Aug 22 2011

Almost caught up with Molly

Greetings! This is MG Myers.

Pharyngula is known for its vibrant community of commenters, and June was no exception. The June Mollies have been tabulated and the winner is <drum roll>

Classical Cipher

Classical Cipher is hereby inducted in the distinguished Order of the Molly. Virtual champagne all around! And this month we have mouthwatering virtual chocolate truffles as well!

As you are celebrating with the new inductee, be sure to leave the names of your July Molly nominations and the reasons for their selection in the comments. I seem to recall that July had an unusual amount of spirited folks making comments!


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  1. 1

    Congratulations to Classical Cipher.
    A long deserved award.

  2. 2
    Minnie The Finn, Fluffy Pink Bearer of Loose Morals

    Congrats Classical Cipher, and enjoy your well earned ominication.

    Brother Ogvorbis for Mollie de Julay.

  3. 3
    anarchic teapot

    Totally OT (I haven’t the faintest idea what a Molly is, apart from a small tropical fish), but since I can’t find an email to contact privately, well…

    There’s a problem with the ads on this site. While I have no problem per se with, and I quote, “Hot Girls Who Want To Fuck” throwing themselves at me, it’s possibly not the sort of advert you were looking to run on this site. You might want to filter the square ad just after each post.

  4. 4
    Dhorvath, OM

    Yay Classical Cypher. (it’s intentional) Looks like giving up your wings really let you fly.

    For July, a repeat of my June noms, these three are always drawing my attention from the recent comments bar.
    The acolyte of Typos: Ogvorbis
    Spoon feeding ID proponents fact: Nightjar
    Constant attention and solid points from: Rey Fox

  5. 5
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    While I have no problem per se with, and I quote, “Hot Girls Who Want To Fuck” throwing themselves at me, it’s possibly not the sort of advert you were looking to run on this site.

    Hey! Why don’t I get ads like that?

  6. 6
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    Yay, Classical Cipher! *brownies!* *cake!* *confetti!*

    I will OM NOM someone (probably several someones) when I get a chance to wade through the shit storm that was July.

  7. 7
    Dr. Strabismus (WGP) of Utrecht

    No “Hot Girls…” here (sigh). Nothing but an insurance ad and something for a particularly egregious piece of woo called “Quantum Jumping”.

    / …visualization process where you use your mind to ‘jump’ into parallel dimensions, and gain creativity, knowledge, wisdom, skills and inspiration from alternate versions of yourself. This happens through a phenomenon known as “thought transference.” You see, although the solidity of our world seems indisputable, Quantum Theory suggests that our physical reality is nothing but a very elaborate mirage. A super-hologram of information and energy. A Matrix.
    // Hope that clears it up. I think PZ mentioned this particular scam a while back. Nice to see an old friend in the ads.

  8. 8
    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Classical Cipher: woot!

    I have been omnoming amphiox for dropping science on meatheads many molly-months running. I will likely continue to do so, so long as amphiox keeps taking names.

    However, to be honest, I refuse to wade back into the vat of piss that was July. My waders sprung a leak, I got “butthurt”, needed the fainting couch and clutched my pearls so tightly that my little talons started to hurt. Many of you fought bravely, but I can’t really bear to have my senses defiled any further.

    If that eliminates my nomination, so be it.

    Sorry, amphiox…you’re still awesome.

  9. 9

    Mabrouk CC, mabrouk!

    (I had always just assumed that you had already been OM-ified – seemed kind of natural. But at least that has now been set right.)

  10. 10
    'Tis Himself

    Congratulations, Classical Cypher.

    It’s now time for Ogvorbis to be recognized for his proud wearing of a Smokey Bear® hat. And for his commenting as well, as if we needed another reason.

  11. 11
    David Marjanović, OM


    The acolyte of T[py]os: Ogvorbis
    Spoon feeding ID proponents fact: Nightjar
    Constant attention and solid points from: Rey Fox

    That’s a good bandwagon to jump on.

    I have been omnoming amphiox for dropping science on meatheads many molly-months running. I will likely continue to do so, so long as amphiox keeps taking names.

