I've been blogging for over a year now and I still regularly feel like I'm the last one to get invited to the party. The latest thing I've managed to completely miss is this whole blogging Award/Tag/Meme chain link thing. My first inkling occurred a couple of weeks ago when Pete Abel announced on his blog Central Sanity that he was not tagging me with the Thinking Blogger Award. Well, thanks all the same Pete. What a guy. Actually, he put me in some very impressive company with some other losers, saying that while the DWSUWF blog did indeed make him think, it just didn't make him think as much as five other blogs did. Or something. Then I look at the actual Thinking Blogger Award badge, and there is a picture of an alien on it. So what is that all about? Is the alien thinking about me or am I supposed to be thinking about aliens or what? I mean, I don't even believe there are any thinking aliens out there (See Fermi Paradox), so why would I want a Thinking Blogger award with a graphic of an alien on it? How about a graphic of Rodin's "The Thinker" or Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking or Lisa from The Simpsons? That I could understand. I checked out the source of the Thinking Blogger award at the not surprisingly named Thinking Blog. There I learned that Ilker Yoldas was unhappy about being tagged with memes that were not relevant to his blog, as he does a lot of thinking on his blog. Much of that thinking is about how to get more links and make more money on his blog. So he started his own Award/Tag/Meme for blogs that made him think. The alien is there on his blog too, but there is still no explanation to the mystery of what the alien is thinking about.
Now some might think this has something to do with a pyramid type scheme for trafficking in the primary currency of the blogosphere - links. But as any thinking blogger knows, these schemes are unsustainable due to the mathematics of geometric progression.This chart from Wikipedia illustrates the problem of geometric progression when one "thinking blogger" tags six other bloggers and asking each blogger to tag six more - etc. If each blogger acts within one day of getting tagged, then inside of two weeks the entire population of the earth will be tagged as "thinking bloggers". Ilker cleverly avoided this problem by asking thinking bloggers to only tag five other bloggers, so - no problem. He selflessly did this despite the obvious detrimental effect to his position at the top of the blogging link chain, which explains why his linkback performance is falling so far short of the optimal result of links from the entire population of the globe. Although DWSUWF remains the only blog on the planet that has not been tagged as a Thinking Blogger, it did made me think anyway.
Then yesterday I find I am honored by Steph, The Queen of Dysfunction who bestowed upon the undeserving DWSUWF the prestigious "Reflections" Award...
This is my oasis of thoughtful libertarianism."
Obviously a very intelligent and discerning mind is at work over at The Queen of Dysfunction. The "Reflections" Award (like the "Thinking Blogger" Award) comes packaged with some rules (but no aliens):
1. Copy this post (meaning the rules).
2. Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.
3. Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.
4. Go leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know they’ve been given the award.
5. Put the award icon on your site.
“This award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy . . . of knowing them and being blessed by them.”
God, I hate myself sometimes. Just can't do it.
Having learned about the origin of "The Thinking Blogger" Award, I was curious to find out more about the Reflections Award and how it started. It took a little back-tracking on the link chain, as well as a little googling but I soon found the source. The "Reflections" Award was started by a precocious home-schooled sixteen year old girl named Jocelyn. Jocelyn is a Lord of the Rings fan, and lives on a farm in Indiana. She just finished writing her first book, which really makes me feel great, because I am staring at my 55th birthday in a few months and still working on getting my first book started. Maybe I should have been home schooled. Anyway this is Jocelyn's reason for the "Reflection" Award:
"I was given the Thinking Blogger Award several times (five times to be exact) but I didn't know too much about the site it was from. My good friends, Eric and Paulie, informed about the secular and ungodly things posted at the point of origin. They also informed me that they would not accept the award so I decided to start my own. We need to be aware who we are linking and get away from the worldliness of non-believers and not endorse that site. "
DIVIDED WE STAND UNITED WE FALL is proud to announce a new Blogging Award, designed to advance the divided government voting heuristic - The ...
Let's get the terminology straight. We are not using the Merriam Webster definition of a pissant. We are instead using the Urban Dictionary's second definition:
Pissant - LittleWhich I think, pretty much covers the entire blogosphere. Recipients should also feel free to substitute, at their discretion, definition 3:
personblog with big attitude.
