Recently, some people on Plans have been discussing how to make it easier to find Grinnell folks' blogs. One Plans user, a person I don't know but whose contributions to Geek Buffet I read and enjoy, has made an image for Grinnellians to add to their blogs to show that they're Grinnellians. She wrote, "It would be awesome if Grinnell bloggers would put it out there with their other networking buttons. Represent!" It looks like this:
Let me be clear. I love Grinnell. I love Grinnellians. And I love intelligence. But to me, this says, "Hey, I went to Grinnell! Look how clever I am." I can't imagine anyone, Grinnellian or otherwise, who wouldn't find that message distasteful.
Still, I might have forgotten about the whole thing. But then, Andrew pixelherder, whom I also respect a great deal, and for whom I believe aliasing artifacts cause actual physical pain, wrote, "Sigh. I find this kind of thing rather annoying, but if you've got to do it, at least do it well," and provided his own version:
That's when I knew I had to get in on the act, too. I couldn't be first, and I couldn't be best, but darn it, I could be snarky. So, I fired up my aging copy of Fireworks, downloaded me some Silkscreen, and threw together an image that demonstrates how I personally feel -- not about Grinnell, nor about myself, but about the notion of putting a "Look, I went to Grinnell and I'm smart" emblem on my blog:
The creator of the original image called my bluff and suggested I actually display this image on my blog. Okay, here it is.