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Molly? Anyone want a Molly?

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It’s mid-month, and all you regulars know what that means: it’s time to poll you guys for the winners of the Molly award for June. It’s easy: just leave a comment with the name of the person you most enjoy stumbling across in the comment threads, I count ‘em up, the winner gets the grand prize of getting his or her name entered on the Molly roll call. You might want to review that list before casting your vote, so you don’t nominate someone who has already won one.

If you’ve been wondering who the grand prize winner for last month was, it was a tie between Kseniya and BronzeDog. That means you have to read their comments with a special reverence now, and you also have to cast a vote for someone different.

Comments

  1. #1 Ichthyic
    June 14, 2007

    Michael Egnor!

    sorry, sorry.

  2. #2 frodo
    June 14, 2007

    I’d vote for Egnor too, but he’s already taken. So my vote has to go for Ichthyic.

  3. #3 Stogoe
    June 14, 2007

    Sadly, No, the Contrarian Autocrat Grumpus doesn’t get my vote. Indeed, he feels voting is inherently flawed, as it provides for people other than him to decide on things.

    I have to vote for Ichthyic.

  4. #4 Sean
    June 14, 2007

    Ohhh, Stogoe. You came so close to participating in a thread without firing off an insult.

    I have my own concerns about the endgame of this procedure. How long will this new monthly tradition last? How low on the worthy totempole will recipients of this honor end up in a year?

    But for the short term, I have no great problems with that fishy fellow, Ichthyic. Just as PZ has fed me nuggets of evo-devo which I kinda sorta understand, Ichthyic has graced me with partially understood fish knowledge.

  5. #5 Ichthyic
    June 14, 2007

    Stogoe doth protest too much, methinks.

    perhaps, but I have to admit to liking the term “Autocrat Grumpus”, applicable or not.

    I’m gonna find some usage for that, somewhere.

    I’m still partial to the long term for creobots I picked up over on democracy.org ages ago:

    God-bothering Tub-thumpers.

  6. #6 Ichthyic
    June 14, 2007

    I grok the God-bothering. Tub-thumpers? Is there an aspect of Christianity of which I am unaware?

    it’s an old reference to when street-preachers used to use overturned half-barrels as handmade pulpits.

    They’d bang their hands on it like a drum to attract attention to themselves.

    hence: Tub-thumper.

    This is from the the UK, or so I was told by someone who claimed familiarity; likely in the US you might have heard the term: “standing on a soapbox”, which referred in a similar fashion to the practice of street-preachers using overturned wooden soapboxes, IIRC.

    I just liked the way the whole phrase rolled off the tongue..

    God-Bothering Tub-Thumper.

  7. #7 Ichthyic
    June 14, 2007

    Malevolent Overlord of Earth.

    oh, a wise guy huh?

    nyukk nyukk

  8. #8 Torbj÷rn Larsson, OM
    June 15, 2007

    Kseniya and Bronze Dog! I am fully pleased, though I only voted for one of them (Kseniya) that time.

    Wait, does this mean I don’t get to vote for Bronzie now? Like, forever? Bwaaahh!!

    If this goes on, I will have to instate a long preemptive list. But for now I can make my vote retroactive. So here’s one for Bronze Dog – you deserve(d) to win!

    Now the fresh blood – seems that there will still be two winners at times, so two candidates will do.

    Ichthyic has been on my “to vote for” list for a long time, as has Caledonian. As they both appeared here to remind me, that will do nicely. Ichthyic for his analysis and concern, Caledonian for his brevity and rantability.

    Oh, btw PZ, I hear that Scott Hatfield has his own blog now. You may want to update your Molly list.

  9. #9 Torbj÷rn Larsson, OM
    June 15, 2007

    Kseniya and Bronze Dog! I am fully pleased, though I only voted for one of them (Kseniya) that time.

    Wait, does this mean I don’t get to vote for Bronzie now? Like, forever? Bwaaahh!!

    If this goes on, I will have to instate a long preemptive list. But for now I can make my vote retroactive. So here’s one for Bronze Dog – you deserve(d) to win!

    Now the fresh blood – seems that there will still be two winners at times, so two candidates will do.

    Ichthyic has been on my “to vote for” list for a long time, as has Caledonian. As they both appeared here to remind me, that will do nicely. Ichthyic for his analysis and concern, Caledonian for his brevity and rantability.

    Oh, btw PZ, I hear that Scott Hatfield has his own blog now. You may want to update your Molly list.

  10. #10 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    I promise that every vote for me will automatically earn the voter a place on the list where you can nominate your favorite B-grade SciFi movie for the endless marathon in hell.*

    *(offer void where prohibited; results may vary; in the event of any dispute, Joel Hodgson makes the final decision).

  11. #11 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    ooh, yes RavenT would be a good choice.

  12. #12 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    expect a fart montage featuring Coyne any day now.

    does ATT get to decide IP laws now just because they have restored their comm monopoly?

    no, not yet anyway.

  13. #13 Blake Stacey, OM
    June 15, 2007

    CalGeorge, Ginger Yellow, Glen D.

  14. #14 J-Dog
    June 15, 2007

    There’s something very fishy about this Ichthyic guy, but he gets my vote. I’ll get the tarter sauce.

