Here they are! The final results of Saturday’s Geekapalooza. In another tight race, only 60 seconds separated first and second place.
- ADIDAS – All Day I Dream About Science 8
- Dewey Defeats Truman 8
- First Republic Search Team (FRST) 7
- Indomitable? Immersion Mamas 6
- You smartphones off the hook, but you’re not 6
- Manic Moms Love Marshall 5
- The smartest, who will be sending all the clue to the right email address 4
- The humbles, who last year sent the clues to the wrong email address 4
- Das Prompt 4
- Chemistry in motion 4
- Yetta’s Fan Club 4
- Red Hot Skillet Lickers 4
- Is Our Children Learning 4
- Clue Crew 4
- The Mashups 4
- I Floop the Pig! 3
- Marshall’s Amazing Racers 3
- Lick Smacking Good! 3
- Experiments in Chaos 3
- Sultans of Search 3
- TreeRingers 2
- I See Twitter 2
- Smart Enough to Have Fun on a Tech Search 2
- Poof 1
And perhaps the questions were simply too intimidating or The Valley Tavern too alluring, but ten teams did not get a single answer correct. I’m frankly conflicted on how I feel about this statistic
Question 4, which sent folks to Walkershaw Clothing had the most correct responses, followed by Questions 2 and 3 which lead to Angel’s Market and Philz Coffee, respectively.
Question 9 proved to be the most difficult, followed closely by Question 5.
A final thank you to this year’s sponsors Google, Element PR, First Republic Bank, TreeRing and UrbanSitter. This event doesn’t happen without their support.
In addition, a big ‘muchas gracias’ to all of those companies that donated prizes this year:
The Tech Search Party Web site will be going into hibernation until next year’s event. By October or November, look for an announcement with the official date of the 5th annual event, tentatively called Cinco de Tech Search Party.
And a final thank you to everyone who came out on a Saturday night for a good time supporting a good cause. Almost $12,000 was raised to support Alvarado, James Lick, and Marshall Elementary.
A complete accounting of every team’s score will be coming along soon, but in the meantime let’s congratulate last night’s top finishers.
ADIDAS – All Day I Dream About Science
Dewey Defeats Truman
First Republic Search Team (FRST)
Best Team Name (Tie)
ADIDAS – All Day I Dream About Science
Just out of the money in fourth and fifth place, respectively:
Indomitable Immersion Mamas
Smartphone Off The Hook
1. Enamored of Narcissus
The story of Echo and Narcissus is an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses
And a cool furniture store at 3769 24th Street
2. Home of azrael, metatron & moroni
Don’t you recognize an angel name when you see one?
And Angel’s Market at 1649 Castro Street
3. Where water dances and splendor is silken
Dancing Water and Silken Splendor are two of the many coffee flavors
At Philz Coffee at 4298 24th Street
4. Where you might learn zigzag, hemming, tent
These are a few of the many kinds of sewing stitches
Is there a better place for sewing classes than Walkershaw Clothing, at 1400 Castro Street?
5. Latitude 37° 45’ 13.4562”
Longitude 122° 26’ 27.7656”
Hope you found an app to find this clue at the top of the stairs where Diamond and 22nd Streets meet
6. Connects Linthicum & Pumphrey, with card or fingernail
Maryland Route 168 connects these two towns and the words ‘fingernail’ and ‘card’ share the common word ‘Clipper.’
Ergo 168 Clipper
Think uniform numbers: Babe Ruth wore #3, Dave Cowens #18 and Buster is #28
318 28th Street
Chloe’s Café is at 1399 Church Street. Try the avocado and Jarlsburg scramble
9. When Sam the monkey took a ride on Little Joe – then check @TSPNV — multiplies some pie and find prime #9
On December 4, 1959, Sam, a rhesus monkey, flew on the Little Joe 2 in the Mercury program to 53 miles high. This gives us 12/59
Tweet clue would convert that to 1259.872
Pie is, of course, pi. Which gives us 3956
’23′ is the 9th prime number
therefore 3956 23rd Street
Don’t let the letters on the scrabble tiles fool you; it’s the numbers that matter.
Surrounded by a diamond
1223 Diamond Street
Some last words of advice in advance of tomorrow’s Tech Search Party. Ignore them at your own risk.
