy two weeks I’ve had, I could sure use something cool to happen!!

412. Do we get sparkly pony dust too?

413. Oh, hello

414. *wishing hard for a mind-meld with Athena*

415. Shooting for the triple 7

416. Because it would just be tragic to have to go through the work of getting a new number…

417. This is my stake in the ground …

418. Fingers crossed.

419. Here goes nothing.

420. yowza

421. Ping

422. I was recently in my local B&N and noticed they were downsizing the amount of books per author to a few each. Not a few of each they wrote, (more’s the pity!) but simply one or two, to none. Well, with the exception of the Big Guns in books. ie: King, Roberts, Meyers, Rowling, etc. However, you may be interested to know, they had a very nice assortment of _your_ books.

424. I love surprises! Thanks!!

425. aaaaannnndddd…. winner?

426. This is the number you are looking for.

427. 1100010100

428. Good luck!

429. Let’s hope that my slowness to comment coincides with the young lady’s numerical preferences!

430. Third time’s a charm!

431. I thought 121 but to ate for that.

432. Hopefully!

433. 642

434. A phenomenal number of people seem to be either incapable of reading directions or fond of posting unrelated numbers as comments. :)

810 entries . . . increasingly unlikely that “not getting to the number” will be a problem.

435. Fingers crossed.

436. !

437. I can haz book?

438. And who will win?

439. A wish… a song… a hope; for KAS

440. Comment

441. Maybe closer to the end?

442. What’s going to happen if she doesn’t pick an integer?

443. Sure, why not?

444. I’m listen to very epic music while posting this. Maybe that will help…
If not, then at least this felt like I did something very important.

445. Commenting (and hoping).

446. This is it I know it :D

447. I always lose at online contests like this… (Sigh.)

448. Fingers crossed!

449. I am the Walrus.

450. Best foot forward. :)

451. Fuzzy.

452. This is the right number!

453. Here’s hoping….

454. Here’s to hoping…

455. Forsooth! A comment!

456. In the words of the prophets: Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom.

As good an incantation as any.

457. The fine print:

Sweepstakes limited to 1,000 entries.

Contestants limited to the inhabitants of Sol III and its satellites, and void where prohibited by law.

Do not taunt Happy Fun ARC.

458. Let’s see if I am lucky

459. Me!

460. Look! It’s a comment!

461. Here is a song that has lyrics written by Truman Capote:

-Pip

462. hello! I’m having a hard day, and winning this would make me feel better.

Yay!

463. I would have liked *my* number but, what the heck… :)

464. I am enjoying the randomness of these little contests probably more than a normal person should…

465. 86-something

466. Hope I get it, but you have to eventually sell copies too, right?

467. Worth a shot.

468. Hah, still not over 1000! Though the moderation queue might mess things up…

469. I love the random chance of randomly getting the correct random number. Or something.

470. Ooh, ooh! Me! Me! :)

471. I’m just a number.

472. Darn, all the good numbers are taken.

473. John,
I think it is really cool of you to give your daughter a task that is a part of your work/On-line blog. That has to put you in the cool dad category. I imagine the show and tell in her class has to be a little bit weirder.
Dave

474. I’m sure we’ll reach 1000, waaay before the deadline.

475. Surely it would have been fairer, if there were insufficient comments, to do the calculation of n*(your daughters number)/1000 to get to the same point in the comments? Your rules though…

476. It doesn’t matter what I say here.

477. Bring it.

478. 217

479. This is a comment.

480. Stick and stones…

481. Oh man. I hope she likes high numbers.

482. This is where, ideally, I would say something witty. However it is too late and I am le tired, so…yeah.

483. If you have noticed this notice, you will have noticed it is not worth noticing.

484. Leaving a comment…

485. Come on, ARC. Good Ol’ Jack Backgammon needs some new reading material!

486. I meant to do this a few hours ago but parental duties got in the way. Maybe I’m closer to the right number now.

487. Incredibly witty comment not here.

488. Here is my one and only comment. Best of luck to all!

489. What the heck.

490. We bought a car today so I can come see you at the B&N on Pico. First car we’ve owned since 2007. So take that!

491. Hola! Como estas?

492. Ooh! Pick me :D

493. That won’t do anything.

494. Give it a shot…

496. just in time

497. Beep beep beep wiggle down the street!

Ah randomness.

498. I’ve commented. Not even an interesting comment.

499. Blam.

500. zoicks! this is what I get for living in Pacific Time…

501. I want to win!

502. Hell, is this thing still alive? Being from far, far away Europe and all… Anyway, I am in!

503. Fools! I will destroy you all!

504. Let’s try #711!

505. Hey, still a chance to win!

506. Yo!!

507. comment number < 1000 get

508. If she didn’t pick an integer, will you round? or are we out of luck?

509. This is my number. There are many like it, but this one is mine. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my number is useless. Without my number, I am useless.

510. can’t wait to read it ;)

511. Might as well try too :)

512. Worth a shot.

513. Hey look! I have no math skill.

514. it will be very amusing if she picked a low number, say “7” or something.

515. Forget pie. And cake. Gimme ICE CREAM! (And an ARC)

516. Wheeeeee late to the game!

517. Yow! Wish I’d seen this sooner. Or that Athena guesses very,very high.

518. hopefully my entry will qualify! There seemed to be only 967 comments, so maybe I have a chance….

519. still a valid entry i hope

520. I’m going with 368 because that’s what the sludge in the bottom of my paper cup after gagging down nasty office coffee looks like.

521. Ugh… Almost missed it…

522. Fuzzy logic tells me that now is the moment to comment.

523. Just sneaking in under the bar!

524. Whew, close to 1000 already.

525. ugah!

526. *posts*
*crosses fingers*

527. Fingers crossed…

528. Almost 1000 :)

529. Woo!XD

530. This one?

531. In under the wire by a hair (well 5). Tragically I’m unlikely to be the winner due to the psychology of ‘randomly’ picking a number.

532. Very nearly done now.

534. <end

535. Just so folks after this point are aware, the contest is for a number between one and one thousand. Any additional posts at this point are just for the amusement of the commenter.

536. Okay, this may just be me, but I swore that when I initially commented my number was #667 (I remember this because I saw that Richard wanted that number a few posts down). Now my comment is #670. Did three extra posts appear out of thin air?

537. Yes. Some earlier comments were shunted for whatever reason into the moderation queue and did not immediately appear; when I released them the were added in at the time the commenter attempted to post them. I noted this might happen up at point four in the entry.

538. Well, I hope Athena likes number 1007!

539. I know I’m awake at this hour because it’s lunchtime (Douglas Adams notwithstanding) Over Here, but JS what on earth (or off of it, I presume) are you doing up?

540. Boo, just a little too late.