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Because it's Season 10, and what would Season 10 be without insanely close polls - this one was decided by a *single vote*.

In the end, we are saying goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] kajel, but I hope not for long. (see the Second Chance post that's going up soon. No seriously, go over there and check it out!)

If, for whatever reason, this *is* goodbye for real... thank you so much for coming out this season and I hope we will see you in the Home Game!
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


There were a few moments when I was trying to recall if there was any precedent for *everyone* missing the deadline. (I decided that although that exact situation hadn’t happened, that there was an rule I could use for the situation. That’s one of the advantages of having a decade to draw from!)
As it turned out though, that wasn’t needed. Idolers, as ever, just like to wait until the last possible second. Maybe it’s because they want to perfect their entries. Or maybe it’s just because they like messing with me. (I know what my guess is).

Unfortunately, [livejournal.com profile] magazhchi ended up missing deadline which means they are leaving us. (Hopefully not for long though, because Second Chance sign-ups are still open! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html)

For those who remain, there are three spots and two of them are moving forward.

The poll will close Feb 28th at 9pm EST so make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2063770]
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Due to where the weekends have fallen in the Idol cycle, and the extended deadlines - it's a *second* Weekend Edition for Week 9!

The poll closes tomorrow at 7pm EST, so make sure to get out there and support your favorites!http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/983712.html

Hopefully one of those favorite things is Idol itself - and you want to introduce people to it via Second Chance http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html

We're so close to our 1,000th member, it would be a shame to leave that on the table. But that seems to be what is going to occur. I guess that means the excitement will wait for later.


***

We've been watching the short films nominated for Oscars. I don't know about you, but I don't tend to think about the short films that are out there - the live action, documentaries and animation that really raise the bar. These have been amazing.

What has caught you by surprise lately (in a good way)?
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I've contacted ICE to make a sweep of the Idol poll to make sure that everyone is there legally. Apparently *all* of you are damn foreigners! I will start building my wall immediately...

The "funny" thing - that started out in 2008 as a parody of Tom Tancredo's Presidential run. I was going completely over the top with it to the point that, I felt, no one could possibly take what I as saying seriously... Now? Well.... ;)


Which is why the new "joke" will be "Thanks for the boatloads of cash you have been sending me! It's very much appreciated!"

***

There is a poll http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/983712.html
and Second Chance is still open: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html So far there are only 2 new contestants. Definitely tell your friends about it! Because there is something I've been dying to try out, and it's going to the 1,000th contestant - whenever that happens...
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The poll is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/983712.html

Second Chances sign ups are happening: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html

Please spread the word about both of these!
Once that Second Chance door closes, it closes... so hopefully everyone who wants to play *can*...

***

This morning I came up with what I think is going to be "the next step" of Idol. Not sure if it's a mini season or a regular season, or if what we know will morph... it was all in a dream. So who knows what it actually *is*. But I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about it, because I've had a few people tell me that they wanted to play "next season" and I haven't actually committed to that yet. We'll have to see what this idea becomes. :)

(and more importantly - how this season plays out! That's going to be a *huge* factor! )
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A friend, on the book that is full of faces, posted this http://spcsnaptags.tumblr.com/post/115253287239/dude-social-fallacies and I thought it was important enough to share.

Granted, the Idol audience is overwhelmingly female and perhaps the vast majority of you have read this before (or if you haven't, this isn't new territory. But (1) you never know who you might reach and (2) and this is the important one for me - despite the name this IS NOT a list of fallacies involving when you can and can not use the term "Dude", which may or may not be what I thought when I was half asleep this morning and clicked on the link.

***

Something that I will never mistake for something else, is this week's poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/983712.html

I will also know where to find the Second Chance sign-up sheet: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html, which *please* be telling folks about. I'm not saying there is something special for the 1,000th new person through the doors... but there's a lot that I'm not saying.
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:


This time last week, I was enjoying our first meal as a married couple.

This week? This week I was trying to recover from the heart attack caused by the combination of computer problems and a bunch of nogoodniks who want me to think that no one is going to post their entries, only to swoop in at last minute en masse!

Unfortunately, not everyone made it to the starting gate, and we have some bye-outs, three veterans and a talented newbie. Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] soldevenus, [livejournal.com profile] sonarvampress and [livejournal.com profile] team_jessie.

