Over at A Blog Around the Clock, Bora Z. (aka Coturnix) has announced the arrival of The Science Blogging Anthology. I'm going to order a copy in a bit (you can order it online here). If you're not sure about it, or haven't spent any time roaming the Science Blog sites, then you can take a look here at links to the 50 finalists and the posts that were included in the book. A diverse and interesting group for sure.
I can't believe this guy did it (well, sure I can - from everything I can tell, Bora has the energy of 100 people!), because he just put out an announcement for this in a 22 December post and here we are, less than a month later - and it's a book. He found a local publishing company (Lulu.com) that needed little lead time - and got a bunch of folks to review the posts and narrow down the entries - they got it done. If only I could write a grant that efficiently! Just in time for tomorrow's NC Science Blogging Conference. Now how cool is that?
Whenever I read the science bloggers, I feel conflicted: my original intent (hence the name) of this blog was to write more about science, but it definitely evolved into more of an escape from science - an escape from writing manuscripts, writing grants, worrying about students, thinking about science, and generally feeling swamped. Since I'm not anonymous - I'm hesitant to write about too much of my day, since many of my day-to-day activities and stresses would be in appropriate to write about here. But I think there's room for more science, more stories about microorganisms, more tales about what they can do - that's something I'll aim for, slowly. The group of writers in this new anthology are definitely motivating to me in that respect.
But I'll still need to spend alot of time in the garden.