Baseball

"I wrote 63 songs this year. They're all about Jeter." Just kidding. The game we love, the players we hate, and more.

Culture and Criticism

From Norman Mailer to Wendy Pepper — everything on film, TV, books, music, and snacks (shut up, raisins), plus the Girls' Bike Club.

Donors Choose and Contests

Helping public schools, winning prizes, sending a crazy lady in a tomato costume out in public.

Stories, True and Otherwise

Monologues, travelogues, fiction, and fart humor. And hens. Don't forget the hens.

The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

Home » Archive by Category

Articles in Donors Choose and Contests

TN Fall Contest: Friends, Romans, Awesomes
October 5, 2007 – 6:06 PM | 34 Comments

Lend me your…eyes? I don't know. Anyway: 62 percent right now. I've spent four of my five grand and will probably drop the rest over the weekend. And now, to answer a few questions:
"How come …

TN Fall Contest: The Awesome Frontier
October 4, 2007 – 8:13 PM | 23 Comments

1. I'm told that La Danes has already spent her money on The Final Awesome — including the My So-Called Digital Life project. Generous and prompt? Awesome!
2. I've done some spending of my own — …

Dear Readers: Please Spend My Money
October 4, 2007 – 1:10 PM | 48 Comments

So, you know, you've got $5,000 of my money to spend on Donors Choose now. Please discuss.
Also, Claire Danes's 5K will be applied to projects in the latest round today, so look out for that. …

TN Fall Contest: The Final Awesome
October 4, 2007 – 12:41 PM | 26 Comments

You'll need to sing the words "The Final Awesome" to the tune of Europe's "The Final Countdown." You'll also need to sing the synthesizer parts.
"'Europe'? You're old." Noooo kidding.
Anyhoodle: Final Awesome Round is now open. …

TN Fall Contest: No, You're Expired
October 4, 2007 – 9:57 AM | 23 Comments

Morning, guys. See below re: the "expired" notation on the bonus round — I'm pretty sure that means it's fully funded, but I'll check in with Zach (if he hasn't run away from home by …

TN Fall Contest: Good Evening, Mr. And Mrs. Awesome
October 3, 2007 – 11:52 PM | 24 Comments

And all the ships at sea!
95 percent as of this writing. Won't be long now.
1. If you haven't gotten a receipt: a) I'm never more than a few hours behind on those, unless it's overnight, …

TN Fall Contest: Behold The Continuing Awesome
October 3, 2007 – 6:37 PM | 36 Comments

Yes, ladies and germs: 75 percent. I've had a holiday feeling all day, like the last day of school before Christmas break — yeah, you're in class, but everyone's crunching candy canes and not concentrating, …

More administralia
October 3, 2007 – 4:05 PM | 16 Comments

In case you skimmed over this/haven't visited the main contest page/whatever:
Your DC receipt is your contest entry. You must 1) forward me a receipt, or a screenshot, or some proof of donation, and 2) receive …

TN Fall Contest: 54, 40, And Fight
October 3, 2007 – 4:00 PM | 16 Comments

As of this writing, we're at 54 percent on the second bonus round. It defies belief, truly.
My current plan: I'll let you guys polish this bonus round off on your own. Once you hit 50K, …

TN Fall Contest: You Broke The Bank…And Also The Site
October 3, 2007 – 12:28 PM | 68 Comments

Just kidding! Congratulations: the first bonus round is over. The tomato dance is on.
And for ten minutes, I couldn't get into my own admin panel because we overloaded the CPU. Well done, folks. Well done …