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The Molly month of May

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We’re all caught up on the new Molly inductees: for March, it’s Glen Davidson, and for April, brokenSoldier. Give them your attention when they comment!

Of course, now we have to gather nominations for May. Who are the commenters who make you perk up and think? Name them in the comments to this post.

Comments

  1. #1 James F
    May 16, 2008

    Huzzah!

  2. #2 LanceR
    May 16, 2008

    Congrats to Glen and brokenSoldier! For May, Etha Williams. She is always succinct, to the point, and humorous. Definitely deserving of a Molly!

  3. #3 firemancarl
    May 16, 2008

    Congrats!

  4. #4 MH
    May 16, 2008

    Congrats to Glen and BrokenSoldier!

    Without doubt, Etha gets my vote for next month.

  5. #5 Ryan F Stello
    May 16, 2008

    Must be Etha Williams, sir.

  6. #6 me
    May 16, 2008

    I nominate Kenny! And Hugh Slaman! And David Mabus!

  7. #7 Dennis N
    May 16, 2008

    Gold: Etha
    Silver: Ichthyic
    Bronze: Kseniya
    Too many honorable mentions top list.

    Anti-Molly: David Mabus

  8. #8 kmarissa
    May 16, 2008

    Hooray for Glen and brokenSoldier.

    I’m definitely going with Etha, too. I suspect it may be a bit of a landslide this month.

  9. #9 James F
    May 16, 2008

    Anti-Molly… hmmm. The Stein?

  10. #10 sublunary
    May 16, 2008

    Hey Congrats Glen and brokenSoldier!

    There are so many others whose comments I love reading, but I have to add my voice to the chorus of “Etha for Molly!”

  11. #11 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    May 16, 2008

    Hands down, Etha Williams.

  12. #12 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    As always, it’s hard to pick one person without implicitly slighting twenty, but though she be new to the ‘hood, small in stature and too young to buy a beer, my vote for May has gotta go to our hugely personable, imposingly bright, and unfailingly eloquent little sistah, Etha Williams.

    Speaking of beer… hey, aren’t you 21 today, EJ? Or is it tomorrow? A friend of mine has a birthday tomorrow, so I may be confusing/conflating yours with hers… either way, Happy 21st!
    :-) :-) :-)

  13. #13 MikeG
    May 16, 2008

    No doubt at all: Etha

  14. #14 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    Oops, almost forgot to extend Gratz to Glen D. and to brokenSoldier! Well done, sirs!

  15. #15 oaksterdam
    May 16, 2008

    Etha!

  16. #16 Brownian, OM
    May 16, 2008

    Congratulations, Glen! Congratulations, brokenSoldier!

    Ooh, I hate going with the flow, but Etha is, definitely, the most deserving commenter (and so young! Kids today, sheesh!)

    Honourable mentions: I’m a big fan of Lee Brimmicombe-Wood and Jason Failes, whose comments are pithy, incisive, and generally make me laugh (like Odin’s minion, Dustin). Jason, give us more of what you do so well. And Bride of Shrek is chock-full of some kinda crazy matronly down-to-earth wisdom that I always look forward to. And I’d like to give a special mention to PZ’s Pitbulls, Stanton and Owlmirror, who could always be counted on to route those creos who love lurking in past threads that most of us aren’t checking up on. Ichthyic’s pretty tenacious too, hence his Molly way back when. Windy’s gotta be due to win one soon for her all-around Molliness.

    And if there’s ever a best of the best yearly Molly award, I’ll bet a C-note that Kseniya wins the first in a landslide.

    Also, that Brownian guy is sexy. I’d have his babies anytime.

  17. #17 sublunary
    May 16, 2008

    P.S. PZ, I like the new Molly icon. (At least I don’t think I’ve seen it before.) It’s kind of nice to put a face to her.

  18. #18 me
    May 16, 2008

    And if there’s ever a best of the best yearly Molly award, I’ll bet a C-note that Kseniya wins the first in a landslide.

    I think it would be a toss-up between Joe Blow and ftk.

