Let's make it official:
Even though "more involvement in contesting" was just another part of our WireWrapRap hoax, I thought it would be appropriate to offer a scoring scheme for those who participated in our little April 1 special event. Just answer the following questions and keep track of how many points you earn for each:
When you read the WireWrapRap April 1 blog post, how many paragraphs did you read through before you knew it was an April Fool's Day joke? (Maximum 12 points. If you knew it was a joke as soon as you read the title, award yourself ZERO points.)
When you read the WireWrapRap April 1 blog post, were you at any point further convinced of its authenticity by the fact that the title of the blog had been changed? If so, award yourself 2 points.
If after reading the WireWrapRap April 1 blog post you Googled "Wire Wrap," award yourself 5 points. Award 15 more points if you even briefly thought that this might be a nice alternative to soldering.
When you read the section about the digital modes, did you at any point question the existence of the "new" SNICKR, Oreo, and Oregano modes? If not, award yourself 5 points.
After reading the WireWrapRap April 1 blog post, did you -- in an effort to confirm your suspicions -- go to the comment section to see if others had declared it an April Fool's joke? If so, award yourself 10 points. (Be honest here guys. We got 41 comments on this post, a new record for the SolderSmoke blog. For some reason a lot of people were checking the comments section. I'm just sayin...)
If, after reading the WireWrapRap April 1 blog post you felt anger toward the author for the way he had so selfishly and greedily abandoned the cause of analog, discrete component, Hardware Defined, axial lead electronics, award yourself 5 points.
If, when you noticed that MANY of the comments on the April 1 blog post had been "removed by the blog administrator," you assumed they were obscene, irate, or perhaps (justified?) threats, award yourself 15 points. (In fact they all said "APRIL FOOL!" and were removed so that they wouldn't spoil the fun for late arrivals.)
If one of your comments was among those "removed by the blog administrator" award yourself NEGATIVE 5 points.
If your anger about the changes being announced to the SolderSmoke podcast led you to send a complaining or threatening e-mail (or text or tweet!), go ahead and award yourself 10 points (and please consider enrolling in an anger management program).
If, on the other hand, after reading the WireWrapRap April 1 blog post you actually sent us an e-mail, comment, text, or tweet congratulating us or wishing us well on the new WireWrapRap podcast, award yourself a richly deserved 25 points. And thanks for the kind wishes.
If this scoring scheme is making you angry now, award yourself 5 points and seriously consider the anger management thing.
If, after reading the WireWrapRap April 1 blog post you actually tried to find out how to get the new podcast from Soundcloud, award yourself 25 points.
Please send me your scores. You can put them in the comments section (and I know you know how to do this). Or you can e-mail them to email@example.com. Or you can text them or tweet them to us or send them to the Soundcloud (just kidding). Don't worry, we probably won't be announcing the winner.