My husband, astronomer and literary snob J Blackburne, welcomed the new year by growing his "winter coat." He argued that beards were basically de rigueur in academia now. All the respectible academics have one.
Given that news, I figured I should probably get one too -- might help me graduate quicker. But alas, after weeks of not shaving, my chin was still silky smooth. I think it's because I'm Asian.
Then later in January, I learned from Simon Larter that it was de rigueur to have a blog contest once you reach 100 followers. Still smarting from my facial hair failure, I thought "By golly, I may have to disappoint academia, but I don't have to disappoint the blogosphere!"
So with that little story , I'm announcing the Neuropublishing Joke Contest. Here are the details:
Open to: Residents of any country for which shipping from Amazon is $10 or less (That includes US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.) You can find more about their shipping here.
Since most of my followers are on RSS rather than Google Friend Connect, I won't make following me a requirement. But if you do use Google Friend Connect, follow me, will ya? It'll give you good karma.
Prize: The winner can choose any book that's been reviewed thus far on my blog.
1. Complete one of the following beginnings. You only have to complete one, but feel free to work more than one in.
a) A brain scientist, an agent, and an editor walk into a bar. . .
b) How many brain scientists does it make to write a bestseller?
c) Why did the neuroscientist cross the editor?
2. Post your entry as a comment.
3. After your entry, post the book that you would like if you win. You must specify your book before the judging occurs if you wish to receive a prize. Pretty much any book mentioned in any post is fair game. You can browse through the archives on the right hand sidebar.
4. Up to two entries per person. If you submit more than two entries, I will judge the first two.
5. The contest will end on February 13th 2010 at 11:59pm EST.
6. Tweeting or linking the contest is not required, but encouraged.
7. If you know me personally (ie, I have real life conversations with you on a regular basis), please enter under a pseudoname with a hyperlink to your real website so I'm not swayed by your dashing personality.
Thanks all! This should be fun :-)