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Egomaniacal Sunday morning basking in glory

My adopted alter ego may be nothing but a computer played by a box of colored blinking lights, but those few who are actually familiar with the 30 year old British SF TV show that featured Orac beginning in the last episode of its first season know that Orac is an arrogant and vain computer.…

Faster than a blink of an eye (well, not really, but it sure seems that way sometimes) another fortnight has flown by, meaning that it’s time yet again for another meeting of that venerable blog carnival of critical thinking, the Skeptics’ Circle. This time around, we have our first ever veterinarian hosting. I could make…

The secrets of successful blogging revealed!

Dammit. I realize that this has been floating around the blogosphere for a couple of days, but when I first saw it at PZ’s place, I thought that Chis Clarke had stolen someone’s blogging strategy notebook, except that I thought he had stolen mine, so spot-on is his channeling of just the right style to…

The skeptical hippo demands your attention…

…for the 128th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, being held over at Ionian Enchantment. It’s another great one! And, as usual, it’s never too early to think about submitting your work to the next edition of the Skeptics’ Circle, to be held on January 28 at SkeptVet. Hmmm. I wonder if he’ll take on some…

2009 may be over, but there is still one remnant of it that you should immediately check out now, if you haven’t already: The 127th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle at Life, The Universe, and One Brow! While Orac is taking it easy today, you can catch up on some of the best end-of-the-year skeptical…

The last Skeptics’ Circle of 2009…

…is fast approaching, this time to be hosted at Life, The Universe, and One Brow. Let’s make 2009 go out in style, skepticism-wise, by submitting the best skeptical blogging to the Circle for one New Year’s Eve blowout! Blog-specific instructions can be found here, and general guidelines are here.

It’s that time yet again. The Skeptics’ Circle has returned once again to provide a much needed dose of skepticism to the blogosphere. This time around, the 126th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is being hosted over at World of Weird Things. Next up will be Life, The Universe, and One Brow, where the Skeptics’…

Last week, I marked the occasion of my fifth anniversary in the blogosphere. Yesterday, my blog bud Abel Pharmboy marked his fourth anniversary in the blogosphere. Anyone who makes it past a year, as far as I’m concerned, has passed the test of time and shown himself (or herself) to be in this crazy thing…

Five years

Has it really been that long? It was a dismally overcast Saturday five years ago when, on a whim after having read a TIME Magazine article about how 2004 was supposedly the Year of the Blogger, I sat down in front of my computer, found Blogspot, and the first incarnation of Respectful Insolence was born.…

My benevolent overlords at Seed Media Group yesterday announced (to me at least) a surprise new initiative. But, then, I’m always one of the last to find out about these things. In any case, it would appear that we’re teaming up with National Geographic to share blog content and various other initiatives. The press release…

The 125th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has been posted at Effort Sisyphus. This time around, you have a choice, either the predigested and linear or the more difficult but potentially more satisfying trip down the rabbit hole, never knowing what might pop up. Choose wisely. Next up to host the Skeptics’ Circle two weeks…

Submit! Submit to the Skeptics’ Circle

Well, now. With the long four day weekend that many of us here in the U.S. have enjoyed finally over, it’s time to get back to serious business. Serious, but fun. I’m referring to the upcoming 125th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, which will be held at Effort Sisyphus on Thursday, December 3. That means…

The 124th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle

It’s time for another installment of that venerable (gasp!) blog carnival of skepticism, science, and critical thinking, The Skeptics’ Circle. This time, it’s the 124th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, and it’s finally landed, late but still brimming with skeptical goodness at Beyond the Short Coat. Next up, two weeks hence, on December 3, will…

Idiotic comment of the week

In a nod to fellow ScienceBlogger Ed Brayton, with his hilarious Dumbass Quote of the Day, I hereby inaugurate the “Idiotic Comment of the Week,” culled from this very blog. I don’t guarantee that I’ll do it every week, but when I see neuron-necrosing idiocy below and beyond the usual call of pseudoscientists and quackery…

The 123 Congregation of the Skeptics’ Circle will now come together over at Blue Genes, in which Simplicio is schooled in skepticism. Sort of. Go. Read. Don’t be like Simplicio. Next up to host the Skeptics’ Circle will be Beyond the Short Coat. Start getting your skeptical blogging skills wound up to participate in this…

I just looked over my statistics for the month of October 2009, and I was shocked. Pleasantly shocked, but shocked nonetheless. Why do I say that? I say that because traffic from October 2009 is more than twice the traffic from October 2008. Moreover, it’s not an anomaly. Although there have been fluctuations in traffic…

Submit! Submit to the Skeptics’ Circle

It’s almost here, and it’s almost time! The 123rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching. This time around it will be here on Thursday, November 5. That means skeptical bloggers out there don’t have much time to get their best recent work to Colin at Blue Genes for inclusion. Guidelines for what we’re…

This must go. Now.

Apparently, some of my readers in Canada are getting this when they look at any of my Suzanne Somers posts: No other country seems to be affected; at least, no readers from other countries have reported the problem to me. This will not do. The Overlords have been informed. In the meantime, if you are…

Damn them Europeans and their being five or six hours ahead! They screw me up when it comes to plugging the Skeptics’ Circle. Oh, wait. This time around I’m a day late. Rats. My excuse doesn’t work. Never mind… In any case, longtime commenter at RI (who also has his own most excellent blog), Kristjan…

It’s baaaacck…

Hurt, but not defeated, the humongous giant clam…. Wait. Wrong story. Actually Science-Based Medicine is back. Finally. Go. Read. Enjoy. Particularly a bit about crank conferences.

Science-based Medicine, a place where sometimes a “friend” of mine pontificates, is temporarily down. Recently, the SBM crew moved the blog to a new server. Beginning over the last two or three weeks, the blog became buggy. Very buggy. Response times became painfully slow, and then last Friday SBM went down and stayed down nearly…

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Lengend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. Or something. What I do know is that the Wheel has turned once again and a new meeting of the Skeptics’…

Science-Based Medicine is down…again

Given how many of you read this blog and Science-Based Medicine, I thought I should make an announcement. Sometime this morning or early this afternoon, the Science-Based Medicine blog went down, returning only a cryptic message saying that the site has been “suspended.” This is the second time it’s gone completely down, the first being…

Science-Based Medicine is down

Given how many of you read this blog and Science-Based Medicine, I thought I should make an announcement. Sometime earlier this morning after 7 AM but before around 10 AM, the Science-Based Medicine blog went down, returning only a cryptic message saying that the site has been “suspended.” The SBM team is aware of the…

This can’t be right. As I was perusing the blog a little while ago, I noticed this: That can’t be right, can it? This blog can’t be number one by any measure, be it the Healthcare100.com or anything else. It has to be a bug in the software. Top ten, I can believe. Number one,…