Everyone does, darling. Agatha Christie used it in her mystery The Pale Horse, an episode of Drop Dead Diva used it as the murder device, it set in motion the plot of the book Hex, and I believe it was used in The Young Poisonerís Handbook.
Itís really very common.
PENGUIN FOR DELEGATEÖ. I guess?
Okie so we all know that I have no skills when it comes to graphics, we leave that to Amerion because he is awesome at it. BUT I do sometimes have skills with words and I guess that counts?
Most of you are probably wondering what a Penguin can bring to the Delegate seat. I know I am. However, I have given this a lot of thought and I think that I can bring Me to the Delegacy.
I have been in this region a long time and in that time TSP has become a home away from home so to speak. When things arenít working IRL, I can come here and know that I can count on the friends that I have made to be a constant source of something. I know that many of you see me as a mother hen figure and while I try not to be, I care about a great many of you. (Whether that is to my detriment is to be determined.) I feel like this can be useful for the Face of the Region as that is what I see the Delegate, while not having all of the Powwah to control everything, I would like to think I could be like the Queen and be a Regal Figurehead that brings hope and a steadfastness to the region. One must be welcoming but firm. One cannot be standoffish but must be of the people. I try to take the time to get to know as many of the people as I can and while I canít say that I know everyone because that is A LOT of people, I know enough to know that we have a great group here. I also know that I could stand to be a bit more present on the RMB, and I really am trying to work on that.
I know that it has been quite a while since I was last elected to anything. And while I did hold the RA title at the end of last term, that was more of an appointment so while I will count it as a post, it doesnít count. I may not be the most hip and up to date when it comes to WA or even FA adventures but I am trying. I read a lot and what I donít understand I file away for later to ask questions about or research on my own.
I donít have a plan. I donít have grand graphics or a way to make everyone like us even though they should. I will trust those who know more than I do to inform me if I question things. I believe that the best leader doesn't know everything and has room to always learn. I will do my best to be the best for TSP and for myself. I hold TSP to be my home and if elected, I will do my best to continue to keep it as Wonderful as it is and maybe help make it better.
I hope yíall find this acceptable.
And if you feel this is cheesy, it probably is.
If there are any questions, please feel free to ask.
Folks of TSP - I put forth my campaign for your consideration.
Thank you for your time and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!
Mostly used in electronics - Just because I have a cute name, doesn't mean I am not an intelligent person ;-) Take your judgmentalness elsewhere please and thanks! :-)
Oh, I do love a good comeuppance!
Iím more familiar with its use as a poison, and an incredibly toxic one at that in a certain form, but that is truly fascinating to know! How intelligent you are, dear.
I would so dearly love to vote for you, but Amerion is my darling, and I could never betray him . . . without the right price.
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ē Amerion and Penguin have advanced to the gameside round in the Delegate election, according to the official vote count released by Election Commissioner Tsunamy... (click the dispatch to read the full news)
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Amerion and Penguin advance to gameside round
Amerion and Penguin have advanced to the gameside round in the Delegate election, according to the official vote count released by Election Commissioner Tsunamy. With 41 ballots cast, Amerion obtained 36 votes and Penguin obtained 31 votes, enough in both cases to advance to the week-long round of gameside voting that will decide which of the two will succeed Somyrion.
According to the Elections Act, the forumside round is conducted via approval voting and only the top two candidates who have secured more than 50% of approvals will advance to the gameside round.
Forum voting round opens; will run through July 11
Election Commissioner Tsunamy has officially opened the forum voting round for the Delegate election, allowing legislators to cast their votes on the candidates who will advance to the gameside round in their effort to succeed Somyrion. The forum voting round is conducted through approval voting, which means that legislators may vote for one or both of the candidates, so that their vote reflects who they approve, rather than who they prefer.
Voting will extend until July 11, after which the two highest approved candidates will advance to the gameside voting round, where all Native World Assembly members will vote for their preferred candidate through a regional poll.
Penguin fields questions about their endorsement count
Agalaesia, former Minister of Regional Affairs, has questioned Penguin on the progression of their endorsement count since joining the Council on Regional Security, pointing out that they have "gained less endorsements than Jay [Coop] despite being admitted to the CRS at the same time". This was met with a response from Jay Coop and Penguin, who argued that the claim as misleading:
"I don't think that's a fair assessment because Penguin has gained roughly the same number of endorsements as me. The difference is that Penguin started with fewer endorsements than me when we were both admitted to the CRS."
"I have endorsed every WA in the region. What they do after that is on them. I can't force them to endorse me anymore than I can force the people of TSP to embrace Pie over cake - and believe me I try VERY hard on that."
Amerion and Penguin post their campaign threads
Amerion and Penguin have posted their campaign threads, opening the campaigning phase of the race to succeed Somyrion.
Amerion is running an agenda-driven campaign, focusing on strengthening the region on issues ranging from the Office of World Assembly Legislation (OWL) to promoting the recently-created Coral Guard and bridging the gap between the gameside and offsite communities.
Penguin has admitted to lacking a specific plan but has also highlighted their years of experience in the region, both in and out of executive office, and their goal in keeping the region under a friendly but steady hand.
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Hello, Somyrion. Let's start with a nice and simple question - how are you?
Well, I'm usually not a terribly emotive person, so I'd just respond 'good' and be done with it! But to be a little fuller with my answer, I'm currently upbeat but a little tired and annoyed at myself for not getting more done today.
I hope you will be feeling happier soon. The Cabinet elections ended about two weeks ago. What do you think of our new Cabinet?
