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December 29, 2004

Tomorrow, Ace of Spades HQ Turns One Year Old

Yeahp. Almost one year.

But before I start the festivities, let me say thank you once again to all of you who check in here. It's really very flattering, and I appreicate all of my readers. And of course my commenters and tipsters, without whom this site would have pretty much shut down entirely after Rathergate.

And of course the other bloggers who link me.

(And the donors, too! Let's not forget them!)

It's been a fun year. Man, it really did go quickly. One year ago, I decided that I really couldn't stomach Oliver Willis getting attention while I got none, and that I really had to get me a piece of that crazy blog-money. One year later, I'm at least tied with Willis in terms of traffic and links -- ummm, not really something to brag about, I know -- but I still really haven't seen much of that crazy blog-money.

Still-- it's been a blast. From time to time I've pretty much gotten sick of this blog -- "That can't be true," you're all saying, "because every day there's just such a torrent of brilliance streaming out of your keyboard!" -- but most of the time it's been a lot of fun.

It was especially fun climbing up that Ecosystem thing. As I've said before, every time I moved up into a new category it was like levelling up in Dungeons & Dragons, and time to pick out my new +3 flaming longsword of truth. I'm in now what you might call a stall -- sort of stuck at 10th to 12th level, you know, when it gets harder to earn expeirience points -- but still it was wonderful that so many of you voted for me for Wizbang's Best Blog poll. I didn't level-up with that, but it was like drawing the King of Diamonds from The Deck of Many Things and getting a kick-ass warhorse who responds to my psychic commands.

Right now I'm sort of looking over some of my past stuff, to see if I can find some forgotten material that was kind of funny but that no one really saw or remembers.

Like this piece, for example. It's a long and not particularly inspired rant against Whoopie Goldberg -- more funny than true -- but it contained this put-down, which made me chuckle:

I would say that watching Whoopie on Comic Relief was much akin to suffering through the Yoko Ono songs on a John Lennon album, except that I wouldn't want to malign the dead by comparing Lennon to Billy Crystal and Robin "I'm 'improvising' all this shit I've been doing for 30 years" Williams.

So the analogy doesn't really hold. Let's hypothesize that Yoko Ono put a lot of her screechingly painful songs on Foghat albums. Okay, then: Watching Whoopie Goldberg on Comic Relief was much like having to listen to Yoko Ono songs as the price for hearing all that amazing Foghat.

Anyway, once again thanks for making this site possible. When I'm at my keyboard, I feel like a little internet Evita Perone, especially because I'm generally wearing a dress and holding the hand of a distinguished Hispanic man wearing sunglasses.

And Still Kinda Funny: Inspired by AoS reader contributions, Ace's Dreadful Debate Drinking Game.


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