iPod Giveaway #1: Make a Meatspace Shuffle

Did you play with your food as a kid or perhaps as an immature adult? If so, you’re in luck, because the first episode of the Mike Industries iPod-A-Month Creativity Competition™ starts today, and it involves perhaps the least appreciated of the culinary arts: recreational food sculpture.

Conceived by Jason Anderson of Columbus, Ohio, this first competition involves the construction of an iPod Shuffle using nothing but food. Jason wins one Shuffle for thinking of the idea, and whoever posts the best photo of their shufflicious creation in the comments for this entry wins the other Shuffle. Jason’s idea was inspired by the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” where Roy Neary makes the Devils Tower out of mashed potatoes.

Even though there are already plenty of great ideas (over 200!) for the iPod-A-Month competition, I will keep the submission pool open through the end of the year. I’m trying to do a good mix of design-related, photography-related, writing-related, and music-related competitions, so don’t feel bad if you don’t feel particularly suited for any given one.

Others will follow.

Also, it’s very possible that you’ve already submitted an idea for a contest and that I plan to use it… in which case, you’ve already won a Shuffle. I just can’t reveal that stuff in advance for fear of giving people a head start on preparing entries.

So here are the guidelines for this first contest:

  1. Entries must be made entirely out of food and then photographed. The term “food” may be used loosely, but it must have some legitimate nutritional value and not cause death or other debilitating injury when ingested.
  2. When submitting your entry, please do so via the comments. Please first list all ingredients, followed by a standard <img> tag pointing to an image measuring exactly 418 pixels by 418 pixels. If you don’t know how to do this, simply send me an e-mail and I’ll take care of it for you. The image must be your own creation, and all cheaters will be publicly shamed. I’m serious. I have a special domain reserved for the shaming. Don’t make me use it. :)
  3. Try not to get hung up on color. The average person only ingests a handful of foods which could be considered “white” and I’d rather not limit our pool of submissions to those ingredients. Pretend the Shuffle comes in a rainbow of colors… it probably will eventually. And if worst comes to worst and you just don’t feel right submitting a green Shuffle, just pour some powdered sugar on it before you take the photo and call it a day.
  4. The deadline for submissions is midnight April 30th.

Note: The technical name for this competition is “Best Interpretation of iPod Shuffle as Food”, so if people want to get super-creative with that and break all of the guidelines I’ve set forth above, go ahead. Nothing is out-of-bounds here. If your submission is creative enough, you might win.

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138 Responses:

  1. Kate says:

    Hey- why’d my iPickle get dumped?

  2. Kate says:

    Well, here it is again. iPICKLE Created from a few picnic left overs.

    dill sandwich stacker
    lemon (wheel and earbuds)
    lime zest (control symbols)
    deli meat (earbud cord)

  3. Arnaud says:

    OK, here is my entry: the iCake Shuffle.

    You’ll need 1 iChocolate Shuffle, 2 iChocolate Shuffle U2 limited edition, 1 ibutter:

    You’ll also need some iSugar:

    and some iFlour with some baking iPowder:

    And don’t forget the iMilk:

    Put everything in a pan, shuffle and pour in an oven iDish:

    get it out of the oven after 40-45 minutes, let it cool down in your iFridge

    and finally put the icing and a bit of coconut:

    Enjoy!

  4. Well, this is my first crack at both ‘food art’ and web hosting of a photo, so here goes….

    This is my ipod banana bread (flour, sugar, milk, bananas, pecans, egg, oil, vanilla, baking powder, salt) decorated with a slice of orange, a cinnamon stick, and some cloves. Good enough to eat!

  5. Well, this is my first crack at both ‘food art’ and web hosting of a photo, so here goes…. second attempt

    This is my ipod banana bread (flour, sugar, milk, bananas, pecans, egg, oil, vanilla, baking powder, salt) decorated with a slice of orange, a cinnamon stick, and some cloves. Good enough to eat!

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/scottjulienusbaum/detail?.dir=d150&.dnm=b1e4.jpg&.src=ph

  6. Amber says:

    Alright, at the beginning of the contest I knew I wanted to make a chocolate shuffle. Someone else beat me to it. Then yesterday, I realized all was not lost; I could make a U2 shuffle. No one else would do that, right?
    I see the entry above has a U2 shuffle…
    Since I’ve been working on this since last night, I’m going to post mine anyway :)

  7. Amber says:

    Oops, forgot to list the ingredients.
    I used dark chocolate, red icing, and marshmallow cream (which I took from a pint of One Sweet Whirled ice cream).
    Sorry about that :).

  8. Julie Nusbaum says:

    Julie Nusbaum writes:
    Well, this is my first crack at both ‘food art’ and web hosting of a photo, so here goes…. third attempt (sorry guys!)

