I’m interupting the delayed-gratification travelblog briefly to announce a fine sighting: a new collective science blog. What I really like is how it came about, which I learned from Seth Roberts. Executive summary: Seed Magazine rejected a bunch of applicants who wished to join the pantheon at Science Blogs, but (inadvertently?) let them see one another's emails. So they got together and started a rival. I'm sure each is eying the other nervously -- the score today is 33,900 vs 1,020,000. I think it will be fun to watch them discriminate their niches, and track them against one another.
2022-04-17: The tragedy, not to make much of it, is that none of those blogging collectives remains today. Which I honestly do think is a bit of a shame.
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