So, here’s what happened . . . sort of.
My friend Ben Levkov came over and filmed me picking names of the prize winners. My intention was to upload the video to YouTube and post it here for all of you to see. Pretty simple, right? Yeah, well, we ran into a few problems:
1) I have a new camera, and the video was filmed in HD, which means the files are huge.
2) The battery died just after I picked the 7th name, so we had to wait a bit and then continue filming.
3) The two clips need to be edited together. I used to be good at this until Apple overhauled iMovie and made everything impossible.
4) Certain portions of the video need to be blurred out because (as you already know if you’ve seen this blog entry) there are lots of “adult” images on my walls. And I stupidly neglected to cover them up before we started filming. Evidently, it’s easy to blur an image in Photoshop, but it take a lot of work to blur video. In fact, I don’t even know how.
Ben has taken the footage back to his place. He’s very good at this kinda stuff, and he’s going to try to do it for me. He might finish this evening. He might finish in a day or a week. I have no idea. So I’m leaving it up to you . . .
Be advised that the voting ends whenever I feel like it.
It’s been less than 24 hours, and there are already 130 votes. Unfortunately, there are more people who think I’m a dweeb (46) than there are who want the raffle results now (43). But I’m not offended. No sir, not me. You see, there are lots of folks (41) who are interested in the video, so if we combine all the people who are interested in the raffle, they outnumber the name-callers, 84 to 46. Ha-HAAAA! Guess I’m not such a dweeb after all! (Who am I kidding? Of course I am.) Anyway, I was just getting ready to list the prize winners when Ben sent me the edited video, so here you go:
Quick disclaimer about the video: Ben is the one who decided to use the cover of my book to obscure the naughty parts. Part of me thinks it’s cute. The other part of me is cringing at the “Me! Me” Me!”-ness of it, so don’t hold it against me. Okay? Thanks.
Now, for those of you who’ve won prizes, send me your selections ASAP (along with your mailing addresses). If you’re the 2nd-place winner, send me two choices (starting with the prize you want most). If you’re the 7th-place winner, send me your top seven choices. And so on. That way, when it’s your turn to pick, I can just mail you your top remaining choice.
Thank you all for being a part of this, even if you’re quietly watching from foul territory.