New Carnival Needs a Worse Name

Grrlscientist has decided to start a new blog carnival, for good science writing from the blogosphere. She wants to call it Scientia, which is indeed a good name, but an anonymous commenter from Vancouver pointed out that the name was similar to Scientiae, a carnival about women in science (and also worth supporting).
Now, if someone can suggest a name that appeals more to Grrlscientist, I’m sure she’ll use it. But until then, and as it’s Friday afternoon, I’d like to hear a few suggestions for names. Either that could be used for the carnival, or which most definitely shouldn’t.

Oh, and you will all support the carnival by submitting your posts, won’t you?

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20 Responses to New Carnival Needs a Worse Name

  1. Henry Gee says:

    As soon as people ask me for suggestions for names, my mind goes blank. Tabula Rasa. hang on …

  2. Bob O'Hara says:

    Wouldn’t Tabula Rasa be a great name for a carnival about difficult maths problems?

  3. Brian Clegg says:

    Yurk, I really don’t get all these real world things appropriated into blogs. What on earth is a ‘blog carnival’? Do the writers dress up in costumes with lots of feathers? Are there floats? Loud music? Collections for charity? Otherwise, in what sense is it a carnival, as opposed to a round-up of blogs?
    Grumble, mutter, puts on grumpy old man flat hat and leaves.

  4. Maxine Clarke says:

    Could you play with “a string of air bubbles” (famous criticism by Sedgwick of the Origin)?

  5. Kristi Vogel says:

    Do the writers dress up in costumes with lots of feathers? Are there floats? Loud music? Collections for charity?
    Well, I’ll participate only if they’re throwing beads and Moon Pies off the floats.
    I lived in New Orleans for 3 years; I gots my standards.

  6. Bob O'Hara says:

    The first carnival was called Carnival of the Vanities, and the name has stuck.
    Brian – if you wish to dress up in a costume with lots of feathers when you submit your post, please make sure you take photos. The moon pies are optional, I appreciate they could be difficult to find in deepest Wiltshire.

  7. Henry Gee says:

    At The Sign of the Unicycling Girrafe

  8. Cath Ennis says:


  9. Bob O'Hara says:

    You know, Cath, that’s an interesting idea for a name, but I’m not sure it’ll catch on.

  10. Kristi Vogel says:

    [cynical] Carnival of Science Blog Posts That Are Actually about Science [/cynical]
    You’d think a good long swim would have made me less beeyatchy today ….

  11. Cath Ennis says:

    Ah, but it would make for a very tedious amusing story.
    Hmmmmm. How about:
    “Lab coats and fab quotes”
    “From bench to blogside”
    (Yeah, I know, too much focus on lab research as opposed to field work / theoretical physics / bioinformatics etc).
    “The Large Blogpost Collider”?

  12. Bob O'Hara says:

    I like the last one, although it does suggest that it’ll have one issue, and then break down for 12 months.
    And be rather expensive.

  13. Cath Ennis says:

    p.s. the anonymous comment on Grrl’s blog wasn’t mine, the only comment I left was on your forum topic

  14. Kristi Vogel says:

    There are some quotes by Marie Curie that might yield titles:
    Beauty of Science
    Natural Phenomena
    Sights of Nature
    Damn, That Radium Dust Went Everywhere
    And, as an echo of Tangled Bank, from Rachel Carson … The Curved Beach.

  15. Frank Norman says:


  16. Frank Norman says:

    Electric writing

  17. Kristi Vogel says:


  18. Henry Gee says:

    The Bus Station

  19. Cath Ennis says:

    Multidisciplinary correlative buzzwords