1. to chew the cud like a ruminant (example: sheep and goats)
to chew the cud:
1. to chat in an aimless way. Cud is the part-digested food that ruminant animals bring back into their mouths from their stomach to chew at leisure. The image is a slow and meaningless mastication.
The winners of each of the categories get awarded real life dollar prizes (rather than Linden Space Bux).
From a drop down list, you can select who you feel should win in a particular category and your vote is counted.
So far, so good.
Except that anyone can cast multiple votes in any category, separated by a 24hour interval. Moreover, voting is open for another six weeks!
A recipe for....well, not "disaster" exactly but certainly "inferior quality".
I remember reading a notecard about this competition and, on seeing how the winners would be judged, deciding to keep at arms length from it. In fairness, however, I am not one for entering contests and I wouldn't have given the matter very much thought before concluding "not for me, thank you".
Rayven goes on to describe some rather strange voting patterns which on the face of it sound absurd.
Now, before we go on, it should be said that Rayven has an agenda of her own here which will be readily obvious to her regular readers - and which Rayven herself makes no attempt to disguise or hide, bless her cotton socks!
I am not particularly interested in Rayven's not-so-hidden agenda to be honest, except perhaps in the morbid sense of rubbernecking a train wreck.
But I *am* interested in the how the chosen election process for this contest has the potential to lead to seemingly weird and outlandish results.
And the way Rayven described it, the results were so bizarre, so ridiculous, so....so unbelievable that Rayven just *had* to be exaggerating. Right?
I had go to look for myself.
This type of voting mechanism has prior form and is widely employed in such TV programmes as X Factor, Big Brother and many many others.
By allowing multiple voting, someone can feel they are really getting behind and supporting the performer they want to win. The production company get a small income from every vote. Its all good. Its all fun.
In these types of TV programmes, each broadcast episode could expect to generate tens or hundreds of thousands of votes. Some can generate millions.
The number of individual votes and voters involved is so vast that it would be near impossible to viably influence the result using various social networking or crowd sourcing techniques or indeed other forms of voting irregularities. It has been attempted, of course.
However, when such a voting regime is employed in that considerably smaller pool of resources that is Second Life, it becomes entirely possibly to influence the final result, given enough motivation.
When you look at the interim results that this contest has spewed out thus far, it is hard to escape the conclusion that some form of manipulation is occurring of the nature that Rayven describes. In fact, Rayven's reporting on the voting patterns appears to be disturbingly accurate.
This contest certainly has lost all credibility, imo, and I am glad I decided not to enter. It isn't something I think I would really want on my curriculum vitae!
Now, the fact is, this contest - or any other for that matter - has no obligation to be credible! It just isn't a requirement of competitions!
And if winning a contest that has no benefits in terms of personal credibility, respect or self-dignity is meaningful to you - then go for it, I say! Spam all your friends, drag out your alts and get the buggers to vote for you every 24 hours!
And if it isn't the "personal credibility, respect or self-dignity" that is motivating you but instead you are seeing dollar signs in front of your eyes - then, again, go for it! Spam and alt-vote to your heart's content!
In some cases, that meant I didn't vote for someone on my friend's list. Sorry. But there is a simple matter of personal integrity at stake here.
I will not be returning to cast any further votes; I am done there. Nor will I be keeping abreast of developments
For anyone interested, here is who I voted for, and the reasons why.
Pornographer of the Year: Of the sixteen possible candidates, only two could I personally realistically consider - Emanuelle Jameson or Serenity Juneberry.
Emanuelle's generous and enthusiastic coverage of other people's work on her extremely popular blog allows us to see work which would unlikely ever otherwise come our way. She doesn't have to do this but she does, in a most unselfish and encouraging way. Emanuelle is a great community leader.
Serenity has not only built up an enviable body of high quality work, she is also generous and unselfish as a person. As well as working on her own blogs (count 'um!) she is a regular contributor on Emanuelle's. You see her commenting on many films; she is widely liked and her opinions are highly respected.
It was a hard decision but, finally, I plumbed for Serenity because she has been the more active of the two in outputting new creations in the last year.
Porn Newcomer of the Year: I found this quite a lot easier than some of the other categories. I voted for Collen Criss
I am really enjoying the photography on Collen and Toran's blog. I like their style and the care they evidently put into their work.
Really good stuff.
Female Model of the Year: A tough category, especially as SL now provides so many attractive looking "off-the-shelf" and "generic" avatars.
What I personally find attractive and what I look for in the actors I cast in my films, is an individual "created" look. If I sense a "generic" or "off-the-shelf" look - even if it is attractive or beautiful as many of the "CherryGirl" and "Dr Life" avatars clearly are - I am less likely to be enthusiastic in offering a part.
Sexy and beautiful are "must haves" obviously, that's a given. But the avatar must also be capable of retaining that sexiness and beauty under different Windlight settings, different outfits and different hair etc. I am particularly interested in eyes, lips and facial shape. I especially check that there is no shadowing around the nose and cheeks.
From a starting field of seventeen, under the above criteria, the numbers quickly get shaved to a more manageable amount.
I finally voted for Arwen Juneberry.
Male Model of the Year: Many of you know I hang out at Old Lars House. The thing is, you see, in my personal life I have a penchant for polite, mature gentleman.
The young stereotypical SL "male hunk" just don't do it for me.
So, there was really only one choice....Philip Sidek.
Photographer of the Year: The single hardest category imo. So many good photographers are in amongst the twenty-three candidates.
I eventually ruled it down to Jeanne Sahara, Jinx Jiersen, Philip Sidek and my eventual choice....Debra Stine.
Female Machinima Performer of the Year: I could happily cast my vote to Quinn Ying, Serenity, Arwen but after a lot of deliberation finally decided on Aurora Bentham.
The reason is because Aurora created the one adult machinima that I have watched over and over again this year - Disturbia. I loved that film but unfortunately it isn't on NaughtyMachima any more.
Male Machinima Performer of the Year: I haven't voted yet. I am waiting for Philip Sidek to be added to the list for this momentous performance.
Machinima Director of the Year: I voted for Vanhelsing Svoboda because, with the possible exception of Quinn's, I like his films more than the others listed, .
However, after some reflection I wish I had not cast a vote at all.
The list does not include Serenity Juneberry (or Rysan Fall for that matter) and is therefore inherently flawed and incomplete.
Since publishing the above there have been two major developments significant enough to justify an edit:
1) The polls have been changed to only permit one vote per IP address. This is much more sensible under the circumstances but likely too late to repair the damage already inflicted on the contest's reputation.
2) Arwen and Serenity have withdrawn from the competition entirely. See their formal announcement here. At the moment of their announcement, Serenity was leading in two categories ('Female Model of the Year' and 'Female Machinima Performer of the Year'). My feeling is that if the organisers had not removed her name from the 'Machinima Director of the Year' category (whether deliberately or accidently is far from clear) then she would be heading that category too.
Arwen and Serenity really are a class act, both on and off the stage.
Their withdrawal from the contest effectively renders any result from this contest worthless.
Now I really want to leave this whole sordid matter behind and recommend we all do something more pleasant and light hearted - like dressing up in tiny avatars and re-enacting the electro-convulsive therapy scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!
Bagsy I be Jack Nicholson! Serenity and Arwen can fight over who will be Nurse Ratched!
The pictures used on this blog-post were taken by Tutsy and I in our tiny avatars at Madcow Cosmos and Lorin Tone's fun and funny 'Through the Lens of Dreams' region.