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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Friday Challenge — 1/20/2011

This week in The Friday Challenge:

Henry Vogel kicks off a new series, on the subject he knows best. Uh, no... not that subject! The other subject he knows best. • Join the discussion...

Daniel Eness opens a discussion on the all-time greatest use of a false document, in any context, and no one shares the story of their first kegger. • Join the discussion...

Kersley Fitzgerald buys a story that hit a little too close to home. • Join the discussion...

M drops the ball (lolwut? srsly? oopers...) and forgets to declare a winner in our Catastrophes-R-Us challenge, or even post a reminder for the It's something in the water... challenge! On the bright side, he sent out three submissions this week. • No discussion, unless you want to do it here...

All this and more, as Opus, Chilly Willy, and Tux get their due with Penguin Awareness Day, and the inmates discuss the view from their respective places in the asylum.


Since this one has not yet been judged, and to get things back on track, here is a reminder of the entries under consideration for our previous challenge:

If you haven't voted in that one yet, you have until Sunday afternoon to give feedback.

It's something in the water...

As of this morning, we have received the following entries for our current challenge:

But since M did not remember to post a Deadline Reminder yesterday, we'll extend this one a week. After all, a few of you were considering entries, and just ran out of time to write them down. Right?

Here is a reminder of the parameters for our current Friday Challenge, courtesy of Tyler Tork:

Especially around election season, which it seems nowadays is nearly all the time, I get to thinking that it would be great if people weren't so... or if they just had a little more...

If I could just tweak humanity a little, put some drug in the reservoir, I don't know what, I'm convinced things could be much better.

But of course, systems are complicated, and as everyone in Congress repeatedly fails to learn, changing the rules can have unintended results. People are perverse. (Oh. Perhaps we could fix that!)

Write a story, or a news piece, or something, to illustrate how you might change people if you could reach inside their brains, or bodies if you prefer, and adjust one setting. Would you make them smarter? (And about what, exactly? Intelligence isn't one thing.) Stronger? Less whiny? Happier? Consider the likely side effects of your change. Make us see why it might work out that way.

You may post your entries as comments below, post on your personal blog and give a link below, or add to The Friday Challenge Yahoo Group in our current directory.

Anyone can enter, except for Tyler Tork. You may enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be independent of the others, and you may not build on anyone else's work.

Everyone is asked to vote, and to say a few words about what they liked, and why. Or to say a few words about what they disliked, as the case may be; by submitting an entry, you implicitly agree to accept criticism, because there will probably be some handed out, and no one is immune. When voting, please rank a work as either “0” (not so good), “1” (not as bad), “2” (could have been better) or “3” (pretty good stuff!). If you give either a “0” or “3” vote, feel free to argue in support of your reasoning.

Don't like the negativity? Feel free to think of the levels as “0” (Not bad for a first attempt), “1” (Right on!), “2” (Holy cow, I wanna buy this now...) or “3” (Sweet mother of God, how did you write something this awesome?!!). The point is to clearly differentiate, and rank according to your own preference.

For the purposes of this challenge, Tyler Tork will be serving as Ye Olde High Marker, Voluntarily Walking th' Plank.

As of now, we are playing by the loosely enforced and slightly modified rules of The Friday Challenge. All entries are due by 6 AM Eastern time on the morning of Friday, 20 January 2012 Friday, 27 January 2012. A winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 22 January 2012 Sunday, 29 January 2012.

Oh, there is one more thing... but it is the most important! Have fun. Always have fun.
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