Gene Expression

The browning of ScienceBlogs

Seems like I am no longer the undisputed champion of “brownest ass amongst ScienceBlogs,” as Scientific Brown has joined the pack. That doesn’t mean that my ass isn’t still the brownest, just that it isn’t a no contest situation when it was just Nick Anthis & Steinn SigurĂ°sson offering up their melanically challenged derrieres as tokens against the all powerful rich wood colored tone of mine own buns.

Update: Texas-born Nick Anthis isn’t pasty, just for the record he has produced convincing proof on the comment boards.

Comments

  1. #1 Nick Anthis
    August 15, 2006

    Come on, now. I got a very nice tan on my last vacation….

  2. #2 razib
    August 15, 2006

    ok, data? (ie, besides personal communication)

  3. #3 Dr. Free-Ride
    August 15, 2006

    Aww Razib, why you gotta hate on the pale ScienceBloggers?

  4. #4 razib
    August 15, 2006

    Aww Razib, why you gotta hate on the pale ScienceBloggers?

    three wordz: white skin privelege.

    also,

    hate + power = hating on

    as a Person-of-Color i have no power, so i can’t ‘hate on,’ as you say.

  5. #5 Dr. Free-Ride
    August 15, 2006

    Point taken.

    Well, at least you have male privilege.

  6. #6 Nick Anthis
    August 15, 2006

    Sorry, I should have added an “unpublished data” note after my earlier statement. Regardless, though, I have your “data” right here. Unfortunately, the data was not reproducible, and this isn’t necessarily a representative sample….

    That’s pretty much the most tan I’ve been in a long time, spending most of my time in the darkness of the lab, and all. It’s funny that, of all places, it happened in Norway. The girl on my right is my friend Ingrid, who I went to high school with and who now attends grad school in marine biology at the University of Bergen, Norway.

  7. #7 razib
    August 15, 2006

    ok, i might reedit this post after work. have to look at some photos of other palefaces….

  8. #8 frumious b
    August 15, 2006

    Many of the Science bloggers are anonymous. Have you met them all to confirm melanin levels?

  9. #9 razib
    August 15, 2006

    race is a pretty good proxy. my complexion is disjoint with that of all people of european ancestry i have met in my life. i know the race of the vast majority (yes, i know the identities of some of the anons, or, i know the race via implication due to personal communication).

  10. #10 razib
    August 15, 2006

    also, i have seen photos of some of the anon bloggers.

  11. #11 Agnostic
    August 15, 2006

    hate + power = hating on

    as a Person-of-Color i have no power, so i can’t ‘hate on,’ as you say.

    Almost word-for-word quote from Kevin in his “racism” argument with Eric on the first season of The Real World!

  12. #12 razib
    August 15, 2006

    yeah, i friend of mine told me kevin said this in AP history in 1994.

  13. #13 Dr. Free-Ride
    August 15, 2006

    Wow, I really miss the first season of The Real World! After season 3, things went to hell pretty quickly.

  14. #14 razib
    August 15, 2006

    well, they are recycling stock characters now.

    someone should do a season long parady of real world where they mix & match the character types. e.g., instead of

    character 1 – spunky virginal blonde girl from montana
    character 2 – angry black man from detroit

    you have

    character 1 – spunky vigrinal black man from detroit
    character 2 – angry blonde girl from montana

  15. #15 Agnostic
    August 16, 2006

    I thought season 4 was OK (London), even 5 (Miami) was tolerable. After that (Boston) it was shit, and I never really kept up with it after that. Saw a few of the Austin one — only 30 minutes long??? Normal, ugly people no longer allowed; ditto anyone over 25.

    Ah, the early ’90s. Those were the days.

  16. #16 Nick Anthis
    August 16, 2006

    Re: the update

    Ha! Now, before I am charged with scientific fraud, I should restate the following: “Unfortunately, the data was not reproducible, and this isn’t necessarily a representative sample.”

    So, whenever anyone sees any other photos that might disagree with the one above, I think I’ve covered my bases….

  17. #17 Reale
    August 17, 2006

    How in the world did Steve Sailer sneak into that “White Privilege” article? He’s everywhere now, it’s almost as if he’s going mainstream.

  18. #18 windy
    August 18, 2006

    “brownest ass amongst ScienceBlogs”

    Pictures, we want pictures…