It’s that time of the month again, when we try to acknowledge the work of some commenter (or inanimate carbon rod) who has most delighted us by bestowing admission in the grand Order of the Molly. Just leave a comment here naming your favorite commenter or random object intended to mock the proceedings, and I’ll tally them up at the end of the week.

Also, I maintain this mega-blogroll, and I’m appallingly generous in putting blogs on it — of course, I’m also appallingly ruthless in expunging blogs that haven’t had an update in 30 days. All you have to do is:

  1. Check the current blogroll in case you’re already on it.
  2. Make sure you’ve got an RSS feed for your blog. I can’t put anyone on the blogroll without a syndication feed.
  3. Leave a comment with a link to your blog, perhaps with a little explanation about why you deserve to be read by anyone. If your RSS link is hard to find, tell me what that is, too. It’s also helpful if you tell me what category of my blogroll looks like a good home for you.
  4. This time around, since this is a Molly thread, you also have to vote for some great commenter. If you haven’t read the comments enough to know anyone, what the heck are you doing asking me to read your blog?

See? It’s easy! Do all that and I’ll put you on the blogroll. Let’s be realistic, though — it’s not the greatest honor in the world, and it’s also diluted by the fact that there are so darn many of you on the list right now. But hey, it’ll get you a link for at least a little while.

Oh, and note that leaving a comment in this thread will also put you in Seed’s 500,000th comment contest! You can’t lose!


  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    September 17, 2007


    1) Thanks for all the nominations. :-) :-) :-)

    2) Kseniya, I’m scared. I had to look twice, but no, it doesn’t say FRS or FLS. You’re in the FSB… I knew you would be smart enough not to make a career instead of postdoc after postdoc after postdoc… uh… <shudder>

    3) Ichthyic is already in the Order.

    4) I nominate Caledonian for introducing the timecube as the unit of insanity. Yes, seriously. That alone is worth it. Plus, he nominated the well-deserving Ichthyic, and we both can’t vote for Ichthyic.

    5) Yup, the Syst. Biol. paper is by me and my thesis supervisor. I have bragged about it whenever the topic of molecular dating came up. :-) (Have I yet bragged about the impact factor of Syst. Biol.? Between 7 and 10, depending on the year! Cite us! Cite us!) I can send the pdf to interested parties (warning: long and boring — and I’m not saying that for appearing humble).

    6) My output is not going to decrease. It will, however, fluctuate. I’ll probably find little time next week… then again, I’m very good at stealing time (as opposed to finding it)…

    7) I don’t get the joke about the Moon Commies. At the risk of killing it, Dustin, please explain it. :-] It doesn’t have something to do with the “Wells lies. Again.” post, does it?

    (“Jonathan Wells, who couldn’t think if Reverend Moon told him to think” — Glen Davidson)

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    September 17, 2007

    Greg Peterson, for his “somebody’s got to drive” comment, which did sum things up pretty perfectly.

    Where can I read that?

    and the “Wells Lied… Again” post was probably the highlight.

    “Was”? It’s still going on. Jim “the designer is not necessarily stupid, but ineffable” has come back.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    September 17, 2007

    There’s nothing to get. I hate the Mollies so I just make things up when casting a vote.

    Oh. Thanks anyway. Proudly confessing coward that I am, I’ve always wanted to single-handedly do a heroic deed. :-) Did I use Conan the Barbarian’s war ax, aka Ockham’s Razor? :-)

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?
    September 17, 2007

    Why, yes – yes, it can!

    Oh. Like the IgNobel Prize. So “Order” is misleading. You’ll probably get my vote next time, then. :-)

  5. #5 David Marjanovi?
    September 17, 2007

    A power saw and a laser pointer. I had no idea I was so cool.

    And anarchocapitalists… those people exist, at least…

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?
    September 17, 2007

    Why, you can read it here – right here!

    Wow. That comment is Molly material.

    Now if I could just watch the Simpsons episode where it says “no one who speaks German could be an evil man”. I watch far, far, far to little Simpsons anyway… <sniff>

  7. #7 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    September 18, 2007

    Strong correlation here – David Marjanovi?, of course. His comments often reads like PZ’s posts, and what could be a better commendation? Also, as he promises to not slack off (modulo real life intrusions) after achieving the golden Molly statuette, it’s a safe bet.

    Then it is currently a tossup between windy and Sastra. What can I say, I’m weak for nifty comments.

    I’ll save the rest of you worthies for the next Molly.

    PS. If you miss Blake, rumor has it that he works on a math wiki for The n-Category Café bloggers to work their projects in. He’s busy diversifying.

    [No, I didn't put the link in for the link junkies. ("Linkies"?) It's my style, dammit! :-P]

  8. #8 David Marjanovi?
    September 19, 2007

    I had trouble posting the comment

    There is no such thing. Scienceblogs is lying to you.

    When you get an error message, it means that Scienceblogs has trouble displaying the page after your comment has arrived. But it has arrived. It always gets through. The moment you click on “Send”, nobody but the spam filter can stop it from appearing on the page.