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Bookbyte Contests — The Best Winter Storm Photos #NemoPicsBB

Over the weekend, Winter Storm Nemo smashed into the east coast, dumping over 30 inches of snow on New England. I used to live there, so I know that when those states are canceling classes because of inclement weather, things have gotten real.

To the students who spent the weekend buried in, we want to see the photos you took while making the most of the winter storm. That means photos of :

…or whatever other more creative things you can think of.

The Prizes

Winner gets a $20 Walmart gift card. We’ll post all of our favorites on the blog.

How to submit

We’re taking submissions in two ways. For the people who have Twitter, send us a link to the uploaded photo with this hashtag:

nemopics

…or if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can just send an email to promotions@bookbyte.com

Please DON’T send us:

  • other people’s photos you pulled off Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit, or wherever
  • photos you pulled off a CNN slideshow
  • satellite imagery (unless you own a private satellite, then go nuts)

We’re thinking about doing these sorts of contests regularly, so even if you’re warm and happy in Southern California right now, let us know with an email or a comment that you’d be interested in participating in future contests. After all, more interested people means bigger prizes.

How Much of a Difference Does Renting Textbooks Make?

I’ve been out of college for a few years now, and it amazes me how much things have changed in the short time since I’ve been gone. A lot of things are much tougher. I don’t envy you guys’ tuition hikes. See the chart below from CNN Money:A chart displaying rising tuition rates. Tuition at a four-year private college has increased 60% in 10 years. Tuition at public four-year colleges has increased 104%.

No, I wasn’t getting out of college in the mid-80′s, that’s just the starting point of the scariest chart I could find. Let’s try not to think about what it’s going to cost to put our kids through school.

But there’s a lot I do envy about current college students. The main thing? You all have options. When I was in college, I bought all my books from the campus bookstore, so I was totally at the mercy of their pricing. I’d buy an $80 history book and sell it back at the end of the term for around $5 or $6. A few times I managed to get a book off somebody who had just finished a class, but that was about as savvy as anyone got. You could buy textbooks online, and a number of people did, but it wasn’t nearly as commonplace as it is today.

Nobody rented out textbooks though. That’s a new one. I hope current college students know just how lucky they are to have this as an option. (more…)

Barrel Decorating For Charity

Every November, the staff at Bookbyte breaks into groups to compete in a food drive. Each team gets a giant metal barrel and gets a short amount of time to decorate it according to a theme. Then we stuff the decorated barrels with as much food as we can scrounge up and donate it to the Marion-Polk Food Share, a charity that feeds the needy in our community of central Oregon.

The theme this year was the 1980s. As you can see from the pics below,  the first thing most of us thought about was 8-bit video games. (Click on any of the pictures for a larger image.)

A mock arcade cabinet for Donkey Kong  made with cardboard and a metal barrel.

1. An impressive Donkey Kong arcade machine using cardboard, paint, and LED lights, complete with buttons and a joystick.

A Pac=Man themed barrel, with added references to Ferris Bueller and other distinctly '80s pop culture references.

2. This Pac-Man themed barrel packed in as many ’80s references as it could. You’ll notice Ferris Bueller, Ghostbusters, MTV, ALF, and other stuff that people born after 1990 might not recognize.

3. If we’re talking classic 80′s videogames, you can’t overlook Super Mario Bros., the elephant in whichever room you’ve setup your NES.

4. This entry was most tightly tied into actual purpose of the contest: fighting hunger. Most of our younger readers probably don’t remember “We Are the World.” It was a song written for charity by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie and featuring something like 8,000 other musicians. It was a huge deal at the time.
Feed the World barrel.

5. Our grand prize winners painted trash bags and boxes and made them into a homage to the greatest ’80s action star, the former Governor of California. (As somebody point out, it mostly looks like a Minecraft version of the Terminator.)

Those glasses aren’t painted on either, they’re hanging off his face. When you take them off, you get to see the T-800′s red robo-eye.

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