November 5, 2007

Would You Rather - Strike One

Well, folks. I have a confession to make. I do not actually write most of the material you read here on Aces Full of Links. I actually employ a staff of 5 writers, each assigned a different weekday. That’s why you often did no see me post at all on the weekends; the writers have those days off.

I had thought I specified that this was not a union shop. Unfortunately, it turns out the writers went all Writer’s Guild on my ass and joined up when I wasn’t looking. And now they’re on strike1.

The timing is horrible, what with NaBloPoMo going on and all. I expect that many of the blogs you read are suffering the same fate. Blog post quality is likely to drop dramatically as blog owners everywhere are waking up this morning to find that they’re going to have to figure out how to describe what they ate for lunch, what their cat did, and whatever else it is that people write to blogs2.

The writers came up with the idea for “Would You Rather” and I’m not actually sure I get it. But I’ll give it a shot. Here goes:

Would You Rather

You’re about to eat your favorite candy bar, so you unwrap it and notice it’s broken in half, but not evenly. It’s about a 2/5 - 3/5 break. Would you rather —

  • Eat the smaller piece first, then the larger
  • Eat the larger piece first, then the smaller

Ok - I survived Monday, but I sure hope this strike is over soon. This is hard.

1 There is an interesting article in the New York Times about the wide variations in economic status of writers involved in the strike. Especially interesting is that you’ve got working writers who will immediately start losing money by not working; these are generally the better-off writers. In contrast to that, you’ve got writers who may not be working, but are receiving residuals for their past work. Strikes are an easier thing for them, since they’re already out of work.

2 I’m not really sure what people write in their blogs. Part of the responsibility of my hired writers is to read other people’s blogs and comment on them. I’ve been out of the blogging loop pretty much since January of 2006. You may remember that it took them almost 3 months to remember this blog’s anniversary.

Posted by James at November 5, 2007 8:31 AM
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Smaller piece.


Posted by: Julie at November 5, 2007 9:52 AM

I stare at the two pieces torn by which to eat first and then I stuff the entire thing in my mouth at once.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at November 5, 2007 10:09 AM

B.O.B. bob took my answer. And I published it six months ago. Unless he's married to Jerry Seinfeld, I call that plagiarism.

Posted by: pippa at November 5, 2007 10:13 AM

Neither. I always eat the orange M&Ms last.

Posted by: Barry Leiba at November 5, 2007 10:52 AM

I don't eat the candy bar -- I have staff for that. As long as they're not on strike.

Posted by: Maggie at November 5, 2007 11:33 AM

I break each piece into smaller pieces and then use them to pelt my coworkers.

There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's!

Posted by: briwei at November 5, 2007 12:17 PM

If you eat the small piece first, and you enjoy it, then you will really enjoy the bigger piece you eat last.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 5, 2007 3:51 PM

You're assuming there's enough of a delay between my ripping open the wrapper and my shoving candy into my mouth to even *notice* it's in two pieces.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at November 5, 2007 7:45 PM

When I give my dog a treat, I tell him to savor it. He never listens, he just gobbles (see Bob's description of candy eating above).

Posted by: Patti M. at November 6, 2007 8:39 AM

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