Hi old ERV readers!

Well, I wasnt planning on moving into SciBlogs until after this semester of classes was over (sometime next week), but it appears that the old ERV at Blogger has been deleted.

So while Im jumping through hoops in an attempt to get my old posts back, I figured I might as well move into ERV at SciBlogs!

Yes, yes, I was an idiot and didnt save all of my posts at Blogger. I didnt expect to wake up one day and Google to be gone. And since Blogger is run by Google, and I have a Gmail account, also run by Google, I figured ‘Hey, if anything is ever wrong with ERV at Blogger, surely they will email me about it!’ hehehehe.

Ah well, living with a pit bull for the past year and a half has taught me not to become attached to possessions:

Even if I cant get all my old posts back, if they were good thoughts, Ill have them again (I did save all of the comments, so your alls thoughts are safe, LOL!)


  1. #1 slang
    April 28, 2008

    At least you’re in good company here. Hope you manage to restore your old content and move it over. Good luck!

  2. #2 Joe McCarthy
    April 28, 2008

    There is a Dog, and thank Dog you’re back!

  3. #3 Matt Penfold
    April 28, 2008

    Welcome Abbie.

    It is nice to have all my favourite blogs in one place!

  4. #4 Bayesian Bouffant, FCD
    April 28, 2008

    Welcome. I am posting this from a Mormon compound, because a photo you once posted convinced me to sign up.

  5. #5 MH
    April 28, 2008


  6. #6 Bob O'H
    April 28, 2008

    *waves to Arnie*

    Good to see you sorted out. We’re all off to update our feeds.

    April 28, 2008

    Hey Erv!

    Your blog was too good for google anyways. It’s my suspicion that the old Erv was a victim of the IDiot establishment. And if true – you’re really getting to them!
    Best Wishes

  8. #8 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 28, 2008

    WOOT! Congrats. It’s about time you were assimilated into the Seed mindhive.

  9. #9 Janine ID
    April 28, 2008

    Hi Abbie.

    I know this is going to be repeated too many times, but I am relieved that your blog has not disappeared. So, who tried to kill your old spot?

  10. #10 zer0
    April 28, 2008

    Good luck on getting the archives moved over, and welcome to your new internet home.

  11. #11 Physicalist
    April 28, 2008

    Hi ERV,

    Good to see you at SciBlogs where you belong! So, what the heck happened with Blogger? You seem to be completely deleted from Google searches too — which makes it seem like something other than a random glitch (to my uninformed eyes).

  12. #12 shiftlessbum
    April 28, 2008

    Long time lurker. Good to see this new site. Loads better than the last.

    All the best.

  13. #13 Rrr
    April 28, 2008

    Better luck this time. Actually, best of luck!

    You must have done something right.

  14. #14 The Science Pundit
    April 28, 2008


    I don’t know if you remember, but a few weeks back you left a comment over on PZ’s blog that motivated me to download all your posts and archive them here.

    Welcome to your new home!


  15. #15 themadlolscientist
    April 28, 2008

    Just pretend all that stuffing is all that remains of Ben Stein’s fuzzy brain. I guarantee you’ll feel better fast! Just don’t tell Arnie. He may get the idea and start trying to “cheer you up” more often. ๐Ÿ˜›

    “im in ur hous bein ur gard dog. iz jus killd icky evol ben stein ded. am i teh gret or wat? u didnt lied bout wots in his hed. but iz teh pleh. & i tink i has stummick ake. i can has pepto bizmol?”

  16. #16 NoAstronomer
    April 28, 2008

    About dang time! Welcome to SciBlogs. Hope you can get your posts back.

  17. #17 Rrr
    April 28, 2008

    Oh, and whilst I don’t know 4 shur how your Arnie spells his (nom nom nom), I think U R doin it rong ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. #18 Aaron
    April 28, 2008

    Any word why your account got deleted?

  19. #19 Curly
    April 28, 2008

    ERV is alive! And there was much rejoicing! Yay!

