Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New Contest

All right now! The AI competition is warming up over at Murphies. The goal of this contest is to rank the winners at the Murphies who are ranking the AI contest. You can take into consideration any comments a poster makes about the audience's misapprehensions regarding talent, but CANNOT take into consideration any comments a poster has made outside the AI thread in analyzing the poster's ability to pass judgment in a reasoned manner (e.g. lunatic ravings about global warming, regardless of which side you're on). That would not be right.

The winner gets a copy of "An Inconvenient Truth".


Lucy said...

1. Cassie
2. Laura
3. Tom
4. Caleb
5. Luke
6. Scott (dad)
7. Claire
8. Arnold

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 11:36:00 AM  
James said...

Using my limited knowledge of American Idol voting past, I'm picking based on my patented Mean Southerner Ranking (MSR) metric. Caleb and Laura tied in MSR, but I like Laura's end game better.

1. Laura
2. Caleb
3. Luke
4. Scott
5. Cassie
6. Tom
7. Arnold
8. Claire

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 11:47:00 AM  
James said...

The Ironic Punishments Division will award a copy of Frank and Cook's The Winner-Take-All Society to the second place finisher. Whoever gets the book can read all about the economic distortions caused by singing contests while thinking about how much fun the winner is having with his or her DVD.

If the second placer would rather suffer real punishment while learning that "second place is first loser," the IPD will substitute a copy of From Justin To Kelly for the book.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:16:00 PM  
Arnold said...

I'm not sure I understand.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 4:24:00 PM  
MaryAlyce said...

1. Laura
2. Scott
3. Cassie
4. Luke
5. Caleb
6. Arnold
7. Tom
8. Claire

Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:43:00 AM  
Laura said...

Thanks Mary Alyce. What a friend Lucy is, huh?
What is this MSR? I've been known to be mean, but I'm not a southerner!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 1:44:00 PM  
James said...

Oh. I'm enough of a nerd I did not think of "mean" in that sense. I figured out each person's average (mean) ranking of the 6 Southerners in the competition and ranked based on who had the highest average ranking. Since folks from the South have a history of doing well, I hope this will lead to a dramatic victory.

I realized later, though, that I counted Maryland as southern (pesky Mason-Dixon line!) and neglected to include Texas, but I'm sticking by my picks.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 2:41:00 PM  
Mom said...

(This is Cassie speaking, not the Clippinger Mom, in spite of my Blogger id. Very confusing in this cross-commenting business!)

James, I lived in Maryland for seven years in the 60s. It is south of the Mason-Dixon line, though just barely. But Southernness is more of a cultural thing than a geographic thing, and Maryland's culture is definitely more Southern than Northern. At least in the 60s, speech patterns, manners, lifestyle, and race relations were MUCH more those of the South than of the North.

I think if you asked most native Marylanders, they would tell you they identify with the South -- though Delaware and New Jersey, due East, are Northern states. It's a funny thing.

Anyway, I can't speak for Texas, but at least as to Maryland, I'll bet your MSR is just fine!

Sunday, March 18, 2007 8:58:00 AM  
Scott said...

Cassie - That's interesting. I have an abiding interest in Mencken, and he certainly did not identify with the South. Some of his more acerbic comments were made in the Baltimore Sun regarding the South . . .

Sunday, March 18, 2007 10:49:00 AM  

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