Saturday, January 12, 2019

Happy 22nd Birthday to the Farm!!

Has it been that long, really?!?  Wow!

In January of 1997 Photon Farms opened its digital barn doors and started dabbling in web design for a few customers.  Hard to believe that was 22 years ago!

The Farm rarely grows such produce any more, but as you may notice that doesn't mean nothing has grown here lately.

One thing is consistent however and that has been the focus on light and its many beautiful metaphorical innuendos.  Having this tiny site operational for 22 years has made us more keenly aware of such things and we've collected quite a few favorite pithy quotes on the idea that life is about light and growing in it.

To celebrate this doublety-leventh birthday in Hobbit fashion, we will give the first three people that complete the Round 1 tasks a $20 Amazon gift card.  No hitch just a little fun and a reward for taking a walk on the farm.  Sooooo... here we go!


IS DONE!!!!  
Congratulations to winners Joan, Liza and Linden and to runner up Margie!!
Gift cards will be awarded after Round 2 is complete... you'll see why later :D
See the Round 1 answers below in [blue brackets] after each question.

With a gift card purse of $77 it will start promptly Sunday, Jan. 13 @ 4pm EST.

Read through the 27 quotes below, do a bit of research and ascertain the following:
  1. Who was Professor Pacoli and what movie made him famous?  [Professor Pacoli was the archeologist in the space adventure entitled "The Fifth Element".  He was in the opening scene set in the Egyptian Desert where he is decoding hieroglyphs.] 
  2. What very popular Roald Dahl book was made into a movie that contained the Shakespeare quote?  ["Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was published in 1964, the first movie based on the book (which IMHO was the best) was released in 1971 and was entitled "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".  Gene Wilder acting as Willie Wonka quotes Shakespeare's play "Merchant of Venice" in the end when Charlie insists on returning the Everlasting Gobstopper instead of giving it to the person he believes to be Wonka's enemy.  The complete quote from "Merchant of Venice" runs thus:  "How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."]
  3. What is the name of the album that speaks of darkness as a speck?  [That King's X album is entitled "Faith Hope Love" and has the coolest album art that I've ever seen.  Notice it has the entire biblical narrative symbolically embedded into the letters by clicking on the image below.  The complete stanza runs "We've all seen the evil in this world, and we feel so helpless with all the lies, everyone believes somewhere there's love, darkness is just a speck in the light!"]
  4. What is your favorite color?  [Any answer will do but it was fun to see these references to the bridge scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (released 1975): Joan - "blue unless its yellow", Linden - "blue no yelllllooowww"]
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Well done everyone and thanks for walking around the farm and playing our game!  Round 2 will be a bit more challenging and will be open to everyone (with a tiny caveat for Round 1 winners).  



Please take time to read all the way to the end of the rules for this round.  If you have questions you may contact the farmer in the form at the right.

Anyone may participate in Round 2, however if a Round 1 winner also wins Round 2 they must pass their Round 1 winnings to the highest runner-up.  Current standings are as follows: 1 - Joan, 2 - Liza, 3 - Linden, 4 - Margie

Round 2 is a teensy bit more difficult, but it is worth over three times as much moola!  The person to submit the most correct answers by Monday, January 14 at 4pm will get a $77 dollar Amazon gift card!  

Read through the 27 quotes below, do a bit of research and ascertain the following (please number and letter your responses e.g. 1a, 1b, 1c etc.):