    Its good to see you, Arnie(and his lazors!!!) in your new interwebs digs. Rock on with the tard pwning and cool sciency blogging!

  20. #20 Dale Husband
    April 28, 2008

    Welcome aboard! I wonder if some right-wing Christian fanatic took it upon himself to sabotage your blog on Blogger! You are welcome to check out my blogs in WordPress.


  21. #21 Donalbain
    April 28, 2008

    Damnit! They got you. I am sorry.. say goodbye to the good old days of freedom. No more can you blog on anything that does not suit the corporate interests of your overlords. And they are not benevolent at all!

    But do not despair, some of us are planning an escape.. meet over at janet’s blog just after evening roll call..

    “Let me come with you. I can see, I can see perfectly.”

  22. #22 justin
    April 28, 2008

    glad to find you back up. I just found your blog on friday , and was working through the old posts. Then i checked this morning, and nothing. I was very sad about that. I am glad to see you on science blogs now, and look forward to more posts. good luck.

  23. #23 n3rdchik
    April 28, 2008

    I am so sorry your old blog is down, but since work blocks blogger – I now can read you in my daily science helping on my lunch break. I’m estatic U CAN HAS SCIBLOG!!!!!

  24. #24 olegt
    April 28, 2008

    Hi ERV,

    Welcome to your new home! Smooth sailing!

  25. #25 Optimus Primate
    April 28, 2008

    Woo! My blog crush lives on.

  26. #26 factician
    April 28, 2008

    I hope you manage to retrieve the old digs.

    Good luck, and let me know if I can do anything more to help.


  27. #27 Big Dave
    April 28, 2008

    Good to see you’ve found a new home, it’s a shame you were forced out of the old one ahead of schedule.

  28. #28 rrt
    April 28, 2008

    Whooooo! Glad to see you here, Abbie. I thought something was going on at the old digs…

  29. #30 ERV
    April 28, 2008

    I hope you all are enjoying the way the comments are lazily drifting towards the right.


  30. #31 Iron Soul
    April 28, 2008

    Glad you are up and running. I was worried first thing this morning when the old site didn’t come up.

  31. #32 J-Dog
    April 28, 2008

    Hey! I want everyone to drift to the left!

    Congratulations on the move, and I’m betting Dembski’s Bottle Of Single-Malt you will be a top blog before Dembski gets a new sweater.

    ps: For all NEW ERV readers, hope that Abbie still has her blog posts where she totally made Dembski and Behe cry like little girls.

  32. #33 ERV
    April 28, 2008

    Ive got most of my old posts recovered ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also hope you all are enjoying the grey box oozing down the screen.



  33. #34 alloytoo
    April 28, 2008

    Glad to see you have a new home.

  34. #35 baley
    April 28, 2008

    This constant drifting on the right is very weird. Is it the result of voluntary intelligent design or casual random chance? (aka a bug)

  35. #36 Blake Stacey
    April 28, 2008

    If you use Google Reader to subscribe to the feed linked above, you can grab posts going all the way back into 2007.

  36. #37 Jason
    April 28, 2008

    I love how all of you are absolutely certain that some “right wing Christian fanatic” got the original blog deleted. Proof? Who needs it!

  37. #38 gingerbeard
    April 28, 2008

    So glad to see you back up and running. Especially as on Thursday I had linked your blog to a local radio host who was pondering interviewing Ben Stein. I suggested if he interview that IDIOT, then he should bookend the interview with interviews with you and PZ, or even Larry Morgan.

    Let us know why your blog was deleted, and who caused it when you find out; I’m sure everyone who reads your blog can’t wait to hear the story.

  38. #39 Rrr
    April 28, 2008

    What is this dreft to teh lift of which you speek? Looks OK to me, on Firefox in Kubuntu 7.10 (yes I know 8.04 is out, d/l’d yesterday on torrent, but not installed yet). Only issue is, as usual, that long URLs are long. So?

