I’m done!

Image of the bava as closedIt seems like the internet refuses to realize that I made it. I have been a source of sweetness and light for the edtech blogosphere for almost four and a half years now, selflessly giving everything I have to anyone who wants some. But it seems that is not enough, now it turns out people actually want my analogies to be intelligent and subtle, and that is where I draw the line. NO MAS! Looks like you won’t have Jim Groom, a.k.a. the bava, a.k.a. the Reverend, to kick around the internets anymore.

I’m officially resigning my position as the leader of the edtech blogosphere, and will sit by and watch it devolve into chaos as a result, and then you will all realize just how much I made each and every one of you.

So long chumps, and I hope the page load hits you in the ass on the way out.

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56 Responses to I’m done!

  1. Martin says:

    Please sir, can we take it in turns at pretending to be Jim Groom?
    Was it that nasty CogDog that made you pack it all in?

  2. I thought chaos was the desired state. Who will pick up the gauntlet and start tossing out insidious straw man logic snafus?

  3. Reverend says:


    I love that idea, and I will freely give my username and password to anyone that wants to keep blogging here as me. That could be fun, a kinda fake jimgroom blog. An d it will help me enjoy my hiatus 🙂

    Well now that you are back from Mexicolindo, I nominate you 🙂 Hope you had a good trip, and if the photos tell a story, it is apparent you did.

  4. Tom says:

    Haven’t I been using you as a puppet for years?

    I’m not sure where your insidious logic is going with this one.

  5. Reverend says:

    See, your comment is a microcosm of the disrespect I have been subject to for years now. Let it stand as exhibit A.

  6. Peter Naegele says:

    hope this works….

  7. Peter Naegele says:

    dang….images disabled?

  8. Reverend says:

    Exactly right, I even have the necessary props on hand 🙂

  9. How many people hear Jim Groom’s voice in their head?

  10. @Bryan I do, and it makes me wake up screaming at night.

  11. Bryan, there isn’t enough lithium on this planet to keep The Voice of Bava out of my head. Or, more precisely, the laugh. And “Daaahsee!”

  12. Reverend says:

    Notice who uploaded that video, I AM THE INTERNET!!!

  13. Peter Naegele says:

    What is the internet? “I logged on to the Jim Groom this morning.”

  14. Jon says:

    At last! At long last!

  15. Luke says:

    You’re awful at being done with the Internet.

  16. Alan Levine says:

    The internet is missing something– I don’t seem to hear that scratchy static.

  17. It’s like a chanting, these voices. The Bavavox crying out, saying –

  18. Love that the WP.com site is from the Fake Jim Grom. Leave off that second O for extra simulacrum.

  19. Pingback: FU World! « Fake Jim Groom

  20. John Drummond says:

    The Jim Groom will never let the Bava go.


  21. @John, it’s the other way around. The Bava will never have done with its human vessel.

  22. The Bava will just move on to a new host when it’s done with its current vessel. it must be contained.

  23. Reverend says:

    This is not exactly going how I planned it. I was hoping for a little love, and if my exit is not being celebrated or denigrated, I am being compared to John Carpenter’s The Thing, which doesn’t suck, but not my intention, damn it!!!!

  24. Reverend says:

    This is not exactly going how I planned it. I was hoping for a little love, and if my exit is not being celebrated as an awaited event it is being denigrated as poorly executed. Add to that the fact that I am being compared with the alien from John Carpenter’s The Thing (which doesn’t suck, btw) and I would call this an exit fail. This was not my intention, damn it!!!!

  25. Reverend says:

    Or maybe even for some folks to woo me back to my recently resigned role as blogging king, but nooooooooooooooo—you people just keep pouring it on, dontcha. I have a mind to start blogging again just to spite every last one of you ingrates.

  26. I’m unfamiliar with your usage of the word “quit”.

    quit?[kwit] verb,quit or quit·ted, quit·ting, adjective
    –verb (used with object)
    1. to stop, cease, or discontinue: She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
    2. to depart from; leave (a place or person): They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
    3. to give up or resign; let go; relinquish: He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
    4. to release one’s hold of (something grasped).
    5. to acquit or conduct (oneself).
    6. to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.
    7. to clear (a debt); repay.

  27. Peter Naegele says:

    awwww….c’mon…I was just getting the fake bava going!

  28. Hey, think of Peter Watts’ retelling, “The Things.”

    • Reverend says:

      I’m gonna quit you, boy.

      Beautiful site, as I always say—fake can be just as good. And in this case, better.

      That is almost unthinkable. Almost.

      What do you want, your money back? 🙂

  29. Martha says:

    Do all of you realize what you are doing by encouraging this man? Those of us who actually have to work with him–see him everyday, listen to his insidious logic in person–have to deal with the fall out of this comment thread. Please, for the love of god, make it stop.

  30. Reverend says:

    Let’s get it to 50 comments boys and girls, if we do—you have my word that I will make my colleagues lives at work all the more miserable—and let me tell you, it was pretty bad before this post.

    Do it for @Martha!

  31. Tom says:

    I subtract two of my comments.

  32. @mburtis Hear Hear! and. . . Here! Here! I’m only commenting in order to spawn the greatest of rants yet. We’ll get the video, and hold the entire interwebs for ransom. Jim pays up to us all for his bizarre abuse of the word “logic”, OR ELSE!!

  33. @martha wait. he actually does WORK there, too? I always just imagined him holding court, ranting sermons from on high about how everyone should be doing their own thing, but according to His rules. And then yelling I MADE YOU! I WANT THE TRUTH! I AM THE TRUTH!

    please don’t take this from me.

  34. Martha says:

    @D’Arcy that’s actually EXACTLY what it’s like to “work” with @jimgroom. Exactly. Sigh.

  35. next time he starts up, gently remind him that I MADE HIM.

  36. Reverend says:

    Just seven six more comments people, come on—don;t let the good folks at DTLT down.

  37. pumpkin says:

    bava, your leash is too long
    You rant when you are just wrong
    You’ve been living in a bubble
    Gettin’ edtech in trouble
    bava, your leash is too long

  38. Scott Leslie says:

    I’m confused. Didn’t Jim quit blogging back when The Bava was bought out by Blackboard in 2007? I had simply assumed it was someone else writing it since then and that “edupunk” was simply a ploy by The Man to co-opt dissension. And now I find out it was Jim Grom the whole time? It’s like I’m stuck in a John Frankenheimer film and can’t get out! Who can I trust now? Who, dammit!

  39. Reverend says:

    Nicely played, Jedi, nicely played.

    You can trust in your lord bava.

    Three more comments people!

  40. Reverend says:


    Good work, now just one more, folks. Just one more comment to make me a frothing lunatic at work tomorrow. And on top of that, I’ll move my site to the Chronicle and sell posts for beer money.

  41. Hold on.

    Is it too late to get one more comment in here to congratulate Jim on his well-earned retirement?

    Personally, I suspect that Jim is faking “retirement” so he can cash in as a traveling Blackboard sales rep. He’ll be the specialist on Blackboard’s mega-open iPad client.



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