So previously I've mentioned the idea of Foldedspace Brownie Points in jest, but now I've decided to actually codify a formal system incorporating reward levels and everything. Why? Because I think it's fun.
Here's how it'll work. I'll award Brownie Points as I see fit, basically arbitrarily, but often in a predictable fashion. I'll award one Brownie Point to the first person who brings a typo to my attention. (Notice I didn't say spelling mistake. That's me being arrogant: "Oh, I could never make a spelling mistake; any error must be a typo.")
Typos in comments do not count unless the misspelled word is a homonym. I've been having a hell of time with homonyms lately (e.g. I always use "through" for "threw"), so pointing out a homonym in a comment earns a Brownie Point.
Exceptionally good comments will earn five Brownie Points.
Sometimes I'll ask for your participation in return for a certain number of Brownie Points. For example, each person who completes the writing assignment gets five Brownie Points. When I read them (which I will not do until I've finished with my own), I may award extra Brownie Points for the best one. (Or I may not.)
If you take me to a Women's World Cup football match you earn a zillion Brownie Points.
To what end?
I'm not sure yet. I'll keep a tally, of course, and once I've seen the pace at which points accumulate, I'll establish actual rewards. These are likely to be things like "Nicole has earned fifty Brownie Points so J.D. will now send her one of his favorite books" or "Mackenzie has earned twenty-five Brownie Points so J.D. will take him to a movie" or things of that nature.
I'll play it by ear.
Brownie Points are retroactive to October first. Kris has one (for noting my "through" for "threw" error in yesterday's comments) and dowingba and Nicole each have five (for completing the writing assignment — I need to finish mine so that I can read theirs!).
Sound like fun? Good. If it stops being fun, or, indeed, turns out simply to be stupid, the Brownie Points will go away. But I hope they'll be fun.
On this day at foldedspace.org
2005 — Lazy Weekend Problems with Netflix. Bad movies about Africa. Dinner with Mac and Pam. Life goes on.
2004 — The Blood of a Squirrel Greetings it is I Simon. I kill squirrels.
2002 — Wednesday Evening, 9 p.m. The West Wing starts. The credits roll. "Oooh. Guest starring Joanna Gleason," I say. "You know who she is, right?"