Pharyngula

And the winner is…

Phil has conceded, and I’ve received official verification that Pharyngula is indeed the winner of the Best Science Blog award.

I have no illusions, though: this really isn’t a recognition that I have the best science blog, it’s evidence that I can put together a really good PR campaign that will turn out the vote for a meaningless weblog award. Yay! If you want a hint on how to get people riled up, though, one good way is the Pro Wrestling method: turn it into a grudge match, with lots of bellowing and thrown chairs. Phil Plait collaborated on this contrived conflict to turn out the partisans, and it worked incredibly well—he and I split 82% of the vote, leaving only scraps for the others (which was grossly unfair to them, and I apologize.)

Speaking of pro wrestling, I must remind everyone that the battle royale between us was completely fake. All that gore? Syrup and food coloring. The teeth we were spitting out? Chiclets. That attack with the folding chair? Note that I hit him with it on the flat to distribute the impact. There is no bad blood between us, I think Bad Astronomy is a terrific site that I read daily, and that I would not have been at all chagrined if the final votes had broken his way at the end. Heck, there wasn’t a bad blog among all the candidates in this category, so I would have been happy to see any of them win. Here, by the way, is the list: I think you’ll agree that I was in very good company, and that the final ranking is not an indicator of the relative quality of their science, but only of their effectiveness at vainglorious self-promotion. Read them all!

Almost all of these were already on my blogroll, so I’ve been reading them all along.

Finally, there is the matter of a little wager. I had bet that if I lost, I’d put together a post that would appeal to a bunch of space-happy astronomy freaks, and that I’d pose for the SkepDudes calendar. Phil likewise promised to praise Pharyngula on his blog and to promote me at the Amazing Meeting this January. These “penalties” were all selected in a spirit of good fun, and just to show that that is the case, I’ll be writing that post anyway, and hey, SkepChick, if you’re still interested, I’ll do the picture (that’ll teach you rude meanies who voted for me because of your distaste for my pasty-pale, sluglike body!).

Comments

  1. #1 Jeff Chamberlain
    December 19, 2006

    This is the “glorious in-your-face crow of triumph” we were promised?

  2. #2 Zeno
    December 19, 2006

    Isn’t a pasty-pale, sluglike body in keeping with the major theme of the blog?

    Congratulations on winning a meaningless award in a meaningless contest! At the end of The Candidate, when the Robert Redford character says, “Now what do we do?”, there is no answer. You, at least, have one.

  3. #3 Justin Holguín
    December 19, 2006

    Congratulations, PZ! I was hoping you’d win, not only because I really enjoy your blog but because I get some satisfaction from knowing that the best science blog is overtly anti-religion. I confess, though, that I wish PT had done better.

  4. #4 Justin Holguín
    December 19, 2006

    Congratulations, PZ! I was hoping you’d win, not only because I really enjoy your blog but because I get some satisfaction from knowing that the best science blog is overtly anti-religion. I confess, though, that I wish PT had done better.

  5. #5 Lola Walser
    December 19, 2006

    Congratulations!

    I love this explanation:

    sorry phil, what can we do, squid can click 8 times faster than us.

    (Maybe 5x…)

  6. #6 Bronze Dog
    December 19, 2006

    So, does this mean someone takes off a mask?

  7. #7 santababy386sx
    December 19, 2006

    And the winner is…

    Many many people are very greatful for this, I can asuure you. Holy Jumping Jesus, that was a close one.

  8. #8 JanieBelle
    December 19, 2006

    Three quick comments.

    Congratulations.

    Very gracious acceptance speech, especially agreeing to pose for the calendar anyway.

    I’m pre-ordering the calendar at the first opportunity.

    🙂

  9. #9 CJColucci
    December 19, 2006

    Professional wrestling is fake?!

  10. #10 seaducer
    December 19, 2006

    Yep, congratulations PZ. I must say that marine biology was my awakening into the glories of the natural world, and through the contest I found this blog, so it was a win win for me.

    But really, all that emphasis on fake, fun, didn’t mean any of it? It sounds like Lynn Kelly talking about how she isn’t psychic after doing a “cold reading”, and of course we all know she really is in touch with the Other Side.

    Anyway, it was lots of fun reading the flame posts from you and BA.

  11. #11 The Science Pundit
    December 19, 2006

    These “penalties” were all selected in a spirit of good fun, and just to show that that is the case, I’ll be writing that post anyway, and hey, SkepChick, if you’re still interested, I’ll do the picture (that’ll teach you rude meanies who voted for me because of your distaste for my pasty-pale, sluglike body!).

    And to think, I was voting for Phil because I’m evil and I wanted you to be humiliated on the pages of SkepDude. It looks like my evil plan might pan out after all–although I must say you don’t seem that humiliated.

  12. #12 ericnh
    December 19, 2006

    “Completely fake”? “No bad blood” between you two? C’mon, PZ, I know cephalopods are spineless, but sheesh…

    Congratulations on the win though. It was a fun contest to watch and read.

  13. #13 Patness
    December 19, 2006

    Damnit, I want my squid-kittens!!

  14. #14 llewelly
    December 19, 2006

    … one good way is the Pro Wrestling method: …

    Thank you. I feel so much better about not having voted.
    😉

  15. #15 Louis
    December 19, 2006

    PZ, Congratulations!

    No disprespect to Phil and the others, but I haven’t toured Down with him, so you had my vote all along.

    You’re right by the way, that is one cracking science blog roll, one that I read each day so it’s hard to pick a winner.

    Keep up the excellent work.