I really hope we will see you in Second Chance! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html

As for the rest of you - what looked like it was going to be a bye-fest ended up being a lot of people fighting really hard to stay in the mix! Which I love seeing. So, thank you for that!

A total of 4 people will be leaving us from Tribe 1 this week. However, spoiler - there are *2* sacrifices in those ranks. So it’s really only a matter of keeping out of the bottom 2.

It’s going to be someone though - so make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

You never know when it’s going to be your vote that is going to make the difference in the poll, or when your comment will make the difference in someone’s day.

Actually, there is something that may well see the light of day this season - something that has been on my work desk for some time mulling over when to unleash it. It’s tentatively on the schedule - it may have something to do with that. Maybe it doesn’t… and maybe I’m just mentioning it to get your heads whirling trying to figure out what might be coming for you….

Right now though, the thing that is coming for you is this poll. Which closes Sunday, Feb 26th at 7pm EST

Good luck to everyone!


Note: [livejournal.com profile] ellison was incorrectly marked as having byed-out. I suspect it had something to do with the timing of my computer issues. My apologies. Her entry can be found at http://ellison.livejournal.com/888948.html and obviously, since she is not in the poll, she is immune from the vote this week, but check out the entry anyway!




Click here to Vote! )
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#NotMyGreenRoom

Oh wait, nevermind - yes, it is. It's totally my Green Room!

We have a topic, that is due tomorrow - with *a lot* of empty space right now. So hopefully you are hard at work on your entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981676.html

and the Second Chance sign-up sheet: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html

***

What isn't yours today?
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There is a Write-Off happening right now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/982377.html

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

3 people enter. 1 person emerges victorious.

***

The new topic http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981676.html and Work Room http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981915.html are also up.

as is the Second Chance sign-up sheet: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html Make sure to spread the word about that!

***

What's up tap for your weekend? Mine is still being decided, but it sounds like it will involve hiking.
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A lot is happening right now, so if anyone is friends with the Congressional Black Caucus, please let them know!

We had results from Week 8: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981177.html
a new topic for Week 9: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981676.html
and the Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981915.html

Second Chance is also getting started: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html

(Hoping for at least *9* people who have never played before to sign up, so we can hit that elusive 1,000th member!)

***

How are you doing today?
Me? I'm still pretty much walking on air.
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The results for Week 8 are in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981177.html
The Second Chance sign-up sheet is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html
The new topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981676.html

I guess that means it's time for a Work Room again!

Something that I've been picking up on is that who has "a good week" doesn't always seem completely consistent, but the general amounts of support seem pretty evenly distributed. Which makes me wonder how that is going to shake out in the coming weeks. Who is going to emerge with the most consistency? With Second Chance coming into play over the next few weeks - from a strategical standpoint, how it that going to factor in?

There are a lot of questions left to be answered - and plenty of time (for now) for things to play out.

***

For now though, where are you with the new topic and what can other people do to help get you where you need to go?
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It's funny, because when I added this topic to the list for this season, I had no idea that I would be getting married.

It's appropriate to have it this week, because it was such a big part of our "courtship".

What is it?

Why, the "Trolley Problem" of course. :)


The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Tuesday, Feb 21st at 8pm EST.

Have fun!
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This week was another extremely difficult choice, that came down to another close vote.

I keep saying this, but it keeps being true, that this seems to be the hallmark of the mini-season.

There's some bad news - and some good news as well.

First, the bad news, we are losing:

[livejournal.com profile] aresrising05
[livejournal.com profile] swirlsofblue
[livejournal.com profile] sarcasmoqueen

We also have a tie, which means that there will be another Sudden Death battle, this time between fan favorites [livejournal.com profile] lawchicky and [livejournal.com profile] yachiru

and now the good... the second chance I've been talking about is starting THIS week. I'll be making a post in a little bit. I hope to see all of you - and those who have fallen along the way - fighting for a chance to get back into the game.
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Congratulations to our own [livejournal.com profile] sra33 for her work (well, it was a team, but I don't care about those people - we all know it was all her!) on DEADPOOL!

I haven't seen it yet, but from what I've heard it's great. Now that I know the Idol connection, I definitely need to go see it!!

