BPSDBIt has been almost a month since Honestpoet did me the singular honour of making me the recipient of the Woody Guthrie Award (presented to A Thinking Blogger). I am very late in acknowledging this honour and making the presentation to another blog for several reasons, one of them being the timing of my absence discussed under Houskeeping).
Another reason would be that I am a social coward. When asked to pick between two people I have been known to feign death rather than admit to a preference. Receiving the award was humbling, but it also threw me into a panic. The third, related reason is that
I am in Awe of you
All of you who blog for climate and social justice. Your passion, commitment, knowledge, insight, creativity and basic insanity humbles me every day.
How to pick one of the many? I like so many of your efforts (including the many that I have yet to acknowledge with a link or inclusion in my hopelessly out of date blogroll), each for it’s own reason(s).
This one for the freshness of the ideas, another for it’s thorough research, one for covering the latest stories, another for deeper analysis, this one for it’s sober academic approach, the next for it’s quirkiness, another for it’s heartfelt rage, yet another precisely because it’s from an diametrically opposed political view from my own. And so on.
And that is just the climate blogs, never mind the others that I try to read when I can. How to compare them? Apples and oranges? we’re talking Goldfinches vs screwdrivers! Yes I am a ditherer, but I also take this quite seriously. I not only truly in awe of so many of you, I am also a major Woody Guthrie fan, so this is no trivial matter.
Calumet: The Copper Miners’ Strike & Massacre of 1913
Having determined that I was not in any position to change my name and flee the country I started winnowing down the list. After much thought and careful consideration I was still left with far too many. I then feigned death for a few hours, but even that didn’t help. Finally I put the names into a spreadsheet and used the good old ‘=rand()‘ function.
Cheating? Maybe, but I honestly believe that so many of you deserve recognition for your awesome efforts. I hope Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal will not think less of the honour for my having gone this route, but rather shares my belief that it has been difficult because he is in the company of giants.
Why Dan’s? It’s definitely a “science blog” with occasional forays into politics and ‘other’, Dan’s Journal is solid science told with clear, conversational writing and lots of good graphics. In fact what has impressed me is his ability to find some stunning graphics that really drive home the point he is making, like this image of the Sept 2009 temperature anomalies
or the 30 trend in Northern Hemisphere sea ice anomalies. Truly pictures that are worth a thousand words.
That, and he authored “What Do Climate Scientists Think About Senator Laughing Stock?“1, and also really pissed off Denver Weather Examiner and climate Denier Tony Hake; what’s not to love?
So there you go Dan, you’re the (hopefully) proud recipient of the Woody Guthrie Award for A Thinking Blogger. Now it’s your turn to name another worthy recipient, and try to be prompt about it please 😉 .
And sincere gratitude to Honestpoet for the honour, and to all of you who made this decision so hard by making the blogosphere so rich. You truly are the common working stiffs building the the internet information railway
… keep on doing please.
1Note to Dan, your Maher link is dead, here’s one that works.
“Since 1982, spring in East Asia (defined here as the eastern third of China and the Korean Peninsula) has been warming at a rate of one degree Fahrenheit per decade.” Earth Gauge
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