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Program Announcement: I’m Moving

I’ve dropped some hints in the past that my relationship with ScienceBlogs would be…altered. Well, I’ve decided to leave. Mostly, it had to do with the issue of pseudonymity, although I’m very excited to hang out my own shingle once again. I don’t want to rehash the issue of pseudonymity, since others have done that…

As some of you might have heard, National Geographic has decided that pseudonymous writers (other than Mark Twain) aren’t going to be part of their online presence. I usually don’t discuss ScienceBlogs inside baseball stuff, but I’m not getting any response from them (I’ve received emails telling me how much they want to talk to…

Paul Krugman Is Very Shrill

As a fellow card-carrying member of the Ancient, Holy and High Hermeneutic Order of the Shrill, I mean that as a compliment: There aren’t many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default. But there has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief — of the black-humor variety —…

I’m a big fan of Brad DeLong’s blog even when I don’t agree with him. But one of the things that’s bothered me is when he reprints posts in full. For bloggers, professional or amateur, links are currency. Reprinting the post in full means people won’t be inclined to click through to your site. When…

A few weeks ago, Glenn Greenwald gave a speech where he discussed the climate of government intimidation in the U.S.: I received a lot of comments from people via email, from people in person telling me at my attended events, from people in my comment section, American citizens who said the following: “I understand and…

If you remember some months ago, NASA scientist Felisa Wolfe-Simon held a press conference announcing that they had discovered a bacterium that uses arsenic in place of phosphorus. The paper, when released, had compromising methodological problems (for good coverage, read here, here, and here; and snark). At the time Wolfe-Simon and her colleagues were upset…

ScienceBlogs Is Under Attack! HALP!

For some of you, access to ScienceBlogs has been wonky. It’s not because our Seed Overlords have neglected to feed the hamsters that power the Blogerator 9600. Turns out it’s a denial-of-service attack: We have been forwarding reports from bloggers and users to our hosting service, Rackspace, over the past few days. After monitoring our…

A Good Blogger Needs Your Help

Not me. I said a good blogger. I’ve been remiss in many things blog-related, but an important thing I’ve been meaning to do is drumming up some support for Lance Mannion. He’s a superb writer, and brings a much-needed human perspective to blogging, which is, for the most part, technonerd-driven. Here’s what I mean: Metaphors…

For Any Digby Readers…

…Digby gave me a nice little mention last night. This is the post the Atrios quote came from.

Programming Note: High Holidays

I’ll be taking a much-needed vacation over the High Holidays, so if you contact me I might not get back to you very quickly (or at all). But don’t worry, the blog will keep on blog rollin’.