ILFB Award

I thank fellow blogger Elke at Theory and Practice of Trying to Combine Just Anything for her kindness in nominating me for the very first Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere Award. Here are the rules of her newly conceived award. Only Elke herself will be able to note certain modifications in these rules which are allowed under Rule 7.

0. The ILFB Award is the Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere Award, it recognizes bloggers who are able to cover diverse subjects in a thoughtful and entertaining way.
1. You MAY nominate the blogger who has nominated you and in this way the award MAY bounce between two recipients, forever. If you chose to nominate the same blogger in sequence you MUST change the reason for subsequent nominations (see Rule 2).
2. You MUST explain, in more than one full sentence, why you have nominated the nominee. You SHOULD nominate bloggers who are able to write about at least two seemingly diverse subjects.
3. 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 (see Rule 2).
4. You MUST display the award’s logo. You MAY change the title of the award as well as its logo. Mutational change is anticipated.
5. If you find inconsistencies or loopholes in these rules you SHOULD amend them.
6. If the award title results in copyright infringement or any other violation you MAY modify it. You MUST NOT hold the award’s founder liable.
7. You MAY modify and amend Rules 1 – 8 as long as changes reflect your being an intelligent life-form and as long as said changes are in line with the primary directive of the award (Rule 0).
8. Include this complete set of rules in your nomination post.

I have chosen to nominate two blogs for this award. My first nominee is Maurice at Duck? Starfish? but … 23. Maurice is an inspiring life-form with interests in physics, computers, education, and in too many other things to enumerate here. He has recounted the birth and evolution of K-12 distance education in Newfoundland and in Labrador. This is Maurice’s sixteen part magnum opus and firsthand account of the pedagogical and technical innovations needed to bring distance learning to the mostly rural population of a sprawling piece of real estate which is approximately twice the size of Great Britain with less than 1% of its population. Maurice is so versatile a blogger that he nearly brought me to tears with his stirring interview with Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman. My second nominee for this award is Elke herself at Theory and Practice of Trying to Combine Just Anything , whose brainchild is this ILFB Award. She is geeky, smart, and an inspiration. It’s pretty clear that at the root of Elke’s persona is her love of science, especially physics. I very much enjoyed her post concerning the seeming paradox of a falling slinky. This post challenged me to see and think beyond what I thought I knew (what more could one ask from a blog post?). At the other end of the spectrum is her preoccupation with both Search Term Poetry and especially Spam Poetry. Anyone who can give birth to a literary genre, calling it Postmodern Science Fiction Inspired Spam Poetry Devoid of Meaning, has got to be a must-read. I hesitate to provide yet further evidence of my characterization of  Elke as a renaissance blogger but permit me to point to her fascination with corporate culture. Her insights here are critical, fair, and revealing.

Since establishing my own blog the people responsible for the thoughtful and inspiring sites mentioned above have been sources of feedback, support, and motivation. They are not alone however and I am sorry that the guidelines Elke has provided prohibit me from nominating several other deserving bloggers for this award. Thanks everyone. D


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