  19. #19 Etha Williams
    May 16, 2008

    Wow. Thanks, guys…I really can’t think of what to say without running the risk of false modesty.

    In any case, my vote goes to Bride of Shrek.

    And today is indeed my birthday :). If I’m not around tonight to fight the good fight against Kenny et al, it’s because I’m out celebrating.

  20. #20 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    May 16, 2008

    Congrats! Happy B-Day

  21. #21 Vic
    May 16, 2008

    Congrats BrokenSoldier and GlenD

    I’d second etha’s nomination of Bride of Shrek as well. She’s always witty and well-informed.

  22. #22 MikeM
    May 16, 2008

    Etha, Etha, Etha…

    Vote early and vote often.

    She’s pretty much a rookie here too, right? Nice job, rook.

  23. #23 MikeM
    May 16, 2008

    Why don’t you make this a poll so we can crash it?

    Etha. (refresh page)

    Etha. (refresh page)

    Etha. (refresh page)

    Does that count?

  24. #24 me
    May 16, 2008

    Vote early and vote often.

    That would be un-Etha-cal.

  25. #25 Blake Stacey, OM
    May 16, 2008

    Congratulations to the lucky winners, and happy birthday, Etha! In my drinking sessions before and after Carl Zimmer’s talk tonight, I’ll be sure to toast your health in absentia. (My co-workers wanted to go to a bar beforehand. Rebecca Watson wants to go to a bar afterwards. . . .) I’ll chime in with everybody else that you merit a Molly, although I think Lee Brimmicombe-Wood and Bride of Shrek have been pretty deserving, too.

  26. #26 Ken Cope
    May 16, 2008

    Etha

    and Owlmirror, and Windy, and Thalarctos, among the other usual suspects.

  27. #27 Hank Fox
    May 16, 2008

    Congrats to Glen Davidson and BrokenSoldier!

    (PZ used my Molly Award bug! Hoo-haa!)

  28. #28 Blake Stacey
    May 16, 2008

    James F (number nine, number nine, number nine…):

    Anti-Molly… hmmm. The Stein?

    Ha.

  29. #29 Brownian, OM
    May 16, 2008

    I think it would be a toss-up between Joe Blow and ftk.

    A toss-up of what? Cookies?

    Happy Birthday, Etha!

    Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do! Which, come to think of it, doesn’t really restrict you all that much.

  30. #30 Scholar
    May 16, 2008

    I think this post deserves a tinier url.

  31. #31 Dennis N
    May 16, 2008

    Happy Birthday…Molly

  32. #32 dNorrisM
    May 16, 2008

    Prediction:

    Etha: Many,many votes

    William Wallace: 1 vote.

  33. #33 386sx
    May 16, 2008

    I’m voting for Mrs Tilton and so should everybody else. Thanks!

  34. #34 Bishop Pontoppodan
    May 16, 2008

    I nominate Charlie…

    He’s the smartest, cleverest son of a bitch that ever posted here!

    (and he LOVES music)

  35. #35 Rita Bennett
    May 16, 2008

    Bride of Shrek. Jazz hand tentacles held high.

    I like the Molly Ivins’ picture; is it from Hank Fox? If so, good bug.

  36. #36 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    I think it would be a toss-up between Joe Blow and ftk.

    Joe Blow + ftk = wtftk

  37. #37 Bishop Pontoppodan
    May 16, 2008

    “There’s no place in this world where I’ll belong when I’m gone
    And I won’t know the right from the wrong when I’m gone
    And you won’t find me singin’ on this song when I’m gone
    So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

    And I won’t feel the flowing of the time when I’m gone
    All the pleasures of love will not be mine when I’m gone
    My pen won’t pour out a lyric line when I’m gone
    So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

    And I won’t breathe the bracing air when I’m gone
    And I can’t even worry ’bout my cares when I’m gone
    Won’t be asked to do my share when I’m gone
    So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

    And I won’t be running from the rain when I’m gone
    And I can’t even suffer from the pain when I’m gone
    Can’t say who’s to praise and who’s to blame when I’m gone
    So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

