Posted tagged ‘housekeeping’

Housekeeping — belaboring the obvious edition

May 16, 2008

So, no blogging at all since last Saturday. Why?  Not for lack of material.

Last week of term, folks.  Two theses as yet unscrutinized, hordes of last minute seniors asking for dispensations from this or that, and so on.  I’m new enough to the academy still to be caught by surprise at the complete derangement of these few days.

Real blogging resumes tomorrow.  Apologies to all.

So, to ring this crazed moment in the year out, out out, here’s a video I had been saving for August 9th in honor of Amedeo Avogadro’s birthday (and the anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the Presidency.  The day is, of course, the anniversary of  with , much more dreadful event.)

Housekeeping; A Bit of Blogrolling

March 23, 2008

Just a quick note to acknowledge the obvious: posting has been a bit light and irregular for the last couple of weeks: I plead both a book and a grant deadline.

Neither are completely under control — but there is some light at the end of the tunnel that, with luck, is not the 3:10 to Yuma — either the original or the remake.

So, proper posting to resume more or less now, to be seen above.

Which leads me to apologies to all those steered here by Sean Carroll’s kind shout out of a couple of weeks ago — he managed to draw attention to this blog at just the moment that its author was trying to see just how quickly he could kill off the villain in his account of Isaac Newton, Cop. (See my most recent Friday Isaac Newton blogging for some of the details. More to come as I keep revising the now almost completed manuscript.)

My thanks to Sean, of course, and with that, another attempt at an update in my terribly slow blogrolling. To begin at the logical beginning, given what comes above, Cosmic Variance needs no introduction, I think, even to those who haven’t come here directly from there. For those that haven’t wandered over there, it is a group blog that is a must-visits for those interested in physics (especially cosmology), the lives of physicists, and a fair amount of humor/culture/misc. bandinage.

Lovable Liberal is one of my favorite places to go for uncompromising political snark and outrage. Full disclosure: LL is actually a former roommate of mine, so I know the man behind the curtain very well. But he’s really caught his stride lately, blending humor with a perpetually renewed sense of outrage at the misgovernance we endure these days.

I don’t really know how to characterize Ex Cathedra, except that I always find something there I want to read. It has a strong political bent, but mostly its got a great voice. Well worth grazing.

And, even though I have a backlog of blogs I need to take note of in posts like this, here’s one I just encountered that is for me what the intertubes are all about: Executed Today, a blog that offers a daily anniversary biography of someone killed with full benefit of law.

Its writer found me because of the Isaac Newton post linked above, which discusses the death by hanging of a notorious seventeenth century counterfeiter, brought to the gallows by the father of modern science himself. I wandered over that way found myself spending much more time than I had against deadline following the detailed and well written individual histories of the executed I found there. Highly recommended.

More posting to come as fast as I can make it happen. I promise. No fooling.

Update: A bit of title rejiggering, to avoid an unintended inference.

Image: Edward Scriven, engraving from a painting by R Westall, 1802. Its title is “Brutus and the Ghost of Caesar,” but I prefer to think of it as “Blogger with the Ghost of Logorrhea scorned,” Logorrhea being, of course the minor god/dess mindful of all those who attempt to feed the blog-beast. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

A Milestone…

February 18, 2008

…in the ongoing tribulations of old media.

Just past 10,000 page views today on this occasionally humble blog. Thanks to all. Keep coming, and when something strikes you right or wrong, stop a while and keep the argument going.

(The WordPress stat counter that does not, apparently, include RSS feed views — but redoubled thanks to all of you. May your tribe ever increase).

The blog has been going since early December, 2007. Over the next couple of weeks, it will compete for brain and keyboard space with the last seven or eight thousand words of my book on Isaac Newton as a cop/hanging prosecutor. But I promise something at least a bit substantive later today, and much more to come.

Thanks again — and stay tuned.

Image: F Train, Manhattan-bound, 17 May 2005 9:25am. Copyright Travis Ruse. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 license.


February 8, 2008

The blog’s been a little slow this week.  Start of term; admissions binders; blah, blah blah….but mostly:

I’ve got a deadline.

My Newton book was long since expected on two continents.  Sadly, it ain’t quite done — I misunderestimate roughly nine days to go.

But you gotta feed the baby, so for the next few days, expect some rather shorter, perhaps less rounded stuff to show up, starting with a few items coming right up.  (Not to mention today’s Friday Isaac Newton dose — its a big anniversary that no one bothers to remember, so watch this space.)

File this one under self – pity (wounds, self-inflicted sub category)

Image:  Illustration from Illustrated History of Furniture, From the Earliest to the Present Time from 1893 by Litchfield, Frederick.  Text available at Source:  Wikimedia Commons.