As announced in one of my recent off-the-wall posts I have been pondering about founding an award of my own. I am on a mission this week – now I need to get it done!
My goals are as follows:
- Create rules that are self-consistent, loophole-free, but nonetheless rather simple to describe and to follow.
- Don’t try to control something that will get out of hand anyway, such as the mutation of blog award logos. Since I am not exactly a graphic designer or other visual arts genius I would be more than happy if the logo I have created would evolve into something better.
- Don’t put unnecessary pressure on the nominees to come up with thousand facts about themselves and nominate hundreds of other blogs. This just decreases the quality of the replies and the nominations. Exponential inflation of nominations should be avoided.
- We don’t want to end up with questions like “What is favorite color?” and facts about me such as “I like posting cute cat videos on #caturday”, don’t we?
- We do not want thoughtful, serious bloggers to deny awards because these are silly chain letters and/or a waste of time
These is the award description and the rules. SHOULD, MAY and MUST are written in capital letters – this is not shouting, this is following conventions used with internet standards.
Actually, I wanted to call it the Unaward (as an allusion to Lewis Carroll’s celebration of the unbirthday), but you already find related awards on the net. Any allusion to 42 and the like has already been seized (or invalidated) by a blogger who called himself an ‘award grinch’ in the comments on my most recent blog nomination party.
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This award is called
ILFB Award: Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere.
0. It rewards bloggers who are able to cover diverse subjects in a thoughtful and entertaining way. There are no other constraints such as a maximum number of followers.
- You are bestowed upon this award no matter what you do. You MAY deny passing on the award, the award will die out – as many life-forms did. You SHOULD nominate at least one blogger, you MAY nominate two bloggers. There is no deadline – you MAY wait for years if you pass on the award, but you MUST NOT nominate somebody if you haven’t been nominated. The founder of the award is exempt from the latter.
- You MAY nominate the blogger who has nominated you – the award MAY bounce back and forth between two bloggers forever. However, you MUST change the reason for the nomination every time.
- You MUST explain in more than one full sentence why you have nominated the nominee. You SHOULD reward bloggers who are able to write about at least two seemingly diverse subjects.
- You SHOULD reblog or pingback one of the nominee’s posts that has been published within the past year. The linked post SHOULD reflect key characteristics of the nominated blog.
- You MUST display the award’s logo, and you MAY change the title of the award as well as the logo. They would mutate anyway.
- If you find any inconsistency or loophole you SHOULD amend these rules to fix them.
- If the award title results in copyright infringements or any violation of any rights you MAY modify it. You MUST NOT hold the award’s founder liable.
- You MAY modify and amend rules 1.-7. to your liking as long as the changes
– reflect your being an intelligent life-form in the blogosphere
– are in line with the Prime Directive of this award – item no.0.
- Include this set of rules 0.-9. in your nomination speech post.
Compliance with the three MUST conditions as stated in 1., 2., and 5. will be checked by the founder of this award using his/her infamous googling skills at random. Any violation will be prosecuted and punished by a making the guilty party subject to a satirical blog post. Any blogger who had once been bestowed the award and who has proved to be compliant with the rules is entitled and encouraged to do the same (Google for non-compliant nominees and ridicule them)
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Now I am nominating the first blog ever. Listen, life-forms in the blogosphere:
- The initial ILFB Award – Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere goes to Pairodox Farm. I swear that I did not cross-check / cross-google this award’s acronym before I made this decision. This blog award is not in any way related to or affiliated with the Illinois Farm Bureau – ILFB.org.
- Not relevant yet.
- Dave from Pairodox Farm is capable of combining the following in his posts:
a) Artistic photography, and his photos are always linked to stories. Very often these stories are not what you would expect from looking at the photos.
b) Interesting details on agriculture in general, rural living – sheep breeding and antique farming equipment in particular.
c) Interdisciplinary posts on the intersection of various sciences – such as mathematics and biology.
d) So in summary, this blog manages to be entertaining, visually appealing, interesting and geeky at the same time. In particular, it combines the sublime and intellectual with the hands-on and down-to-earth.
- My previous post was a reblog of a Pairodox post that showed off 3.a)-d) – especially 3.c) and 3.d)
- Below is the logo. Yes, I am not a designer, I warned you. The icon is from Microsoft Office 2010 cliparts, you I guess we won’t be sued unless you create a business from the award (maybe).
- Not relevant yet
- Not relevant yet / I didn’t care.
- Not relevant yet / I am not creating a multiverse yet to change my rules in the other instance of the universe.
- See above.
And here is the logo:
Now I would kindly ask for feedback from all those logicians, corporate policy enforcers, internet protocol geeks, chain-letter-award skeptics, and other allegedly intelligent life-forms out there. Is there any loophole left?