    Maybe U R doin it rong, as in IExploder? Just a t’ought.

    Werry heppi too se you’se’re back.

  39. #40 Rrr
    April 28, 2008

    I love how all of you are absolutely certain that some “right wing Christian fanatic” got the original blog deleted. Proof? Who needs it!

    Posted by: Jason | April 28, 2008 1:39 PM

    Well, certainly not the “right wing Christian fanatic”s. QED.

  40. #41 Pocket Nerd
    April 28, 2008

    Woohoo, welcome to ScienceBlogs.com!

    By the way, those dog pictures make me want to add amusing captions…

  41. #42 Bronze Dog
    April 28, 2008

    I love how all of you are absolutely certain that some “right wing Christian fanatic” got the original blog deleted. Proof? Who needs it!

    I merely suspect that sort of thing. Mostly because it’s par for the course among them. Just look at their history.

  42. #43 REv.BigDumbChimp
    April 28, 2008

    I guess my congrats for the assimilation comment done got et up.

  43. #44 Tim Fuller
    April 28, 2008

    Not as familiar with this ERV blogger as the rest of you, but I follow Panda and Pharny..

    I just want to know whether I need to boycott everything associated with the service that has blacklisted this writer. Details as you find out please. Creeping totalitarianism.

  44. #45 gatoscuro
    April 28, 2008

    Welcome, welcome, and it’s good to see you over here. By the way, you aren’t the only atheist evilutionist in Oklahoma–far from it. There’s at least two of us here.

  45. #46 themadlolscientist
    April 28, 2008

    Hmmmmmmmmm……….. I don’t see anything drifting. (FF

    FWIW, I just gave a heads-up to Kansas Citizens for Science on where to find you.

  46. #47 Dawn
    April 28, 2008

    Yay! Although I am sorry it took the loss of your blogger site to have to start at Sciblogs early, I am very happy because I can now read you at work on my breaks(my IT dept blocks Blogger sites too…)


  47. #48 Wicked Lad
    April 28, 2008

    “Old ERV readers”? Who are you calling old? You don’t have to be so puerile and jut-jawed.

    Really, great to see you in your new neighborhood.

  48. #49 Jake
    April 28, 2008

    So any idea what happened to the old blog? I know there’s been speculation, but does anyone actually know?

  49. #50 llewelly
    April 28, 2008

    Check out the brightly glowing eyes on that pit bull. Clearly it is possessed. God is punishing you for your atheism. (If you don’t understand why God would cause your innocent dog to become a slave of Satan in order to punish you, please re-read the story of David and Bethsheba, in II Samuel 11. )

  50. #51 Kristjan Wager
    April 28, 2008

    Cool. Not the greatest surprise that you made this move, but still it’s great to see you here.

    Congratulations Abbie.

  51. #52 Wesley R. Elsberry
    April 28, 2008

    Matt Cutts at Google probably either knows or can find out why ERV was cut from Blogger.

  52. #53 dreikin
    April 28, 2008

    Hey, nice to see you over here now! Though I rather suspected this would happen.

    Scienceblogs: borging all the best science blogs one at a time..

  53. #54 Michelle
    April 28, 2008

    I’m new to your blog and I sure can’t wait to read what everyone loved of your deleted blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ (You make a good example of why you shouldn’t trust too much free open blog hosting services like that.)

    PS: that dog’s a darling. Gotta love pit bulls. (Such a shame they are so heavily discriminated against by paranoid lawmakers.)

  54. #55 HalfMooner
    April 28, 2008

    Welcome “back,” Abbie!

    It really skeered me last night, to find your old blog “removed” by Google! (In fact, you mentioned that the first you knew about it yourself was my email to you.)

    The new place is more sciency, and probably will be more resistant to what I suspect (with no evidence yet) was a Creo false complaint of some kind to get you deleted from Google Blogger. Now you’re like totally a PEER of PZ!

