January 25, 2004

MemeFirst does DC

Maybe we should play DC blog for a while, since that is where all the action is now. Charles will be our meetspace person for blog happy hours and awards, Felix'll stalk Ana, Jame provides electoral wit, Eurof whit, and Andrew does the supreme court. We feel like Microsoft getting the internet in 1995, shifting our massive resources with a singleness of purpose that is awesome to behold.

Our first takeover target: Due Torre, a group blog by two SAIS alums, one of whom also writes on Southern Exposure (think A Fistful of Pesos).

They're building an interesting voice, very international, with hopefully more WaPo parsing to come and fewer quiz results (I got 23%. If I were to partake, which I never do.)

Posted by Stefan at 12:55 AM GMT

now this IS a competition, and i got 24%!! yeessss!!!!
hmm. maybe you should open your eyes more stefan, get around a bit. i feel sorry for you, the Great Untravelled.

Posted by: eurof on January 25, 2004 02:46 PM

Thanks for the tip o' the http, Stefan, and best of luck in Memefirst's neverending quest to keep up with Nick Denton.

As to the quiz results, I just thought the map was cool. And, as soon as I get the rest of the Americas, that's an additional 7 armies a turn!

Posted by: mike d on January 25, 2004 07:45 PM

Eurof flight stop-offs don't count as country visits

Posted by: jez on January 26, 2004 01:15 PM

A mere 22 percent. I must get out more. Perhaps it explains my ambivalence towards autarky.

Posted by: charles on January 26, 2004 02:43 PM

PS, we had six inches of snow last night in DC. Under the good old days of Aristidian democracy under Barry, we'd be shut down. But thanks to (1) an efficient mayor (boo) and (2) the fact that Bushies probably doesn't want to close down the government during primary season, I'm in work, and annoyed about it.

Posted by: charles on January 26, 2004 02:46 PM

At work, helping to bridge a digital divide that doesn't exist? Seriously, now that you've figured that out, what is left for you to do there?

Posted by: Stefan Geens on January 26, 2004 06:49 PM

actually jez, stefan counts stopovers as visits. what about driving through a country? look at lichtenstein; no-one actually goes TO lichtenstein, unless you are are into industrial espionage and hired by a swiss false teeth manufacturer, lichtenstein being really good at making false teeth, and even then you stick out like an outsize ceramic molar in the front of your mouth, everyone in lichtenstein obviously knowing everyone else in lichtenstein. no, the life of a swiss denture spy is nasty, brutish and short, in lichtenstein.
you go through lichtenstein on the way to somewhere else. yet lichtenstein hondootedly counts as a country i have set foot in -- you have to get out of the car, or buy something at the airport. no one will take lichtenstein away from me.

Posted by: eurof on January 26, 2004 08:06 PM

Maybe you should know how to spell Liechtenstein before you are allowed to count it. I did not count airports as visits. But getting out of the car definitely counts. In fact, I believe that I made my parents stop the car in Liechtenstein for precisely that reason, in case a quiz like this would ever come along in my adultt life.

Posted by: Stefan Geens on January 26, 2004 08:50 PM

You can have Lichtenstein. But I'm not giving you Puerto Rico or Antarctica, even if you have been. Or at least if you're taking Puerto Rico and Antarctica, I'm having the US and UK Virgin Islands both.

Posted by: Charles on January 26, 2004 08:53 PM

I must satisfy two conditions in order to claim that I've been to a city or country.

First, I must leave the immediate area of transport. Spending an hour or two in the train station or airport doesn't win points; nor does never leaving the highway.

Second, I must then eat a meal.

I scored 15%.

Posted by: Jame on January 27, 2004 02:08 AM

I was tempted to include some airport stops lasting more than 10 hours if only to account belatedly for the inconvenience. But then again do I really want to add Nigeria to my list. My score was 21% but I think it would be more fun if countries had points allocated for different criteria: rank food, no food at all, imminent danger to personal welfare, good/bad weather. I can't actually remember if I've been to Liechtenstein. Definitely Luxembourg but Liechtenstein - who knows, who cares.

Posted by: Jez on January 27, 2004 10:11 AM