I’m A Flappy Bird!

by Jimmy Akin

in Internet

flappybirdNo, really. I am!

Don’t worry, I’m not crazy. Don’t call the nice young men in their clean white coats. I’ll explain. . . .

Y’see: There’s this blog-ranking system called the TTLB Eco-System (TTLB = “The Truth Laid Bear”). I first encountered it on Jeff Miller’s {Monty Burns voice}EX-cellent{/Monty Burns voice} blog, The Curt Jester, who is a Large Mammal in the eco-system.

TTLB, y’see, is a nature-themed blog ranking system based on how many other people in the eco-system are linking you. People start off (with nobody linking their blogs) as Insignificant Microbes. Then they evolve up to being Multicellular Microorganisms, then Wiggly Worms, then Crunchy Crustaceans, then Lowly Insects, then Slimy Molluscs, then Flippery Fish, then Crawly Amphibians, then Slithering Reptiles, and then to the level where I’m at right now: Flappy Birds.

It sounds funny, I know, but it really is so: I’m a Flappy Bird. (I’m also my own granpa, but that’s another story.)

It turns out that if people in the eco-system are linking to you, you are automatically included in it–whether you know it or not–so check to see if your own blog is there. (Here’s my page in the eco-system. You can search for your own blog here.) Shortly after I first moved my blog to its current location, I discovered that I was already a Flippery Fish without me even knowing it since folks in the eco-system had been linking me.

Over time, I evolved my way up to being a Flappy Bird, at which point I decided that that the humor value of the system outweighed my low-ranking, and I decided to put the code needed into my left margin to auto-display my ranking. (Scroll down to see it.)

Hopefully, in the future, more people will link me, at which point I will graduate to being an Adorable Rodent, then a Marauding Marsupial, then a Large Mammal, a Playful Primate, a Mortal Human, and finally a Higher Being. (As if! That’s the level where Matt Drudge and Andrew Sullivan are at!)

Well, maybe I’ll just settle for being Large Mammal. That sounds nice and cuddly.

{Sigh.} Maybe . . . someday . . . {Sniff.}

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jamie July 9, 2004 at 9:05 am

Don’t feel bad, Jimmy. I’m an insignificant microbe. *sniff*

Jimmy Akin July 9, 2004 at 3:14 pm

As Inspector Clouseau would say:”Not any meauyh.”
Added you to the blog list, and since I’m in the system you should be bumped up to–oh, at least wiggly worm once TTLB picks it up.
C’mon, fellow bloggists! Let’s help Jamie evolve!
Visit his blog Ad Limina Apostolorum

Dunhun July 9, 2004 at 4:15 pm

I am not even a microbe :-)
But thats ok. I am much too humble for this sort of thing
ok i will behave now :-)

Jeff Childers June 11, 2005 at 10:18 am

What rank do I get if all the links back to my blog are in comments I post myself? : )

Mary June 11, 2005 at 10:25 am

Why, Jimmy, you’ve grown! You’re a Large Mammal!

Jimmy Akin June 11, 2005 at 10:36 am

True, though I’m still toward the smallish end of the large mammal scale. I’m thinking maybe a capybara rather than a kodiak.

DilexitPrior December 10, 2006 at 2:10 pm

I am also a flappy bird. :-)

Mary December 10, 2006 at 3:49 pm

Actually, I went and looked him up. He’s a Large Mammal now.
Being a Flappy Bird yourself, you can look forward to the possbility.

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ringtones wyy July 15, 2007 at 6:31 am

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother you for weeks. Thanks good site.
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Mary July 15, 2007 at 7:57 am

He’s up to “Playful Primates” now

http://gasharmony.info March 25, 2008 at 11:28 am


see splendid gas.

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