Well, the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta code is gone. Went like that!
But it occurs I've still to announce who won last week's rather fabulous freebie. To refresh your recollection, here's the original post, in which I detail how you lucky so-and-sos might go about winning a beautifully illustrated, super-limited, sold-out first edition of The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang, courtesy the exceedingly good cakes at Subterranean Press.
The right answer to the silly little riddle I came up with was, of course, digients - though a few of you send in certain other solutions, no less correct in their way, and you know what? Come one, come all, I say!
So. A prolonged roll on the drums...
...a click of this random generator thingummy and...
...we have our winner!
Huge congratulations to Blair Anderson from the great Sooner State of Oklahoma. I'll have an email your way to get your address and explain the rest in a minute, Blair.
But fret not, all those of you who entered and aren't in fact Mr. Anderson - and what a turnout there was! - because the booby prize you're all getting is pretty cool in its own right. In fact, it's also The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang, which just so happens to be available online in its entirety. Read it for free right here, as part of the Fall 2010 issue of Subterranean Magazine.
I'd heartily recommend you do just that, too. But if you're still unsure, by all means, peruse the full review. I'll say again: Ted Chiang really is all that.