Celebrating Blogroll Amnesty Day is easy. You don't have to put up a tree or a poll or buy candy or flowers, wrap presents or risk your life playing with dangerous fireworks. All you have to do is link to some smaller blogs that you like or celebrate the idea of linking or blogrolling in any way you see fit.
Fireworks would be cool, but whatever. In their place, here are five blogs that are worth checking out.
If you read the comments around here, you've seen Betül before. You should also be reading her blog, Counter Minds. My only complaint about the blog is that she really hasn't talked about her research, but I guess I can understand that the last thing you'd want to do after working on your dissertation is blog on the topic. Instead, she gives us a hard look at censorship in her home country of Turkey, a good dose of rationality, and plenty of whimsy.
Another blog buddy of mine who I finally got to meet a couple of weeks ago is Lou, FCD, who blogs at Crowded Head, Cozy Bed. He has another blog that doesn't need any amnesty from me, but I'm enjoying this one too. Politics, snark, writing, sex, science...what's not to like?
Unfortunately, I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Juniper Shoemaker of My Fair Scientist. If I get the opportunity, you better believe I'm going to take it, though. Even if Juniper is half as cool and thoughtful and brave as her writing (and I suspect it's way more than half), she's a hell of a person.
Sadly, I'm unlikely to meet Felicia Gilljam of Life Before Death anytime soon, since she lives in Sweden. For now, I'll just have keeping enjoying her posts on science and atheism--and bees, lots of bees. It's a hardship, I know.
The last blog on today's list is the newest, but I've known its writer the longest. I first met Ben Rouner when he was an angsty teenage musician. He's ditched his teens long ago and the angst more recently, but he's still making music and writing about it at Satellite Noise.
I hope y'all check out these blogs and enjoy them as much as I do. Happy Blogroll Amnesty Day!