Thanks to all who participated in the random drawing for a copy of "The Dip" by Seth Godin.
Let is be known that some of you pleaded for certain numbers (it's a baseball thing) and some of you tried to enter twice (that didn't work the last time either, just ask Athol). There WAS a husband/wife team that each entered, and I have to call that fair play as each were entered separately. I also took the liberty of removing Pamela Slim from the drawing as I KNOW she has a copy — I watched Seth sign it (and he told her she was famous too). Read her blog.
I put all the names in a spreadsheet. Then I used the Excel formula "=RAND()*100" to generate a random number between 0 – 100 for each entry. As previously announced, this time around the LOWEST number gets the copy of The Dip…
Just to make sure I didn't get confused by the massive list of entries and random numbers, the formula "=min(A2:A18)" pulls the low number, and a formula of "=VLOOKUP(B20,A2:B18,2)" finds that low number and returns the winner's name.
What can I say, it's the old semiconductor engineer in me… though the old engineer simply got lucky as no provisions we made to have UNIQUE random numbers assigned (though if you manipulated the numbers to be unique, they really wouldn't be truly random now would they? Hmmm…)
Despite Derek's weird baseball numerology thing (he actually got close to what he wanted), and despite John Coley being entered twice due to an error the first time around, neither won the prize.
Hook 'em Lani! You just have to promise to share it, that's the deal…