Monday, January 5

Vote CDP For The 2008 Weblog Awards!

The 2008 Weblog Awards

Last week, the Missus e-mailed me at the office to let me know that the CDP had been hand-picked as a finalist for the 2008 Weblog Awards. After taking a few minutes to gently dab the spittled coffee off of my khakis, I went to the site to get the scoop, the skinny, the poop and the straight dope.

Out of 5000 fan-nominated blogs, the fine folks at the Weblog Awards spent weeks sifting through them all, judging each one via a carefully-based formula that seamlessly takes into consideration the amount of time spent blogging in direct proportion to the amount of quality work done and the overall better place the Internet is due to said blog.

Then, they just stuck some names on a dartboard and started flinging, and I was selected as one of the ten finalists for the 'Best Hidden Gem' category! The jury's still out if I should be pleased that after five years, 900 essays and a published book, I'm still considered a 'Hidden Gem,' but hey, that's all right by me.

Now, I'm no stranger to kicking ass in Blogging contests. You may recall that the CDP turned heads in the 2008 Bloggers Choice Awards, where we took 4th Place in the Pop Culture category, as well as 4th Place in the Most Well-Written category. This time, we're going for the EPIC WIN and soforth, and we need your help to make it happen!


Thank you very much in advance. Sound off in the comments section, send any questions my way and enjoy your week.

The CDP is so gonna rock this category!


Just felt that needed to be pointed out.
As excellent as that news is, I personally can't wait to find out the winner for in the 'Best Canadian Blog' catagory.

Those mofos are crazy!
we currently have 3 computers in my home ...
Which means that you can vote CDP 21 times! Let it be said in advance that you rock.

Get your friends to do it! Get co-workers to do it! The more computers we have voting for the CDP, the better!
I checked out five of the finalists and they all failed to impress, amuse, or titillate. What the hell? Obviously, I was going to vote for you anyway, but I was hoping to find some other good stuff in the process. Fail.

For those who haven't noticed, the blog who is currently winning has a Palin 2012 poster. This aggression will not stand.
I just voted, yay! It looks like you were the front runner a moment ago, so good luck, CDP. I checked out each of your rivals, but you're by far the most interesting & witty :)
BERRY BEAR - Thank you! Yeah, I noticed that the current leader was a major Conservative blog. And while I wouldn't say bad things about a fellow blogger, I think we all know it would be sort of an atrocity if they took the cake.

CHARLOTTE - Thank you! I really appreciate that. We can vote once per day, per computer, so make sure you all vote while you're at work, too!
Other than leaving out, "while hopped up on endless pots of coffee and energy bars", you pretty much nailed the selection process.

Good luck!
We simply cannot stand for a conservative blog winning this thing. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
Wow, I just looked at the other blogs and I'm a bit confused. I don't understand the point of most of them...besides the political ones, they just seem very confusing.
Yeah, some of those other blogs...

...they were lame. And left me wondering how a lot of them - in every category - actually got nominated? But I voted for the CDP. And also Comics Curmudgeon and xkcd! :D
It makes me wonder how awful the other blogs were if those ones got selected as finalists! The CDP is really the only one I saw that had actual "writing" on it...the rest just had links and videos.
Traffic to the Weblog Awards site is heavy right now, so if you get a blank page, just refresh or wait it out. We're doing pretty good so far, so keep those votes a'coming!
I voted for you. I voted for you hard.

And I will continue to do so from multiple computers over multiple days, because that's just how I roll.
Thank you very much, Emily!

Looks like the page is periodically crashing, so don't get frustrated; keep checking back to vote!
Two items to note today regarding iTunes:

1. iTunes music will soon be DRM free. This is a Big Deal, even if you don't realize that it is.

2. iTune's free video this week is "ID Engager" by Of Montreal. This is really a Big Deal, but I probably didn't need to tell you that.
I am now, for the first time, an iTunes customer because of this.

I voted in the poll a few minutes ago and decided to check out the two blogs in the lead, since I didn't do that yesterday. I was subsequently filled with rage and disgust. Political blogs (one of which included barely disguised racist undertones)?? With a fraction of the comments in the average week than the CDP has for a single post? ...are we sure this contest isn't rigged?
I'm voting every day if I can remember.

A little off topic but I got to say this. I had a dream last night. I was at the mall and CDP had its own section in the mall. It was just you there and a computer.
HOSS - I saw that iTunes thing, which is really quite wonderful. Digital music sales triumphed over retail sales for the first time ever last year, so the Tipping Point has been achieved. Getting the fantastic 'Id Engager' video for free is just icing on the cake.

MAUS - Yeah, I totally hear you. I don't want to throw in the towel or anything, but it's really hard to compete with loudmouth wackos and their dedicated following. I mean, it got us George W. Bush for eight years, didn't it?

This is more than a 'who's better' contest, or even a popularity contest. It's just a matter of how dedicated people are going to be to get the word out, and while CDP readers are the most amazing people in the Blogosphere, they lack the complete insanity necessary to compete with the right-wingers.

MIKE - Thanks, man!

That dream is hilarious; was I selling personalized essays?

You know, when I was a kid, I used to make comedy variety cassette tapes with my cousin, and we'd write little sketches, parody songs and whatnot. As a 7 year old, I always envisioned the two of us having our own 'studios' in which to create more content, which in my head consisted of a huge room with a notepad and tape recorder.

I still want that to be my job, actually.
while CDP readers are the most amazing people in the Blogosphere, they lack the complete insanity necessary to compete with the right-wingers.

I'd say CDPers are the "fun" kind of crazy. Not that other kind of crazy...what some people refer to as "bat-shit".
CDP -- I think these days they would call that a "podcast"

I've been a fan of Amazon for most of the year because of their DRM-free music. And they have more free music every week than iTunes (yeah, I'm cheap). And Amazon's downloader puts it in my iTunes, so I can put everything easily in my iPod.

Life without DRM is always more economically more viable than with DRM and this is another case in point.
what does drm-free mean?
DRM = Digital Rights Management. Basically it's code that keeps you from copying the song file a certain number of times (or at all), etc.

If something is DRM-free, that means that, once you buy it, you can do pretty much whatever you want with it.

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