Today is the last day that ScienceBlogs will exist. Sometime today the site will go into read-only mode. A few days later, it will disappear completely from the Internet. It’s a sad thing to contemplate after all these years. Whatever happened later, I will always be grateful for the start in blogging I got there.

But that’s the past. The future is here:

Some work remains to be done with the site, and I am not ready to produce new posts for it yet while these odds and ends remain to be taken care of. Due to a confluence of events in addition to still having to tweak the blog to my satisfaction, I am not sure if I will be able to manage to produce new material until Monday or Tuesday. (I’d rather that things be nailed down before I start writing again.) However, don’t let that stop you from exploring, kicking the tires, commenting, etc. That’ll help me figure out what the problems are and how things are working.

I will try to make sure that comments from the last couple of weeks transfer over, but I can’t guarantee it given the tight timeline here. Either way, I don’t recommend commenting here any more. it is also possible that some comments could get lost over at the new blog.

Of course, if something happens that so gets under my skin (or amuses me) before then, I might not be able to restrain myself, WordPress be damned.


  1. […] The old Respectful Insolence is dead. […]

  2. #2 Julian Frost
    October 31, 2017

    See you on the other side.

  3. #3 ScienceMonkey
    October 31, 2017

    I have to post something about food. Just because it feels like the appropriate way to end it here.


  4. #4 Orac
    October 31, 2017

    You do realize, though, that the comments from this post will probably not make it over to the new blog… 🙁

  5. #5 Johnny
    October 31, 2017

    Turn out the lights
    The party’s over
    They say that all
    Good things must end
    Call it a night
    The party’s over
    And tomorrow starts
    The same old thing again

    Thank you, I’ll be here all night, don’t forget to tip your server, and try the roast beef.

  6. #6 rs
    October 31, 2017

    I think it is very useful to have a place to comment where whatever you say, no matter how foolish, is guaranteed to vanish from the intertubez forever within hours.


  7. #7 Johnny
    October 31, 2017

    Yeah, well unless you mess up at a place that won’t vanish anytime soon.

  8. #8 Michael J. Dochniak
    October 31, 2017

    Q. Why is the Scienceblogs Respectful Insolence like a leaky faucet.

    A. Sometimes its better to move than to fix it, especially with lead piping.

    Drip, drip, drip…

  9. #9 rs
    October 31, 2017

    In that case there are many more short alphabetic sequences left unclaimed as nyms. I can be a shape shifter! But I’m not entirely anonymous since my email address is real.

  10. #10 Mark Thorson
    October 31, 2017

    Safari on the iBook won’t let me connect to the new site. You probably have either an invalid certificate or you’ve enabled an unsupported security protocol. It is possible to have an https site that I can see. This one, for example:

    That one works just fine with Safari on the iBook.

  11. #11 Mark Thorson
    October 31, 2017

    Light up the Orac bat-signal!

    Integrative medicine on the march!

  12. #12 Narad
    October 31, 2017

    You probably have either an invalid certificate or you’ve enabled an unsupported security protocol.

    The two sites have the same certificate issuer.

  13. #13 Narad
    October 31, 2017

    ^ Here; it’s not my field of expertise. If you’re using Safari on an iBook, though, I’m guessing it’s pretty ancient (v3?).

  14. #14 viggen
    October 31, 2017

    Farewell old blog!

  15. #15 Narad
    October 31, 2017

    ^^ For a G4, you could try TenFourFox; there’s an analogous build for G3’s. I’ll warn you in advance, though, that it’s going to tax your machine. I have the luxury of being very near a university campus, so I’ve gotten four Intel MacBooks out of the junk heap in just the last year, but moving up to OS X 10.6.8 would probably make your life a lot easier, and it still has Rosetta, so you can keep using PPC-only applications.

  16. #16 herr doktor bimler
    October 31, 2017

    Just walk forward into the light and we’ll meet again on the other side.

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