***
Reminder to myself: When writing the Work Room tonight, remember to bring up the Lion King.

Reminder to the voters: The poll closes tonight - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/894182.html

What have you loved this week, that you want to make sure other people take a look at? Given how close these votes have been this entire mini-season, it's always good to let other people know what they might be missing!

***

What would you like to remind yourself about today?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Listen to people when they speak.

Believe that what they are saying is valid.

Those are important things that you hear quite a bit these days.

But I'm going to add one. One that you don't hear, and that (knowing me) will probably end up getting me in trouble:

If it does, just remember that I'm delusional on painkillers right now, so I'm not right in the head. :)

But I think the next step is to process that information. Because everyone's perspective is valid, and what they have gone through is real. That doesn't mean though that the conclusions they have reached as a result of those is actually *the truth*.
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Look for commonalities in the stories of different people and where they line up. And where they do not. Process that information, while acknowledging that it's your own set of biases that are doing that filtering.

I've just seen far too many arguments that have devolved into a "don't discount my experience!" as if that were the end. It's not (although it may be the end of that particular conversation with that particular person, because why are you arguing with someone who is sharing their story anyway???) it's a piece in a bigger picture. Take in that one, and every story that you hear and put it in the mosaic of the experiences that shape your own views.

Because all you have is your own perspectives, so your views are limited. If you're not right about everything (and since you are not ME, you are not.) and neither is anyone else. (again, except ME!)

Just keep that in mind, while at the same time keeping your mind open to other people's experiences.

/old white guy's drugged out rant


Now get off my lawn and go vote for your favorites! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/894182.html
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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

No drops. No bye-outs and the room to hide is quickly running out as the pack continues to shrink.

Just a bunch of folks fighting it out for the right to survive another week.

The way the Idol Gods demand it!

The Rivals tribe has become an unofficial team, and will be treated as such this week. There is also a Sudden Death match, where one will move on to next week and the other will be eliminated.

As for the rest - we will be losing a total of 3. (the teams or “team” with the three lowest average scores) will lose their member with the lowest total.

Which is 4 folks leaving us this week.

So if you read something you love - get out there: comment to those entries, engage the writers responsible and let them know how much you appreciate them by clicking that box next to their name!

Supporting the things you love is the best way to show appreciation, in Idol and in life. So get out there and do it, and then tell a friend or three! Let them know how many awesome things are happening at LJ Idol!

The poll closes Monday, Feb 15th at 9pm EST.

Good luck to everyone!


Click here to Vote! )
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Today is your deadline: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

There's also a Home Game link for those interested in that: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

I'm at work, but not really functioning very well.

But I'm here.

Where are you and how well you are functioning?
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The topics this week are:

Normalization,
the Buddha on the road,
404
White out


IF you are not a current contestant, but still feel like writing, this is the place to link your entries!
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Earlier today I heard the phrase "get some suction over there or you're going to drown him"

You know what phrase I wouldn't like to hear again? That's definitely one of them. That and "spraying blood everywhere".

It was the first time I've ever been conscious for an tooth extraction - and I had two of them done. I'm not going to put it up there on my favorite experiences.

BUT I did want to stop in Idol so you would know that I was still alive and that the deadline is still very much on...

that and to say "Thank You".

Why "thank you"? Because removing what was left of those teeth is another step in the direction of getting the bridgework I need done - the work that this mini-season helped to make possible. (Raised almost half what was needed, I was able to save the other half)

So congratulations, you almost drown me! :)

and at very least you caused me a hell of a lot of pain! That should give you something to smile about the next time I torture you with deadlines and polls!

So thank you to everyone in this mini-season, or who became a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=70027&ty=h or who uses our Amazon link (I think most people have forgotten about that, but there's a lot of Idol-related books out there as well as just clicking through it to whatever it is you were buying anyway helps) http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20

Your deadline is tomorrow night: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

and my going back to resting is right now.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
New Hampshire felt the Bern and everyone got Trumped.

One state or the way things are going to go?

I have no idea!

I do know though, that the new topics are waiting for you: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

and that there is a Work Room for you to bash things around in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892470.html

I've also heard some rumors of changes in teams, but those are just rumors until I get an email about them, so send them in to clauderainsrm@gmail.cm before Thurs at 8pm EST!

***

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