As you may or may not have noticed, last week’s silly dog post got picked up by, well, just about everyone. I think it probably started with a sidelight link at Making Light, then it showed up on Boing Boing, and Digg, and MetaFilter, and something like half the LiveJournals in the world, it seems. The site got just shy of 50,000 pageviews on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday would’ve been in the top five days, traffic-wise, had they happened a month ago.

So, I’ve achieved Nerd Fame, of a sort. I have to say, it’s a kick, and I’m fighting the temptation to sit down and try to crank out a whole bunch of talking-to-the-dog physics posts to keep this going. But, of course, they wouldn’t be all that good if I forced them, and it probably wouldn’t work to sustain traffic, anyway.

So, I’m going to stick with the usual mix of physics, politics, pop culture, and whatever other topics cross my mind. If the dog and I have any more deep conversations, I’ll be sure to post them, but in the meantime, I hope new readers stick around and enjoy the rest of the blog.

And even if they don’t, I now know how to say “Bunnies Made of Cheese” in Portugese and write it in Hebrew. So, you know, that’s something.


  1. #1 Kevin W. Parker
    May 15, 2007

    Sounds like a great book idea to me: “The Silly Dog’s Guide to Quantum Physics, or, How to Catch Bunnies Made of Cheese.” ;)

  2. #2 Brian
    May 15, 2007

    The hosts for the Buzz out Loud podcast (done by CNet) did a reenactment of the story on their friday show.

    “05/11/07 – Super-happy-fun-turbo podcast
    You can call DRM whatever you want, but it’s still the same thing–seriously, it’s not an “image issue.” Stick around for the end of the podcast for “bunnies made of cheese.”

  3. #3 Stuart Coleman
    May 15, 2007

    Actually, I think some talking-to-the-dog physics posts would be great, maybe you could get rid of some of the dumber misconceptions about modern physics, (like that one with the many worlds hypothesis).

  4. #4 Perry
    May 15, 2007

    You know the dog will eventually overtake you, or will at least spin off to her own blog :-)

  5. #5 Carolyne
    May 15, 2007

    I’m hoping the dog gets her own book deal :)

    Re-discovered your blog the other day. The funny thing is, I used to read you years ago, but lost the link two years ago when I moved to Florida… from Schenectady. I never knew you worked at Union!

    I probably passed you on the bike path half a dozen times when I was originally reading you* and didn’t even know it.

    Anywho, happy to have rediscovered you. I’ve plugged your rss feed into my LJ Friends List, so I’m more likely to keep up with things from this point on.

    Enjoy your well-deserved celebrity :)

    * Not, like, reading you while actually on the bike. That would be inadvisable, at best.
    ** I was going to post this yesterday, but firefox crashed. Well, it seems more appropriate here, anyway!

  6. #6 mollishka
    May 15, 2007

    And here I thought the place had quieted down a bit.

  7. #7 MaryKaye
    May 15, 2007

    That you can frame the discussion so that a ‘dog’ could understand and participate, and contextualize it in the ‘dog’s’ world is what makes for outstanding pedagogy. Congrats on big hit. Run the bases and wave to the crowd! Way to go, Chad.

  8. #8 Chad Orzel
    May 15, 2007

    The hosts for the Buzz out Loud podcast (done by CNet) did a reenactment of the story on their friday show.

    That’s… wow.
    OK, that’s officially the coolest part of this whole episode.

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