This is reposted from the Southern Fried Science Network’s newest project – Journeys.
Science begins in the field. Every year a vast migration occurs as biologist, ecologists, chemists, geologists, social scientists, anthropologists, physicists, oceanographers, and others leave the safe comfort or their laboratories and venture out into the field. They travel by foot, bike, boat, car, and plane searching for simultaneously the most abundant and most elusive prey – data. Some will return to the same foraging ground year after year, some will explore new worlds, never to return. For the veterans, who have participated in this great migration for decades, this is just another chapter in a long a storied career. For the young, who have just begun their training, this is a new adventure, one fraught with frustration, peril, perseverance, and discovery. These are their Journeys.
The structure of the science blogosphere is changing. That much is apparent to anyone who follows any of the many talented writers who sail under the flag of ScienceBlogs. Several of the most popular writers have left, gone on strike, or are in the process of deciding their fate. I don’t need to rehash any of that, Bora has done that for us.
Last February we introduced Bomai Cruz as the second blog in the Southern Fried Science Network and the first to operate under the blog.southernfriedscience.com format. Our plans to expand the network lay dormant after that first launch, for many reasons, not the least of which was that I had just moved Southern Fried Science to a self-hosted platform and was still learning the ropes. So for the last several months I’ve been working behind the scenes, working off and on to lay the foundations for a larger Southern Fried Science Network.
It should come as no surprise that the recent incident at ScienceBlogs finally inspired me to finish the job. So today, we are proud to announce the launch of The Gam – the official mainpage for the Southern Fried Science Network. Over the next few weeks we’ll be adding more blogs to our fleet and expanding our little corner of the blogosphere (do blogospheres have corners?).
Go check out the Gam (you’ll have to go there to find out what a gam is) and check back over the next few weeks. You won’t be disappointed.
~Southern Fried Scientist