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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Koufax awards

The staff here at Preposterous is holding our breath -- in another month and a half, we will have successfully passed through an entire year of existence without being nominated for any blog awards of any type. ("It's" breath? Should "staff" plural or singular? See, this is why we never get nominated for anything.) That's okay. Our position in Maslow's hierarchy of needs is sufficiently lofty that we don't depend on such tokens of external recognition.

But the awards can be a great idea, since let's face it, there are a lot of blogs out there and we can't read them all. It's nice to be pointed to the ones that are most amusing or useful. But one problem is the weird (although diminishing) domination of the blogosphere by conservatives, who tend to walk away with awards handed out by popular vote. So the Koufax awards are aimed at the lefty faction of the blogosphere. (Sandy Koufax was a lefty, get it?) They are administered by the selfless folks over at Wampum, and are well worth checking out and participating in. (See, we end sentences with prepositions, too. Amazing we are still allowed to publish at all.)

The voting procedure is a little chaotic, and the lists of nominees in various categories are scattered around different posts. As far as I can tell, voting is now open in the categories of Most Humorous Post, Most Deserving Wider Recognition, Best Writing, Best New Blog, Best Expert, and Best Single Issue Blog. Whether you vote or not, have fun clicking on the nominees; there's some great stuff there.

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Sean Carroll

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