It seems like a long time ago, now, but thank you to everyone voting in the June competition. The h2g2 Post has now returned from its summer break, or for those of you in the southern hemisphere its winter break, and we can start to catch up with all those fine entries which have been published in the meantime. To keep things simple, we'll hold the July competition now, but I'll make you wait until the next issue for the August competition. Two shortlists and two voting threads is probably too confusing when my head still thinks it's relaxing on the beach.
As is customary, we have a new winner to announce:
Entry of the Month, June 2009 is A51606777 - 'Strange Fruit' - The Billie Holiday Song.
This Entry, written by Jordan and sub-edited by Gnomon is a powerful account of the story behind this song. Despite being controversially censored by the h2g2 Editors, it remains one of the most disturbing and haunting entries in the Edited Guide. Congratulations to everyone involved!
These are a few which caught my eye this month, and which hopefully illustrate the variety of entries in this month's competition. It's not the full list, of course—there are a total of 24 Entries which you can vote for, and the last item in this list links to the Front Page Archive, where you will find all the others. As always, please look through the Entries and cast a vote for your favourite. Not only that, but please ask your h2g2 friends to take part, too.
Anglophilia in the US - Have you come over all colonial, all of a sudden?
Archimedes - A true scientist, great mathematician and bath-time nutcase.
Death at Duffy's Cut - The true cost of building the railroad.
How to Enjoy a Beach Holiday - There's so much more to it than sandcastles and ice creams.
Internationalised Domain Names - How the Internet can speak everybody's language.
The Boston Smallpox Epidemic of 1775 - 1776 - As if the American Revolutionary War wasn't deadly enough...
Velvet Worms - Taxonomists file 'em under their own phylum.
And Many More .... from the Front Page Archive for July 2009.
Can I Vote?
Of course you can! Entry of The Month is all about popular opinion. So whether you're an old-hand in Peer Review or you just signed up yesterday, you are more than welcome to post your vote to the forum below.
IMPORTANT: Please post only once to the voting forum. Votes can then be quickly counted without having to double-check. Please do not try to vote anywhere else. Voting for your own Entry is politely discouraged. This system is reliant on your goodwill and honesty.
But I don't like any of your suggestions!
That's fine. My list is just a few which caught my eye. If you've seen something you prefer, please vote for that Entry instead. It would help if you could include an A-Number by way of a link.
All an Entry needs to qualify is to have been put on the Front Page for the first time in the last month. Please check the date on the Entry you are nominating. It happens that old Entries are sometimes put back on the Front Page for a 'second spell' – you can identify these on the Front Page Archive as they have a little ® beside them. The Entry Of The Month must be first published in the month in question.
The competition will be closed at a judicious point towards the end of the calendar month in which the competition is published according to the following Post deadline, when voting activity has been quiet for a period of time. Either Icy North or the Post Team will announce closure by posting to the voting thread. The votes will be tallied and any ties will be resolved by the Post Team. The Post Team's decision on any matter relating to the competition will be final.