Saturday, April 25, 2009

Winner! Round 10 - Grand Prize and Short List



Revealed: The Grand Prize for Round 10 is “3D GIANT CHALK.” While I usually avoid having overtly branded items as prizes, the purported 3D properties of this chalk intrigued me sufficiently to pack it up in a box and post it on the internet. Almost as good as the 3D-ness (as shown in the artist’s conception) is the exhortation on the package to “WASHABLE ... CREATE OUTDOORS.” If the winner does not have any outdoors and wants the option to create and wash away some outdoors as whimsy prompts, perhaps this GIANT CHALK will do the trick. The GIANT CHALK comes with goggles that (I assume) cause what is drawn with the chalk to spring into 3D-ness.

@d_g_: A raw idea captured in its crystallized form.
- WINNER: I did some research, and although I was not able to satisfy myself that chalk has crystallized form in the geological sense (it is a porous sedimentary rock), it is a hard rocky form and, in the case of 3D GIANT CHALK that comes with 3D goggles it is seriously a raw idea crystalized in material and tangible form.

@pigstubs: A very large thinking cap to help me write my dissertation proposal! (focus. FOCUS!)
- The key concept that puts this guess on the Grand Prize Short List is “FOCUS!” I rather think this 3D GIANT CHALK would be more of a distraction than a help, as much as it puts one in mind of focusing on things.

@testfirst: Given that it's 4/20 today my guess is ... er, I forget. What were we talking about again?
- I was tempted by this guess because it is funny and because 3D GIANT CHALK, even just the drawing on the package, that would be great to have around to mess with stoned people.

@robinmatthewfry: Something you can see into but not out of
- This guess is very close, and was a strong contender. 3D things generally could possibly be described as things one can see “into.” However, the GIANT CHALK is for making drawings that are themselves 3D and is itself quite opaque.

@carterbob2: its curved stony surface evokes images of druids among massive monoliths. oh yeah, and they’re probably nude.
- I suppose that the GIANT CHALK, scaled up, would be a bit like monoliths (except for the roundness, pointiness, and bright colors), but that is about as far as I can follow you down that trail of thought, @carterbob2.

@LidMo: Scenic Snowglobe
- I had initial difficulty placing this guess. The arguments involve the entrancing of children by illusion. In a snowglobe, the illusion comes from miniaturization, water, and fake snow. I am not sure how the GIANT CHALK manages its illusion of 3 dimensions, and I have not personally tried it out.

@myracles: Something I'd give to a child so that it stops crying and gets distracted enough for me to steal the last cookie
-This guess could have been a strong contender if it were clear the crying child were old enough to understand 3D, hold the chalk, and draw something for themselves.

@ContemptSlots: When faced with intense stress, it always has capable hands, and a full-circle view of things.
- I was a bit stumped at the categorization of this guess, but I eventually decided that it is possible possession of this 3D GIANT CHALK could help give someone the impressive qualities listed in the guess. Possible, but not certain.

@ContemptSlots: A catalyst of spirituality.
- Like many items intended to spur creativity, this 3D GIANT CHALK also includes goggles to change vision. In sum, creativity plus vision could together be a catalyst of spirituality. As with the previous guess from @ContemptSlots, however, possibility is not certain enough to take the prize.

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