  55. #56 John Swindle
    April 28, 2008

    I guess viruses and insightful social commentary are okay…
    but could we have more pictures of Arnold?

  56. #57 Sven
    April 28, 2008

    First off, great to see you’ve found a new home, Abbie.

    Second, I keep getting a 404 when trying to subscribe to the new rss feed (both the atom and the rss2 one).

  57. #58 ndt
    April 28, 2008

    So … any news on why the one at Blogger was deleted? Enquiring minds want to know!

  58. #59 Susan Brassfield Cogan
    April 28, 2008

    Welcome to your new home! It gets (almost) all my favorite blogs in one place.

    And I don’t even mind the dearth of apostrophes.

  59. #60 wheatdogg
    April 28, 2008

    Glad you’re back online. I had linked to several of your posts. Once they’re resuscitated, I’ll update my posts.

    Let us know why Gรธรธgle sacked your blรธg.

  60. #61 wheatdogg
    April 28, 2008

    Sorry. Those are supposed to be o’s with slashes. On my browser they came out looking like A’s.

  61. #62 Torbj๖rn Larsson, OM
    April 28, 2008

    I for one welcome the insertion of ERV into ScienceBlogs.

    Here’s to ya’, kid!

  62. #63 Pip R. Lagenta
    April 28, 2008

    So, my bookmark for you has changed from “BERV” to “Sberv”.

  63. #64 szqc
    April 28, 2008

    Nice pic of Ah-nold chewing up stuff (your entire bed? his entire bed? several unluckly Care Bears? Dembski brand cardigans? the stuffing from Premise Media’s strawmen?).

    Glad you’re not attached to possessions per your pix caption above.

    Imagine no possessions
    Its (it’s?) easy if you try

    Oops.. didn’t someone else do this sort of copyright infringement recently? What was the name Expunged? Excruciating? Excremental? Emunction? Ex post facto? Something like that. Some guy named Swine or something hosted it I think.

    Now if only a new ScienceBlogger were good at detecting (TM) this sort of plagiarism.

    I just can’t think of who is that good at it, nope ๐Ÿ™‚

    (as I said in your “new readers” post, good to see you alive and blogging; the DI gets no rest..)

  64. #65 foxfire
    April 28, 2008

    YAY! ERV on SciencenBlog – life is good.

  65. #66 Sam L.
    April 28, 2008

    Hurray! It’s about time you made the move to SciBlogs.

  66. #67 Damien Trotter
    April 28, 2008

    Blimey! The original ERV blog is restored. Hooray!

  67. #68 BruceJ
    April 28, 2008

    LOL…such behavior is not limited to pit bulls, by any means. Katie our beloved-but-dumb-as-a-log lab mix did that to the interior of our car when we left her there for about a half hour one evening while we were in the store…

  68. #69 Bifrost
    April 28, 2008

    Congratulations on the move.

    Did you know your old blog is up and working now? Sorry if this is redundant to another post, I didn’t take time to read them all.

  69. #70 Mike the Mad Biologist
    April 28, 2008


    welcome. Oddly enough, my old posts got chomped by Blogger too. I blame the creationists. Or gay marriage [/snark]

  70. #71 TR Gregory
    April 28, 2008

    ERV and Genomicron are dead. Long live ERV and Genomicron!

  71. #72 Reynold Hall
    April 28, 2008

    See, did I not warn you on your old blog just how vicious pit bulls are?? First it’s your furnitre, then….

    Anyway, a mutual friend has found a new use for Ben Stein…

  72. #73 clinteas
    April 28, 2008

    Welcome back Abbie !!
    Had a WTF moment there yesterday for a little while…..
    Looks more professional here too !!

  73. #74 penguindreams
    April 28, 2008

    Sorry Abbie. It looks like my comments (sea level stuff and weird science) were the last to make it onto ERV before its destruction. I hope the same fate doesnt befall you here. (Please do let us know if you ever hear what happened and why. As you know Id just started up a blog at blogspot. If my response to you was so toxic, I expect I should get myself moved elsewhere soon.)

