Shawn Appreciation Society

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Today is Shawn Appreciation Society Day. For those of you who don't read The Brain of Shawn, please feel free to link through and get to know him. Otherwise, we'll return to our regularly scheduled ranting tomorrow.

Shawn is Shawn Powers, a regular guy living a regular life in the wilds of Michigan. I met him over at John Scalzi's Whatever, where he distinguished himself as a courteous, intelligent poster.

Then, due to a bit of silliness over at Stonekettle Station, we decided to form the "Shawn Appreciation Society," mainly because we're bored and don't have enough to do, but also because Shawn really is a great guy and made of Teh Awesome.

So today we'll regale you with our virtual band, the Collaborating Founders, and indulge in tasty, low-cal, low-fat virtual food (because Shawn is trying to lose a few pounds).

Feel free to leave your favorite "Shawn is made of Teh Awesome" story in the comments section, so that on days when he's feeling crappy he can refer back for a much-needed morale booster.

My own story involves Shawn providing me with the sound effect for my Shovel of Doom™ - *TONG*. I love my sound effect.

Additionally, Shawn appears to be a genuinely nice man. I like that in a person.

25 comments:

Shawn Powers said...

You guys crack me up. :) And I'm flattered too.

What made me literally laugh out loud though?

This did.

Janiece Murphy said...

Now, Shawn. It'd only been an hour! It's not a true representation of your Awesomeness.

Help me out, here, guys...

Shawn Powers said...

I'm SOOOOO glad I got there before there were any comments. C'mon, that's great stuff. :)

Janiece Murphy said...

You're right Shawn. You suck, and we don't love you.

So there.

Michelle K said...

I don't have any good Shawn stories.

But I do think Shawn is very funny, and that's one of the highest compliments I can give!

Shawn Powers said...

*TONG*

That Janiece Murphy commenting on the Hot Chicks blog is trolling... wait...

Janiece Murphy said...

Hehe. Shawn, you make me laugh.

TONG'd by my own Shovel of Doom™. How very poetic.

Tom said...

Friends, C.F.s, Countrymen, I come not to know Shawn, but to feed him.

Being a Texan, now trapped in Boston, I know a bit about chili. Tom's Texas Chili, for Bostonion taste buds, which means not so much jalapeno, but still a nice back-of-the-mouth after-spice. Made with both beans and tomatoes, which some people say make it NOT Texas Chili. I say they're wrong. I'm a Texan, and therefore, by definition, my chili is Texas Chili.

Comes complete with chopped sweet onion, made from Noonday 10/15 sweet onions, and some cheddar made by my old friend Ted. We call him Gray Ted, because that's just a little bit better than Old Ted.

So, Virtual Texas Chili, with Noonday onions, and Gray Ted Cheddar.

Top that.

Bone Ap Petite, Shawn.

Jeri said...

Shawn is made of awesome.

When I showed up on Shawn's doorstep, I was broke, homeless, on meth, an illegal alien, pregnant, pursued by a stalking ex and mauled by a pit bull. He took me in, helped me get back on my feet, and taught me about the intertubes.

OK, I'm lying. But Shawn probably would help a Jerry Springer refugee like that. Plus, he's just an all around brilliant, fun, enthusiastic guy to hang around!

So, here's a sparkling cider toast to Shawn! ::clink::

Nathan said...

Well, I posted my appreciation for Shawn on Sunday over on my own site. I'm a little miffed with him at the moment, since I have not been able to duplicate the thing he told me how to do in a straightforward step by step manner. My stupidity is eroding my ability to appreciate Shawn.

and, Janiece, it is officially the UCF (Union of Collaborating Founders), cross membership in the BLF is acceptable.

Janiece Murphy said...

My culinary contribution is all-day mac-n-cheese, made with a delicious combination or mild and sharp cheddars.

And the most miraculous part? Low-Calorie! Low-Fat! Completely acceptable to Shawn's diet!

Bwahahaha!

Tania said...

One day while driving along my car's electrical system started acting up. After about 5 minutes, my car just died, and I rolled to a stop. I didn't know what to do.