    Louis

  16. #16 Kristine
    December 19, 2006

    Congratulations PZ and shimmies to all! And to all, a good fight.

  17. #17 Evolving Squid
    December 19, 2006

    Viva Cephalopoda!

    Actually, I voted for BA, but this site is great too.

  18. #18 Phil Plait
    December 19, 2006

    I think PZ got all the votes from the Discovery Institute at the last second. After all, if he didn’t talk about them, they’d get no press at all…

  19. #19 Mena
    December 19, 2006

    The threats of nudity from both sides failed to take into account that most of the she-geeks and a few of the he-geeks here tend to prefer to date within the subspecies so we don’t have a problem with nekkid geeky guys!

  20. #20 MJ Memphis
    December 19, 2006

    But the kittens still get fed to the kraken, right?

  21. #21 John Pieret
    December 19, 2006

    Speaking of pro wrestling, I must remind everyone that the battle royale between us was completely fake.

    Is the image of you two in shorts sweating and rubbing up against each other while grunting supposed to make us feel better?

  22. #22 Sammy
    December 19, 2006

    The teeth we were spitting out? Chiclets.

    True story: I studied (and would still, had I my way) kung fu for some time. My instructor occasionally competed. He and his friends enjoyed coming up with ways of making the “self defense” portions of the competition more memorable for the judges.

    In one competition, he’d arranged for his sparring partner to hold a bunch of Chiclets in his mouth, ready to be spit out once “punched” in the face. My instructor’s name gets called, he steps out in front of the judges, addresses them, turns to face his partner…

    …and sees the guy chewing.

    Apparently, a whole unspoken conversation happened between them in the course about two seconds.

  23. #23 Martha
    December 19, 2006

    I am thoroughly disillusioned.

  24. #24 speedwell
    December 19, 2006

    PZ, I voted for your blog because i think nit’s the besrt science blog, not because I was led down the garden path by your propaganda efforts. Please. I’m a skeptic. I’m sure you didn’t mean to be insulting.

  25. #25 speedwell
    December 19, 2006

    Just like I meant to proofread that post before I sent it. Phooey. 🙂

  26. #26 Ole Blue
    December 19, 2006

    Great job and you do deserve it!

  27. #27 Bob O'H
    December 19, 2006

    SkepChick – NO! Please, it’ll make them repeal the First Amendment.

    Um, other than that – well done PZ. A well fought campaign, sir.

    Bob

  28. #28 Smart_Cookie
    December 19, 2006

    Congratulations PZ.

    But since it appears I was the only one voting for you from the JREF forum, you’re going to have to come by and post a little more often. You registered in 2003, and that was your 4th post. Shame!

    Glad you won, though. You’re my favorite blogging atheist, and you’re within stalking…I mean, visiting, distance.

  29. #29 minusRusty
    December 19, 2006

    the battle royale between us was completely fake.

    LIAR! You know it was a real competition between the two of you! AND THE WWF IS **NOT** FAKE!!!1!11!!!

  30. #30 stogoe
    December 19, 2006

    Dude. Pro-Wrestling is as fake as that ultimate fighting stuff.

    By which I mean faker than the fakiest fake who ever faked a fake.

  31. #31 Dave Munger
    December 19, 2006

    I like your blog, but all my votes went to Mixing Memory, so your propaganda didn’t work with me.

    I’m glad I wasn’t nominated, because I really don’t like the idea of begging for votes — though some of your pleas were quite amusing!

  32. #32 Mena
    December 19, 2006

    But the ECW stuff on the SciFi Channel is real isn’t it? Just like “Crossing Over with John Edward”. They wouldn’t show fake stuff on the SFC and bill it as real would they? As an aside, I would watch ECW if it stood for “Evangelical Christian Wrestling” instead of “Extreme Championship Wrestling”.
    (Boy, I sure didn’t miss anything by programming that channel out of my line up all those years ago did I?)

  33. #33 Baratos
    December 19, 2006

    (Boy, I sure didn’t miss anything by programming that channel out of my line up all those years ago did I?

    They do have a nice 48 hour Twilight Zone marathon every new year’s. But yeah, the other 363 days of the year, the channel might as well not exist.

  34. #34 Tyler DiPietro
    December 19, 2006

    But the ECW stuff on the SciFi Channel is real isn’t it? Just like “Crossing Over with John Edward”. They wouldn’t show fake stuff on the SFC and bill it as real would they? As an aside, I would watch ECW if it stood for “Evangelical Christian Wrestling” instead of “Extreme Championship Wrestling”.

    Actually, ECW was pretty novel and refreshing back in the day. I remember the over the top violence in the mid-late 90’s and the raw, punk/hardcore style cult atmosphere. It contrasts strongly with the WWE version, which is just using the acronym, logo and a highly watered down version of the original concepts to rebrand their developmental territories.

    ECW was the kind of thing you’d watch if you liked anime’s like Ninja Scroll and Fist of the North Star. I love gore, violence, and a general glorified stunt-act. PZ and Phil would have been awesome in a barbed-wire match.

  35. #35 rich (richmanwisco)
    December 20, 2006

    and hey, you gained another reader here. so the campaign worked out pretty well. keep up the fine work!

  36. #36 Rebecca
    December 20, 2006

    Woo hoo! You’ve got yourself a deal, PZ. I guess you’re not the spineless ballot-stuffer I accused you of being mere moments ago.

  37. #37 Nandes
    December 21, 2006

    I’m hoping the last minute push from the 905 board helped.

    It should have garnered somewhere north of 300 votes.

    We Canadians likes our evolution, eh.

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