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TN Fall Contest: Good News And Bad News
October 24, 2007 – 4:16 PM | 39 Comments
TN Fall Contest: Good News And Bad News

Bad news first: Claire Danes had hoped to attend the tomato dance, but play-related commitments won't permit that. Which is a little bit disappointing on the one hand, but on the other hand, I was …

TN Fall Contest: Send In The Dancing Bears
October 23, 2007 – 5:50 PM | 30 Comments
TN Fall Contest: Send In The Dancing Bears

Thanks to Joe R for the graphic; thanks to all of you for awesomely hitting 89K today.
A couple of the remaining projects need less than a hundred bucks to get finished.

TN Fall Contest: Get Thee Behind Me, Colbert
October 22, 2007 – 9:30 PM | 17 Comments

With nine days to go, we're at around 87K — just three grand more, and the mysteriously generous and generously mysterious $ throws in another $2,500, which would put us at $92,500. Which would put …

TN Fall Contest: Oh, I've Got Plenty Of Awesooooome
October 18, 2007 – 9:45 PM | 3 Comments

"And awesome's plenty for meeeeeee!" And for you guys, who have hoisted the contest up over 86 percent. Four thousand more, and the lovely and talented $ hucks in another $2,500. Good work, people. Keep …

TN Fall Contest: $ Is Awesome
October 15, 2007 – 9:29 PM | 9 Comments

And by "$" I mean our mystery donor, who, when we passed 80K last night, threw in $2,500. $ will throw in another $2,500 if/when we get to 90K, so let's get to spending. Currently, …

TN Fall Contest: More Matching Funds!
October 12, 2007 – 7:35 PM | 10 Comments

A generous anonymous donor — known henceforth as "$ and the Mysterians" — has offered to provide a chunk of matching funds if/when we reach various donation milestones in the contest.
So, if/when we hit $80,000, …

TN Fall Contest: The Day In Review
October 10, 2007 – 8:21 PM | 62 Comments

As of this writing, you're 75 percent of the way towards the 100K goal. In dollars, that's $75,000. Seventy. Five. Thousand. Dollars. In ten days.
That is quite a sum of awe.
I've continued to add projects …

TN Fall Contest: Post-Moosh
October 9, 2007 – 2:24 PM | 10 Comments

As you'll see, all the TN Challenges have gotten mooshed together, and I've upped the ceiling to 100K. Behold the awesomeness right here; currently we're at 73 percent. I've added a number of new projects …

TN Fall Contest: Moosh!
October 8, 2007 – 2:57 PM | 17 Comments

Zach just emailed me to say that the DC tech team is combining all the Tomato Nation challenges/bonus rounds into one monster challenge; you probably won't see any weirdness on the front end, and it …

TN Fall Contest: Looks Like Jersey Private-School Math Programs Could Use Some Help Too
October 7, 2007 – 11:59 AM | 4 Comments

…Heh. The remaining projects in The Final Awesome didn't add up correctly, so I've added a few more to bring us up even with the 25K goal. The 79 percent figure is still accurate, though. …