The Unconventional Wisdom Blogging Awards

April 14 is Darren Rowse’s Blogger Appreciation Day.

Unconventional Wisdom Awards
Martial Development
Unconventional Wisdom
Award Winner

What are the Unconventional Wisdom Awards?
I created the Unconventional Wisdom Awards to give recognition to, and show my appreciation for unusually insightful, thought-provoking blog content.

How do you select award winners?
I randomly choose award-winning posts from among the best I discover. Your two-step path to victory:

1. Write something great.
2. Get it onto my radar.

The easiest way to get my attention is to link to, and/or comment on something on this site. Please keep it meaningful; begging for a prize may get you disqualified.

And what will I win?
A link, some extra traffic, bragging rights, and the privilege of displaying a cool award graphic on your site. Here is the HTML code used above:

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Unconventional Wisdom<br><b>Award Winner</b></a></p>

(Other award graphic colors available on request.)

Unconventional Wisdom Award Winners

April 2008

  • Rory A. Miller, for (among other things) supplying my new unofficial blog comments policy: First, tell me what you know. Then tell me what you don’t know. Only then tell me what you think.
    Alltop, confirmation that I kick ass
  • Guy Kawasaki’s Alltop, for recognizing Martial Development’s contributions to the field of…career advice? Personally, I might have placed it at the top of the Lifehacks, Education, Health, or Sports categories—but I’m not complaining.

May 2008

Charles C. Goodin, Karate Thoughts:

…The student might refer to his “grandmaster,” or “hanshi,” or “soke,” or “supreme grandmaster, soke, hanshi, 10th dan, great light unto the world.” Titles are unnecessary for a real instructor and not helpful for a poor or fake one. I feel that we should not show more respect to our instructors than we show to our own parents.

June 2008

Chris Stangl, for his brilliant Garfield deconstructions:

…The “Beware of Dog” strip relies first on our recognition of the omnipresent deli numbered waiting system, and the absurdity of a dog having access to and understanding of this system, and the mechanical ability to install it. That is fine and good, but the real mystery and contradictions are dense and endless. Why would anyone wait in line to be bitten? Don’t we sometimes wait in longer lines for equally miserable, arbitrary tasks? Doesn’t the acceptance of the waiting line by participants negate the purpose and message of the “Beware” sign? Why do people choose to obey one sign over the other? Do we simply try to compute every fresh directive, even when it contradicts prior knowledge? Why does Garfield take a number and take his place in line? His weary sideways glare tells us that he has the ability to see through the inanity of the situation. The Garfield conclusion tends to be that self-awareness is not a free ticket to self-improvement. Knowing where you are does not set you free.

August 2008

Peter Lamborn Wilson‘s Sumerian Economics:

….Coins might “really” be worth only their weight in metal but the temple says they’re worth more and the king is ready to enforce the decree. The object and its value are separated; the value floats free, the object circulates. Money works the way it works because of an absence not a presence. In fact money largely consists of absent wealth-debt — your debt to king and temple. Moreover, free of its anchor in the messy materiality of commodity currencies, money can now compound unto eternity, far beyond mere cows and jars of beer, beyond all worldly things, even unto heaven. “Money begets money,” Ben Franklin gloated. But money is dead. Coins are inanimate objects. Then money must be the sexuality of the dead.

…Writing needed to be difficult because it was a mystery revealed by gods and a monopoly of the New Class of scribes. Aristocrats rarely learned to read and write — a matter for mere bureaucrats. But writing provided the key to state expansion by separating sound from meaning, speaker from hearer, and sight from other senses. Writing as separation both mirrors and reinforces separation as “written,” as fate. Action-at-a-distance (including distance of time) constitutes the magic of the state, the nervous system of control. Writing both is and represents the new “Creation” ideology. It wipes out the oral tradition of the Stone Age and erases the collective memory of a time before hierarchy. In the text we have always been slaves.

October 2008

In 2007, Peter Schiff predicted a self-imposed economic collapse for the United States:

The real estate bubble, easily the worst speculative episode in American history, has been artificially propping up the entire national economy. The unwinding will cause havoc reaching well beyond the stakeholders directly involved.

According to a Northern Trust Company report, a stunning 43 percent of the increase in private sector jobs between 2001 and April 2005 were housing related, and these jobholders are themselves homeowners and consumers. But furniture, landscaping, appliances, municipal governments, and nearly everything else depend, directly or indirectly, in one way or another, on real estate. The amount of consumption related to home ownership is almost without limit.

Ironically, the worst-case, and most likely, scenario would be not a bust proportionate to the boom. That would be devastating, but natural and ultimately salutary. The worst case would be a politically inspired re-inflation aimed at preventing a crash landing. That would mean winding up Helicopter Ben Bernanke’s money printer to keep nominal home prices artificially high. In foreign central banks, suddenly awakened to reality by mortgage-backed security investments gone bad, reacted to U.S. economic woes by backing away from Treasury securities or by releasing a flood of dollars in our consumer markets, hyperinflation would compound the problem, causing an economic coup de grace, with hell to pay.

Schiff’s financial self-defense strategies are outlined in Crash Proof.

More award winners coming soon…

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2 comments on “The Unconventional Wisdom Blogging Awards”

  1. Errrmmm, as cool as that is, since I stole the phrase from Marc MacYoung of (and he stole it from somebody else, who I would credit if I could remember the name) I can’t honorably accept the reward. It’s damn cool, though.


  2. Sometimes we have to get what we deserve, and sometimes we have to deserve what we get.

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