  15. #15 King Aardvark
    June 15, 2007

    That said, if I have to vote for a real person, Ichthyic is it this month. Not as a good as a carbon rod though.

  16. #16 tony
    June 15, 2007

    My votes are definitely for
    Ichthyic: outstanding contributions, and strangely unslippery
    Caledonian: well – being Scottish should be enough for anyone… but if not, injects a solid dose of reality and mercilessly punishes pedantry
    Kseniya: Again — eloquent and direct, a rare combination

  17. #17 Robert
    June 15, 2007

    It would be nice if we had some kind of system for ranking and linking worthy and profound posts over the month. Just a way to tag them so that they can be reviewed later. It would make awarding this thing much easier.

    Then maybe PZ could have a sidebar link to the better posts of the commenter who got the award so that we could see the wisdom that earned it.

    oh, and I vote for Ichthyic.

  18. #18 Brownian
    June 15, 2007

    What? I’m supposed to be reading the names associated with the comments now?

    Yeah, like I’ve got that kind of time on my hands.

    I want to nominate Gremlin for humorously using the term ‘free-bootery’ in a post. I’m capricious like that.

  19. #19 rp
    June 15, 2007

    Ichthyic, but with a round of applause for ids for making this comment thread so entertaining (and potentially lucrative!). Maybe next month you’ll hit our price.

  20. #20 Kseniya
    June 15, 2007

    Where is Kseniya’s acceptance speech?

    Ummm… Here?

    I’ve been afraid to peek. The last Molly voting suggested there was a BronzekseniyaDog Molly in our future, and sure enough, here we are. I’ve been struggling with feelings of inadequacy for weeks.

    But the other day it hit me: It’s a Molly! Not a Sagan, a Gould, or an Einstein. Science credentials aren’t required. Besides, who am I to claim to know better than the voting community?

    I do appreciate the positive feedback. I’m not ashamed to say it feels good or to admit that it means something to me. Thank you.

    The merit vs. popularity question is one that’s been rolling around in my head, too (yup, more pathos) and I’ve concluded that “merit” means whatever the voters decide it’s going to mean each month. (Sorry, Caledonian, I’m not intentionally trying to induce that biting-on-tinfoil feeling!) The criteria are vague: “The best and most interesting and most deserving of acknowledgment.” Which again prompts me to ask myself, “K, what are YOU doing here?”

    Finally, I’ve also concluded that taking it too seriously and getting all tangled up in it is silly, and probably not in the spirit of the Order. Heh. :-)

    I’m all for the no-rules approach, save one: If someone wins three months in a row, they get tossed in the dungeon. That could make things interesting. Don’t you think so, Blake Stacey?

    This month, I vote for RavenT.

  21. #21 Brownian
    June 15, 2007

    #57 “Just to clarify something: there are no rules here.”

    Well, duh. We are amoral atheists after all….

  22. #22 dogmeatib
    June 15, 2007

    I have to go with Ichthyic.

  23. #23 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    please tell me the above was an attempt at parody?

    If not, do you really take things people say here in the comments so seriously?

    everybody here has information to share that is useful, at least to some extent (or they end up in the dungeon, eventually). How they impart that information shouldn’t be taken so seriously.

    now if this was a blog where the participants were there to plug themselves for public office, you might have a case for rejecting the blog based on some or ALL of the comments any of us have put forth.

    but here?

    Call me shallow,

    sounds like nobody needs to?

  24. #24 Scholar
    June 15, 2007

    The same thing goes for Ichthyic, if he wins. Just kidding. :P

    Maybe I am just looking for an excuse to leave… I am telling it like I see it, don’t take everything so seriously Ichy. The point is, this should be about Molly, and I am willing to excommunicate myself from something which I try enjoy (Pharyngula) if a smart-ass wins it, which, I know deep down, he won’t, so I am safe.

  25. #25 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    It’s tempting to precipitate it by voting for him, kind of like a button labeled “don’t touch”.

    careful! don’t hit the history erase button by mistake.

    …The jolly, candy-like button…

    you’re not gonna touch it, are you?

  26. #26 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    uite frankly, I suspect the only reason you favor ‘democracy’ is that our society has been taught to accept it as the best form of government,

    yeah, ain’t that a bitch? they tell us all to favor democracy, and then give us a damn republic instead.

    bloody hypocrites.

  27. #27 RavenT
    June 15, 2007

    …The jolly, candy-like button…

    and btw, you are truly evil, Ichthyic.

    see you in Hell!

  28. #28 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    and btw, you are truly evil, Ichthyic. see you in Hell!

    well, i gotta get that promotion, after all. I got some changes i wanna make around there.

    No more ex-evangelists, for one thing.

    damn, but that Falwell is a bore.

  29. #29 Ichthyic
    June 15, 2007

    somehow, it just doesn’t seem like the right thread to do it in, Cale.

    another time and place, perhaps.

  30. #30 Kristjan Wager
    June 16, 2007

    I vote for both Ichthyic and RavenT. When I see their names by a comment, I know there is a great likelihood of learning something, and certaincy of enjoying reading it.

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