@HerbCarmen Lays down the TwitterFightClub Law.

Rebecca posted her grading guidelines for Twitter Fight Club here Friday, and I thought it was a great idea.  Upon reading them it only seems fair that I post my own.  So here they are:

  1. It’s all about the Tweets.  It is the Twitterverse: content, ideas, and humor in 140 characters or less.  “Faster, funnier” is better.  When using links, don’t expect me to read 3,000 words in a 3,000-word blog post.
  2. Politics.  I choose to stay apolitical.  Politics won’t affect my decisions, unless views are baseless, absurd, or a violation of DoD directives.
  3. Academics.  The only person with a PhD who I never question, I married.  Here’s the rub: with several professors and PhDs on her side of the family, I know too much.  Sorry, Doc.
  4. Veterans and military.  Going on 22 years and just back from deployment, I empathize.  But it’s a two-edged sword because I know enough to see deep into your soul.  If you’re currently serving, see # 2 above.  Don’t be “that guy”.
  5. Put forth solid arguments.  Recent, hands-got-dirty experience helps, but if the logic isn’t solid, forget about it—even if you’re the spawn of Sun Tzu raised by Taliban in Gaza. Or Gary Faulkner.
  6. I like sports. Baseball, basketball, and NASCAR.  They’re just sports.  Sports tweets are free and ungraded; if you’re a Cubs, Navy, Hoyas, and/or Tony Stewart fan, perhaps extra credit.
  7. National security is serious business.  Contribute.  “Survive and Advance.”

Good luck!



TWITTERFIGHTCLUB!!!! You want my vote? Look Sharp.

I know what you’re thinking: “She has a blog?” Well, not really. This is more an intention than a practice. But it’s a good place to post my Guidelines for TwitterFightClub 2012.  ‘Cuz I’m a prof, and well, it’s just not fair to grade someone without letting them know your standards.

So here they are:

  1. Victory = Quality (Significance + Insight + Originality).  Elegance and Humor come next. Don’t bother grading my tweets by this scale; I invert on purpose.
  2. No veteran’s preference here. I love my constitution and I love those who bust their asses to support and defend it. Your service earns you a beer, not my vote. (I get all moto on twitter, so not dissing the folks who wear PJs to work, just reassuring those who don’t).
  3. Ditto on political orientation. I don’t care if you’re conservative or liberal. I’m both. Just be smart.
  4. If you must pander, pander to the Great State of Texas. You’re battling for excellence in national security. It makes total sense to pay homage to the land that gave us LBJ and George Bush, Jr. I think you know what I’m driving at.
  5. You have my promise that I will not let past, current, or fantasized future relationships color my judging. This is national security we’re talking about, dammit. Personal shit stays in the hall.
  6. Finally, stick the dismount. Seriously, when is that bad advice?