Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Since I have recently developed quite a history of visiting cold and snowy places, often during the winter, I wish to preserve that tradition. I am competing for the opportunity to go to Antarctica in February 2010 — a dream adventure that I’ve always wanted to pursue (and almost did pursue when I was an undergraduate researching Fin Whales and Crabeater Seals at the University of Washington). To enter, all candidates must publish a picture of themselves and write an essay explaining why we think we are the best choice, and solicit votes from the public. Whomever receives the most votes wins the job. Of course, I think I am the best candidate to share this adventure with you, but I am not the only one who thinks this. Below the jump is a list of other people who are also supporting my bid to become the official blogger on this Antarctic expedition;

John Grant, a pseudonym for Paul Barnett. As John Grant, he won two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and a number of other international literary awards, and as Paul Barnett, he has has won the Chesley Award.

My long-time friend, Chris Clarke, author of the blogs, Coyote Crossing and The Faultline, and the wonderful book, Walking with Zeke.

LadyMin, author of LadyMin’s Garden.

The Sneer Review who also gave my penguin a shirt to wear (see image above).

The Reef Tank, whom I’ve done some writing for, has endorsed me.

DarkSyde invited me to write an appeal to my fellow Kossians to vote to send me to Antarctica at DailyKos.

Snowball the dancing cockatoo voted for me, too (but lacking his own blog, he only sent me a tweet)

Henry Gee, I, Editor.

Cromercrox (who also writes under the real life pseudonym, Henry Gee).

The Beagle Project (earlier request for votes).

Friends of Charles Darwin.

Mike Haubrich, Tangled up in Blue Guy.

PZ Myers, Pharyngula.

Bob O’Hara, deep thoughts and silliness (and again here).

Terra Sigillata.

John Lynch, a simple prop.

John Wilkins, Evolving Thoughts.

Afarensis (and again here and here too!).

Here’s an amusing request for votes from my friend, PalMD, who writes the wonderful blog, White Coat Underground.

Greg Laden, Greg Laden’s Blog.

Razib, Gene Expression.

DrugMonkey (and an earlier plea for votes).

Digital Cuttlefish (and yet another wonderful poem of his).

Sheril Kirshenbaum, The Intersection (also see her latest request for votes on my behalf).


TravelGrrl, Realist at Large.

Sandra Porter, Discovering Biology in a Digital Age.


The Ridger, The Greenbelt.


RL Bates, MD, Suture for a Living.

Miss Cellania.

A DC Birding Blog.

Kevin Zelnio and crew at Deep-Sea News.

Richard Carter at Friends of Charles Darwin;


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    September 4, 2009

    Oh wow, that John Grant. Co-author of Guts, a book that made me laugh so much I almost split my sides. Which was rather horrifying in itself.

  2. #2 Gunnar Engblom
    September 4, 2009

    I wrote and linked on my Facebook for Deborah and retweeted the link on Twitter. That is something that all fans ought to to do. It will topple the votes and spread like waves on the Social Media surface. Use your networks! I plan to write a blogpost about Deborah as well.

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