    Won’t see the golden of the sun when I’m gone
    And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I’m gone
    Can’t be singing louder than the guns when I’m gone
    So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

    All my days won’t be dances of delight when I’m gone
    And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I’m gone
    Can’t add my name into the fight while I’m gone
    So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

    And I won’t be laughing at the lies when I’m gone
    And I can’t question how or when or why when I’m gone
    Can’t live proud enough to die when I’m gone
    So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here”

    Phil Ochs””

  38. #38 speedwell
    May 16, 2008

    I always enjoy Bride of Shrek. I always enjoy Etha, too, but not for as long. :)

  39. #39 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    May 16, 2008

    Etha Williams comes out of nowhere and stuns me with erudite comments. Pharyngula is richer for them, so I nominate Etha.

  40. #40 me
    May 16, 2008

    Joe Blow + ftk = wtftk

    Kseniya = Warrior Princess???

  41. #41 me
    May 16, 2008

    William Wallace: 1 vote.

    I’ll second that! I thought Wallace was great as Mel Gibson in Braveheart!

  42. #42 SteveM
    May 16, 2008

    another vote for Etha

  43. #43 me
    May 16, 2008

    Oh, and I forgot Gerald Spiezio. That should generate some peeyar!

  44. #44 Hairy Doctor Professor
    May 16, 2008

    Etha gets my vote, too. If she is representative of the current crop of youngsters, we are in good hands overall, and if she is a statistical outlier she definitely brings up the curve. I’ve been looking forward to voting for her.

  45. #45 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    Hank, please explain this? I feeling unusually dense…

    (PZ used my Molly Award bug! Hoo-haa!)

    Does that mean the “Molly Awards” photo/logo thingie up top is your design?

    (I think of a “bug” as a little system-tray app like a weatherbug… but that can’t be right, unless a client-side script on a Pharyngula page is covertly installing a “Molly Vote Collection Agent” on all our machines now… LoL)

  46. #46 mattmc
    May 16, 2008

    I will join the mob by placing my vote with Etha.

  47. #47 Dennis N
    May 16, 2008

    As we say in the software industry: it’s not a bug, it’s an undocumented feature.

  48. #48 Longtime Lurker
    May 16, 2008

    Gotta be Etha, who barnstormed into town and took the place over.

    Kenny should get some kind of “Coulter” award, for poisoning the well of discourse.

  49. #49 cicely
    May 16, 2008

    Congrats to the winners, and my vote added to the pile for Etha.

  50. #50 JeffreyD
    May 16, 2008

    New here and enjoy so many posters, but if I have to choose for the period I have been here, then Etha for the Molly. And a “Stein” for Kenny and redf.

    Ciao

  51. #51 EntoAggie
    May 16, 2008

    Well, if she hasn’t won already (there would have to be some serious influx of competition to dethrone her), I vote for Etha. She can speed type witty and elegant responses all day long, and apparently still keep up with her day job. ;)

    Oh, and happy birthday, Etha!

    And congrats to Glen and brokenSoldier!

  52. #52 Bride of Shrek
    May 16, 2008

    Etha has my vote, our little pocket-sized evolutionary gangsta (evogangsta?). Happy Birthday Etha- watch out for the crushing hangover on Saturday and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do (heh).

  53. #53 Richbank
    May 16, 2008

    Etha. I may not have been here long, but she seems to post well thought out and interesting comments. Plus, she introduced me to Mr. Diety :). Happy Birthday Etha!

  54. #54 JoŃo
    May 16, 2008

    When I saw the Molly photo I immediately thought of Etha: she’s fast, witty, always to the point and quite a surprise.
    I always read with much attention comments from people like MAJeff, Bride of Shrek, Brownian, Kseniya and many others. Even though my vote goes for Etha I hope you all keep on commenting. Your opinion is very much appreciated.
    BTW, Happy Birthday!

  55. #55 JoŃo
    May 16, 2008

    I forgot to congratulate Glen and brokensoldier for their awards. Silly me. Congratulations to both of you!

