Blogospherics

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Remember the bloggies, aka The Weblog Awards? Over the last couple of years, climate science denialists gamed the system to ensure that most of the nominees, and the top “winners,” would be recognized by the Weblog Awards as the top science site. Rumor has it that they cheated to do this, but I don’t know…

Trolls = Sadists?

I don’t have time to dissect or expand on this, and I don’t have the original paper, but I thought it worth noting: Trolls just want to have fun Erin E. Buckels, Paul D. Trapnell, Delroy L. Paulhus Abstract In two online studies (total N = 1215), respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of…

Outing A Pseudonymous Blogger

A few weeks ago, senior Nature Editor Henry Gee “outed” “Isis the Scientist,” an anonymous pseudonymous blogger. I say “anonymous pseudonymous” because “Isis” is a pseudonym but she was also anonymous in that her true identity was not known. Apparently, Isis’s identity has been known to the Internet since 2012. But whatever. Gee took a…

The News From The Great White North

Science Bowl First, I’m very proud to announce that the Wayzata Science Bowl team won in the statewide tournament last night and will be going to Washington DC for the nationals. I mention this because my wife, Amanda, is the coach for the team. This is the only season she’s been their coach, so that’s…

Final Update: From Scientific American: Bora Zivkovic resigns from Scientific American STATEMENT FROM SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN October 18, 2013 Bora Zivkovic resigns from Scientific American Following recent events, Bora Zivkovic has offered his resignation from Scientific American, and Scientific American has decided to accept that resignation. The Scientific American Blog Network is a vibrant group of…

I was recently engaged in a blog battle with Anthony Watts over his insufficiently skeptical (in my opinion) treatment of a discredited report of a meteorite of Martian origin bearing the remains of microscopic organisms. As this argument progressed, some dude on Twitter noted that the credibility of a blog post was determined by the…

Blogger: Be more twitter friendly

Dear Blogger, You should have a “tweet this” button on each blog post. It should open a window with the title of your post and a shortened URL to it. Extra stuff on there is OK but not necessary. Here is what the button with the bird on it (indicating twitter) should NOT do: 1)…

Who reads this blog, anyway?

Who are you? When National Geographic branded Science Blogs, they also deleted our big giant collective Google Analytics Account and gave us each individual Google Analytics accounts. The bad news is that I then lost the ability to analyze use of my blog over the last few years, which was only of marginal value anyway,…

The problem: You are reading your favorite blog and there is an ad along the top banner or on a sidebar that seems to conflict with the contents of the blog you are reading, perhaps even disturbingly so. Why does this happen and what can be done about it?

When we read about human evolution, we eventually get to the part about humans becoming “modern” (i.e., reaching the Platonic ideal, the End of the Linean Line, The upper middle part Catechism’s Great Chain of Being, the Archetype of the Repressed Middle Class, and all that other good stuff). That is the moment when we…