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2006 Weblog Awards

While we’re waiting for the mysterious and wonderful thing that will appear on this blog tomorrow, I thought it might be appropriate to announce (h/t skippy) that I’ve been nominated as a finalist in the 2006 Weblog Awards, in the category “Best Educational Blog.” My competition is IvyGate, Joanne Jacobs, Eduwonk, The Education Wonks, SpunkyHomeSchool, A Shrewdness of Apes, History is Elementary, Education Policy Blog, and Faith and Theology.  All I can say is that I desperately need to win this one in order to keep alive my fading hopes for the postseason.  Well, no, that’s not all I can say.  I can also fall to my knees and thank Almighty Ba’al that I’m not in Sadly, No!’s category this year, because last year, in the all-important competition for Best of the Two Hundred and Fifty-First through Five Hundredth Blogs, the bad boys at S, N! pwned me but good, and then they celebrated in a most garish fashion, with flying kittens and dancing badgers and drinking Hitchens.  Even now I can’t even bear to think of it.  Though the gay creche is really, really funny.

Anyway, you can vote once a day from December 7 though 15, and therefore you should.

The 2006 Weblog Awards

And why should you vote for me as best educationalisty blog, you ask?  Well, just read the post below this one!  And then let’s just wait and see if those other educationalesque blogs follow suit.  Three-thousand word minimum at this table, people.

Posted by on 12/06 at 02:10 PM
  1. What you need is a good campaign manager (Where is Chris Clarke these days?) and some cash to throw around. The people are tired of mud-slinging; we want cold, hard cash. You’re probably to educationalisty for your own good, but it will work in your favor here. Don’t be afraid to make the odd, absurdist claim or empty promise for a better tomorrow. No one remembers that stuff anyway. I’m praying for your victory, and I’d be a lot more effective at this if you would cover my $174 tab for a Dobson workshop.

    Posted by  on  12/06  at  05:58 PM
  2. Verily, let us speak of education, and blogs, and educational blogs, and the Demon Astaroth
    who can make men wonderfully knowing in all Liberal Sciences, and by whose presence and alchemy shall this blog be elevated to the immortal heights of 2006 Weblog “Best Educational Blog”.

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    And let us also salute JP Stormcrow(#46), who first vexed us by unwittingly insulting Lord Astaroth by comparing him to the vile and plebeian and Ken Starr, but whose action hath catapulted this blog to Number One on the Google when you enter “Astaroth” and choose “Screenshots”, for which we are greatly pleased.

    Rank : Prince of Thrones; Lord Treasurer of Hell; Prince of accusers and inquisitors; Head of the 8th Order of Hell who commands forty legions

    And be it decreed that Prince Astaroth will bestow his presence at the Chris Clarke Show Trial, which draws ever nearer, and lend diabolical inspiration wise consultation to the Impartial and Honorable Minister of Justice and Her Loyal Prosecution of the WAAGNFNP.

    Magic : one of the 72 spirits of Solomon. He resides in the Occident (America), and has to be invoked on Wednesdays between the tenth and the eleventh hours of the night.

    And so tonight, this night, this very Wednesday night, will the Prince of Accusers and Inquisitors be summoned here to the mortal realm in preparation for his Special Appearance at the Glorious CCST, which is even more near now than the last time I said it was drawing ever nearer.

    And Prince Astaroth is keenly aware of some of the customs of this season, and shares this bit of joyous verse, sung to the tune of O Holy Night, and commands subpoenas invites the Great Lyricists of the WAAGNFNP to please add on.

    O Holy Court
    The Prince is proudly reigning
    Lord Astaroth has some
    Questions for Clarke.

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    Minister of Justice
    WAAGNFNP

    Posted by Oaktown Girl  on  12/06  at  06:04 PM
  3. OT: The war on Christmas has been lost :(

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    Posted by  on  12/06  at  06:20 PM
  4. Um, the people also want a spellcheck on this comment thingy (in addition to cash) lest they look like they read educationalesque blogs but don’t know the difference between “too” and “to.”

    Posted by  on  12/06  at  06:32 PM
  5. It might have been much more fun had you been nominated in best blog, or most humorous blog, or most liberal, or any of those other general categories; but since you can’t get a good edumacation in dem lie-beer-al skools, this here place must be da best.  Therefore, the Ministry of Offense and Defense shall urge all WAAGNFNP partiers to use their internets tubey thangs to assault and attack the ballot totalizers and push Bérubé’s numbers well past those of any others.

    spyder
    Minister of Defense and Offense

    Posted by  on  12/06  at  06:33 PM
  6. You taught me to italicize, thus I deem your blog the most educationalicious ever!

    Posted by  on  12/06  at  07:45 PM
  7. We would have voted for you anyway; there’s no need to pummel us with large essays, you bully.

