My Application to Join ScienceBlogs

Scienceblogs seems to be creating space in their blogroll for new bloggers, so now seems a good time to apply to join the collective. Being bloggy and everything, it seems only right to send my application as a blog entry. So here’s my open letter to the cat herders at ScienceBlogs.

I see that there are some spaces opening up at ScienceBlogs, and I’d like join you. I have a great idea for a blog about science: a humorous look at all those great things that have had their day and are now declining or being discarded. This would include dusty museums, and the areas of science that are falling out of favour because they are old-fashioned and boring (areas like post-modernism and autism research). I’ll take a wry look at both the gentle subsidence and the sudden collapse of institutions, as members either drift away or leave in a sudden rush as they feel alienated. I also have some ideas about posts on how scientific communities react and fall apart as the Big Bucks move in and take over.
The blog will be called The Sound of Crickets, and I already have a banner for it:
My first post will be about a remarkable paper (still embargoed) that describes context-dependent dispersal strategies in maritime rodents. I haven’t finished writing the post yet – I was intending to use it as satire, but I just haven’t been able to find anything happening in the scientific or online world that would be appropriate. I’ll just go blythly on writing the post, in the hope that inspiration strikes.

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22 Responses to My Application to Join ScienceBlogs

  1. Mike Dunford says:

    Well done, Bob.

  2. Stephen Curry says:

    Nicely done… 😉

  3. Cath Ennis says:

    HEHEHEHE! “context-dependent dispersal strategies in maritime rodents” – I love it!

  4. Bob O'Hara says:

    I’m so embarrassed about the ease with which I write paper titles like that.

  5. Mike Fowler says:

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I think I reviewed a paper with a title like that…

  6. Brian Clegg says:

    Those would be Disney ‘documentary’ maritime rodents, I guess.
    I think it would have to be ‘The Sound of Baseballs’ for SciBlogs, though.

  7. Richard P. Grant says:

    And NN would be The sound of watercress

  8. Frank Norman says:

    Will you cover dusty libraries too?

  9. Richard P. Grant says:

    With a dust sheet. BadoomTISH.

  10. John Wilkins says:

    You are a naughty boy, Bob. A Very Naughty Boy.

  11. Austin Elliott says:

    If you move there do we get to call you an “asshat”…?

  12. Bob O'Hara says:

    Don’t you call me that already?

  13. Richard P. Grant says:

    Only behind your back.

  14. Henry Gee says:

    It’s being called a ‘d00d’ you need to worry about.

  15. Richard P. Grant says:

    or ‘mansplainer’.

  16. Jennifer Rohn says:

    I can’t believe Richard didn’t point out that you misspelled ‘blithely’.

  17. Bob O'Hara says:

    He might have got the joke.
    Hm, yes – I see your point.

  18. Richard P. Grant says:


  19. Kausik Datta says:

    I wasn’t around for a few weeks and already my small world is coming crashing down around me… BAWL!!
    BTW, what does the ‘rni’ (Arney?) stand for, Bob?

  20. Richard Wintle says:

    Strikes me if I play my cards right, after everyone leaves I’ll be able to pick up both ScienceBlogs AND Nature Network for a song. AND THEN I WILL TAKE OVER THE SCIENCE BLOGOVERSE!
    Oh, wait, I said I wasn’t going to comment on NN anymore. I am an asshat. d00d.

  21. Richard P. Grant says:

    Not to mention a mansplainer. Have some more watercress sandwiches.

  22. Alejandro Correa says:

    Something like…. awesome sauce with ash ketchum? or…….
    ¡Gotta Catch’em All!

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