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Nerdery

The Times takes on current debates in linguistics, and asks: But 70 years on, it is surely time to put the trauma of Whorf behind us. All I can think is: “Never! The House of Mogh is dishonored for seven generations!” Then I remembered that Duras ultimately did get the rightful blame for the Khitomer…

Somebody’s getting married

And that somebody’s me! If this post goes up when I scheduled it to, the ceremony will have just started. It’s been a crazy year of planning, but everything seems ready to go as planned. Tomorrow we go on a honeymoon and I’m obliged to leave my computer behind, so no blogging until late August.…

Deep Thought

Convention centers and convention center hotels should offer free internet access. There’s no excuse not to do so. And no, Louisville Convention Center, it does not cost $100/day to provide access in your exhibit hall. Hell will freeze over before I or any sane person would pay anything like that. Frankly, hotel-near-the-Louisville-Convention-Center, $12.95 is too…

Happy Birthday to me!

I’m another year older, as is Mick Jagger!

#SBFAIL Continues

Yesterday, Bora Zivkovic announced he was leaving ScienceBlogs. This is kinda huge. Bora is as close to a scienceblogging god as any scienceblogger will admit to believing in. He gives every evidence of omnipresence and omniscience about the interplay of science and the internet. He’s created many of the ideas that keep the scienceblogging community…

So Pepsiblog has finally died. Seed will be having a conference call with us bloggers about how to mend the damage. Leave questions or comments to pass along in the comments. This was the only move they could make at this point, but it may have come to slowly to fix the reputation of ScienceBlogs.…

Some more on PepsiBlog

Scibling Superbug has a good summary of what’s wrong: Summing up: By including this corporate-written blog in its stable of otherwise independent blogs, and especially by presenting it in the same format as the independent blogs, with insufficient labeling and transparency, Sb has imperiled the credibility of all of its bloggers. The ethical shadow is…

On corporate content

The ScienceBloggers have been whooping it up on Twitter, pissed as can be that PepsiCo has bought a blog on Scienceblogs to talk about nutrition and public health issues. This is very silly, and the tweeters have been working hard to come up with hypothetical examples that might match the absurdity of this situation. Bear…

Happy Canadia Day, Canadians!

Enjoy this celebration penned by Canadia’s finest cartoonist, Kate Beaton:

Poet Laureate

Ever since I edited my high school poetry magazine, I’ve been a fan of W. S. Merwin, both as a poet and as a translator of poetry. In honor of his selection as US Poet Laureate, here is one of my favorites – Separation by W. S. Merwin: Your absence has gone through me Like…