Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Weblog Awards update
IvyGate? Who’s “IvyGate”? Never heard of them. The Best Educationizing Blog contest remains a two-blog race, but the two blogs are:
This Humble Blog You Are Reading Now—3063
[Update, 12:45 pm December 14: This Humble Blog 3551, TheOtherBlog 3502. The drama is almost too much to take!]
But here’s the important story: they’re gaining and gaining fast. I started the day with a 400-vote lead. Spunky cut that in half by 6 pm today. I tried to tell her partisans that they could never catch up, because they’d have to cut the remaining lead in half, then cut that lead in half, and so forth. I was hoping they’d skipped the bit about Xeno’s Paradox in the homeschool curriculum, you know. Well, guess what? They don’t need no Xenocation over on the Christian blogs! They’re spreading the word, and spreading the word happens to be something they’re very, very good at.
The fact that Spunky will almost certainly catch and pass me by morning, even though she retired from blogging over a week ago, is deeply, deeply unsettling.
Still, I don’t want to characterize this race as a struggle between Christians and secularists. That would be needlessly antagonistic, and besides, we’d be ceding to them all the advantages of being able to call on an omniscient supernatural being of some kind, while we’re stuck with our hopelessly sublunary appeals to Japanese horror monsters and triceratops graffiti. (No disrespect to Gojira and 3Tops, but come on, they couldn’t create a universe in six days.) So I prefer to think of this as a struggle beween the forces of piety and the forces of irony. Sure, people said that irony was dead. They also said that God was dead. But we like to think that when people said irony was dead, they were just kidding. So if you’re willing to fight for irony, even (or especially) ironically, please cast your vote for me today—and tomorrow, and Friday, from as many computers as you can commandeer.
Otherwise I will resort to drastic measures. And you don’t want that.
You may now resume the Chris Clarke Show Trial. Remember, tomorrow is sentencing day! Think of lots of good sentences. There are many to choose from in The Phantom Tollbooth, but you may choose another text if you so desire.