Here for DorkFest?
Good for you. Explanation here. Commentary on Day One below. Feel free to let fly in the comments.
But First: They Clearly Read My Saturday Post!!!
Holy crap, look what I saw in the 'gonian!
I quote: "On the cusp of the state's susquicentenntial, Oregon needs a flag as distinctive as the place and its people. We invite Oregonians of all ages and backgrounds to tap your creative juices, grab a pencil -- and draw a new flag."
So, yeah, they are totally stealing my idea. But that's cool. We small media outlets are just happy to see our ideas get "out there," no matter what bloated journalistic juggernaut gets all the glory and credit!
But needless to say, I will be submitting all of the winners of last January's Beaver State Flag Makeover contest to this new effort. Maybe NOW the Governor will have to pay some attention. In the meantime, I encourage you apply individually, and to send copies of your entries in to the L&TM5K as well.
"To Enter: Flag designs must be rectangular, on a 3 x 5 card or one of that proportion, and one side only. They can be any color or combination of colors, but no gradated colors. Designs must be original. On the back of your entry, print your name, address, and phone number. Mail to Joan Carlin, 1320 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201."
Yeah Yeah Yeah, But What About DorkFest?
Well, DorkFest has certainly kicked into high gear! Quite a few contestants have been impressive in the first day of action:
- Morgan not only checked in first, but revealed through a flurry of messages that he was actually sitting there watching the countdown in the final minutes before the 'Fest began. Seriously dorky behavior.
- Sitting Vice-Dork Fingerstothebone has demonstrated that she doesn't mind throwing a few elbows. That's good!
- Yankee in England got all scatological on us.
- Jennifer let her vulnerabilities show, sharing some of her insecurities -- her feelings of both excitement and dread of potential disappointment -- regarding DorkFest. Very dorky!
- Rex Parker announced that he would not be competing, then failed to not submit his lack of non-evidence over six comments before emailing in such visual evidence as this picture of his desk:
- Rebel, who if memory serves thought that DorkFest '07 was just kind of weird, strutted her Dork in impressively comprehensive fashion on her blog, Work in Progress. [About which, without reference to the contest, can I just say: have you all been following her adventures in Thailand?!? Gooood stuff.]
- ...and then Rex and Rebel got in a little bit of a scuffle, which I thought was excellent form. As was gl.'s abuse of the host.
- d got in the second known dedicated DorkPost on his Mishaps, Mayhem, and Merriment.
- ...and it just keeps coming: MJ, Sandy, karma, Boo -- I mean, BOO, the woman who brought you Fillup Monkee! We've got Dork in strength here, people! Even Blythe messaged me, complaining that there hadn't been a DorkFest Evite -- a gambit that put her right there in the running, I thought.
One thing is very, very clear. Sitting Dork G and I are not going to have an easy time of this.
Are the Judges for This Thing Really Qualified?
Here's the opening paragraph of G's current post:
Oh my god. After I emailed the professor [of my class on African masquerade subtitled: "Rhetoric, Theory, Practice")] a few sections from books I'd read recently, she suggested and approved a research topic on the trope of masks/ masquerade/ masking in contemporary romance fiction. She thinks it might be publishable. You know what this means, right? I’m going to read romance novels FOR A RESEARCH PAPER. OH MY GOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD. I almost just jumped around the campus screaming with glee. Seriously.
Me? Well, when I read online yesterday that Paul Krugman, my very favorite economist, had been awarded the Nobel Prize, I leapt out of my office chair, pumped my fist, and shouted "YESSS!" And then -- this is the good part -- I tried to explain to my co-workers why I was excited.
The Dorky "Wednesday Weigh-In" Feature
+2 to 213, 3 over plan. And where I started. Which sucks! But, I nevertheless think that I am in some ways on the right track. Just wait 'til next week....