Name That Caption Contest

Recently I decided to give away a copy of my upcoming book to the person that could come closest to guessing the initial price of a base model iPad. I had enough fun administering that contest that I have decided to do another one. This one will run for a little longer than just a few hours. In fact, it is going to run for one month in total with a few rounds of voting. With the book due to be released in March, I want to spend some time having fun leading up to the release.

At the top of this page is a banner. All you need to do is provide a caption to the photo. The person who provides the best caption will win a copy of my book and I will figure out a way to incorporate your caption into the main page. There is only one official way to enter, but you can enter as often as you want.

Post a blog entry that links back to this one, put your caption into that entry, and leave a comment to this post.

The entries close on Friday, February 12th. That weekend I will review the entries and select my favorites. Those entries will then be presented for everyone to vote during the next ten days or so. And at the end of the month I will select the winner from the top three captions that were voted on by yourselves.

If you want to participate but do not have a blog the you can either (1) leave a comment on someone else’s blog and link back to here or (2) you can drop me an email with your caption. And if you can fit it into less than 140 characters you can even tweet me your caption. But those entries are not official (which means they could be easily overlooked), so your best bet is the blog entry and the link.

I look forward to reading the captions you will think up. Good luck!

42 Responses to “Name That Caption Contest”

  1. Name That Caption Contest | SQLRockstar Says:

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  2. Name That Caption Contest | The SQL UPDATE Statement Says:

    […] LaRock (aka @sqlrockstar on Twitter)  is holding a contest over at his book’s website, DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA, in which he asks folks to caption his website […]

  3. DBA Survivor Caption Contest | Brent Ozar - Too Much Information Says:

    […] Here’s how to enter the caption contest.  Comments are disabled on this post because I don’t want people thinking they can leave a comment here and enter the contest. February 2nd, 2010 | Category: SQL Server | Comments are closed […]

  4. Tom LaRock Says:

    thanks Brent. I figured you would go with “This is the strangest urinal I’ve ever used”

  5. Brian Tkatch Says:

    How many entries per blog?

  6. Tom LaRock Says:

    as many as you want!

  7. Breck Dahlin Says:

    The recovery is complete, time to reflect.

  8. Name That Caption Contest | Jonathan Gardner Says:

    […] you would like more information about the contest you can find it here. To purchase a copy of his book you can find more information […]

  9. The Grateful DBA » DBA Survivor Name That Caption Contest Says:

    […] LaRock from started a “Name That Caption” contest for a picture he will be using on his site soon, and wanted a little help from his SQL buddies for […]

  10. Troy Gallant Says:

    The Grateful DBA’s entries can be found here: Good luck all.

  11. A Developer's Blog · Name That Caption Contest Says:

    […] this post on his blog for more […]

  12. SQLRockstar – Name That Caption Contest « Thehelpfuldba's Blog Says:

    […] Name That Caption Contest By thehelpfuldba Recently Tom LaRock aka SQLRockstar launched a contest to promote his new book and its supporting […]

  13. Mike Wells Says:

    I have posted my suggestion at

  14. Name That Caption Contest « Viking’s Weblog Says:

    […] Administration — msrviking @ 12:20 AM Tom LaRock is conducting an interesting contest over here. My captions would […]

  15. Viking Says:

    My captions listed at my blog!

  16. Andrew Dykstra Says:

    “Yeah… I’m going to have to take a taxi to get back to my car. Why did I park so far away?”

  17. Name That Caption Contest | SQLRockstar Says:

    […] over at will end next Friday, winner gets a copy of my upcoming book. Head over to to learn […]

  18. Jon M Crawford Says:

    “I wonder if those people can tell that I’m not wearing any pants?”

  19. Jordan Bullock Says:

    Crap, this database is more corrupt than our Accounting team.

  20. Jordan Bullock Says:

    This mural IS pretty life-like, but I still miss working above ground.

  21. Jordan Bullock Says:

    Mark? MARK! We asked you where you see yourself in 10 years. Hello?

  22. Jordan Bullock Says:

    Hey! Anybody out there hiring?!? I hate it here!

  23. Log Buffer #177: a Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs | The Pythian Blog Says:

    […] Thomas LaRock, DBA Survivor, with a Name That Caption Contest. The deal is: “The person who provides the best caption will win a copy of my book,” […]

  24. DBA Survivor: Name That Caption « Marlon Ribunal's Note On SQL Server Says:

    […] Survivor: How To Become A Rockstar DBA“. Also, I’ve been aware of Tom’s “Name That Caption Contest” over at his book’s website but I never thought of joining the contest until I read Jorge Segarra’s entry. Basically, the […]

  25. Jordan Bullock Says:

    (last one, I swear) “Wow, the contractor did a GREAT job fixing the window the last DBA jumped through!”

  26. sqlrunner Says:

    “We will upgrade the server when we hit the ‘wall’..

  27. Pat Wright Says:

    My take on it.

  28. Coos Says:

    You are surviving because you are at a company with so much red tape that they’ll never fire you … short of taking a dump on your bosses desk.

    You essentially do nothing that adds any value, but make yourself seem busy by making up things to do, interfering with people who can actually solve business problems, and by being irritating. It’s a terrific strategy for ‘surviving’, and it explains why you’ve been passed up for promotion time and time again.

  29. Tom LaRock Says:

    Mom? Glad you found my blog. Tell Dad I said hello. I’ll call you later this week.

  30. Jen McCown Says:

    I belieeeeeve I can flyyyyyy…

  31. Brent Ozar Says:

    Coos – uh, have you seen the layoffs going around lately? It’s hard to avoid getting laid off even if you’re the hardest worker in the shop. Strategies like the one you described stopped working after the dot-com crash, at least at the companies Tom and I work at.

  32. Wendy Says:

    My suggestion:

  33. Name That Caption Contest Ending Friday | SQLRockstar Says:

    […] will end this coming Friday, winner gets a copy of my upcoming book. Head over to to learn […]

  34. Jen McCown Says:

    Has anyone noticed that building there before?

  35. Wendy Says:

    So, see, I changed my mind and added another option to my suggestion.

  36. powens Says:

    Ahhh… Cubes…

  37. tjaybelt Says:

    my submissions can be found at

  38. Marc Brooks Says:

    “hmmmm… I wonder if any of those businesses out there haven’t heard what a slacker I really am…”

  39. Voting Poll Is Open | SQLRockstar Says:

    […] voting poll is officially open for the DBA Survivor “Name That Caption Contest“. Head over to and pick up to three of the five captions. The top […]

  40. David Hay Says:

    Error when you try to vote 🙁

    Webpage error details

    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.648; .NET CLR 3.5.21022; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; MS-RTC LM 8)

    Timestamp: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:15:15 UTC

    Message: Object expected
    Line: 220
    Char: 1
    Code: 0

  41. Tom LaRock Says:


    it should be working now. i couldn’t get wp-polls to work properly, so i signed up for an account with MicroPoll and configured one that way for now.

  42. The Grateful DBA » Winner Winner Chicken Dinner…almost Says:

    […]     – The original post     – My entries     – The voting […]

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