Below you’ll find a pictorial history (and here’s a link to the video—I refuse to embed it here 🙂 !) of the ass-whooping I received at the hands of—the now legendary—John St. Clair while debating the question “Is the CMS dead?” at this year’s Faculty Academy. And while some may say he didn’t necessarily win the debate, let there be no question about his epic victory. In fact, he not only crushed the Reverend, he inspired a brand new verb here at UMW: “St Clair’d!” —which is now a logical successor to pwned for our community. John’s performance in the debate—he so brilliantly conceived of it as a kind of roast which I unwittingly played beautifully into—may have been the single greatest performance I’ve ever seen at any conference anywhere. It was intelligent, fun, irreverent, and downright hysterical. Kudos John, I know when I’ve been St Clair’d.
But pictures are worth a thousand words, so if you can’t do the 45:00 minute video (first 18 minutes is all you need), see Serena Epstein’s photo play-by-play, which accurately captures confidence crushed by a triumphant, and greatly underestimated, foe. Damn you, St Clair….I’ll get you yet, my pretty!
All images and captions stolen from Serena Epstein’s UMW Faculty Academy 09 Flickr set here. And while I have much, much more to blog about, like the conference, James Boyle’s awesome talk (though he’s no St. Clair), and reconnecting with Laura Blankenship, Cole Camplese, and Brad Kozlek, as well as finally meeting one of my internet heroes Leslie Madsen-Brooks. But that may take a day or two because I’m still licking my wounds after that debate and trying to put the pieces of my life back together after being St Clair’d.