  56. #56 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    Meh. Drinking to excess is overrated. Hangovers suck. So does waking up with bruises you can’t recall getting. So does waking up to all kinds of strange looks from your friends that you don’t understand.

    Not that I would have any first-hand knowledge about such things.

    (And that’s getting off easy.)

    Ah well. Like most, I survived a few nights of utter, rank stoopidity. If you’re gonna get stoopid, at least try to stay smart. No driving; no unprotected sex; no unprotected sex while driving; no unprotected sex at 5 a.m. while puking out the car window at 80 mph on a highway in a state you’ve never been to before; no getting your ex-lover’s name tattooed on your…

    Errm… Not that I would have any first-hand knowledge about such things.
    :-)

  57. #57 kmarissa
    May 16, 2008

    Kseniya, it all depends on how you define “to excess.”
    ;)

  58. #58 John Phillips, FCD
    May 16, 2008

    Etha Williams, as I thought her worthy of a molly within days of her appearance. Managing to blaze a bright clear trail across the blog from the off.

    Happy Birthday Etha.

  59. #59 Brownian, OM
    May 16, 2008

    And that’s getting off easy.

    Exactly why I like to tip a few back!

  60. #60 faux Kenny
    May 16, 2008

    Kenny.
    Not Etha! she hates christains she likes pie and the ACLU.
    that is my OPIOION. typical

  61. #61 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    Your OPONION?

    Revealing.

  62. #62 Ichthyic
    May 16, 2008

    Hangovers suck

    ahh, but the really horrendous ones are at least, memorable.
    ;)

  63. #63 Ichthyic
    May 16, 2008

    umm, so where ARE Glen and Broken Soldier?

    *looks at watch*

    oh, and it would be ridiculous not to nominate yet another newcomer that has added much to the blog:

    Etha

  64. #64 MAJeff, OM
    May 16, 2008

    Congratulatons Glen and brokenSoldier. Time to disappear!

  65. #65 Maugrim
    May 16, 2008

    Etha has really stood out for me, as for everyone else. In the humongous comment threads we get these days, I skim to hers a lot.

  66. #66 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    ahh, but the really horrendous ones are at least, memorable.

    wLoL, yes.

  67. #67 Hank Fox
    May 16, 2008

    Kseniya # 45: “Does that mean the “Molly Awards” photo/logo thingie up top is your design? / (I think of a “bug” as a little system-tray app like a weatherbug…”

    Yep, I designed it some time back, sent it to PZ. As to “bug,” maybe I should have said “badge”? I’m not current on all the whatchamacallums.

  68. #68 brokenSoldier
    May 16, 2008

    Congratulatons Glen and brokenSoldier. Time to disappear!

    Posted by: MAJeff, OM | May 16, 2008 5:29 PM

    I certainly won’t be doing any disappearing anytime soon — this place is way too much fun… I might be absent from commenting for a few days at a time every couple of weeks or so for reasons related to the first half of my pseudonym, but I’m usually keeping up.

    As for this month, definitely Etha…and happy birthday!

  69. #69 David Marjanovi?, OM
    May 16, 2008

    Etha (obvious) and windy (long overdue).

    I’ll second that! I thought Wallace was great as Mel Gibson in Braveheart!

    Keep it up, and get rid of your unknown number of homonyms, and you’ll get the next nomination.

    Meh. Drinking to excess is overrated.

    Drinking is overrated. Alcohol stinks. (And where I come from you can buy beer and wine from age 16 onwards, and hard stuff from 18 onwards.)

  70. #70 David Marjanovi?, OM
    May 16, 2008

    And where I come from you can buy beer and wine from age 16 onwards

    (Which, of course, doesn’t mean that the 14-year-olds never drink to the death.)

  71. #71 CrypticLife
    May 16, 2008

    I think you should use http://redmolly.com/ for the Molly iconography. They’re faces that would be much nicer on a badge (not that I’m sure the Molly in use is a wonderful woman, or anything).

