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Someday, I Will Call Upon You…To Vote For the Bloggies

Friends, Enemies, and Indifferent Yet Loyal Readers,

I need your help.  I try to entertain y’all to the best of my ability just for the sake of doing so, but for the next four weeks, we have an opportunity to help this here website take a big step forward.  If that step is big enough, perhaps sooner than later I can make entertaining you a full-time job, and then everyone wins.  Except the Cubs.

Once a year, the Weblog Awards, commonly known as The Bloggies, are handed out to the best blogs in a variety of categories.  If we were to win one, it would bring a lot of new traffic and visibility to the site – both of which are very important to me as I bump along  through this ongoing quest to write for a living.

What I ask of you, in grateful humility, is to go vote for Tanktronic.com on the Bloggies website.  It should only take you two or three minutes, because you’re very, very smart.  And sexy.

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Find Your Desirability Score!

Now that we’re all grown-ups, let’s agree that virtually everything people say they’re looking for in a mate is bullshit.  Grade AAA, unmitigated, hard-to-keep-a-straight-face bullshit.  When asked, both genders will dutifully and predictably rattle off the “proper” laundry list of traits they are seeking in a mate : smart, nice, loving, funny, and loyal.

It’s not that we all don’t want those things – but there’s plenty we do want that we leave off the list when sharing it with others, lest we sound shallow, and the unsaid items may well dwarf the spoken ones in importance when making partner evaluations in our biased heads. Continue reading Find Your Desirability Score!

The Four-Team College Football Playoff and Inevitable Realignment

For decades, college football writers and voters crossed their fingers, hoping one team would run the table and go undefeated through the year, leaving no doubt which was the best in the country.  When the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) came to be in 1998, the same group now asked the Football Gods that two undefeated teams survive the gauntlet unscathed, making for a controversy-free selection of the teams who would play for the coveted National Championship.

With the advent of the College Football Playoff, the thirteen-member Selection Committee must be silently praying that each season presents them with exactly four teams ending their campaign with no losses or one loss each.  More than years previous, those responsible for voting will feel public scrutiny and criticism of their choices; voting is no longer spread among faceless sports journalists across the country.

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The Most Amazing Thing to Happen on Halloween

Make sure to watch the side by side at the bottom.  Trust me on this.

You might have awakened this morning feeling pretty good about your Halloween costume.  Got a few compliments, people laughed, maybe you even won a $25 gift card to Chili’s from your local dive bar.

Somewhere in America, though, this guy was putting everyone else to shame.  Not necessarily for his costume – it was rather pedestrian – but for what he did in it.

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Sometimes, Reddit is Not Awesome

Based on the statistics of how most of you get here (oh yes, I am watching you, my sweet) and from talking to the readers I know personally, I presume the majority of you aren’t familiar with Reddit or how it works.  So, here’s a brief introduction.

Reddit is a simple website where users post links to photos, stories, or anything else that exists online.  Every post has to be in a subreddit, a category for similar posts to be organized together.

Once a link is posted, the other users can choose if they want to upvote or downvote the link, or do nothing at all.  This serves as a crowdsourcing of filtering and separating the content.  The posts that get upvoted the most move higher up the list, culminating at the front page of the subreddit where the most popular posts reside.

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