At the beginning of the Cabinet election period, I was honestly a little worried about what this Cabinet would look like, what with Omega unexpectedly stepping back from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and so on. But it quickly turned out that my concerns didnít matter, because we ended up with an absolutely amazing Cabinet. I could speak to each ministerís virtues at some length ó Nakarisauneís common sense and even hand, Erinorís inviting tone and well-thought-out plans, Qvaitís inquisitiveness and consensus-building, and FiHamiís smart enthusiasm and goals. Iíll say that I wish I had been able to serve in a Cabinet this awesome in one of my terms as a minister. Iím glad that all the members of this Cabinet are committed to embracing defenderism, and I have every bit of confidence that they will continue to make TSP a stronger, more enjoyable, and more welcoming place. All South Pacificans should share that confidence.
As the new Cabinet begins, your second term of delegacy nears its end. What have you enjoyed most as the Delegate so far?
Iíve enjoyed the little things most, I think. The day-to-day job of Delegate isnít naturally very interesting ó in fact, itís almost easy to forget about it sometimes, except for remembering to endorse daily and making sure to talk at least a bit on multiple of TSPís platforms. So the most enjoyable bits are the unexpected highlights that arenít a typical part of the job. Some of the telegrams Iíve received as the delegate have been exceptionally funny (kudos to the Great Parkguinius for definitely the best telegrams). Iíve enjoyed lightheartedly Ďappointingí players to different ridiculous jobs in the Delegateís Biscuit Distribution Centre. I also canít deny that seeing TSPís endorsement numbers go up so quickly during the Drewpocalypse was quite a thrill, even if I really had very little role in making it happen.
What impact do you think you've left on the region?
In general or specifically as Delegate?
I don't often think about what specific legacy I want to leave or effect I want to have on the region, so this is a hard question. As I play this game and do things in this region, I think more about how I can join in on an effort to push something along in a direction I think it should go than about what change I want to effect myself from conception to completion. When some people campaign for an office, they make sure to develop an overarching theme around which to structure their goals. When I campaigned for Delegate, neither time did I have any such theme. I had lots of little ideas about how things should go in each area I thought was important, but I didn't set out to have a clear and cohesive impact as Delegate.
Yet, while thinking over my terms as Delegate a couple days ago, I realized that in fact they have had sorts of themes -- themes that only become clear in retrospect. My first term was all about developing our WA presence from the perspective of endorsements and SWAN; my second term focused on developing our WA presence from the perspective of voting and OWL. It's certainly not exactly how I had planned for things to turn out; not the themes I would've imagined when writing my campaigns either time. But those themes may well be my "impact" on the region: after all, a legacy is really just the theme of what actually happened.
So, if the impact of Erinor's delegacy before me was to prove that the South Pacific could be a leader in the WA and that previously unthinkable WA achievements were thinkable, I guess I would say that my impact has been to make that previously unthinkable not only thinkable, but typical. I hope that my time as the delegate has developed our WA presence so that, forever in the future, delegates are not just applauded for, but expected to be super-active tarters and engaged WA voters.
What do you like most about TSP?
Well, I think what I like most about TSP is definitely, unsurprisingly, our community. I've often had a hard time finding a community to fit into in real life, so I appreciate that especially greatly. From passionate political debating to conlanging to endlessly rehashing voting methods, TSP is truly a unique place and I feel uniquely comfortable here. It's the people I know here, whom I enjoy working with and hearing from, who make me love TSP.
But I'd also be remiss not to mention one aspect of TSP in the present moment that I especially like: we're number two. (In endorsements, in an active WA department, etc., that is.) I've always felt there's something special about second place -- all the benefits of being at the top without the baggage of the number one position. In TSP's case, it means we're not resting on our laurels right now in any respects. We've made great strides, but as number two in the world we still have something big to work for. We're still in a position of transit, striving to reach progressive goals, rather than floating aimlessly with no clear target. We know we can be the best, so we're driven to make our versions of things -- SWAN, OWL, etc. -- even better than anything any other region has done. It's the enterprising spirit of an ambitious new player who knows they're almost there but can't stop working yet. I think that mindset has benefited TSP greatly and continues to do so. I hope that my successor in the delegacy keeps up that striving spirit. As I wrote in my campaign for delegate last January, it's all about continuous upwards motion.
TSPís heartwarming community is a favourite to most, but it is interesting to see that you also like the Ďsecond placeí aspect.. What advice would you give to future Delegates?
Don't let yourself slack off. It's something I've been guilty of myself a few too many times. Unlike a Cabinet position, where there are often clear measures of the work you're doing in your ministry server or the content you've created and published, the delegacy is very self-contained, and as a result requires a lot of self-motivation. The position is what you make of it, and you're the main person holding yourself to account. There are no structural expectations beyond simply sitting on the seat, only the weight of precedent from previous delegates. If you want to take the initiative and set up a WA event of some sort, that's great, but no one will really complain if it doesn't go through because you don't have to make that specific thing happen to be a good delegate. All that means that if you do want to make something successful, whether it's keeping up your endotarting or constantly relaying government messages to the RMB, you have to hold your own self to account. You have to not let yourself slide, just like the Assembly wouldn't let the Minister of Military Affairs slide if they didn't carry out any military operations for a week or two. That's something it took me a while to realize I had to do, and I think future delegates would do well to keep it in mind from day one, as they plan what they want to do in the position.
Before we sign off, we must ask the most important question of them all. Cake or pie?
Thank you for your time.
Aumeltopia has served TSP well and weíll all miss him as the Delegate. He believes TSP is going to be left in strong and capable hands. Over his term he has done many things, but most importantly, he has helped the biscuits rise up against the Cakeitalists and the Pieletariet.