Tuesday, January 11

My Nerd Score

I am nerdier than 89% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Dang it! I just missed the top 10 percentile. I think I'll hang my head in shame now.

Via Pharyngula

Sunday, January 2

Should "Blog" be Banned?

Every year a committee publishes a list of words they think should be banned. This year the word "blog" made the list. I agree.

I have a big problem with the word. Even though I like them, and now have one myself, I find "blog" linguistically unappealing at best. It's not a word that rolls nicely off the tounge. It gets spit off. That's why I'm personally in favor of banning it.

That's not how language works though. In general, it is usage that dictates language, not vice versa. The original term weblog got contracted into 'blog, and that is what were stuck with.


Welcome to the K Expanse, my blog.

I've taken some time before deciding to start my own blog. I've been participating on the nets for years (and I'm talking pre-WWW). Still, I've looked on the blog phenomenon with a bit of suspicion. It's taken a while for me to get over it and come to enjoy blogs. What it took was discovering a core set of blogs that I enjoyed reading, largly authored by people I've crossed electronic paths with in the past.

Likely subjects of pontification will be:
  • Evolution/Creationism (taking the pro-evo side)
  • Books (big on both science and sci-fi)
  • Freethought/Atheism
  • Separation of Church/State