Unto the Breach – The Next Phase of Sad Puppies 4
Now that the finalists have been announced and the voter packets are going out, it’s time to start the next phase of the Embiggening, namely doing my bit towards getting people to read/view/listen to/look at as many of the finalists as possible and voting for the ones they think are best in class.
Yes, this does mean I’ll be doing exactly that. I’m not going to state which way I’m voting for the simple reason that I’m not going to make a decision until I’ve at least looked at the works. Yes, even Dr Tingle’s work. I’m planning to try to read and review all of the finalists I can access.
I’ll also be putting up some discussion/here’s where you buy their stuff type posts on the SP4 site, since if nothing else the finalists ought to get a bit of a boost from their achievements.
I would have started this sooner, but the Code of Cthulhu has intervened and eaten anything I possess resembling a brain. By the time this post is live, said Code should have escaped into the wild, leaving a trail of battered, dazed programmers and testers shambling in its wake mumbling “Ea! Ea! Cthulhu Ftagn!”
I’m actually not working this weekend, so I should be able to start the whole process, once I’ve had myself a thoroughly decadent lie in until somewhere after 6 am (assuming the kitten doesn’t want attention or a game of fetch) and have the next phase up and running.
Along the way, I’m hoping to find or possibly steal time to look at the published data regarding nominations and do my own slice and dice of the numbers. I’m not a statistician, but I can see a trend when it smacks me in the face. I’m also reasonably good at looking at this as just numbers and not letting what I think get in the way. Plus, every perspective is valuable – the more people who are involved and actively looking at things like this, the more likely it is that any problems will get found (yes this is a core principle of software testing, embodied in the hallowed Bug Bash).
More detail will follow when I steal my brain back and cudgel it into compliance again (or bribe it with chocolate. That works too).