    That, too!

  12. 12
    Rey Fox

    I’m not sure if I should be proud of “constant attention”…

    I’ll repeat my votes from last month as I often do when they don’t win: amphiox and Forbidden Snowflake.

  13. 13

    Congratulations, CC!

  14. 14

    I’m for Nightjar and Ogvorbis

  15. 15
    Rick Pikul

    V gbb jvfu gb pbatenghyngr Pynffvpny Pvcure.

    (What? You think it should be in plaintext?)

  16. 16
    Markita Lynda, thread-killer

    Thanks, MG! Congratulations, Classical Cipher!

    Mollies are virtual awards for snark and eloquence and factual argument and are named after the late columnist Molly Ivins, whose book Shrub gently dissects George W. Bush, faux oilman, country-club cowboy, and all-round fratboy. There’s a tab near the top of the page on the right that explains more about Molly winners.

    Brother Ogvorbis for general awesomeness.

  17. 17

    Ogvorbis doesn’t have a molly? This is ridiculous and must be corrected!

  18. 18
    Classical Cipher, Murmur Muris, OM

    *squeeblushsparkleconfetti* Thanks so much, everybody! I am honored and happy. Yay!

    V gbb jvfu gb pbatenghyngr Pynffvpny Pvcure.

    Why, you clever scoundrel :) Thanks!

    For now, I’ll re-nom Brother Og and Rorschach, who both shone through the hurricane of horribleness that was July. Too many commenters to nominate proved themselves quite worthy that month.

  19. 19
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Congratulations Classical Cypher. Well deserved.

    I nominate Nightjar for hir repeated attempts at introducing IDiots to reality.

  20. 20

    Comgrats, Classical Cipher, Pharyngulista!

    (((Ogvorbis))) is a good firetruck to jump on.

    Rorschach. I still don’t understand why he doesn’t have one already. Did he have another name.

    Removed by request. I don’t care. You deserve it. If you didn’t like the first, we’ll damn well give you a second one.

  21. 21

    Ack! Damn you, <strong>.

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    Patricia, OM

    Congratulations Classical Cipher!! Have some glitter to throw while you twirl. Huzzah!

    Nomination – Ing, for Working Blue, Complex Eyes in the Cambrian, and They Have Secret Meetings. Good solid comments, and then knee slapping funny ones.

  24. 24
    strange gods before me

    Did he have another name.

    He didn’t have one under that other name.

    Removed by request.

    That wasn’t him.

  25. 25
    strange gods before me


    Ing already has a Molly since this January.

  26. 26
    Classical Cipher, Murmur Muris, OM

    Oh! And another nom for Nightjar, who also did some great work in July.

  27. 27
    First Approximation (formerly Feynmaniac)

    Way to go, Classical Cipher!

    My vote: Nightjar is overdue.

  28. 28
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Congratulations to Classical Cypher. It may take longer than usual to hold your initiation orgy, as the Pulletette Patrol™ is getting in the way of rebuilding the Saloon after the move.

    *At least with the stupidium from the liberturd threads, the trebuchet is now repaired and “raining” excrement down on ABQ, Pilty, and other chosen loudmouths. And the Rev. BDC got his load of hops, if his dogs didn’t eat them.*

    Amphiox has done a heroic job on the science end of refuting trolls. Nightjar (formerly Dania), has been a steady poster for years, and IIRC, did yeoman work on the menz threads recently.

    *Dang, where do all these feathers come from? Grabs and broom and starts sweeping.*

  29. 29

    Congrats Classical Cipher! A Molly to me is better than getting a Nobel Prize since Obama got one for, er, peace?
    What? Porn ads on this site? How much did you pay to get those on here PZ???

  30. 30

    Yaaaaaaay! Congrats.

    I’ve honestly been on so little in the meantime I don’t really know who to nominate next.

  31. 31
    Rey Fox

    Also, congratulations to Classical Cipher. To celebrate, here’s some music.

  32. 32
    Hekuni Cat, MQG

    Congratulations, Classical Cipher.

