Image: courtesy of Bob O'Hara, author of Deep Thoughts and Silliness.
Since I have recently developed quite a history of visiting cold and snowy places, often during the winter (remember Morris, Minnesota in January? Or how about Helsinki, Finland in November, then again in February?), I wish to preserve that tradition. I am competing for the opportunity to go to Antarctica in February 2010 -- a dream adventure that I've always wanted to pursue (and almost did pursue when I was an undergraduate researching Fin Whales and Crabeater Seals at the University of Washington). To enter, all candidates must publish a picture of themselves and write an essay explaining why we think we are the best choice, and solicit votes from the public. Whomever receives the most votes wins the job. Of course, I think I am the best candidate to share this adventure with you, but I am not the only one who thinks this. Below the jump is a list of lots of other people in the blogosphere who are also supporting my bid to become the official blogger on this Antarctic expedition;
Richard Carter at Friends of Charles Darwin;
A loyal reader, John Grant, a pseudonym for Paul Barnett. As John Grant, he won two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and a number of other international literary awards, and as Paul Barnett, he has has won the Chesley Award.
Eva, my friend in Toronto and author of Expression Patterns, endorses me to be official Antarctica blogger.
My colleague, friend and anti-woo medical doctor, Orac, who writes the wonderful blog, Respectful Insolence, endorses me to be your official penguin whisperer.
A reader whom I met in real life, Glendon Mellow, endorses my dream to be your official penguin whisperer in this inspirational essay published on his blog, The Flying Trilobite.
My good friend, Bora Zivkivic, author of A Blog Around the Clock, endorses me for your official Antarctica blogger.
My fellow SciBling and friend, Ethan Siegel, a brand new shiney professor at Lewis & Clark College and author of Starts with a Bang!, endorses me as your official Antarctica blogger.
Rick MacPherson, author of Malaria, Bedbugs, Sealice & Sunsets, supports me for your official Antarctica blogger.
A friend whom I've not yet met, LadyMin, endorses my dream to go to Antarctica, on her blog, LadyMin's Garden.
The Reef Tank, a blog for whom I've done some writing, has endorsed me.
DarkSyde invited me to write an appeal to my fellow Kossians to vote to send me to Antarctica at DailyKos.
Snowball the dancing cockatoo voted for me, too (but lacking his own blog, he only sent me a tweet)
Henry Gee, author of the Nature Network blog, I, Editor.
Cromercrox (who also writes under the real life pseudonym, Henry Gee .. hey, doesn't that name sound familiar??).
A longtime loyal reader, Mike Haubrich, who also writes his own blog, Tangled up in Blue Guy.
PZ Myers, Pharyngula.
My friend, colleague and one of my online crushes; Terra Sigillata.
My friend, former colleague and another one of my online crushes, John Lynch, a simple prop.
My good friend, former colleague and yet another online crush!, John Wilkins, author of Evolving Thoughts.
Here's an amusing request for votes from my friend and colleague and the last of my online crushes (I think), PalMD, who writes the wonderful medical blog, White Coat Underground.
My friend and colleague, Greg Laden, author of Greg Laden's Blog, provides many endorsements daily that support my dream to be official penguin whisperer.
My friend and colleague, and champion karaoke performer, Razib, author of Gene Expression, endorses me to be your official Antarctica blogger.
My shy but loyal reader who also writes the blog, ACW, endorses me.
My Seattle birding pal and long-time friend, TravelGrrl, endorses me on her blog, Realist at Large.
My friend and colleague, Sandra Porter, author of Discovering Biology in a Digital Age, thinks I'd do a great job as the official penguin whisperer.
The amazing ScienceWomen support my dream to be your official penguin whisperer.
My very good e-friend and another loyal reader to whom I owe so much, The Ridger, author of The Greenbelt, supports my dream.
A mystery reader, Sporula, also supports me!
A reader whom I met by hosting a number of issues of the medical blog carnival, Grand Rounds, RL Bates, MD (author of Suture for a Living), also supports me.
An internet friend and reader, Miss Cellania, also supports my bid to become your official Antarctica blogger.
My most excellent e-birding pal, Empidonax, who writes A DC Birding Blog, supports my dream to be your official penguin whisperer!
My good friend, co-speaker (at the NC science blogging conference) and former Scibling, Kevin Zelnio and crew at Deep-Sea News. Okay, I admit it; he's another one of my online crushes.
Hey, I'm not shy. I just don't usually have anything to say.