in the tradition of the very successful joint and swap(tM) irc activities, comes a third, ultimate idea. yes, if you can read (?!) you've guessed by now
quickly! before time runs out, this how a blender(tM) event will be run:
everyone will gather in #blender (on EFnet). If #blender is not cooperating, try #mist. In a pinch, interact on social media via that comp's hashtag or via e-mail to email@example.com ... we will strive to be available over various branches of social media.
at precisely 7:30 pm EST, cthulu, the host of this event will explain how the blender works.
each person will come up with ONE idea. it can be in one of three categories: a subject (i.e. "a horse"), an activity (i.e. "fishing"), and a location (i.e. "at the White House").
everyone will submit their idea to the organizer, who will make a list. this organizer currently is cthulu. /msg your words to him.
writing down of the words might take up to 5 minutes, so please be patient.
the organizer will pick THREE of the ideas (one subject, one activity, and one location). these three ideas will be announced, and put in the channel topic. (note: selection is not random at all; historically, ideas had to be rigorously curated to yield useful results.)
your mission is to create a masterpiece about the three picked ideas.
your masterpiece may be pretty much anything. ansi/ascii/music/lit/vga/etc. everything is allowed.
(NOTE: we will try to perform due diligence on all submissions received, but the more exotic submission type we get... the higher the likelihood we will be unable to figure out how to experience it the way it was intended to be experienced. If in doubt, archiving your submission along with instructions regarding how to best appreciate its contents is recommended.)
to accommodate Europeans in far-flung timezones, the funpo ends after 24 hrs.
cthulu usually collects all of it, unless his dcc fucks up (which happens almost as much as it happened to warpus :) you *may* submit early if you wish. check the topic line to see who is collecting, just to be sure.
a winner is picked, but that is usually not announced that night. the group that the winner is representing receives points, (3 points for 1st place, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd) and the winner(s) is/are placed on the "artist(s) of the week year" list.
the pack is then released so that it can be downloaded by hordes of eager blendeners, blender supporters, fans, fanatics, dentists, and communists.
hopefully you get an idea of the fun involved here. but along with that, blender(tM) has numerous advantages over the other irc events:
INFINITE PLAYERS - yes, this means never having to turn eager blendeners away.
PREFAB INSPIRATION - for those of you that can't think of anything to draw, here other people will do most of the work for you!
ORIGINALITY - finally something to draw other than The Maxx =) just imagine a pack with 20 different interpretations of a horse fishing!!
NO QUALITY CONTROL - it doesn't matter how well you do, how silly or serious you are, because you won't be messing up anyone's work except your own =)
EASY TO RUN - no messy file exchanges + no hard-to-enforce rules = a smooth-running operation with no annoying delays.
COOL ORGANIZERS - yes, finally a compo that is ran by really cool people. :)
For the benefit of those lacking in imagination or with weak memories, for examples of meritorious submissions across different genres, styles and formats, please see below:
people seem to be confused as to who does what during these blenders. well...
cthulu - runs blender, does all the stuff that warpus used to do 8)
warpus - ran blender, wrote nfo files, released packs, judged.
hennifer - invented the blender.
velkro - hosted the ftp and web sites.
poison - main coder.
we also had couriers spreading the packs all over the planet.
Now you just get them from here. The most recent releases: