World's Fair

I am ending my tenure here at The World’s Fair, the blog Dave and I started back in June 2006. I’ll finish up and sign off for good by the end of the month. Between now and then, I’ll be posting my top ten favorites from these past three years. Since you can’t throw a stick without hitting someone contriving a “ten best of the decade” list here at the end of the first decade of the century, let me claim that this is the “Ten Best of the Decade from One of the Two Guys at The World’s Fair.”

I’ll be moving on to Blogger Emeritus status. That means I still have an office but don’t take checks anymore. Dave will still be here. And, as I understand it, he’ll be posting about another blogger coming in to co-author when I leave.

Like many a former scienceblogs person, I too have had mixed feelings about scienceblogs in particular, blogging in general, and public conversations about science and arts mostly. Comments by John Lynch, John Wilkins, Jane of “See Jane Compute,” Alice Pawley, and ScienceWoman upon their departures I’d say make the point pretty well: blogging here hasn’t been an active or fun element of my working life for some time now, and I’m actually surprised I made it this long. Although it it’s never been apparent to me that we have regular readers, if we did (or I should say I, if I did, because I think Dave does), they would comment that I haven’t been blogging almost at all since the Spring, that even before that I was only half-hearted about it for a time, and that it was really probably the 2007-2008 span that was best. So it goes.

Anything else I’d add here would be extraneous or miscellaneous or likely veer into the cynical. I’ll thus tag this post in the Knoxville ’82 section, where miscellany thrive. I’ve always loved miscellany.

Goodbye and thanks for reading.

Ben

Comments

  1. #1 HgMan
    December 11, 2009

    I, for one, was a Ben reader. I’ll be removing the World’s Fair from my bar of regular sites at the end of the year. You’ll be missed: you provided scienceblogs with a terrific blend of wit and wisdom. Some really intelligent and thought-provoking posts. Frustrating to see them get passed over by other readers. I guess it says something about the medium in general…

  2. #2 Sue
    December 11, 2009

    Does that make me Ben’s second reader? [cymbal crash]

    It looks like I too can now archive another widget on the ol’ Netvibes aggregator. Regardless, well played, Cohen. You’re still my point man on whether photographs depict truth and anything involving a convergence, at a minimum, so I’ll link back up with you elsewhere in the ether.

    Knoxville ’82 4-eva!

    [I feel like I should throw in an appropriate salutatory Phish reference here in memoriam, but I only know the lyrics to Bouncin' Round the Room.]

    [[cymbal crash #2]]

  3. #3 David Ng
    December 11, 2009

    Ben, I think Blogger Laureate has a better ring to it. Thanks for being my blogging partner over the years. Will now have to think of other ways to work together in a grand science+art+environment+history way

  4. #4 John S. Wilkins
    December 11, 2009

    Ben, all the best for the future. You *can* blog elsewhere, you know…

  5. #5 Oronte Churm
    December 11, 2009

    Well, I read the posts. Every one of ‘em. Mostly I remember the last one. The wild finish. A guy standing on a station platform in the rain with a comical look in his face because his insides have been kicked out.

    I guess neither one of our blogs is very funny. Tell me, who was it you left me for? Was it Lazlo, or were there others in between or… aren’t you the kind that tells?

    Listen I’ve got a job to do, too. Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Cohen, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now… Here’s looking at you kid.

  6. #6 "GrrlScientist"
    December 12, 2009

    even though you didn’t post very frequently, i am saddened to see yet another scibling retire or leave our group. goodbye ben, happy trails. i hope you peek in from time to time.

  7. #7 Lieba
    December 12, 2009

    I, too, am sad to learn that you’ll be leaving your blog. It was fun reading about Dad and me and learning things that we never knew otherwise. I’ve always enjoyed your wit and certainly, have learned a lot from your posts.

    On to the next phase…