Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Scientia Pro Publica 19 Now Available

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) blog carnival was just published! The "Scientia Pro Publica 19: The Blogodiversity Edition" of Scientia Pro Publica is hosted by Bob O'Hara at Deep Thoughts and Silliness. This blog carnival celebrates the best science, nature and medical writing published in the blogosphere within the past 60 days.

To send your science, nature or medical writing to Scientia Pro Publica, either use this automated submission form or use the cute little widget on the right or you can email it directly to the carnival email address; ScientiaBlogCarnival@gmail.com. [Apparently, the blog carnival automatic submission form has been restored to functionality] Be sure to include the URL or "permalink", the essay title and, to make life easier for the host, please include a 2-3 sentence summary. Remember, this blog carnival focuses on communicating to the public, so your essays must be understandable to non-specialists. Further, this blog carnival is not a vehicle for transmitting pseudoscience or advertising -- there are plenty of venues available for that.

The next issue will be hosted on 1 February by John at Kind of Curious. If you are interested in hosting this carnival on your blog, please contact me as soon as possible or send email to the Scientia email account (link provided earlier in this blog entry). I need hosts for all editions that will publish in 2010. Scientia Pro Publica is published on the first and third Monday of each month, so feel free to choose a particular date, or I'll assign you the first available date.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Blog Carnival Site Malfunction

It appears that the Blog Carnival Index and Submission site is broken. I've been working at replacing all the listings that mysteriously disappeared, and supposedly all my updates were accepted, but after an hour and a half of trying to get the site to cooperate with me, I find that all my changes have disappeared once again. This is incredibly frustrating, since I could have (and should have) used that chunk of time to do other, more useful, things, like writing a story, feeding my birds or, hell, scratching and spitting!

What does all this mean for us? (Screaming loudly comes to mind). It means that the only reliable way for anyone to send submissions to the Scientia Pro Publica blog carnival is to email links directly to the Scientia email account at Scientia Blog Carnival at gmail. (spaces added and email address deliberately left incomplete to prevent spamation).

The upcoming edition of Scientia will be published on Monday, 18 January 2010 at Deep Thoughts and Silliness. As always, Scientia is seeking hosts for upcoming editions. It is published on the first and third Mondays of each month, and all hosting dates are as yet unclaimed. To request a specific date, send email to the Scientia email account, or to GrrlScientist at gmail.