In México, November 2 is Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead. One venerable tradition is to write little obituaries for living people you know with a little skeleton of themselves, or a sugar skull with their name to accompany it. Newspapers will write funny obituaries, usually in verse of politicians and other public figures. These fake obits are known as "Calaveras". For the last couple of years, I've written some calaveras of a few fellow science bloggers and then of a few more, and even some more. To continue the tradition I'm happy to present a new set of calavers of some fellow bloggers I've had the pleasure to interact with in the previous year. Enjoy!
We knew her as Bam two-ninety four
Her woodchipper she instilled fear as she walked through the door.
But the fame went to her noggin,
As soon as she started guest bloggin'
She fell in the chipper, after she tripped on a slipper
And now she'll be woodchipin' no more.
On an iceberg Neuro Polar Bear sat
Eating penguins and sea lions and getting all fat
Until the earth started warming
And the ice started melting
And to the ocean bottom he sank, just like that
Katie scientific was an itinerant blogger
She spread her great wisdom throughout the land,
As she covered big meetings with the back of her hand.
From pharmacology to neural prosthetics
Until she got trampled at a poster about optogenetics.