    In my last comments at erv-blogspost there were several apostrophes. Im taking no risks of apostrophe-induced toxiciy here. Ill have to be careful, though.

  74. #75 Damian
    April 28, 2008

    Yay! This is like the best ever!

    I do hope that Seed don’t mind the smell of roast creationist, in the morning. ERV sure does throw a big BBQ.

    Glad to see you made it, anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. #76 Alicia P
    April 28, 2008

    I found you via Pharyngula. It seems Google did some housecleaning recently. A site I write for had their adsense account revoked and G refused to pay them a penny of what was earned. Something about the citizen journalism site being bad for their advertisers…

    At least you weren’t alone in the mess…

  76. #77 Mobius
    April 28, 2008

    Hi Abbie…

    Glad to see you made it to ScienceBlogs. I have been following your blog for several months, ever since I first read about you on Pharyngula. I like your style.

    Looks like Arnold had a lot of fun making that mess. The worst my dog ever did was eat the door mat.

  77. #78 Monado in Toronto again
    April 28, 2008

    I don’t even know how to back up my blogger posts.

  78. #79 ERV
    April 28, 2008


    Ive just been going to my ‘month’ pages and saving them as ‘Web page complete’– So it makes a months worth of posts like it would look if you were working on them offline.

  79. #80 Natalie
    April 29, 2008

    So I would like to add your blog to my Google Reader, but I can’t seem to find it. If you happen to stick either an Add to Google link on your page or if you could send me your feed url, that would rock! Thank you! I look forward to checkin’ out your blog stylings ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. #81 Dana Hunter
    April 29, 2008


    Bueno excellente! Wonderful to see one of my favorite bloggers in my favorite place in the entire universe! And congrats on getting your old posts recovered!

    No one can keep a good Abbie down!

  81. #82 TR Gregory
    April 29, 2008

    I guess my comment didn’t survive review, but congrats.

  82. #83 Stagyar zil Doggo
    April 29, 2008

    Welcome to SciBorgs, ERV.

    On backing up blog pages, or websites in general, I would recommend using a crawler/website mirrorer like HTTrack. Its freely download-able and GPL’d. You give it a list of root-pages which it downloads, then searches within them for links to other pages, which it then downloads and so on. Each such link is checked against a set of specified criteria (within a domain, at a ‘link-depth’ lesser than a specified number, containing or not-containing a specified keyword, etc.) before downloading so as to ensure that you don’t end up with the whole intarweb on your hard-disk. It saves all these pages in a directory structure of your specification, and re-writes links to images, other pages in you site, etc. so that they still work, while leaving external links unchanged.

    My experience is that while it mostly does what you ask of it, its best to check your downloads for completeness, as it sometimes tends to miss some links that you wanted. You also need to keep an eye on it while it does its thing, lest you messed up the command codes and inadvertently asked it to download the whole internet.

    At any rate, even with its imperfections, its far more convenient than saving each page separately.

  83. #84 ERV
    April 29, 2008

    LOL! Sorry, TR! Learning how to use a new program– strange formatting, TR in junk comments, good times ๐Ÿ˜›

    Congrats to you too!

  84. #85 TR Gregory
    April 29, 2008

    It actually showed up, but I messed up the link to the new Genomicron:


  85. #86 John Phillips, FCD
    April 30, 2008

    Yay, you have been assimilated at last, welcome Abbie ๐Ÿ™‚ Personally, I am glad you have been assimilated as I gave up commenting on your previous blog because it always refused my login when you had to stop open comments. Anyway, great to have the majority of my favourite bloggers in one place.

  86. #87 Dale Husband
    April 30, 2008

    Hello, Abbie! Sorry about your mishap with Blogger. I created a Blogger account so I could comment on your blogs there, but I guess I won’t be needing it anymore.

    Here are my own blogs:



    And here’s my Evolution Education group on Care2:


    I would be honored to have you posting comments at any one of those places!

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