  1. a) What was Aziz doing that made Professor Pacoli yell for light?  b) Where did the light come from when it came?  c) Who were the guardians of the weapon against evil that had deposited it on earth?  d) What year did they remove it for safekeeping and e) what year does Korben think it is when they bring it back to battle evil?  f) What was the 5th part of the weapon’s full name? (hint: it is not elementary.)   
  2. a) What is the name of the artist who included the “same sun” quote in a song in 1991? (Hint: She was a very popular Christian Pop singer in her day)  b) What was the name of the song (Hint: it has to do with vision and distance) and c) the album it was on?  (Hint: it to do with a moving "corazon")  d) Who’s father was credited with the quote in the song?  (Looking for an actual first and last name here.)  e) In the song what is a newborn’s cry likened to?
  3. a) What is the name of the very large and furry creature quoted below? (hint: the first part of the quote sounds clunky kind of how a primate that knew sign language might describe an earthquake)  b) What is the name of the song and the album she is quoted on? (hint: it is not an album she made herself.) c) Who were the songwriters? d) What can the writers of the song not “get right”?  e) Who imitates love (other than the song writers) in the song?  f & g) What two instruments play together at the beginning of the song?  h & i) What two musicians play them?
  4. [Warning!  The following questions have nothing to do with the light quotes below] a) What band inspired Farmer Fred to make the purse exactly $77? (Hint: the name of the band has a number in it.)  b) According to one of the band’s songs, what should we “do it” for?  c) That song was recorded with an amazing drummer onboard, what was their name and d) alias?  e) Who kidnapped Farmer Fred one afternoon after work and took him to Chicago to see this band perform live?  f) What was the lead singer’s name?  g) What kind of light did they reference in one of their songs?
  5. a) Did you read all 27 light quotes?  b) What was(were) your favorite(s)?  c) What quote(s) do you think should be added to the list?  d) What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Post your answers with the "Contact Farmer Fred" tool at the right.  Please use appropriate number and letter before each answer e.g. 1a, 2a, 3a, etc.  

Answers will be evaluated per the sole and very subjective judgement of Farmer Fred.  Each answer can receive up to 5 points each.  The Farmer reserves the right to award bonus points for no apparent reason.  

There is a 10 point bonus for being the first to send in their completed responses, a 5 point bonus for being second, 3 points for being third, 2 for being 4th and 1 for being 5th.  Conversely there is a 5 point deduction for turning in your complete responses after the 4pm EST January 14 deadline and another 5 point deduction for every hour late thereafter.

Happy hunting everyone and may the best man, woman, boy or girl win!

No hitch, just fun.




1 - Darkness is just a speck in the light
King’s X - 1990

2 - Light unshared is darkness.
George MacDonald - 1892

3 - The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.
St. John the Apostle - circa 100 AD

4 - Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
William L. Watkinson - 1907

5 - Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr. - 1957

6 - So shines a good deed in a weary world.
William Shakespeare - 1600

7 - His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.
St. Matthew the Apostle - circa 70 AD

8 - The same sun which melts wax hardens clay.
Charles Spurgeon - 1881

9 - Light of the world shine on me, love is the answer.
Todd Rundgren - 1977

10 - I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness.
Jesus of Nazareth - circa 30 AD

11 - Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Desiderius Erasmus - circa 1500

12 - To love beauty is to see light.
Victor Hugo - Circa 1860

13 - This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Harry Dixon Loes - circa 1920

14 - Luminous beings are we.
Yoda - Long, long ago

15 - Light is to darkness what love is to fear; in the presence of one the other disappears.
Marianne Williamson - 2008

16 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
King David - circa 1000 BC

17 - Darn floor - big bite, You are love, fire and light!
Daniel Amos - 1987

18 - God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
St. John the Apostle - circa 90 AD

19 - Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Author Unknown (attributed to Ruth E. Renkel for whom information is quite elusive)

20 - In this place no candle burns for the Lamb shall be our light.
Terry Scott Taylor - Circa 1990 

21 - See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see. 
Wayne Dyer - 2005

22 - Aziz!  Light!  Much better.  Thank you, Aziz.
Professor Pacoli - 1914

23 - What is to give light must endure burning. 
Viktor Frankl - 1946

24 - Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
St. Paul the Apostle - Circa 58 AD

25 - We are all broken, that's how the light gets in.
Ernest Hemingway / Leonard Cohen - 1929 / 1992

26 - Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. 
Maori Proverb

27 - Light is good from whatever lamp it shines. 
Author Unknown

Thanks to all the contestants!  You inspired us to add three more light quotes!

28 - The light in me honors the light in you.
Farmer's favorite take on Sanskrit: Namaste

29 - A child afraid of the dark?  Expected.  An adult afraid of the light?  Troubling.
Home grown from web seeds.

30 - In Thy light shall we see light.
King David - Circa 1000 BC

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