Wolfram|Alpha Holiday Gift-Away Contest

Last updated on April 7th, 2021 at 02:03 am

Something I firmly believe is this: we are only as good as the tools we use to approach all of our problems.

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In 2021, I’ve consistently run a blog for over a decade, spent nearly fourteen years as a bureaucrat for the Ontario Public Service, and dabbled with digital tools. Since being a yearbook editor in grade six, doing it on a Commodore 64 all the way back in ’95.

And over the years I’ve needed to learn all sorts of things to grow in what I do, realising that everything serves its purpose in taking my ideas from dreams into reality.

HTML. CSS. Photoshop. Excel. JavaScript. Creative writing. There’s an endless list of things I’ve learned to do to make the most of every moment I have in the day, and I’m forever interested in anything that’ll help me do it even better.

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Back in 2010, I don’t even remember how I came across it, but I entered Wolfram|Alpha’s Holiday Gift-Away contest, challenging 500 of us to create a Wolfram|Alpha “Spikey”—or a rhombic hexecontahedron to be specific—and gather daily votes to win a copy of their Mathematica Professional software, valued at $2,495 USD.

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Despite being such a small fry at the time with only hundreds of followers on each of my social media channels at the time, I did not take this contest lightly, writing blog posts, emailing friends and even recording a number of videos to get people voting.

Now—I jumped in late, with my first requests for votes going out almost two weeks after the three-week contest started, but my people showed up,

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By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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