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Your Friday Dose of Woo: Happy Holidays!

Orac’s circuits have yet to recover from the assault on his logic circuits caused by the über-woo of a couple of weeks ago, coupled with the even more powerful woo two weeks before that. Consequently, in order to marshal additional time scour the Internet for only the finest woo to be featured in 2008, he…

While I’m recharging a bit from the Christmas festivities yesterday to the point where soon I’ll be able to write a substantive post, full of the Respectful Insolence™ and science or medicine that readers have come to expect, here’s something to amuse (I hope). On Sunday, I wrote a not-so-respectfully insolent takedown of a truly…

Holiday Movable Type weirdness

We interrupt this post-holiday blogging slowdown for an important blog housekeeping message. Something weird happened to Respectful Insolence™ over the weekend before Christmas. Sunday, I was composing a little missive to autopost over the holidays. I went to the pulldown menu in Movable Type to assign a category to it and noticed something odd. There…

Oops, I did it again

It’s times like these that I wonder if I’ve been at this blogging thing a bit too long. I ask that question because I’ve done it again. I’ve done the same thing in 2007 that I did a year ago in 2006. I missed my own blogiversary. Yes, believe it or not, yesterday was the…

What language should ScienceBlogs conquer next?

Let’s see, the ScienceBlogs collective started out in English. Earlier this week, our German partner Hubert Burda Media soft-launched ScienceBlogs.de, a German version of the ScienceBlogging collective that you’ve come to know and love (or, in some cases, hate). Now, our benevolent (well, most of the time, anyway) overlords at the Seed Collective Mothership in…

It’s that time again. Oh, it’s a day early because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but it’s here nonetheless. It’s time for the 74th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, this time hosted over at Med Journal Watch. I can’t figure out why Christian is being heckled by skeptics, though, as he gives his address. Don’t forget…

2,000,000

I demand the sum of…..two MILLION visits! Muhahahahahaha! Yes, I know I did that bit before, but I liked it so much that I wanted to do it again. Sometime yesterday, this blog hit another milestone. Sometime yesterday morning, Respectful Insolence™ recorded its 2,000,000th visitor. Unfortunately, “sometime yesterday” was while I was at work, and,…

Don’t forget, once again the time is fast approaching. Soon yet another installment of the Skeptics’ Circle will be upon us. In fact, it’s less than a week away and due to land at the Holford Watch on Thursday, November 8. Skeptical bloggers, there isn’t much time left for you to get your entries done…

Enamored of a long run for a short slide

In today’s earlier post, a commenter stated: You sure do like that “long run for a short slide” phrase. I wondered: Is that true? Do I use that phrase too much? So, like any good blogger, I did a search. And what did I find? I found that, in the entire history of this blog…

Server weirdness

As some of my commenters may have noticed, the ScienceBlogs server has been acting a bit strangely, often being really slow to post comments and sometimes even producing error messages. This has led to some double and even triple posts of comments, as readers understandably try to repost something after getting an error or when…

London Calling

Around the time you read this, barring any flight delay agonies, I will have touched down at Heathrow Airport to spend a week in London. It’s the first real vacation that my wife and I have taken, possibly since our honeymoon. Certainly it’s been the first time I’ve been out of the country since my…

Friday afternoon open thread

So what do you do when you didn’t have time to write something new? Well, you could leave the blog blank, which is anathema to me) or you could do the time-honored space-filling technique valued by bloggers everywhere once they reach a certain level of traffic. Yep! It’s one of the very rare times for…

This blog is in mourning

Here’s the reason why: Actor and voice artiste Peter Tuddenham has died at the age of 88 after a short illness. His vocal talents were used in Doctor Who for The Ark in Space, The Masque of Mandragora and Time and the Rani, but he will also be well-known to cult TV fans for providing…

Weird Gmail behavior

A bit of blog housekeeping here… Normally, I find out about new comments on my blog through e-mail notifications that get sent to me shortly after you, the reader and commenter, post your comments. I find it much easier simply to scroll through the e-mails and see what the reaction is to my posts and…

For your Sunday afternoon edification, the latest version of Pediatrics Grand Rounds has been posted over at Breath Spa for Kids. In addition, Change of Shift, the blog carnival for nursing-related blogs, has also been posted at NursingLink. Enjoy!

Technical difficulties

As many of you may have noticed, we’re having some technical difficulties, with prolonged posting times for comments, errors, etc. I assure you that, however much it might annoy you to watch your browser chug away slowly and seemingly endlessly after you’ve composed your pithy and erudite comment and hit “Post,” only to deliver an…

A new ScienceBlog

I’m a bit late on this, given that the blog went live yesterday, but far be it from me not to welcome denialism blog to the ScienceBlogs universe. It’s a promising new blog that in its couple of months of existence has already made an impact in the skeptical blogosphere. Also, Mark Hoofnagle, one of…

The History Carnival

The History Carnival #51 has been posted over at A Don’s Life. Enjoy!

Listen up, everyone! It’s fast approaching. Yes, The Skeptics’ Circle will be appearing next Thursday over at The Second Sight. EoR did a bang-up job the last time the Circle was held at The Second Sight; so I expect as great or even better this time around. But your best skeptical blogging is needed. Instructions…

One year as a ScienceBlogger…

One year ago today, Orac was assimilated–I mean welcomed–into the ScienceBlogs collective. it’s been a wild ride, a fantastic opportunity to reach more readers than I ever did on my old Blogspot blog. (My traffic has roughly doubled since I joined up.) I didn’t show up with the first crop of ScienceBloggers mainly because of…

1,000,000

I demand the sum of…..one MILLION visits! Muhahahahahaha! Sometime while I was in clinic this morning, Respectful Insolence recorded its 1,000,000 visitor:

The Skeptics’ Circle

The 52nd Edition of the Skeptics’ Circle has been posted at Frank the Financially Savvy Atheist. It’s a little late in coming (and I’m a little late in announcing it), but as usual another host has come through with a fine collection of skeptical blogging. So go pay him a visit. It also marks the…

Basic concepts

On our backchannel discussion forum, we ScienceBloggers have been discussing a rather interesting idea that we could use to provide extra value to our readers. The idea is to do short articles about basic concepts in science. It’s an intriguing idea, and, while I could try my hand at posts about a number of basic…

Hit me! Hit me hard!

My dear mother pointed out the other day that my Sitemeter is rapidly approaching the 1,000,000 visits mark. And so it is. I had noticed a couple of weeks ago that I was getting close to the zone, but it crept up on me faster than I had expected. With your help, I should be…

The name of this band is damned near perfect: No, not the Shut-Ups (although that’s a pretty cool band name, too). Anyone who reads this blog would know that I’m referring to Down With The Woo. I wonder if their music is any good. If so, they could become the blog band of Respectful Insolence™.…