Pharyngula

It’s that time of the month again — it’s time to confer upon some worthy commenter the December 2007 Order of the Molly award. Just leave a comment here naming your favorite person on Pharyngula, and I’ll see that they get added to the distinguished ranks.

Comments

  1. #1 Zeno
    December 14, 2007

    Are we ready to do it for Dustin this month?

  2. #2 Chris Bell
    December 14, 2007

    Is this also when you allow new blog enrollment? I’d like to join.

  3. #3 Zeno
    December 14, 2007

    Not, of course, that I actually love Dustin, as such.

  4. #4 J Myers
    December 14, 2007

    raven. The vitriol is mesmerizing.

    Can we also have a monthly recognition for abject stupidity? I have a nomination for that one, too.

  5. #5 j
    December 14, 2007

    Dustin!

  6. #6 pfc
    December 14, 2007

    (Long time lurker coming out here…)

    Dustin++! He often makes me laugh, which would surely be a qualifying trait. Unfortunately most of my other potential nominees have already won.

    As for abject stupidity, who would that be named after? There’s too many choices… Order of D’Souza? Order of Dembski? The Knights of Columbus?

  7. #7 J Myers
    December 14, 2007

    D’Order of D’Souza would work.

    Are you really lurker? Seems like I’ve seen those initials here before…

  8. #8 Alan Kellogg
    December 14, 2007

    Ever ready to join an obvious trend, let me voice my support for Dustin. Whoever he is. :)

  9. #9 N.Wells
    December 14, 2007

    Cuttlefish for:

    I agree, and I’m glad that you said it
    It’s important to know how to edit
    Squeeze your thoughts in a vise
    Be precise and concise,
    And remember that sometimes, writing more than what’s needed is not likely to be the right thing to do to get you additional credit.

  10. #10 Zarquon
    December 15, 2007
  11. #11 Bride of Shrek
    December 15, 2007

    I vote for Dustin, the current popular boy in the class. For consistent wit, logic and all round grammatical correctness (plus Mr Shrek sometimes makes him sick which means we have something in common).

  12. #12 Scott Hatfield, OM
    December 15, 2007

    I’d like to nominate Ken Cope. He’s got an interesting background and always has something interesting to say. We’ve crossed swords in the past and I’ve found myself nodding in agreement even when the zingers were at my expense. Whenever I see one of his posts I always read it, no matter what the topic, and I’m never disappointed.

  13. #13 maxi
    December 15, 2007

    Bride of Shrek. Funny, lucid, clever posts!

  14. #14 John Phillips
    December 15, 2007

    Maxi, a person after my own heart as I have thought her worthy of one for quite some time. For Bride Of Shrek’s posts invariably leave me with either a silly grin, an out and out belly laugh or a nod to her perspicacity. As you say, funny, lucid and clever posts, awesome lady and I envy Shrek :)

  15. #15 Mike Haubrich, FCd
    December 15, 2007

    I’m not going to nominate myself. And if drafted I will not run. It would be just too, too sad.

  16. #16 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 15, 2007

    I’m not unhappy with Dustin or Bride of Shrek, but I’d like to bring Helioprogenus (the Son of the Sun) and noncarborundum (who has read the original Klingon!) to the collective attention.

  17. #17 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 15, 2007

    I’m not unhappy with Dustin or Bride of Shrek, but I’d like to bring Helioprogenus (the Son of the Sun) and noncarborundum (who has read the original Klingon!) to the collective attention.

  18. #18 Physicalist
    December 15, 2007

    Blake Stacey gets my vote this month, for doing P.Z.’s dirty work, and with amusing style:

    Let me say that again, for those in the back row: photons are massless. They have no mass. Their mass is not pinin’ for the fjords. It is non-existent.

  19. #19 Sili
    December 15, 2007

    Blake Stacey as per Physicalist.

    I’d also like to suggest Peter Irons for an Honorary Molly (HOM?) for his wit, intelligence and diligence.

  20. #20 Pyre
    December 15, 2007

    Physicalist @ 17: But take back one kadam because photons do have mass.

