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Friday, October 14, 2011

The Winner Of The Martha Stewart Dog Toys Giveaway Is...!

We're thrilled to announce the winner of the three Martha Stewart dog toys...it is comment #4 - HoundGirl!
Let's all put our paws together for our winner and for all those who participated-we thank you all!
Note to HoundGirl: Please send us your snail mail address at your earliest convenience, and we'll pass it on to the representative from PetSmart who brought us this fabulous giveaway. Thanks!

                                   Skully and me

For the first time, we attempted to use the Random.org number sequence generator. We put in the numbers 1-17 because there were 17 total comments-but we must say that at least two commentors wrote a separate comment for each time they took a required action, like following our blog or signing up for our new mailing list. We should have made clear that only one comment was necessary or required, and technically, only one of those comments should count. Nevertheless, the number four came up first, and according to Random.org's information, the first number is the winner.

Next time, we will count only one comment per blog and enter that number into the random sequencer (we love that name, random sequencer, don't you? It sounds like a machine on the set of Star Trek!)

But here's what just happened: Parental Unit entered the numbers earlier today and then saved the page, thinking she'd copy and paste it in this post, so you could see our selection was legitimate. But when she went to copy the page, she must have hit, "Try Again"in the process, and another set of numbers was randomly generated-aaach!

Here's where we plugged in the numbers, though.
This form allows you to generate randomized sequences of integers. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs.

Random Sequence Generator

Part 1: Sequence Boundaries

Smallest value  (limit -1,000,000,000)
Largest value  (limit +1,000,000,000)
Format in  column(s)
The length of the sequence (the largest minus the smallest value plus 1) can be no greater than 10,000.

Part 2: Go!

Be patient! It may take a little while to generate your sequence...
Note: A randomized sequence does not contain duplicates (the numbers are like raffle tickets drawn from a hat). There is also the Integer Generator which generates the numbers independently of each other (like rolls of a die) and where each number can occur more than once.

So if you don't mind, please believe us this time, and we'll figure out a way to bring you the results for the next giveway coming soon. Here's a hint: our next giveaway is a new product from our friends at FURminator!


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

whoooooohooooooo CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!! I know her!!!
Ferminator??? I have one and LOVE IT!!! SOOOOOO does my MOM!!!

Unknown said...

Whoo hoo we won :) we emailed you our snail mail address.
we use random.org too.
There is a new system called rafflecopter that can help you when running a giveaway but that is for a contest where several different comments are entered for different things that are required.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Congratulations Hound Girl!!

I use random.org too for my give-aways. I always only use one comment (unless more are required) if you are requiring more steps for an entry then in my opinion all the comments should be counted if leaving a comment is part of the requirement. I hope that made sense!

Duke said...

Congratulations to HoundGirl!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Two French Bulldogs said...

Way to go HoundGirl
Benny & Lily

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