  72. #72 Etha Williams
    May 16, 2008

    My stupidity tonight will probably be limited to making a fool out of myself at the Chicago El station. Which I do pretty much all the time anyway, without any help from imbibed substances.

  73. #73 Mrs Tilton
    May 16, 2008

    Etha for the Molly; MAJeff for 2d Molly with oak-leaf clusters.

  74. #74 Sastra
    May 16, 2008

    Well, thank Goodness Glen finally got the Molly — I was getting damn near sick of voting for him. And brokensoldier — as one of our new “faces” — was likewise deserving. We want to encourage good people to stick around.

    So I will vote one old, one new again:

    1.) windy

    2.) Etha Williams

    Etha is “new,” but posts so often she probably also qualifies as a veteran. We love the obsessed.

  75. #75 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    Hank: “I’m not current on all the whatchamacallums”

    Me neither! Thx for clearing that up for me. :-)

    I think you should use http://redmolly.com/ for the Molly iconography

    (Sheesh. Freakin Duke Levine is everywhere.)

    Uh… what? Oh. Well, the Molly you see at the top of the pages is THE Molly – the late columnist Molly Ivins, for whom the award is explicitly named. It kinda makes sense to use her picture, y’know? ;-)

  76. #76 Ichthyic
    May 16, 2008

    yeah, I’m embarrassed to have forgotten Windy again.

    Windy first, then Etha.

  77. #77 sphex
    May 16, 2008

    I 12,730,080th the “Etha” vote!

  78. #78 JeffreyD
    May 16, 2008

    Kseniya, you have not been totally drunk until you wake up three days later, three states away from where you started, and wearing someone else’s clothes.

    Or so I have heard, I only take a little sherry to aid my digestion while reading the bible aloud in a cold bath.

    Happy Birthday Etha, and congrats to Glen and brokenSoldier, two whom I also enjoy reading.

    Ciao

  79. #79 spgreenlaw
    May 16, 2008

    I’m a newbie here myself, but I always enjoy Etha Williams’ illuminating comments. She gets my vote.

  80. #80 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    Jeffrey: Whew! I guess I’ve never been drunk, then!

    Seriously, that reminds me of a story my dad once told me, one of those stories he heard in AA, about a woman who came out of an 18-hour blackout to find herself in a car with four other people, hurtling down an unfamiliar stretch of highway in an area she could not identify.

    She didn’t know any of the other people in the car.

    She was driving.

    The car was not hers.

    Classic!

  81. #81 JeffreyD
    May 16, 2008

    Kseniya, re #80, that may have been my car. Pretty sure she was blind though, may not be the same woman. The rest of us were too drunk to drive.

    Ciao

  82. #82 Kseniya
    May 16, 2008

    Have fun tonight, Etha. Let us know if you learn anything about How Randomness Rules Our Lives. ;-)

  83. #83 windy
    May 16, 2008

    yeah, I’m embarrassed to have forgotten Windy again.

    That’s alright, sometimes I forget about myself too. At least the “commenting on Pharyngula” part. I don’t think I’ve commented enough this month to qualify, unless I am best appreciated in very small doses?? :P

    As for my vote: Etha, of course.

  84. #84 Sili
    May 16, 2008

    Congratulations to the Mollified!

    Lilke everyone else: Etha Williams. Too much goodness to mention, but if for no other reason, then because she’s made me realise that the religidiot mindset is Peter Pan like in it refusal to grow up and develop an enlightenment moral system. (I forget where she first brought that up, so no link.)

    Many other worthies, obviously. I only recently realised just how long windy‘s been around when one of the old posts was referenced, and I’d certainly like to nominate her for a retroactive Molly.

    Bride of Shrek is witty, intelligent and loveable (who knew lawyers could be either?) – and she has a platypus in her backyard. I guess, that’s reward enough in itself, though. I’d certainly rather have a platypus than a Molly (not bloody likely – in either case).

    And that’s just who I can recall off the top of my head. I know there’ve been plenty of others where I’ve thought they deserved the nomination in this past month. And I haven’t read even a tenth of the comments!

