Thursday, January 15, 2009

And the Winner Is ...

... LumpenProf! Dr. Curmudgeon has kindly bestowed the coveted blogger Inspiration Award on yours truly. I am deeply touched. It is heartening to know there are people who can find inspiration in the writings of a bitter and disaffected academic. Or, perhaps, I only inspire curmudgeons. Either way, I am truly honored.

I find the idea of viral awards to be oddly subversive. An award that is propagated like a ponzi scheme seems to undercut the scarcity which gives most awards their value. Blog awards seem to operate by a different logic and gain value as more members of the community come to share in them. So I will happily pass along this award to others who have inspired this cynical and pessimistic blogger. With deepest apologies, my winners are:

  1. What the hell is wrong with you for inspiring me to write by hosting InaDWriMo.
  2. Poet's Musings because I find it inspiring that there are poets still.
  3. Abject Learning because it inspires me to learn that sometimes my luddite tendencies are actually cutting-edge.
  4. What in the hell... for his inspiring sub-zero activism.
  5. Limited, Inc. for inspirations too numerous to mention.
  6. Baudrillard's Bastard for inspiring books and music.
  7. Academic Cog who inspires me to care more about my teaching.
Finally, here are the rules as handed down with the award:
  • Please put the logo of the award (above) on your blog if you can make it work with your format.
  • Link to the person from whom you received the award.
  • Nominate 7 or more blogs.
  • Put the links of those blogs on your blog.
  • Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.


  1. That seems like a lotta work! Thanks for the award - but if this is gonna catch on, it has to have a name. And a statuette. And an awards ceremony with a lot of daring decollatage. And a jokey MC. And Limos! And champagne! And cocaine...

    How about calling it the Don't Tread on Me award. The statuette should be of a worm turning. Or a serpent snapping.

  2. It is a lot of work. I forgot to mention that this award also comes with an extra special "get out of meme-jail free" card that exempts the bearer from participation in any and all blog memes past, present, or future at the bearer's discretion. Congrats!

  3. A loud Yay! for Poet's Musings.

  4. Thanks for the award, Lumpen Prof.

  5. Neat stuff! While we're at it, I'd like to give you my also-prestigious "Bloglink Alpha Pheromone Award" for being the blog my Wordpress site is most likely to think linked to me when you post just because I'm on your blogroll. Hence you are oft in my thoughts, much to my delight.

  6. Thanks for the new award! Blogger does seem to have a fetish for adding blogroll links as if they are part of the post now. I hope someone at Blogger knows about the glitch and fixes it soon.

  7. Great list of links!

  8. Truly honoured to be on this list, in such fine company, humble thanks. I've agmired your blogging for some time, so coming from you, it means a lot.

    Now, the hard part... coming up with my own list.