The Best of March

Bora does this thing where he identifies the “best of” from the previous month on his blog (this is him doing it, here). I think that’s a great idea, and I actually did this once or twice, but I forgot to keep doing it. But I’m now reviving the tradition. Thanks for the great idea, Bora!!!!

I posted 328 items in March, 15,000 of which were YouTube Videos. Which you enjoyed very much according to my records.

Among the most widely read posts were those dealing with Richard Dawkins’ visit to Minneapolis, and to some extent, the aftermath. Dawkins… On Purpose gives the best overview of this event.

For some reason, my coverage of PZ Myers’ car wreck was very popular. Rubbernecking in the internet???? Amazing. Here is the post: PZ Myers Car Wrecked in Accident: Myers Suffers Minor Injuries (updated)

The most widely read science post, and possibly one of the better ones in a month with relatively few peer reviewed research posts was on The Identification of the Two “Missing” Romanov Children Using DNA Analysis

Let’s see, did anything controversial happen last month? Oh, right. I wrote this post: Palaeowomaen: Barbara Isaac, Women in The Field, and The Throwing Hypothesis which was totally pounced upon by a fellow science blogger who focused in on, and totally missed the point of, one sentence, then went more or less ballistic about the rest of the post. An outpouring of reason from my readers and others washed that problem away, and I’m pretty sure that will be the last I’ll see of fellow science bloggers only half reading my words and making inappropriate libelous assumptions about my character. Unless, of course, they happen to be misogynist patriarch-symps who prefer to reify the barbification of society by uncritically accepting whatever sexist drek is handed to them by Big Toy Company marketers. Or at least, in my view, that is The Verdict on the new Dora the Explorah. But again, I’m sure that controversy is settled. And I hasten to point out my use of verbs in the previous sentences. Don’t give me any shit unless you know what the verbs are.

One of my favorite posts was Akiko’s Perfect Gift and many of you liked it too.

My most important posts regarding technology were the one on emacs and the one on power strips. Both of which are really about other things, of course.

The Congo Memoirs progressed last month. And, there should be another one out in a day or two. We’ve had quite a gap. Fear not.

This post on Quiche Moraine gets special mention because it was so much fun to write, and a few people liked it.

And finally, the most important thing I did all month was to write this post: From Graduate School to Prison: What is the rational argument for ELF or ALF?


  1. #1 Coturnix
    April 2, 2009

    For those of us who are very prolific and use the blog for a variety of different purposes, I think the “Best of” monthly summaries are a good idea. I got quite a lot of positive feedback since I started doing this.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    April 2, 2009

    It is also an interesting reflective experience for the blogger.

  3. #3 Stephanie Z
    April 2, 2009

    It’s also a suggestion I made in probably the second email I sent you. Of course, I was selling it as making things easier for readers, but oh, well. 🙂

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    April 2, 2009

    Yes, I vaguely recall that.

    I wonder if I’ll remember to do this for April?

  5. #5 Coturnix
    April 3, 2009

    Someone already thanked me on Twitter!

    And you are right – it is good for a blogger to take a look. This month, doing this made me realize that I was so busy with various PLoS projects and travel and collecting ammunition for the big journalism post, that I never found time for even one BPR3-icon-worthy post! Less than usual on politics, more cool videos.

    Then I also saw how much I was into various examples of crowdsourcing and citizen scientist using the Web to collect data, etc. Interesting to me, and makes me ‘adjust’ next month to provide something interesting for all of my subsets of readers.

    So, definitely a good exercise both for the blogger and for the readers.