  85. #85 Eliza
    May 16, 2008

    As a long time lurker, it’s struck me that many (possibly most) of the comments that I’ve been impressed with over the last month or two have been from women. I’m not usually one to push the women in science thing, as generally it’s not an issue for me – there are many talented people out there, and to me, their sex is irrelevant. Also comming from a biological background, most of the places I’ve worked have had a large female representation. However, it seems that recently I’ve read/heared a lot about the under-representation of women in science, and rubish about how womens brains are fundementally different blah blah blah, so it is refreshing to see all the female commeters here more than holding there own, both in number and quality of content.

    So, to Kseniya, Etha Williams, Bride of Shrek, Mrs Tilton and all the others who I’m sure will come springing to mind as soon as I hit ‘send’ – You go girls!

  86. #86 DLC
    May 16, 2008

    Well, congrats to Glen D. and Broken Soldier.
    As for next one, I’d say Bride of Shrek, Mrs Tilton or The ever-popular Etha Williams.

  87. #87 deang
    May 16, 2008

    Etha!

    And this made me miss Molly Ivins again. I live in Austin not far from where she used to live and I would see her in nearby restaurants and coffee shops. Always friendly and engaging with everyone, even total strangers.

  88. #88 clinteas
    May 16, 2008

    Go get drunk girl and celebrate your 21st,we will manage briefly without you !
    But only briefly hey,and when youre done and the headache is over,come back here and write more of your witty knowledgeable and enlightening comments.
    So,ehm,where was I ?
    Oh,that : Etha Williams for the Molly !!!

    Btw,Etha has a very nice blog too !

    I like Bride of Shrek and Mrs Tiltons comments as well.

    Girls month hey ;)

  89. #89 Efogoto
    May 16, 2008

    Etha Williams. Insightful, inciting, and very readable commentary.

  90. #90 sarah
    May 16, 2008

    Etha for sure. I think I’m developing an internet crush on her.

  91. #91 Ichthyic
    May 16, 2008

    The rest of us were too drunk to drive.

    LOL the whole story sounds like something out of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”

    Raoul Duke: [commenting on the song "One Toke Over the Line" playing on the radio] “One toke? You poor fool! Wait till you see those goddamn bats.”

  92. #92 Nick Gotts
    May 16, 2008

    Congratulations Glen.
    Warmest congratulations, brokenSoldier.
    Etha for a Molly!

  93. #93 J Myers (no relation)
    May 17, 2008

    “Anti-Molly”… “Coulter”… “Stein”…

    I’ve been pushing D’Order of D’Souza for a while now… is this just not as amusing as I think it is?

  94. #94 themadlolscientist
    May 17, 2008

    Etha for Rookie of the Year! Happy Burfday, Kid!

    I also like (in no particular order) Ichthyic, Bride of Shrek, Kseniya, and Mrs. Tilton.

    Oh, and can I vote for Skatje too? OK, so she doesn’t hang out here, but it never hurts to suck up to the Blogmeister, does it?

  95. #95 Kseniya
    May 17, 2008

    Nope, it never hurts. I said some nice things about Skatje during Molly Week about 18 months ago, and 45 days later I had my very own “OM” title even though nobody had actually voted for me.

    Sychophanty: Not just for your actual professors anymore. «

  96. #96 alison
    May 17, 2008

    Has to be Etha Williams!

  97. #97 Ichthyic
    May 17, 2008

    I’ve been pushing D’Order of D’Souza for a while now… is this just not as amusing as I think it is?

    there already is an “anti-molly” for this site:

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/plonk.php

  98. #98 maxi
    May 17, 2008

    I’m going to join the rush to vote for Etha Williams this month.

    But I would also like to mention Bride of Shrek for consistently clever and amusing comments, and Raven for going out of her (?) way to provide links and support for everything she writes.

  99. #99 David Marjanovi?, OM
    May 17, 2008

    Happy Burfday, Kid!

    LOL! Is this as sick as I assume it is?

    even though nobody had actually voted for me.

