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Copper Cylinder Award

So, that little website job I was finishing up last week is now pushed out to sea: http://coppercylinderaward.ca -- We just sent out the notices to existing members.

It's a brand new award for Canadian genre fiction novels, decided on by popular vote, both regular and young adult flavour. Voting is restricted to Sunburst Award Society members, but... Anyone can join.

So if you'd like a say in who deserves to win the inaugural award, just go to the join up form, pay your membership dues, and place your votes. The poll ends on September 7, so don't wait too long.


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Aug. 10th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
That's a good-looking website and an excellent prize :-)
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
Well, I can't take credit for either the look (it copies the Sunburst Award site), or the prize (Peter Halasz, Rebecca Simkin, et. al over at the Sunburst approached me with the idea and whether I could do a site for it), but thanks.

Like probably 90% of what I do in Real Lifetm, I just get handed stuff and asked if I can "make it go".

But for me it was a great exercise in Drupal; how to link a membership organization's database to contributions, to voting rights. Just hope I found sufficient bugs to bring it to a sufficient quantity of "go".

From the speculative fiction viewpoint, The NYT had a good opinion piece on why this kind of software could very lead to the next financial crisis. I like it because it views the problem from my work perspective, i.e. practical-minded computing with an eye to human limitations: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/opinion/after-knight-capital-new-code-for-trades.html

Edited at 2012-08-10 10:41 am (UTC)
Aug. 11th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
That New York Times article is excellent.
Aug. 11th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Innit? It sidesteps some of the open-source issues, but largely, I think, because open source is not so open. It requires an investment of reverse-engineering, and that's always a BIG requirement up-front.
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