Pissant - Any person who is incapable of consuming as much alcohol as you can. Generally someone who has arrogantly been boasting about how much alcohol they can consume but then falls far short of the trumped up expectations.That cleared up - on to the rationale for the award. This blog is in the service of promoting the notion that our government runs better when congress and the executive branches are divided between the major parties, and that people should vote to keep it that way. Further, we have refined this notion to assert that if the electorate remains polarized, and equally divided, a relatively small number of libertarian or independent swing voters can have a disproportionate impact by consistently voting for divided government. To that end, it is in our enlightened voting interest, to insure that the electorate remain polarized along partisan lines. This was explained in one of my early posts "Why You Should Vote Like Me":
In fact, a nuance of Dividist party membership is recognition that a polarized, partisan, evenly divided electorate is a positive good thing for the party and should be encouraged. This means, that when a Dividist party member is not voting, he/she should be actively working to stir the pot by antagonizing partisans of either (or both) sides. This is good sport, and it permits the Dividist to vent their personal partisan spleen throughout the campaign, knowing they are helping the Divdist party maintain its delicate leverage, by maximizing the size and stability of the Partisan Dead Weight. This venting of the partisan spleen, is also therapeutic and will leave a clear thinking Dividist voter at the poll to make that logical decision to vote for the positive good of divided government."
The Rules of the Partisan Pissant Provocateur Award:Without further ado - The first five recipients of the Award:
This award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have motivated you to unleash fire breathing partisan posts of your own. Carefully crafted logical arguments and good writing are a bonus but don't overlook particularly sharp satire, biting snark, or a high octane flamer. Try to keep the quality high, but in a pinch, feel free to substitute your basic journeyman partisan hack.
- Copy and link to this post (meaning these rules and the Award icon).
- Reflect on five bloggers who cause you to gnash your teeth when reading their posts, but who you nevertheless feel compelled to return to and read time and again. Write a short sincere (or not) paragraph about each one.
- Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.
- Go leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know they’ve been given the award.
- Put the award icon on your site.
- Did I mention you should link this post?
1- Divided We Stand United We Fall. - We are on a roll. After 15 months with no awards, we've now won two in three days. This is a blog I return to time and time again, often re-reading the same favorite posts 12 or more times. I just cannot get enough of it. The blogging frequency is a little spotty, and the posts are almost always too long. Otherwise it is flawless.
2 - Queen of Dysfunction - An honest, humorous, entertaining well written blog, hosted by Steph, a discerning gourmand of fine blogging talent. She also has a finely tuned sense of irony, after writing this amusing screed:
"This was another reader who, like the guy mentioned beforehand, heartily disliked my recent post about a squabble I had with my husband and felt it necessary to set me on the straight and narrow path of feminine obedience. For the sake of brevity I will not post the e-mail in its entirety, but I found it quite interesting that he felt the need to copy and paste just about every verse in the Bible about "a woman's place" and seemed particularly smitten with the apostle Paul (why is it that every misogynist jerk has a hard-on for Paul? "
"I am a Keeper At Home, this is a term used to describe women following the Biblical laws by staying home (Psalm 113:9, Proverbs 31:10), teaching their children, and serving their husbands just as the Church, the Bride, serves Christ. Titus 2:3-5 is very, very clear on this as it states what a woman is suppose to do with her time and life."
3 - Central Sanity - this is just to show you there are no hard feelings about that Thinking Blogger Award business Pete. Really. Enjoy your Partisan Pissant Provocateur Award, buddy. All kidding aside, Central Sanity is a great blog. Pete has taken on the Herculean task of trying to save the Republican Party from itself. This is an important and necessary task if we are to avoid single party Democratically controlled government in 2009, which I can guarantee will be just as bad the last six years of single party Republican control. Godspeed Pete Abel.
4- Moonage Political Webdream - Moon is an independent thinker that always brings a unique perspective to the issues and events of the day. He has been blogging since 2004, and we've had a few debates on his blog and mine. However, we have actually been arguing for at least two years before he started his blog, and are really just continuing a debate from a political message board we both used to frequent after 9/11. I am giving him this award because it gives me an opportunity to point out once again that I was right and he was wrong about the 2006 mid-term elections. God that feels good.
5 - Jon Swift - A "reasonable conservative" whose modest blog posts manage to somehow simultaneously amuse, enlighten and enrage partisans of both the red and blue variety. The comment threads are often unintentionally as funny as the satiric humor of posts themselves. Which is saying a lot. Congratulations on being an inaugural Pissy Blog Award winner Jon.
Congratulations to all the winners. Don't forget to pick five more winners, include the rules and link back to this post. I am conservatively expecting six billion links by Labor Day.
UPDATE: Cripes, miss-spelled "provocateur". Title, graphics, text, everywhere. Spelling fixed now. Typos fixed. Trying to display working code for the graphic.
