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No(lurk)vember: Get in the Game! (Literally!)

Hello, HASTAC! I’m Adam Liszkiewicz. You might remember me from such classic HASTAC posts as, “April Fools! You’re a HASTAC Scholar!”, and… well, that’s about it, really. Aside from my work as an artist, designer, and writer, I’m also one of HASTAC’s longest tenured lurkers. At this point, I’m a three-year vet. Not good.


Thanks to a snap of the towel from Coach Barnett, I’ve finally dragged my sorry butt off the virtual pine and gotten back into the HASTAC game. And I can see I’m not the only one -- it looks like a whole squad of my fellow lurkers has been inspired to de-lurk today! Here’s hoping we can keep this good mojo going.


This No(lurk)vember, I’m hoping to find new ways to get involved with the HASTAC community, and re-learn how participating in a blogging community can enrich my scholarly and artistic practices. Blogging is a tough, time-consuming activity, and like any writing practice it can be difficult to sustain. I’ll be studying for quals and sketching out my dissertation prospectus this year, so I’ll have ample opportunities to set aside blogging and focus on other obligations. But I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. These past two years, I’ve gotten a lot out of being a HASTAC Lurker, and it’s high time I stop lurking and get in the game.


With this in mind, I’d like to offer my services as the commissioner of the inaugural HASTAC Fantasy Basketball League. The real NBA season’s just gotten underway, but it’s not too late for us to get a fantasy league going. It think this could be a fun way for HASTAC Scholars to get to know one another, and to study first-hand how fantasy sports work. And it’s free, to boot! If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to play a fantasy sport, or if you have an academic interest in games and sports (like I do), now’s the time to give it a shot! Ours will be a casual league, with no prior experience required, and I’ll be happy to help people learn how to play.


If you’re interested, just send me a PM or an e-mail, and I’ll add you to the league. In order to get a league going, we’ll probably want somewhere between eight and sixteen teams, with ten or twelve usually being the sweet spot. More than one person can manage the same team, too, so feel free to team up if you want! Scholars should let me know by this Wednesday, Nov. 5th (let’s say anytime before midnight), and if enough people are interested we’ll try to have our draft next weekend, give or take.


Here’s to a great No(lurk)vember, a great HASTAC year, and--more importantly--the forthcoming dominance of my team, the Los Angeles Lurkers!! :-)



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