Friday, 13 February 2009

Premio Dardo Awards

Valentine's Day is a time for love... in this case, love between bloggers. To our great pleasure, TheoFantastique has awarded us a Premio Dardo!

A what?

The Premio Dardos are a kind of meritocratic meme amongst bloggers which "acknowledges the value that every blogger shows in his or her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day." By bloggers, to bloggers!

In turn, the recipient of a Premio Dardo is supposed to nominate a handful of fellow weblogs that they believe are worthy of the award. Our first inclination is to renominate TheoFantastique, as it is a wonderful weblog delving into the philosophical depth of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. While genre films are perpetually stuck in a ghetto - being relegated to the technical awards even as recently as this year's Oscars - it is fantastic to see a weblog giving them the attention they deserve.

However, the rules of a Premio Dardo are unclear on whether or not that's possible, so here are a further five nominations...

  • Because it is so hard to choose between them, we'll do a group nomination for the 2719 Hyperion family of weblogs, including 2719 Hyperion, Imaginerding and Passport to Dreams Old & New. Not that they'd need our pithy acknowledgement, since all three are amongst the most popular and revered weblogs of the Disneysphere. Their content is excellent, ranging from the high academic to a best-of-the-web "Geek-end Update" that is itself like a weekly award.
  • Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else is a music weblog dutifully maintained by Lee Hartsfeld, in which he shares his fantastic collection of 78's with the world. Every few days he painstakingly pulls together a compilation of freshly ripped vinyl and shellac, featuring music from the 1910's to the 1950's. Occasionally he posts photos of his army of cats as well!
  • A trip aboard the Viewliner Ltd. is a journey into the history of American pop-culture and transportation. Highly visually-oriented, it features everything from planes, trains, and automobiles to advertisements and magazine photos from the mid-20th century. It's like living on Route 66, and I've been honored to have written for it as well.
  • Usually quite obscure outside the halls where literate, neo-orthodox, Oxford-type Christians gather, G.K. Chesterton deserves to be better known... especially in our current day where the dominant "dialogue" about religion involves the two extreme ends shouting obscenities back and forth. Not that Chesterton is a moderate by any particular standard: he is passionate in his embrace of Wonder, Intellect, Goodness, Truth and Beauty. Indeed, he might be told that he is irrational and superstitious, and begin his biting 200-page response with "Well yes Mr. Dawkins, and thank goodness!" Since few of us have a good chunk of time in which to read those 200 pages, The Hebdomadal Chesterton doles out weekly doses like a drug to enchanted minds.
  • Perhaps our strangest nomination is the Tarkio Valley Sloth Project. This weblog is an outgrowth of ongoing Ice Age fossil excavations in Iowa by Holmes A. Semken, Jr and David J. Brenzel. Besides the simple curiosity of seeing palaeontological science unfold before us, the weblog also features extremely well-written and thought-provoking articles about the habits of prehistoric life and how its echoes can still be heard today if we know what we are listening for. The romantic notion they so deftly articulate is that the world as we know it now evolved in partnership with those great beasts of the past - the woolly mammoth, sabre-tooth cat and giant sloth - and still bears their mark even though they may be gone.


Viewliner Ltd. said...

I appreciate the Award Cory. I am truly flattered. But I must say that no one is more worthy of it than you.

Cory Gross said...

I don't know about that, but I'd say the Viewliner is pretty worthy of it too... obviously! ^_^

The Hebdomadarian said...

Thank you very much for the nomination! You've made my day.

George Taylor said...

Thanks, Cory!

Is there an official vote by the academy?

Will there be a red carpet pomenade?

Will I need to wear something sleeveless? ;)

Cory Gross said...

You're welcome guys!

George... Whether or not you want to wear sleeves is up to you... Does your wife have something you can borrow? ^_^

David Brenzel said...

Thanks for the nomination Cory. We've worked hard to make the process of science more interesting and accessible to the public. You may be heartened to know that it's an effort the NSF has encouraged and supported. . . though this may be one of the most usual awards they've ever seen one of their research projects nominated for.