The Wired Vaporware Awards
, an institution since 1999
has taken some heavy hits
this year, and has had to resort to some pretty naked padding to make a list (products in late beta whose release date has merely slipped? come on) – however, if there is anything that remains constant in these uncertain times we live in it is that one game
rules the list, debuting in the No 2. slot in 2000
, it then latched on to the top spot, with only editorial edict
able to to shift it. Ladies and gentlemen, Duke Nukem - FOREVER
posted by Artw
on Dec 29, 2008 -
The Weird-Ass Picture Book Awards, WAPB,
are given to the books that make you go “Huhhh?” Awards are given for story, illustration, and cover art. The highest award goes to the picture book achieving outstanding weirdness in both illustration and text. The 2007 WAPBA went to The Fuchsia Is Now, by J. Otto Seibold, for its strange story and artwork. The interesting use of condoms as hats was clearly a deciding factor in this book’s selection. Dear Fish, by Chris Gall, won for both illustration and cover art. For storyline, My Father the Dog, by Elizabeth Bluemle, took the prize.
posted by Fizz
on Jul 7, 2008 -
Yahoo's new BravoNation
brings Xbox Live type achievements to the world outside of gaming. You can send or receive homemade awards from any user. They are banking on third party sites using their API to hand out bravo awards to people for doing various things. Our own waxpancake has the exclusive first look
posted by riffola
on Dec 21, 2007 -
Make Me Heal
is an online community serving the needs of America's vast cosmetic surgery audience, with tips & tricks on what works best to heal scarring, etc, including an encyclopedia of terms
. To promote their vision of "Celebrating Natural Beauty With Enhancement" they're hosting the first ever Plastic Surgery Beauty Enhancement Awards
, with categories like Best Breast Augmentation
(NSFW) and Best Male Liposuction." Contestants must submit before, during & after shots of the procedure, and site visitors can vote on their favorites.
posted by jonson
on Jul 2, 2007 -
Yoshiro Nakamatsu aka Dr. NakaMats has invented everything,
other than all the other stuff that the rest of us have invented. He has 3218 patents to his name. (Edison had 1093
.) Among his many inventions? The compact disc, the compact disc player ('natch), the digital watch, a unique golf putter, the floppy disk
(!), and a water-powered engine. Besides being the founder of the World Genius Convention
(where the world first learned of ingenuity of ADR ceramic disks
, for instance), Dr. NakaMats
was voted by the US Science Academic Society as one of five greatest scientists in history - in the company of Archimedes, Michael Faraday, Marie Curie, and Nikola Tesla - and he plans to live until 144!
posted by humannaire
on Feb 23, 2007 -
With the next round of bloggies
(or web log awards for those not down with the hip lingo
), there's some concern that some types of blogs with large communities
may not be included. Specifically, communities that are well known for tons of online events
, and large gathering places
whose interactions leak in to and out from real life. So, the food bloggers (floggers?) have done what they do best, and started their own awards - with 14 nomination categories
, the results plan to, at the very least, make us all drool, if not inspire a few feasts here and there.
(and yay to mefi for winning last year's
best community blog!)
posted by jearbear
on Dec 8, 2004 -
for the best software essays of 2004. There's lots of reading here, pardners, and much of it is great.
posted by bonaldi
on Dec 3, 2004 -
Exploring the impact mediascapes - the mobile phone and wireless networks - will have on the ways we inhabit localities.
posted by yoga
on Sep 15, 2004 -
The BOBs - Best of the Blogs DW-WORLD.DE, the online portal of German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, is looking for the best online diarists. With "The BOBs - Best of the Blogs" awards, we plan to honor the best Weblogs in 11 different categories, including Best Weblog, Best Topic, Best Design, Best Weblog Innovation and Best Journalistic Weblog. A total of seven of the Best Journalism prizes will be awarded -- one in each of our competition languages. Weblogs from all over the world can be nominated for the awards, provided they have been written in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese or Arabic. You can nominate your favorite sites or even your own blog during the open suggestion phase from Sept. 17-Oct. 17, 2004.
posted by ronsens
on Sep 5, 2004 -
PDN Photo Annual 2004
presents the year's most outstanding images from photographers, magazines, and agencies in 8 separate categories. The commercial work is great, but don't miss the personal and student categories. (Flash intro. Note to sponsors: larger online images next year, please!)
posted by madamjujujive
on Jul 17, 2004 -
The Jefferson Muzzles
are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment.
posted by papercake
on Apr 13, 2004 -
The Asia Weblog Awards
...they've garnered their fair share of controversey
concerning just what constitutes an Asia Weblog, but scoring aside, it's an interesting list of personal sites from around the region.
posted by Poagao
on Dec 16, 2003 -
Kennedy To Receive Bush Public Service Award Say Whaaat?
"The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation announced that United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy would receive the 2003 George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service." The Elder Bush selects the winner of this award personally... This must mean either that (a) W. had stopped accepting phone calls from his dad or (b) he will now...
posted by wendell
on Oct 8, 2003 -
Help celebrate National Underappreciated Librarian Month
Nominate your favorite librarian for The New York Times 2003 Librarian Awards. "The New York Times has long been committed to fostering literacy and building awareness of issues important to society. We are proud to support and honor public librarians across the nation, who do so much to nurture a better-informed society.
The awards honor those librarian[s] who consistently demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism, knowledge and public service in the execution of their duties.
Read the Eligibility and Rules
download the Nomination Form
and nominate Someone
posted by Blake
on May 14, 2003 -
De Niro non disputandis est
or, in English, don't fuck with Bobby De Niro
. Which is what the English have been doing recently, naming Al Pacino
as the greatest movie star of all time. Askmen.com
is a little more appreciative but also brackets Pacino with De Niro
. The American Film Institute
] will be giving De Niro their 31st Lifetime Achievement Award on June 12 but - there they go again - he's merely described as "widely regarded as one of the most skillful actors of the last three decades". Is nothing sacred anymore? Who's the man [read "of a certain age, experience and cojones"
], after all? I mean, after Jack Nicholson
, of course. Now I'm all confused!
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on May 8, 2003 -
Yaddo: The Artist's Retreat.
"Collectively, artists who have worked at Yaddo have won 55 Pulitzer Prizes, 55 National Book Awards, a Nobel Prize, and countless other honors. Visitors from [John] Cheever's day include Milton Avery, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Aaron Copland, Philip Guston, Patricia Highsmith, Langston Hughes, Ted Hughes, Alfred Kazin, Ulysses Kay, Jacob Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, Mario Puzo, Clyfford Still, and Virgil Thomson." A place to go to get your mind off war.
posted by adrober
on Mar 19, 2003 -