A new blog prize: the Quarks!

By Phil Plait | May 27, 2009 2:30 pm

3QuarksDaily has announced that they have set up a prize for the best science blog posts of the year. I think that’s a fine idea; science blogs have been underrepresented in annual blog awards.

It would be impolitic (though not entirely out of character) for me to promote my own blog posts thusly, but if anyone happens to nominate one of my posts, I won’t stop them… and of course if you know of a worthy post on another blog I heartily and seriously encourage you to send it in. I already have.

If by some some freak of nature or mistake on the judge’s part I happen to place in the contest, I will donate the won money to a worthy cause: the JREF. That only seems right.

So start digging around my archives and those of other bloggers, and start submitting. But not, of course, from PZ’s. That would be silly.

Tip o’ the pen nib to Observations of a Nerd.

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Comments (15)

  1. Jon B

    I think a rival blogger is using your ad-server to sabotage your run for the Quark — when I hit this article, right above your picture was an advert for Live Psychics. Talk about out of place…

  2. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    That would be silly.

    Well, you know, every time this competition between you two comes up I believe your odds are astronomical, but somehow PZ always manages to squeeze the squid in.

    Or am I being silly?

  3. Can we submit this post? ūüėõ

  4. TexMark

    > Well, you know, every time this competition between you two comes up I believe your odds are astronomical, but somehow PZ always manages to squeeze his squid in.

    There is certainly something fishy about it…


    Ferengi Rules of Acquisition:

    #085 Never let the competition know what you’re thinking.

    #169 Competition and fair play are mutually exclusive.

  6. Davidlpf

    I’m really in the mood for some calamari tonight.

  7. Bad Astronomy FTW!

  8. @Tobjorn:

    Isn’t that the way it always happens. You move in on the prize and some other guy gets his squid in before ya!

  9. Robert T.

    Not to worry, Phil. You are way better-looking than PZ. Ha!

  10. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    IVAN#MAN, that is awesome! D’oh, of course there are listings.

    These seems to apply for BA as well:
    “# 35: War is good for business.”
    “# 76: Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.”
    “# 117: You can’t free a PZ from water.”

    [There seems to be a mistake in the original. It says: “You can’t free a fish from water.”]

    In this competition, it is important to remember:
    “# 112: Never have sex with the boss’s sister.”
    “# 113: Always have sex with the boss.”

    And finally:
    “# 65: Win or lose, there’s always Hyperian beetle snuff.”

    Now I know roughly where Hyperion is, but I suspect BA will have to figure out which coordinates Hyperian has. Just in case.

  11. Robert T.

    Bad Ass-tronomy rules!!

    … of course, and so does PZ.

  12. Siphoneuphoria

    Kind of related…
    My six-year-old just told me that our cat, who is all black, looks like the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. He is obsessed with black holes and I now know things to tell him thanks to Phil. Thanks Phil!

  13. Prize for best science blog post!! well well its a good sign for bloggers who love to comment on science related topics


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