Operation Blue Mountain

forged20by20rusty20happy20b-dayThanks and accolades to all of the Certified Minions and unregistered partisans who participated in the very successful Operation Blue Mountain on Tuesday, March 10 (Paul’s birthday).

You answered the call in droves (specifically, 62 of you; how many droves in 62?), and carried out the mission with the determination, guile, and creativity that is the hallmark of the Paul & Storm Brigade of Minions.

– You went forth and found or created a cheesy digital greeting card
– You deciphered the totally intentional riddle to guess Paul’s e-mail address
– You sent your card to Paul, cunningly signing it as “Joss Whedon”*

Some highlights from this wicked, dastardly task:

All participating Minions should have been credited by now with a special citation, which appears as “COMMENDATION: Operation Blue Mountain” under their pictures in the Brigade of Minions flickr group. If you did not receive credit, you can stake your claim by writing us at “info at paulandstorm.com” (and in this way, we will also have your e-mail address for future missions); make sure to include your Minion name. If you claim credit and did not participate, we will know. We do not need to tell you that the penalty for Minion Fraud is painful and will be exacted WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT.

Not a certified Minion yet? Want to be part of future world domination plans that Minions often characterize as “fun”? Here’s the key.

* Our esteem in no way indicates a preference for Joss Whedon in regards to Geek Madness, pro or con. We also love and admire Wil Wheaton and appreciate all that he does for the geek community. Either will make a splendid Secretary of Geek Affairs.


  1. Posted March 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh, wow, the third one just made me laugh so hard I about fell out of my chair!

  2. Cybermudgeon
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    That third one was very good…have bookmarked the site for future uses. 8)

  3. Posted March 13, 2009 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Hey Storm,
    Just curious how the call to action was sent out? Because I feel like a failure as a minion for not participating, even though it was because I didn’t know anything about Operation Blue Mountain. πŸ™

    ~Sharon, Shoulder-Moose Minion

  4. JadeSnake
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Sharon, I was just going to ask the same question. I feel like the worst minion ever for missing out on the mission, but it’s kind of comforting to know I’m not the only minion who missed out on the call.

    Custom Shirt Minion

  5. Posted March 13, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Those are hilarious. I especially like the third one, too. πŸ™‚

  6. Marty
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, mine was featured! I feel honored!

    Regarding questions about how this task was sent out to the Brigade, on Monday, I received an email from Storm outlining what to send, and when to send it (he initially forgot where to send it, though). The only way they have my email is from my Minion application (or possibly from one of my prior comments, but I doubt they got it from there). I did only become a minion 2 weeks ago though, so perhaps they have lost the emails for some of the older minions. I would guess that the best way to receive future Minion Tasks would be to send them another email, reminding them of your minion status.

    -Marty, Recursive Minion

  7. Posted March 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    @JadeSnake and @HellZiggy: I didn’t get the e-mail, either, but found out about it through the Minion Facebook group.

  8. Posted March 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Gotta love JibJab!

    Count me among the sad minions who feel left out because they weren’t informed. πŸ™
    (But I did wish Paul a happy birthday on Facebook and twitter πŸ™‚

  9. Paul and Storm
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    To those Minions who did not receive the e-mail –

    It seems that Enemies of ours have cracked the Overlord Database and erased the e-mail addresses of some Minions. In particular, we seem not to have records of our earliest and highly loyal Minions.

    Some would say that this is because the Brigade datakeepers failed to record the earliest requests, and never imagined that the organization would thrive into the feared and respected unit that it is today.

    If you did not receive the Mission e-mail, write your Overlords (info at paulandstorm dot com) and you will be placed back into the communications grid. Be sure to include your Minion name.


  10. Stacey
    Posted March 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I could certainly find the third one forgettable, as it refuses to load.

  11. Posted March 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I had fun participating in Operation Blue Mountain. Thank you for the Commendation. I’m especially pleased and honored to see my tiny contribution given a place of distinction. I feel like my time stealing, cutting, pasting and forging Joss Whedon’s signature was not in vain. Rock on!

    Any chance seeing a flickr Set of more Opperation Blue Mountain Cards?

    -Rusty, Obamacized Minion

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