Caption Competition Winner

Roumen recruited me (unasked and without any form of payment being offered, so far, even in liquid form, which would be acceptable too, hint hint) to judge his ad-hoc caption competition. The photo requiring a caption was this one from NetBeans Day Cairo:

The comments at the end of his blog entry indicate a lot of enthusiasm and creativity among Roumen's readership. I have been given no guidance as to the criteria for judging the winner, so I guess I will make up my own. For a start, the captions entered must make some kind of sense, at least, they must make some kind of sense to me, as the judge of this illustrious competion. So, that excludes several right from the start. Also, a certain sense of humor is important for caption competitions. Humor is, again, subjective. However, based on these highly subjective criteria, and bearing in mind that multiple entries per person were allowed, the shortlist of possible winners is cut down to the following:

  • "Can I order pizza for me and my friends?" (Michael Hüttermann)
  • "Okay guys, who took my wallet?" (Keith Blackwell)
  • "Back to the future, part 6: 'Yes, they all use NetBeans 6. Very good. And now back to '07.'" (Michael Hüttermann)
  • "Damn. I wish someone had been more specific about those 77 virgins." (Robert)
  • "I didn't think so many would respond to my 'Swap your girlfriend for a NetBeans CD' campaign." (Jack)
  • "Cool party! But I wonder which one of them is 'Lonely nerdy Arab guy, in an experimental phase, looking for a good time'." (Harry Peterson)
  • "I feel like a NetBeans Plugin!" (David)
  • "java.lang.OutOfMemoryException!" (NetPaladin)

The above... is the shortlist. I must say I at least smiled a tiny bit at each of them. Some of them border on the inappropriate, but that's precisely what makes them funny. :-) And.. the final winner is (and remember, yada yada yada, there are no losers here, yada yada yada, we are all winners, yada yada yada, it's not the winning, but the taking part that matters, yada yada yada)... drumroll...

"java.lang.OutOfMemoryException!" by NetPaladin! Hurray! That one combines geeky humor with how Roumen probably felt standing there amidst all those happy faces, flushed with the excitement of just having heard one of his cool presentations. NetPaladin, you win a NetBeans 6.0 t-shirt. Please send your details to roman DOT strobl AT sun DOT com and you will get your t-shirt sent to you in the coming days. Thanks all for participating!


Geertjan, thanks! I will buy you a beer. You can get it at any Java conference where we meet :)

Posted by Roman Strobl on November 27, 2007 at 09:32 PM PST #

That's more likely than that we'll meet at work, even though your desk is, literally, right next to mine. :-)

Posted by Geertjan on November 27, 2007 at 09:38 PM PST #

Shouldn't that be java.lang.OutOfMemoryError? ;-)

Posted by huntch aka charlie hunt on November 28, 2007 at 12:07 AM PST #

Yeah, you're right. But actually, I was waiting for someone to suggest a better error. Maybe a better one would have been java.lang.NullPointerException. But the person won because of the idea of having Roumen throw a Java exception in the middle of a group of Java programmers from a country where they speak a different language to Roumen's.

Posted by Geertjan on November 28, 2007 at 12:13 AM PST #

Please file a bug

Posted by Ramon on November 28, 2007 at 12:17 AM PST #

Oh, my mistake. I was going for the NullPointerException but thought the OutOfMemoryError was better in this case so I just replaced "NullPointer" with "OutOfMemory" without paying attention :/

Anyway, thanks for your time Geertjan.

Posted by NetPaladin on November 28, 2007 at 08:18 PM PST #

I guess nobody wants to offend any of these guys in the pic, especially the one on the right with eyeglasses and a beard. hehe

-OutOfMemoryError is to make that memory out of memory or was it because of too many memories at once?

But, it's fun to know programmers from all over the world.

Posted by Bono on November 29, 2007 at 03:11 AM PST #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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