I remember the first time I was called “Influential Science Blogger.” I don’t remember who said it, but it was during the First Framing Flaming Flurry. Then, Shanai Matteson over at the Bell Museum called me an “Influential Science Blogger.” That was cool. Then some other people did it.
Now, that is how I introduce myself.
“Hi there. Greg Laden. Influential Science Blogger.”
(“Wow, what an asshole.” … Usually spoken out the corner of the mouth to anyone standing nearby.)luentioal
Well, I don’t care. Because now, I’ve been dubbed truly influential by influential US News and World Report Editor and Writer, Ben Harder.
I remember Ben when he was just a young Whipper Snapper. I don’t recall if he had the plan at that time to go into journalism, when he was one of the students in my Lab Section for Science B 29 “Something about Human Evolution” a.k.a. “Sex in the Afternoon.” That must have been in the late 1980s or so. I remember Ben from that course and another context well enough to recall that he was one of the Let’s Go kids (a friend of mine at the time was Let’s Go’s editor). That’s a Harvard thing where you get to go on a really cool trip for free (that’s the good news) but you have to stay in a string of crappy places and then write about them on a deadline (that’s the bad news) for the Let’s Go travel guide series. At least, that is my recollection (Ben can sign on and correct me if I’ve got that confused.)
I also very clearly and distinctly remember Ben’s handwriting, especially when he wrote his own name on the top of a quiz, next to which I invariably placed a big red “10” (out of 10) each week. And those were hard problem sets.
Anyway, Ben has started a great blog over at US News & World Reports, called, you guessed it, “Thinking Harder.” This is a very new blog promising to address a range of sciences.