I didn’t want to have to do this.
I have always felt lucky to get along with a lot of really smart and interesting people. I make an effort to check in with countless skeptical blogs, forums, individuals, and organizations on a regular basis, and I hate to play favorites.
That’s why when I noticed that the annual Weblog awards included two of my favorite science blogs, I hesitated to endorse one over the other. On the one hand, there is Bad Astronomy. Phil Plait’s writing is educational, funny, and engaging, and I have read it for a very long time. On the other hand, there is Pharyngula. PZ Myers is similarly amusing and informational, plus he likes squid as all reasonable people do. The voting has been neck and neck for the past day, so I didn’t necessarily want to ask you all to vote for my choice, since both, I felt, were equally deserving.
Now, it’s personal. Wednesday, Phil announced the start of voting, getting in a minor jab at PZ. Sure, that was a low blow, but a mature party would merely ignore it. Not so with PZ. Yesterday, PZ posted this entry, insinuating that Phil’s amazing nude photo in the Skepdude 2007 Calendar should somehow negatively affect his performance in the polls. INAPPROPRIATE, Mr. Myers! It’s officially on.
PEOPLE. If you love me, if you love Phil, if you hate both of us but still love nudity and skepticism, then DAMMIT PEOPLE, VOTE for Bad Astronomy! We can’t let PZ’s kind of negative campaigning triumph.