Saturday, 22 November 2014

Evadot Podcast #19 – Building communities with Amanda Stiles

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Amanda Stiles(@alias_amanda), self professed recovering aerospace engineer, now of XPRIZE.org joins us today to talk about building communities for the Northrop Lunar Lander Challenge and the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

Amanda is the person behind @glxp on twitter.

We talk near the end about a Moonpie eating contest in which she gets pretty schooled.  The link is here.  If you’re a competitive eater, please ping her on twitter and give her some pointers.

Email podcast@evadot.com or leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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Author: Michael Doornbos

Michael is the founder of Evadot.com and Product Designer at Simply-Home.com and as such can often be found cavorting with penguins or eating herring. Michael can be reached at mike@evadot.com and at michaeldoornbos.com and on twitter as @mrdoornbos

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  1. QuarkSpin

    So how did all of this MoonPie craziness start? Here is a copy of the comments that I made on the Spacevidcast website:

    “I provided the first set of MoonPies to the Google Lunar X PRIZE (as a surprise). Will Pomerantz and Mike Fabio took the opportunity to have an eating rematch and post it online (their first eating contest involved ice cream).

    Ben and Cariann decided to take the plunge. I sent them Mini-MoonPies because they were n00bies to MoonPie goodness. They taped theirs as well and threw down the gauntlet to the NASA EDGE crew.

    The idea was to have several contests among different groups (even talked about pitting NASA centers against each other) and having the finals at ISDC2009. There were delays, however, in getting NASA EDGE to have their contest (Mission Madness) and also a problem in getting everyone to Orlando. (I recently sent MoonPies to NASA EDGE as well, so Blair took up the challenge.)

    I'd still love to see some of the NASA centers have MoonPie contests (and post video) as part of the Apollo 40 celebration. I'd also still love to see a MoonPie Smackdown between GLXP, SVC, NASA EDGE and a fourth participant at some point.

    This has been great fun — I hope everyone has enjoyed it. Blair is currently looking for a coach and a trainer and promises to try his hand (and mouth, of course) at MoonPie consumption again.

    As far as comments concerning Blair's performance — oh the humanity!!”

    And that's how it all happened. Amanda's first attempt has been nullified since what she and Will were consuming were MoonPie cookies and not actual MoonPies. ( Attempt did not qualify under the Fabio Rules.)

    BTW, if you want to see how NOT to compete, watch this: http://tinyurl.com/y8pe6eo

  2. Awesome, thanks for giving us the moonpie eating contest history!

  3. QuarkSpin

    So how did all of this MoonPie craziness start? Here is a copy of the comments that I made on the Spacevidcast website:

    “I provided the first set of MoonPies to the Google Lunar X PRIZE (as a surprise). Will Pomerantz and Mike Fabio took the opportunity to have an eating rematch and post it online (their first eating contest involved ice cream).

    Ben and Cariann decided to take the plunge. I sent them Mini-MoonPies because they were n00bies to MoonPie goodness. They taped theirs as well and threw down the gauntlet to the NASA EDGE crew.

    The idea was to have several contests among different groups (even talked about pitting NASA centers against each other) and having the finals at ISDC2009. There were delays, however, in getting NASA EDGE to have their contest (Mission Madness) and also a problem in getting everyone to Orlando. (I recently sent MoonPies to NASA EDGE as well, so Blair took up the challenge.)

    I'd still love to see some of the NASA centers have MoonPie contests (and post video) as part of the Apollo 40 celebration. I'd also still love to see a MoonPie Smackdown between GLXP, SVC, NASA EDGE and a fourth participant at some point.

    This has been great fun — I hope everyone has enjoyed it. Blair is currently looking for a coach and a trainer and promises to try his hand (and mouth, of course) at MoonPie consumption again.

    As far as comments concerning Blair's performance — oh the humanity!!”

    And that's how it all happened. Amanda's first attempt has been nullified since what she and Will were consuming were MoonPie cookies and not actual MoonPies. ( Attempt did not qualify under the Fabio Rules.)

    BTW, if you want to see how NOT to compete, watch this: http://tinyurl.com/y8pe6eo

  4. Awesome, thanks for giving us the moonpie eating contest history!

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