    For July, I vote for Brother Ogvorbis and Nightjar.

  33. 33
    Patricia, OM

    What? Since January?

    This is your brain in middle-age… wonders off…

  34. 34

    Congrats CC!
    I’ll support the Rorschach vote.

  35. 35

    Well done, Classical Cipher!

  36. 36

    Congratulations Classic Cipher! You’ll get your special tankard and spot on the spanking couch at the initiation orgy!


    Rey Fox–How could this guy be overlooked so long?



  37. 37

    Congratulations Classical Cipher even if sometimes you might sound off more like the Voynich manuscript.

  38. 38
    IndyM, pikčiurna

    July: Brother Ogvorbis FTW.

    Congrats, Classical Cipher!

  39. 39
    Alethea Kuiper-Belt

    Rick Pikul – well done on using an actual instance of a Caesar cipher. Very suitable. (Yes, rot13, is a Caesar cipher!)

    Gratulatio, CC! Nulli secunda!

  40. 40
    John Morales

    Grats to Classical Cipher, OM.

    I’ll nom crowepps, who’s made some pretty solid comments over time.

    Here’s an example addressing Walton in TET which caught my eye:

  41. 41


    I am enjoying a not-so-virtual glass of Pinot Gris in celebration.

    Rorschach should have a Molly by now, no?

  42. 42

    Congrats Classical Cipher!

  43. 43
    Hypatia's Daughter

    #3 anarchic teapot
    About those ads…..sometimes they pick up keywords on the site (i.e. posts about Sarah Palin will bring on ads about her); and sometimes they are picking up YOUR personal computer activity. I just got ads for two websites (selling science products) that I visited yesterday.
    So maybe you might check on where your computer has been hanging out for the last few days (and delete some cookies)!

  44. 44

    Well-done and well-deserved, Classical Cipher!

    I was away for all of July so I will not nominate this time around, having missed all the excitement. But there sure has been some good work going on this past week or so in various threads, so August noms should be rich.

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    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Congratulations Classical Cipher! Well-deserved, and not just for June.

    I missed much of July. I’ll try to review, but that’s a whole lotta readin’.

  46. 46

    Congrats, Classical Cipher; well deserved!

    My OMnoms for this month:
    Nightjar for recent Awesomeness
    Brother Ogvorbis for Awesomeness over the long haul.

  47. 47

    congrats CC!

    I remember who I wanted to nominate; I just can’t remember her handle (plus, I haven’t seen her since the move, so…)


  48. 48

    Congratulations, Classical Cipher!

    Nominating: Amphiox and Nightjar.

  49. 49

    Nightjar (formerly Dania)

    Oh …

  50. 50

    Congrats Classical Cipher! A Molly to me is better than getting a Nobel Prize since ObamaKissinger got one for, er, peace?


  51. 51
    Removed by request.

    That wasn’t him.

    I know. But Removed by request still deserves theirs, so if they don’t like the old one, they can bloody well get a new one along with Rorschach.

  52. 52

    Fuck you, <strong>! Fuck you right in the backslash!

  53. 53
    Classical Cipher, Murmur Muris, OM

    Thanks again to everyone for the kind words, glitter, etc. :)

  54. 54

    Woo-hoo for Classical Cipher!!!

    For July, I nominate (or second) Ogvorbis for general awesome Fire, SteamNerd, NPS, and Strumpet Solo posts.

    And Rey Fox for solid, consistent defense of reality, and especially for calling trolls on fat-shaming crap along the way.

  55. 55
    Nick Gotts

    Congrats to CC! for July: I’ll join the crowd voting for Brother Ogvorbis.

  56. 56

    I know I’m late but… Congratulations, Classical Cipher! Well-deserved for sure!

    For July I’ll just repeat my votes from last month: amphiox and Forbidden Snowflake.

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    anarchic teapot

    #43 Hypatia’s daughter

    Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t frequent that sort of naughty site. It may possibly be karmic revenge for excessive profanity, though.

    (No, I don’t usually come back to a thread months later. I saw someone clicking through from here to my site today and couldn’t remember what all the fuss was about)

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