    This is my ipod banana bread (flour, sugar, milk, bananas, pecans, egg, oil, vanilla, baking powder, salt) decorated with a slice of orange, a cinnamon stick, and some cloves. Good enough to eat!

    [URL=http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/scottjulienusbaum/detail?.dir=d150&.dnm=b1e4.jpg&.src=ph]My Ipod[/URL]

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/scottjulienusbaum/detail?
    .dir=d150&.dnm=b1e4.jpg&.src=ph

  9. ingredients:

    potato
    butter
    miracle whip
    mustard
    pickle juice

    garnished with:
    pepper
    pickle skin

  10. brandon says:

    Ingredients
    one Twinkie (Imported from New York)
    chocolate sprinkles
    two pieces of parsley (to make it more nutritionally sound)
    cream filling scooped out from inside the Twinkie

    While one may question their safety of eat a Twinkie, I survived to submit this entry. But I may not be around to collect the prize. Hah.

  11. Me again. Inspired by my sister making some.. I made one. Will be sold tomorrow, if not eatened, at a bake sale for my sister’s club.

    butter
    marshmellows
    rice krispies

    readi whip (squeezed into a bag and from the bag onto the krispies)

    I think I didn’t have enough marshmellowy mix. :(

  12. Ed Pas says:

    sushiPod Shuffle

    Ingredients
    squid
    sushi rice
    wasabi
    black sesame
    mayonnaise
    pickled ginger
    bamboo leaf

  13. Greg says:

    That’s neat! WOW!! Ed, That’s the first one that has actually made me hungry!! Ohhh I want sushi…

    *leaves computer in search of sushi*

  14. Morning Shuffle – A Sweet way to start the day

    Ingredients:
    Hot Cocoa
    Whip Cream
    Cinnamon
    Wafer Cookie
    Marshmallow Cream
    Strawberries
    Chocolate
    Sprinkles

    Please go to this link if its not already posted :
    http://groups.msn.com/SwingKids/wallpaper.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=78

  15. Morning Shuffle Photo, to go with my last post.
    Learing is Fun! (photo placement that is)

  16. Dalibor says:

    So who’s the big winner, Mike?

  17. Wow, these are really terrific. It’s not hard to tell that the necessary skill is in photography, rather than food-sculpting.

    All in the presentation, all in the presentation.

  18. Alex Heaton says:

    Cmon Mike! The suspense is killing us!

  19. Mike D. says:

    Alex: Uhhh, ooops, yeah, I probably should have posted an update at this URL. The winning entry and explanation can be found here.

    I always just assume everyone has subscribed to my feed or checks my front page every so often. Bad assumption! Sorry.

  20. shelby says:

    that is nasty

  21. Tangela says:

    That was a very funny,interesting , nasty did i forget to say funny to.

  22. brittany says:

    that was very weird and awkward. the last one i wanted to eat though but the sushi thingy is dumb sorry but it is.

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  24. make an iPod shuffle out of food

    Make a Meatspace Shuffle. Construct an iPod shuffle out of food for the chance to win an iPod shuffle! I like the word “shufflicious”. Mmm…shufflicious…mmm… I can’t wait to see all the entries for this….

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  26. JD on MX says:

    Butter iPod

    Butter iPod: Mike Davidson is giving away an Apple iPod Shuffle for “Best Interpretation of iPod Shuffle as Food”. There is wide chromatic tolerance — entries don’t need to be pure-white to win, although powdered sugar can be used for last-minute touc…

  27. It had to come to this.

    Those crazy foodbloggers will be all over this like white on rice…or an iPod.

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    I reckon some would write: “Why I love the internet”….

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  31. “Best Interpretation of iPod Shuffle as Food”

    Mike Davidson hat ein interessantes Experiment laufen – man schaffe einen Ipod Shuffle aus Nahrungsmitteln. Das beste (in den Kommentaren hinterlassene) Foto gewinnt.

    Spannend, was da schon abgebildet wurde. :)

  32. Googlahoo!!

    Look familiar? I smell another mega-merger on the horizon. Perhaps we should have a contest, yeh…a contest. Come up with a name for the new search behemoth and win an ipo… No, never mind. Contests like that have been…

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    Look familiar? I smell another mega-merger on the horizon. Perhaps we should have a contest, yeh…a contest. Come up with a name for the new search behemoth and win an ipo… No, never mind. Contests like that have been…

  34. Giddy up

    I keep wandering off to read all your stuff and forgetting to post. So a quick splurge of a few things hovering in the “to be posted” file and I’m off to try and get some sleep. A video to

  35. Edible iPod

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