- “Comfortable shoes are known to provide a competitive advantage.” – Jim Harbaugh
- Don’t spend any time fawning over the many celebrities that are rumored to attend. Stay focused on the task at hand, and not on the fact that Bryan Adams has aged so well.
- Bring a flashlight or flashlight app.
- Dave Cowens was really fun to watch when he played for the Celtics.
- Yes, you can register on-site tomorrow.
- Charge those phones, amigos.
- “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to is” – Vince Lombardi
- Teams must stay on foot and together at all times. Teams caught violating these rules will be forcibly subscribed to magazines such as Farm & Ranch Living, Culture: The World on Cheese, Cat Fancy, and the NAMBLA Bulletin. Without warning, Ann Coulter will show up at your house for dinner one night. She will be hungry.
- Are you following Tech Search Party on Twitter yet? We’ll be tweeting a few hints during the event, and the results following it. Get thee to @TSNPV
- Remember when Dwight Clark soared over Everson Walls to make “The Catch?” Something just as memorable is going to happen this Saturday night. Sunday at the latest.
- Forget your pen? No problem, we’ve got you covered.
Now go ahead get your team signed up pronto aquí
Believe it or not, there’s still a chance of some new prizes being added to the mix, but this is what we already have lined up for Saturday night.
I’ve divided prizes into three packages, plus one for Best Team Name. The team that comes in first gets to choose the price package they want, second place picks second, and third place gets the last one.
Nights on the Town
Slims. Two tickets to a show of your choice at Slim’s or Great America Music Hall
School of the Arts. Four tickets to Feb. 28 showing of 42nd Street.
SHN Curran Theater. Four tickets to see Jersey Boys on March 13
One Kings Lane: $75 gift certiciate
Ambiance. Six $25 gift certificates
Sport’s Basement. Two $25 gift certificates
Eating and Drinking
eCreamery. $100 gift certificate
Metromint. Two cases of mint water
Patxi’s Pizza. Two $25 gift certificates
Wine. Case of wine courtesy of Cole Hardware, plus three bottles of Rosenblum wine
Delfina/Locanda. $50 gift certificate
See’s Candy. Don’t eat the chocolate while handling your cell phone.
Best Team Name
TaskRabbit. Six $25 gift certificates.
Heads up that the parking lot at James Lick will not be open this year. Street parking only.
And the prizes keep coming in! We tweeted yesterday that 1 of the next 4 teams to register will win $100 gift certificate from Zoe’s Restaurant. Looks delicious.
And if anyone was worried, weather looks clear and dry.
Believe it or not, the prize list from just the other day has expanded considerably. So much so, that we have to get some of these prizes out the door starting now.
Therefore, we will draw a name out of a hat from the next four teams that register. One of those teams will win a $100 gift certificate to Zoe’s Bar and Restaurant.
The TreeRingers were the last team to register before this deal kicks in, so the next four after them have a 25% chance of winning.
Ready, set, go!
One of this year’s sponsors is TreeRing, which makes personalized school yearbooks. I managed the Alvarado yearbook for two years, took last year off, and am taking it on again this year.
I’m unabashedly biased toward TreeRing, but let me tell you why. With TreeRing, you get to create your own personal pages that are incorporated into the larger book created by the yearbook team. Your best and favorite photos will absolutely be in your yearbook.
Flash back to 1980. I grew up in a largely Sicilian town outside of Boston. So it wasn’t surprising that the largest section of my class yearbook was the d’ section. D’Onofrio, D’Agostino, d’Fiori and on and on. What was surprising was when I received my yearbook and my name was misspelled. They could spell d’Blazianata just find but couldn’t even spell Smith properly. Yes, I’m Timothy ‘Smithy’ in the Revere High School Lantern. Imagine my joy.
Furthermore, in a yearbook with hundreds of pages and probably thousands of photos I only appear with my official school photo. No candids at all. One member of the yearbook club was in 54 photos. Yes, I counted. The closest I came is that you can see my right ear in one of her photos. Bitter? Check. Angry at the yearbook committee? Check. Determined not to let this happen to my kids? Absolutely.
So when I heard of TreeRing and the fact that you get to create your own pages with as many of your own photos as you want, well, you can imagine my joy.
There. Now I feel a little better getting that off my chest.