July 12, 2004

Survivor: Blogosphere -- Today's Elimination Challenge

by Jeremy Blachman

It is time
For rhyme

Today's challenge will be
As suggested to me
By a reader who wrote
And I quote:
"I want poems that rhyme. About law. You can make it difficult and make them brief a case in rhyme, but the ultimate topic I leave to you."
And so that is what we will do.

I'll be gentle and give you a topic specific
And hope that the entries don't turn out horrific
Assignment is tricky; but I hope to inspire
Be clever, be witty, or your chances are dire

Your topic is: The Supreme Court. Feel free to treat the topic loosely.

Your deadline: Midnight tonight.

The method of elimination: Each of the 4 of us (me, PG, Nick, and Chris) will choose one entry to save. Those 4 contestants, and those 4 contestants alone, will move on.

July 12, 2004 11:06 AM | TrackBack

Wow. Very clever. Hats off to the reader who suggested this.

One question: will the 4 of you collaberate so that 4 poems are definitely picked? it seems pretty likely that two of you will pick the same poem, and thus, only 3, 2, or perhaps only mine will be selected.

Willy T

Posted by: Willy T at July 12, 2004 11:23 AM

My thought was we'd coordinate so that 4 different people go forward. Like when the judges pick the wild cards on American Idol. :)

Posted by: Jeremy at July 12, 2004 11:36 AM

As I alerted PG, I am traveling until tonight, when I can actually get my posts done; I hope that midnight deadline isn't EST!

Posted by: Mike Mills at July 12, 2004 01:32 PM

Survivor waits for no one.

No, I'm kidding, it's fine. Whenever you can; we'll wait.

Posted by: Jeremy at July 12, 2004 02:54 PM

You can run your contest however you want... but I think at some point you should have some kind of "audience vote." Even if it is only for one of the contestants moving on. Just a suggestion, but then again, you have to do what they do on the real Survivor (or at least I suspect they do) and make sure the contestants you have left will be good for the ratings.

Posted by: Unreasonable Man at July 12, 2004 03:35 PM

Um...just so you guys know...I'm not getting naked. Not even for peanut butter.

Posted by: wingsandvodka at July 12, 2004 03:52 PM

I think an audience vote with the last two might be cool. We'll see what kind of audience we get. :)

Posted by: Jeremy at July 12, 2004 04:06 PM

Stop your wimpy commenting and put up some poetry!

Posted by: Chris at July 12, 2004 04:56 PM

I'll get naked for peanut butter.

On the subject of an audience vote -- I think it would be great to do the American Idle-esque audience vote. But can we please try to avoid all of the problems that their voters had with jammed telephone lines? We need to prepare for a massive outpouring of votes on the scale of Ruben v. Clay.

Posted by: Willy T at July 12, 2004 05:06 PM

So am I correct to assume that this first assignment has the contestants typing poetry in the nude while eating peanut butter?


Posted by: Sean S at July 12, 2004 05:57 PM
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