Pete asked for code to link to the Award image - Try this:
<a href="http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/2007/08/announcing-partisan-reflections-on.html" title="The Pissy Blog Award"><img style="margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_LudJaqlGgFI/RrUQcYQPkyI/AAAAAAAAAUo/cHyB2Iofj-I/s320/PartisanPissant.jpg" alt="The Partisan Pissant Provocateur Blog Award" border="0" /></a>This seems to work on my browser, but that may be because blogger recognizes my cookies. I'd appreciate any feedback on whether this code works for others. Otherwise, Moon has instructions in the comments.
UPDATE 2: Saturday August 4, 2007
Heh. It appears that people are actually forwarding this thing. Who knew? Well, the toothpaste is out of the tube, so lets roll with it. After several sleepless nights, Pete Abel finally decided to accept the award, but only after rewriting the description of the award, and doing a much better job of it than me:
"1. The award recipients are pissants – i.e., they're not the biggest bloggers in the 'sphere, they're not Kos or Hewitt or Sullivan, but they make up in attitude what they lack in size/readership.
2. They are provocateurs – i.e., they provoke other people into thinking about and responding to subjects they might not otherwise think about and respond to.
3. By virtue of the first two traits, they advance the intrinsic value of a government that is closely, evenly divided between partisans, so no one party has outright control of the outcomes, recognizing that (a) divided government honors the check-and-balance intent of the founding fathers; and (b) divided government tends to work better; reference the Reagan and Clinton years versus the Carter and Bush #43 years."
"Well. Such an assignment. I'm honored, really."Then there is HDW Mobile Blog who in a comment in the next post says"I awarded myself a
"I'm a pissant provocateur.And I like it."
"...something that I’m not too sure I want. haha"
"I have no idea how well this award will go over with my readers."
"This award has been extended and accepted, with hesitation and a bevy of caveats"
"I guess it could be considered an award, it's called The Pissy..."
"I'm almost unsure if it's a compliment or not..."
"at first I was like, “Damn dog you ain’t got to be calling me a Pissant and shit”
pissy blog. Can't believe I didn't make your top five.... " Well, OK fine. Problem being, I have looked over his newbie blog, and there is not a bit of pissiness in it. The closest he comes is calling the New York Times "lame" over a truly lame article about fly fishing, and bitch-slapping bass fishermen in a post here. Being a a bass fisherman myself, it did piss me off, so I am going to let the whole self-award thing slide and drop the lawsuit. Besides, he is my brother.
Finally, I've decided that it was not appropriate to count awarding myself a "Pissy", as one of my five referrals, so I am adding one more charter recipient of the Pissant Provocateur Award:
6 - Dr. Sanity: Pat Santy, an Ann Arbor psychiatrist has defined her blogging mission as "Shining a psychological spotlight on a few of the insanities of life". She does seem to prefer to shine that "psychological spotlight" disproportionately (almost exclusively) on the "insanities" of the left. Examples being: The Political Paranoia of The Left, Let's Discuss Bush Derangement Syndrome Again, The Intellectual & Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Left. This last being a post that particularly meets my teeth-gnashing criteria for this award. Still I return time and again, and not only because she manages the popular weekly "Carnival of the Insanities" and has seen fit to regularly include my posts. Certainly that is not the only reason. I find that I completely agree with well over 12% of her blog. I hope no one thinks that my extending her this award has anything to do with the fact that I have submitted this very post for inclusion in her next carnival collection. Please. What do you think I am?
Congrats Doc, and I hope you are enjoying your vacation in Traverse City. I prefer the U.P. myself.
UPDATE 3: August 7, 2007
This is the last update. Really. I thought I was done, but I had to intervene. Chuck Butcher has sent this meme spinning out of control and I had to grab the wheel and put it back on track. I am adding a new rule:
7. The Chuck Butcher Rule. DO NOT DISTURB THE ORIGINATOR OF THIS MEME AND DO NOT GIVE THIS AWARD BACK TO THE ORIGINATOR, HE ALREADY HAS ONE. Just link to this post, send it along and get on with your life. Link to this post right here: http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/2007/08/announcing-partisan-reflections-on.htmlSure, this started as a sarcastic slap at memes, and we all got a good laugh at the expense of those link-whores who promote these things. But for god-knows-what reason, people are forwarding this thing, and my technorati rank is moving up. So now I need everyone to get serious and just FOLLOW THE FRIGGIN' RULES! At least until I get my technorati authority into triple digits. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
UPDATE 4: September 18, 2007
Fairlane at Jonestown (see comments) is bitching that my blogroll link is not showing up on his technorati rankings. Well that's just not right. I can't do anything about what technorati finds or doesn't find, but I'll add his acceptance quote above and another link here and if that doesn't work, I just can't help you dude.