    Posted by norbizness  on  12/06  at  09:24 PM
  8. Great talk tonight at the Tank, Professor Berube! I think you should be voted Best Educationaleque Blogger because you tend to see things outside of the box. (Or outside of the margins, I guess). Bill Benzon *also* helps us see things outside of the margins on this blog, but in a different way. smile

    A question I wanted to ask the panelists was about the value of thinking in *theatrical* terms, as opposed to simply rhetorical terms. If there’s one avenue of communicative display that the Republicans really understand, it’s performance. Spectacle, side-show, and Renaissance masque are Rovian specialities, and it seems like an uphill battle for Democratic folks unless we learn to engage with and assess Republican “political” strategies on theatrical terms.

    I think your understanding of the “culture wars” as something that the Economic right views as a theatrical diversion is another reason why you might be recognized as an educationaleque blogger (or person).

    Anyhow, tres cool event. Nice to meet some of you “live.”

    Posted by  on  12/06  at  11:18 PM
  9. In recognition of the honor that has been bestowed upon this blog and this party, I will skip ahead in the story of Fearless Leader’s Acquisition of the Cap of Command and Pilgrammage to the Land that Time Forgot and show this image of him accepting his charge and beginning his ministry to teach the lessons of the GNF to those thirsty for knowledge.

    Here Endith the Lesson

    In the words of the immortal Sean Connery, here endeth the lesson.

    Bill Benzon
    Minister of Visual Propaganda
    WAAGNFNP

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  12/07  at  12:25 AM
  10. A question I wanted to ask the panelists was about the value of thinking in *theatrical* terms, as opposed to simply rhetorical terms.

    The WAAGNFNP is keenly aware of theatricality as a tool for the manipulation elucidation of reality.

    Bill Benzon
    Minister of Visual Propaganda
    WAAGNFNP

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  12/07  at  12:28 AM
  11. The WAAGNFNP is keenly aware of theatricality as a tool for the manipulation elucidation of reality.

    Bill Benzon

    That’s the spirit--that’s what I’m talking about!

    Someone on the panel (not MB) said that the problem with blogs and the cyberworld in genera; is that “there’s no memory.” People forget what happens from day to day. That’s ostensibly why he wrote a book: as an archive.

    But I think this blog and its theatrical practices has certainly kept the WAAGNFNP alive for a number of months. If there’s one thing people remember, it’s that fireball and that neon dinosaur! Great hat, btw, Bill Benzon!

    And there were some young women at the event tonite who had made their own iron-on t-shirts with the WAAGNFNP logo boldy emblazing their chests! Who says the Internets lack cultural memory??

    Posted by  on  12/07  at  12:56 AM
  12. Those young women, Foucault, were two of Nick’s friends, Laura and Sarah by name.  Hail, friends of Nick!  Hail, friends of the WAAGNFNP!

    Posted by Michael  on  12/07  at  02:00 AM
  13. . . . with the WAAGNFNP logo boldy emblazing their chests!

    Next thing you know people will want tours of WAAGNFNP facilities and sacred sites.

    I wonder how much we could get for a course of treatments designed to purge people of all traces of norquist particles and rove rays?

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  12/07  at  06:45 AM
  14. Hail Sarah and Laura! You guys rock. How can I get a shirt?

    Posted by  on  12/07  at  09:23 AM
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    WAAGNFNP

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    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  12/07  at  11:16 AM
  16. Next thing you know people will want tours of WAAGNFNP facilities and sacred sites.

    The Ministry of Defense and Offense has already requisitioned vouchers to expand our operational authority over Area 51 and Bravo Bombing range.  We need some local Beatty and Pahrump folks to step up to provide the ground and aerial transport dynos for the tours, but we have committment from Sandoz for Sandia Lab excursions both to Los Alamos and to Mercury.

    Posted by  on  12/07  at  04:28 PM
  17. Ivygate, whatever THAT is, may be ahead of both our blogs (I be with the upstart grog Education Policy Blog), but I will work my way through your lllong posts, full of more good stuff than I can absorb, just for these nuggets: “Question That Was Really More of a Comment®” LOL!

    Posted by A. G. Rud  on  12/07  at  11:03 PM
  18. Oh, that’s an old joke on this blog, A. G., going all the way back to March 2004.

    And yes, we must defeat IvyGate.  Nothing else matters.

    Posted by  on  12/07  at  11:18 PM
  19. Question That Was Really More of a Comment®

    I thought Socrates TM’d that way long ago.

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  12/07  at  11:27 PM
  20. What, you expect me to read your blog all the way back to March 2004? I have trouble making it through one non Jamie piece!...over my head, but it sure feels nice...thanks, Christine McVie.

    Posted by A. G. Rud  on  12/07  at  11:39 PM
  21. Don’t the Ivies realize that this contest is just a qualifier for the GNF? If they don’t slack off, they’re not going to make it. They’ll be stuck with norquist particles for lunch, rove rays for dinner and, for breakfast, they get Cheney’s Puffed Rice, shot from guns, in their face. If they want to score a win in the Big Show, they gotta’ lose in this one.

    With grace, of course.

    Posted by Bill Benzon  on  12/08  at  06:40 AM
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