I survived round two of Twitter Fight Club. Once again, I lost on the popular vote but was close enough that winning the judges support put me over the top. Am I disturbed by the parallels between my performance here and George W. Bush's electoral college triumph over the popular vote in 2000? Um, yeah, but so what? I won, I won? I get to go to the Sweet 16.
Appropriately, as I go further into Twitter Fight Club, the competition gets tougher and tougher. I now face Spencer Ackerman or @attackerman. He has more than 18,000 followers (twelve times as many as I do) on twitter, and he posts at a very prominent web-column at Wired: the Danger Room. Which means I cannot even use "Danger is my middle name" line. Given his reputation at being, well, a bit pugnacious, I cannot depend on him sleeping through the competition like my last adversary. Even if he does, he probably tweets in his sleep (yes, this guy tweets more than I do--hard to believe but true). His current avatar is Charlton Heston as Moses. So, let's set expectations on my winning tomorrow on low.
So, what are my strengths vis-a-vis Ackerman? Well, the idea of strengths always reminds me of the fake Mad-Eye Moody asking Harry Potter about his strengths. Harry says: I don't have any; Fake Moody says "If I say you have strengths, you have strengths." But alas, I cannot fly a broom nearly as well as Harry Potter, so what are my strengths. Well, compared to Ackerma:
Hmmm, what else? Well, being the rookie in this competition, 12th seed against a 1st seed, I have gumption, grit, and what else?
Ok, spunk is perhaps undervalued. One player in the tournament suggested that I model myself after the Fantastic Four who faced the planet destroyer Galactus and beat him.
Unfortunately, this movie sucked, and I don't know how I can expect to change the mind of the Silver Surfer so that he can help me out. Plus Jessica Alba is better when she is not blond.
Ok, I think I have figured out my strengths relative to my opponent tomorrow: content-free since 2003? Can silly surpass swagger? Tune into tomorrow to find out. Oh, and vote for me, damn it!
PS I hope the voters don't mind wasting heaps of minutes watching the videos I post.