And the Winners of the Last Fuzzy Giveaway

Congratulations to: Sandchigger, Paul Bryden, Chris lope, Brian Minsker, John B, Eilidh, Matt (at comment 709), Ellen Henderson, Paige Roberts and Bill Heston. They’ve all won a copy of the book.

The rest of you may now attempt to surmise the methodology used to ascertain the winners. I’ll be interested to see if anyone gets it.


33 Comments on “And the Winners of the Last Fuzzy Giveaway”

  1. They’re all prime numbers. Moreover, if you list the prime numbers in a table of 25 rows/20 columns, you can see a diagonal pattern forming, i.e. 2 is 1st column/1st row, 79 is 2nd column/2nd row, and so on.

    (Does this mean I also win a copy?)

  2. I think I should get partial credit for partially predicting this in the giveaway thread. Comment 140 from yesterday: “Maybe the first 10 prime numbered comments, hmmm, that would be: 2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 29 ….damn, already lost.”

    Clearly I had no way of guessing a 20 column table of prime numbers in advance, but even coming up with primes (in advance) should be worth something :-)

  3. I hope not… I haven’t even looked at the results and my first thought was “primes” (thanks, Blaine the Monorail!). Kudos on the diagonal imagery though, wouldn’t have ever caught that.

  4. How many times the cats begged to go out, and then decided it wasn’t worth it after you stopped what you were doing and opened the door for them? Like, on any random Tuesday?

  5. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    Missed it by 1! I was at 708 :-/ The humerous thing is that when I clicked, the comments were at 666. Since I was exactly 42 higher by the time it posted, I figured that had to mean some kind of luck. I wonder just how close those two packets were when they hit Scalzi’s server?

  6. I found all the numbers, copied them down, looked at them in puzzlement, and checked back here to see if anyone figured it out. Sheesh! I just figured out what the numbers were, and already several people found them, figured out the answer, and posted it. This is a fast crowd.

  7. I found the numbers and googled them. That’s how I found the wiki page. Before I googled, I entered them into Wolfram Alpha but that didn’t tell me anything.

  8. Man… I am kind of disappointed, because (having scored an inadvertent firstie on the prize thread) I was both one comment away from an ARC (since #2 got one), and my answer was excluded on a technicality (since 1 would have been on the diagonal if the table had been for non-composite numbers rather than primes).

    Honestly, though, I can’t complain; I was conjecturing that the sequence would be Fibonacci-based.

  9. Others have already mentioned that they are prime numbers. Starting with the first prime, 2, and increasing by 21 prime numbers. So, 79 is the 22nd prime number, 191 is the 43rd prime number, and so on.

  10. I have no idea what the method was, but I suspected from the first mention that it would have something to do with prime numbers. On the other hand some of this could also factor in somehow because when it comes to entering online giveaway contests I’m convinced that the odds of me ever winning involve some inconceivably huge numbers.

  11. Also: entertaining to note that while John muses, “I’ll be interested to see if anyone gets it.” in fact it took the first commenter all of 9 minutes.

  12. It had something to do with math? Argh. Too much dealing with math this week with teenager (Algebra II) finals. I am so glad I only have to deal with calculators at my age. Now if it had dealt with bacon, I would have understood. Did you know that Think Geek has a whole page in their catalog dedicated to bacon? Congrats to all the winners.

  13. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond

    Bah, humbug!

    Congrats to the winners.

  14. I would say the common demoninator is that they are all not me, and as such free from the complete vaccum of luck (good or bad) that I move in.

  15. Anglo-Saxon names . . .

    I’m not really sure that Minsker, Iope, and Eilidh are Anglo-Saxon. The B. initial could be anything, and Sandchigger is traditionally an arthropodian name…

  16. My wife said: something to do with prime numbers. Of course, she was right. She’s always right. Now back to that mutton….

  17. Let me see. Mutton has 6 letters… 2 and 3 are it’s prime factors… So, I would say it was the 2nd prime number after each 3rd time mutton was used. It could only be that. Someone check my work. I’m too busy.

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