Start planning your weekend now!

Because you won’t be able to do what you usually do, which is sit there in front of your computer reading my blog and commenting on PZ’s blog, refreshing the 24 hour page to see if there are any new posts by anybody, and imagining what it must be like to be a blogger.

Because, on Friday, 1:00 PM Eastern Time, SHUTS DOWN.

You WILL still be able to read scienceblogs …

…we bloggers will NOT be able to post new content …

…you will NOT be able to post comments …

…until the upgrade to our blogging software is complete. And we are very very excited about this upgrade.

The upgrade will mean that we will be able to blog faster, better, and smarter in several ways that are all trade secrets and that I cannot reveal.

Well, OK, really, we’re just upgrading to the next version of Movable Type.

One difference this will make for you, that you will really notice and I hope appreciate, is that the width of the right side bar will be re-narrowed to its earlier width, and will thus be the same width as the left side bar. The width had been changed for unavoidable reasons some months ago, and now it is time to change back. For many readers, this will mean a cleaner read. For others, it may make little difference.

So, what do you do when we are “down” …. Well, I’ve got the following planned for you already, and I’ll post a final list of links for you just before we go under.

First, I’m devoting this evening and tomorrow morning to writing up yet another edition of the Congo Memoirs, and also, another post about a topic I know you will be interested in. It is a really cool just published new bit of research involving archeology in South Africa and it will blow you away. You will laugh, you will cry. Mostly you will cry and feel really icky.

Second, I’ve written a guest post that will be published HERE. Yes, you saw that right, THERE. My Sbling, Comrade Physioprof, is hosting a number of us Sciencebloggers this weekend on his non-Scienceblogs site.

Third, you can keep an eye on my other blog, HERE. That is my old blog that I occasionally use as a backup when borks out. This weekend could be considered a major bork-out, but I’m also going to consider it a time of rest, when I will simply blog less and do some other (but still blog related) activities. But if something important comes up and I just have to have it out, I’ll put it there.

And, if the site is down for a long time, maybe I’ll spend a little time with my family and go cross country skiing, get some hot chocolate, maybe take in a movie, get reacquainted.

But hopefully that will not be necessary and we can get right back to blogging Saturday night!


  1. #1 Stacy S.
    January 8, 2009

    For some reason – I’m relieved. Maybe I’ll be able to sleep in a little! 🙂

  2. #2 Jewel
    January 8, 2009

    Oh good. Maybe I can actually catch up on my reading! Or – and this sounds really strange – maybe do something productive… Nah.

  3. #3 khan
    January 8, 2009

    Just don’t get eaten by lions meanwhile.

  4. #4 Joel
    January 9, 2009

    But hopefully that will not be necessary and we can get right back to blogging Saturday night!

    You might reconsider your priorities…