    They have no rest mass… but then they’re not at rest, are they? They move, they’re energy, and there’s some sort of equation (it’ll come to mind presently) with energy on one side and mass on the other, and, oh yes, I think the velocity of photons even comes into it. Something like “m = E/c^2″? Which suggests that, unless E=0, m may be very small but not 0.

  21. #21 J Myers
    December 15, 2007

    Pyre, didn’t the “relativistic mass” way of looking at things fall out of favor a while a go?
    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/SR/light_mass.html

  22. #22 Pyre
    December 15, 2007

    J Myers @ 20: The problem is that Blake said that in the context of “Relativity”, which makes “relativistic mass” relevant.

  23. #23 Sastra, OM
    December 15, 2007

    I’ll nominate Glen D again, because it’s getting to be a bad habit.

    And I’m bringing in windy, Tulse, and Bill Dauphin. All consistently good, and sometimes very good indeed.

    And then I’m stopping, but it’s not because I can’t come up with others, it’s because it’s too easy to overindulge on the holidays…

  24. #24 Brownian, OM
    December 15, 2007

    There are quite a few commenters who’ve really come into their own this month.

    But Dustin’s been long deserving, and he gets my vote this month too.

  25. #25 Zeno
    December 15, 2007

    The Molly thread is really slow. Why is that? Perhaps commenters aren’t that inclined to pat each other on the back. Or, more likely (I think), most people skim through comments, laughing or snorting or groaning, without paying much attention to whose bons mots they are perusing. Well, it’s a busy life and not everyone has time to stop and smell the bylines.

    I’m sure PZ thought the Squidmas reference would pack the people in, but maybe next time something like “Sex! Lies! Mollies!” would bring more marks into the tent.

    Oh, and despite some other worthwhile suggestions in this thread, I’m hanging in there for Dustin.

  26. #26 noncarborundum
    December 15, 2007

    @David:

    qatlho’qu’. SuvwI’ quv SoHba’.

  27. #27 Alan Kellogg
    December 15, 2007

    #17 Physicalist,

    That, as I recall, was in reply to my proposal regarding where mass comes from. A bit of mental wandering on my part it’s true, but it sounds cool. :)

    Of course, if they discover the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider my idea is pretty much toast.

  28. #28 MCullen
    December 16, 2007

    I miss Molly Irvins very much. Texas will never replace her I am afraid.

  29. #29 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 16, 2007

    qatlho’qu’. SuvwI’ quv SoHba’.

    nuqjatlh?

    I know how to pronounce it (as far as the contradictory descriptions allow…), but that’s it. Whatever you said is not an Everyday Klingon Phrase. There is no dictionary online because Okrand and Paramount prefer selling theirs on paper…

    Is wI’ a nominalizer…?

  30. #30 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 16, 2007

    qatlho’qu’. SuvwI’ quv SoHba’.

    nuqjatlh?

    I know how to pronounce it (as far as the contradictory descriptions allow…), but that’s it. Whatever you said is not an Everyday Klingon Phrase. There is no dictionary online because Okrand and Paramount prefer selling theirs on paper…

    Is wI’ a nominalizer…?

  31. #31 Christianjb
    December 16, 2007

    Raven. Even though I think we disagree on a lot (to be honest I can’t remember). Raven’s done some good posts on Texas related threads.

  32. #32 jerith
    December 18, 2007

    Are we allowed to nominate the student bloggers? I particularly like Katie Glasrud’s posts.

  33. #33 Brownian, OM
    December 18, 2007

    Physicalist and Sili:

    Blake Stacey does indeed deserve a Molly.

    That is why he was awarded one in March.

    You’ll need to cast fresh votes.

  34. #34 Rey Fox
    December 21, 2007

    Too late? Oh well, my votes rarely win, but I shouldn’t vote in such a cynical spirit. That being said, and though it’s unlikely that anyone will see this post, I vote for Owlmirror this month.

  35. #35 CG in Tucson
    December 28, 2007

    All these nominees are excellent commenters, but I’d like to put in a word for Humbert if I may. His latest on the Coulter thread is typically good.