This pleasant gentleman with an attractive family pulls up next to me. The window of the minivan rolls down, and he asks if I need some help. I tell him that it appears to be an electrical problem, and I don't really have any tools on hand to trace it to out.

"Don't worry miss, I think I can help"

The kind stranger popped the hood of my car, rooted around some. Then he ended up in an odd acrobatic position under the dashboard inside the car. I could hear some sort of mumbling "My mind to your mind, my thoughts to your thoughts", which, at the time, seemed like an odd choice. I usually chant the litany against fear.

The man extricated himself from under the dash, and suggested I give starting the car a try. I did, and it started right up. I haven't had a problem since.

The stranger was Shawn. The other odd thing...as he was getting in his car, he turned, looked at me, and said "Chirk is right, you really should use a Linux operating system."

HOW DID HE KNOW THAT?!?!?!?!

Shawn is awesome, powerful, and enigmatic.

Tania said...

After all that, here's my strawberries and wine. Strawberries are fruit, there's not that much chocolate on them. And the wine will help provide some anti-oxidants or something. Yeah, that's it....

Michelle K said...

I forgot that I was brining the calorie free homemade oreos.

(munching noise)

You might want to hurry and get one before they're all gone!

Tom said...

I hesitate to say this, cause y'all are nice people, but . . .

That back-of-the-mouth after-spice I was talking about? There was a glitch in the Virtual Chili, and the after-spice tasted like a 3-day-old beard. Shudder!

I'm now calling it Old Shave after-spice.

Jim Wright said...

You know what I like about Shawn Teh Awesome: The day he fell in the river between episodes of projectile vomiting while having his family's xmas picture taken.

And his shoes smell like fish.

And he can make a hi-tech device from nothing more than duct tape and styrofoam.

True Story.

Yeah, he's the bomb.

Jim Wright said...

Oh yeah, almost forgot - I'll bring the soup.

Anne C. said...

Kreplach or Clam Chowder? Ooooh, how about both?

Shawn, how do we like thee... Let me count the ways...
- I really enjoy watching Shawn do the reviews. They're funny and informative, even if I don't have Linux.
- I was really impressed with Shawn during the abortion discussion.
- And like Jim, I enjoyed the falling in the river story.

I'm bringing artichoke dip made with light mayo, artichoke hearts and parmesan cheese. It's right out of the oven (ooh, better set it down, the heat's coming through the potholders). The top is golden brown and cheesy and if you listen, you can hear it still sizzling. And here's a big bowl of fresh-made pita chips and a plate of fresh baugette rounds (yep, made that myself too).

Eat up! No calories! ;)

MWT said...

*dashes in, panting* Am I late? Did I miss it? Are there any homemade oreos left? Where's the band setting up?

Shawn: you're hilarious. That makes you awesome. :)

In other news, I made a second batch of Jim Wright's clam chowder, but it wasn't as good as the first one. It turns out that nonfat half-n-half isn't a good substitute for full-fat. Also I accidentally let the clams boil for a few seconds... oops.

Michelle K said...

Sorry! I had to go make a pie! Did I miss anything?

Oh. Drat. I forgot to change. Please don't mind the flour dusted clothing.

Where's Shawn? He came by before we were all set up, and then he disappeared!

Shawn Powers said...

Hi everyone. :) You're all awesome.

I decided to share a bit about my past with everyone. Here ya go. The story of my car accident.

Oh, and I brought the most incredible vegan split pea soup you've ever had. It's truly amazing, my favorite soup to make.

Shawn Powers said...

Oh, and a warning. It's a long car accident story. :)

Nathan said...

Shawn,

I hope you'll excuse me if I wait until tomorrow to read the loooong accident story. In the meantime, I've got nothing against vegetarians, but for myself, a meal without beef is...a snack.

Kate said...

You must give us the recipe for said Vegan Soup.

Especially if it's low in everything, but taste. :)

Shawn Powers said...

The recipe is not mine, but from Susan V's site. It's very, very, yummy. And totally guilt free. :)

Here's a link to the recipe. The magic is in the liquid smoke.