Friday, April 4, 2008

UCF Membership Is Now Officially Closed!

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Over on Snavely's Web Log, Kim (formerly Kimby and formally Kimberly-Ann, no E, thank you very much), asked who comprised the complete membership of the UCF. Snavely answered "...Nathan is very free with membership status, so the group grows all the time." For those of you unfamiliar with the UCF, it stands for Union of Collaborating Founders and (at least at first), was populated by a bunch of folks who had "met" over on Whateveresque, (I think mostly on Jim's Future Ultimate Emperor of the Universe (all Hail!) thread).

What it meant was that when I got around to starting this blog, I shamelessly ran around to all these peoples' blogs and promptly went off topic in whatever threads they had going and yelled, "Lookee, lookee! I started a blog! Come look! Puhleeeeeeeeeeze!" And those nice folks showed up and a few other folks drifted in from various places, and since I felt like I had lucked into a pre-established readership, I dubbed them the Union of Collaborating Founders.

So, here we are. It occurs to me that I have been rather free with membership and I'm happy I have been. I really like the regulars. I hope to attract pantloads more of 'em. But it also occurs to me that if I keep accepting new members, the concept of Collaborating Founders will soon lose all meaning and cache. So membership is now closed. And I'm not even going to list who the members are. You know who you are and it's more fun if we've got a little bit of that Secret Society thing going. So, congratulations all, on your status. Bathe in the radiated glory of it all.

That said, I feel the need to establish a group name for the thousands who will be pouring through the gates any minute now (or maybe by Thanksgiving...2009?). At any rate, (and this is open to UCF'ers and newbies alike), I 'd like some help coining the term for my future legions of acolytes. Polybloggimites sounds a little dirty...but in a good way. :D

Other entries are invited.

23 comments:

MWT said...

What it meant was that when I got around to starting this blog, I shamelessly ran around to all these peoples' blogs and promptly went off topic in whatever threads they had going and yelled, "Lookee, lookee! I started a blog! Come look! Puhleeeeeeeeeeze!"

No you didn't. We all had to individually stumble into it one at a time on our own and go "AHA! Why didn't anyone tell me about this sooner??" and I distinctly recall a plaintive "you LIED to me!!!" from Michelle.

Tom said...

Well, I never...

Yeah, I usually did, but that's another story.

Closed? You mean we are now officially an elite group? Signed and numbered? A limited edition? OK, I'll go for that, if that matters to anyone.

As to the ultimate question, to, the most obvious name for the legions of acolytes that will be swarming Polybloggimous real soon now is, of course, the Polybloggimous Acolyte Legion! Your PALs.

That is the definitive info from Snave!

Nathan said...

Well MWT,

I didn't run everywhere. I didn't know everyone that well back then (all 3 months ago). But I hollered for attention in the places I thought the most people would see it.

And Michelle yells a lot about a lot of things. Excitable girl. :D


PAL's is definitely worthy of consideration.

Tom said...

Glad you like it, but you better watch out with that extraneous apostrophe. That gets some people around here real het up.

Nathan said...

You know, for some reason, I temporarily got it into my head that the 's was proper for an acronym. But it's not.

Oops! My bad.

Tom said...

Yeah, and I probably shouldn't say UCFers, either. It's repetitiously redundant. Union of Collaborating Founders-ers. I'll just have to content myself with UCF.

Nathan said...

You know what? "UCFers" my be wrong, but I'm gonna keep using it. UCFs sounds like an insult.

vince said...

I seconds Toms suggestion.

Closed? You mean we are now officially an elite group? Signed and numbered? A limited edition? OK, I'll go for that, if that matters to anyone.

Of course it matters. Well, maybe not to anyone else. But it does to us. I'm working on a personal site beyond my business site, and I plan to proudly promote the fact that I am a member of the famous UCF.

vince said...

"my be wrong"?

Nathan said...

Vince,

First of all, "Shhhhh! It's supposed to be a secret".

And if you pick apart "my" spelling too much, remember there's always the threat of double-secret probation.

Michelle K said...

Excitable girl, they all said
Well, she's just an excitable girl

Tom said...

I don't know, UCFers sounds like a herd of University of California cows.

"I likes me them UC 'effers," said the big green bull.

Green? Yeah, you know, alfalfa sprouts, electric cars, composting, Californy stuff.

Nathan said...

I'm sure there's a way to type some little musical notes, but I couldn't find it. That's exactly what I had in mind. :D

(Warren Zevon is a particular favorite. I wish someone would put together one of those memorial concerts with a bunch of great talents covering Warren.)

vince said...

Nathan spells very well. All spelling Nathan does is correct. Double-secret probation is bad.

Send lawyers, guns and money,
The shit has hit the fan.

Michelle K said...

Just to clarify, I have never dug up anyone's grave and built a cage with their bones.

In case you were wondering.

Nathan said...

Michelle,

That's more secret shit you're not supposed to be talking about.

Sheeesh! I can't take you guys anywhere.

Michelle K said...

Nathan,

I am absolutely allowed to clarify what I have NOT done.

I also have not shot a man in Memphis, just to watch him die.

Nathan said...

Yeah sure Michelle,

Next thing you'll be telling us you didn't shoot the sheriff but you may have shot the deputy.

Janiece Murphy said...

"Polybloggimous Acolyte Legion! Your PALs."

I suggest "your BrainPALs" as a nod to the man that started it all. In a non-participatory way, I mean.

Hehe.

And I don't know anything about bones, or a grave, or a Shovel of Doom™.

Plausible deniability, the hallmark of the UCF.

Nathan said...

Gawd, you people suck at keeping secrets.

Michelle K said...

I also did not feel the beat of the tambourine.
Nor did I dance, not did I jive, nor did I have the time of my life

Oh. No wait. Sorry, did do that.

Jeri said...

When I see UCF, for some reason, I think of the South Park musical masterpiece "Uncle Fucker".

And for the other loyal Polybloggimous followers, I like PALs, or BrainPALs.

Now I'm a member of TWO secret societies (also secret society of the Beast Moms) - way cool!

Do we have a secret handshake? A uniform? A badge for our website? Or are we way too cool and secret for all that?

Nathan said...

Sorry Jeri, I missed that comment.

So...no uniforms. Polybloggimous frowns on uniformity. Secret Handshake? You betcha. I'll get right on that. Then I shall describe it to Shawn who will in turn post a video demonstration.

"You're gonna teach us the secret handshake by putting it on the internet?," I hear you all saying. "How will it remain a secret then?"

Everybody come close so I can whisper. Shawn will describe the video as a demonstration of how to prepare "jugged hare", a truly horrid English recipe that calls for cooking the hare in its own blood. (It's mentioned in the book I'm reading.)

Anyway, no-one in their right mind will want to watch that. Shawn, put about a minute worth of recipe directions up before moving on to the handshake. That'll throw off the morbidly curious. You can use a stuffed bunny if you want, or a real one...your choice.