    The Incredible Shrinking ????????…?

  100. #100 David Marjanovi?, OM
    May 17, 2008

    Besides, it’s been exactly 12 months, not 18.

  101. #101 Kseniya
    May 17, 2008

    LOL! Is this as sick as I assume it is?

    No, not at all. It’s just phonetic slang… :-)

    Twelve months? Oh! Right. I guess I should have checked. I dunno why I thought it was earlier in the year…

  102. #102 BobbyEarle
    May 17, 2008

    Glen and brokenSoldier:
    Well-deserved wins.

    Etha:
    Deserving to win.

  103. #103 AdamK
    May 17, 2008

    Add my votes for Etha and Bride of Shrek.

  104. #104 Daniel R
    May 17, 2008

    Yes, Etha Williams. And since it is her birthday, it prooves that God exists… no ! no ! don’t hit me ! :-)

  105. #105 thalarctos
    May 17, 2008

    I don’t think I’ve commented enough this month to qualify, unless I am best appreciated in very small doses?? :P

    even if it’s only homeopathically this one month, windy’s got a long track record here and elsewhere in the blogosphere of smart, funny, and pithy comments. as I’ve said elsewhere, I wish I could be as witty and knowledgeable in my first language as she is in her (I’m assuming here) third*.

    windy, definitely, for Molly.

  106. #106 Paul W.
    May 17, 2008

    Congrats to Glen & Broken Soldier for their well-deserved Mollies.

    I’d like to see Russell Blackford get one. He’s not one of the most prolific posters, but he’s always good.

  107. #107 eleventhwheel
    May 17, 2008

    Am I the only person in the universe who does not know who Etha Williams is? Can someone help me out here?

  108. #108 oaksterdam
    May 17, 2008

    Etha Williams played viola and banjo on the last Slayer tour. She holds a patent for glow-in-the-dark organ tattoos. Once filled in for the local desk on the third highest rated newscast in Fresno, ratings increased slightly. Bats .357 and possesses a mean outside jump shot. Credits include Gary Oldmans stunt double (not in the movies. Just for, ya’know, everyday) and The Voice of Reason(TM).

    Hope that helps.

  109. #109 Jason Failes
    May 17, 2008

    Another vote for Etha.

    Brownian @ 16 wrote:

    “I’m a big fan of Lee Brimmicombe-Wood and Jason Failes, whose comments are pithy, incisive, and generally make me laugh (like Odin’s minion, Dustin). Jason, give us more of what you do so well.”

    Thank you, Brownian, but that is unlikely as I do not actually have an internet connection of my own, but have to run around with my Mac and try to tap into wayward wi-fi signals just long enough to transmit my 2 pennies to the comments page.

    Again, thank you. It’s an honor just to be noticed.

  110. #110 Monado
    May 17, 2008

    Etha for the Molly!
    Bride of Shrek next month.

    Congratulations to brokenSoldier and Glen for their wins.

    Bishop Pontoppodan [37], what a coincidence ~~ we had a singer with a lovely voice drop in to my friend’s birthday party to play the guitar and sing Phil Ochs’ tonight!

  111. #111 eleventhwheel
    May 17, 2008

    Yes, thank you, Oaksterdam. The Yankees could use her.

  112. #112 Kseniya
    May 18, 2008

    I think she’s already signed with the Cubbies.

  113. #113 Owlmirror
    May 18, 2008

    Sastra, for (OM)². Because sometimes you just start reading this particularly well-reasoned argument, and then get to the end and see that once again it was “Posted by: Sastra”.

    And Etha, because insight, knowledge, intelligence, lucidity, and eloquence are qualities to be lauded and encouraged in everyone, but perhaps most especially in the young.

  114. #114 Bride of Shrek
    May 18, 2008

    Its just occurred to me. I have the same colour hair as Molly. Cool. Gingernuts unite.

  115. #115 David Marjanovi?, OM
    May 18, 2008

    During the next month, may I ask people to pay some attention to Russell Blackford?

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